This tropics-inspired winner features frozen pineapple tidbits and frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s. Starting with frozen ingredients gives the intense fruit flavor I’m looking for. If I have to add ice to get the smoothie cold that dilutes it. If your grocery doesn’t have frozen pineapple or mango chunks you can make your own. Sometimes I buy pineapple from Costco, cut it up, and freeze it. I freeze the pineapple chunks on a baking tray first, then transfer them to a gallon ziplock bag. That keeps the pineapple chunks from sticking together.
This smoothie is on the frozen side, close to a sorbet. In fact, if you want a sorbet, just throw it in the freezer for a while, maybe with an egg white or a smidge of liquor stirred in to keep it from freezing too hard.
I have a high-speed Vitamix blender that chews through frozen fruit. If your blender needs coaxing or you don’t like your smoothie quite as cold as I do, microwave the fruit for a few seconds to soften it before blending. You may also need to stop your blender periodically to push the fruit down the sides. Use your choice of dairy, soy, almond, or other milk for this smoothie: I used unsweetened soy milk and a spoonful of Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk. You could try adding a little more milk if your blender needs a higher proportion of liquid.
- 1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits (from Trader Joe’s or homemade)
- 1½ cups frozen mango chunks (Trader Joe’s or homemade)
- 1 cup plain unsweetened soy or other milk (not vanilla)
- 1 Tbs. coconut milk (high quality like Thai Kitchen)
- Combine all ingredients in Vitamix or other powerful blender, process starting on low speed and gradually increasing speed to high.
Nutritional information: Calories: 378, Fat: 6.5 g, Sat. Fat. 2.2 g., Protein 9.2 g., Sodium 92.5 mg, Carb. 70.8 g., Fiber 7.5 g., Sugar 45.0 g., Calcium 330 mg.