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Mango Carrot Smoothie

Mango Carrot Smoothie

After all that Black Forest Gateau, something healthy was definitely in order. It was time to use one of the mangos that CT had picked up at a knock down price.

As I was going to use mango, I wanted to keep the beautiful vibrant colour, so other than using our normal kefir base, I decided to keep the orange hue. Carrots were an obvious choice as was the dried orange powder my mother kindly supplies me with, but I also added a few dried calendula petals – not too many as they can be bitter, but enough to know we’d got a few additional micro-nutrients. Bee pollen and baobab powder, both being orange, were also on the list. Even our hawthorn extract has an orange tint.

It was delicious. The mango was plenty sweet enough to take any edge off the other ingredients and although essence of carrot was detectable it didn’t detract from the tropical, sun-kissed flavour of mango. As always, I blended it in my Optimum 9200 Next Generation, which made short shrift of the carrot and flower petals and dispersed any hard bits remaining in the dried orange. My mother dries the peel of any organic oranges she eats, then attempts to blitz them in a coffee grinder. This isn’t quite up to the job, so there are always bits of hard peel amongst the powder. She uses it sprinkled on her muesli. I use it in baking and in smoothies.

Of course if you prefer not to use any dairy, you can substitute a nut milk of choice for the kefir. The kefir does make it quite thick, which means you can eat it with a spoon if you prefer a breakfast that feels a bit more substantial than a drink. The bee pollen can of course be omitted for vegans.

Mango Carrot Smoothie
Serves 4
A vibrant orange kefir smoothie, which is not only tasty but is full of good things that will set you up well for the day and keep you going until lunchtime.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 750 ml kefir (or nut milk of choice)
  2. 1 large mango (or two small ones) - peeled and stoned
  3. 1 large organic carrot - topped, tailed and scrubbed
  4. 1 heaped tsp powdered orange (can use grated zest of an organic orange)
  5. 1 heaped tsp baobab powder
  6. 1 heaped tsp bee pollen (omit if vegan)
  7. 8-10 dried or fresh marigold petals (optional)
  8. 1 tsp herbal tincture (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blitz for about 30 seconds, or use the 35 second cycle on the Optimum 9200.
  2. Pour into glasses or bowls and sip or eat with a spoon.
Notes
  1. If using the zest of an orange, add the juice in too.
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Other mango smoothie recipes you might like

Credit Crunch MunchAs CT picked these mangos up for song, I am sending them to Credit Crunch Munch. Normally hosted by Camilla of FabFood4All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours, it is this month being guest hosted by Charlene over at Food Glorious Food.

I use the Optimum 9200A for smoothies, spreads, sauces and even chocolate making. All links to the blender are affiliate ones. If you buy one through one of the links, it will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This is not a paid post and as always, all opinions are my own.

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    Sus @ roughmeasures
    13th August 2015

    This looks so delicious. I have never thought of combining mango and carrot but I imagine they pair well together. Reminds me of mango lassi’s on the beach in Sri Lanka.
    Thanks for sharing my link too šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      13th August 2015

      Mango lassis in Sri Lanka? Now there’s a thing, Sus – I’m dreaming of it now as I watch the rain lash down.

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      Choclette
      13th August 2015

      Thanks Angie. A better description would be herbal tincture – I’ve just changed the wording.

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    Leisel S
    13th August 2015

    Sounds great! I love the taste of mango. Awesome that you were able to keep the vivid color, too. I never would have thought of using carrot. Genius!

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      Choclette
      13th August 2015

      Thanks Leisel. I’m not sure if it’s genius or twisted mind, but it worked wonderfully well.

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    Claire @foodiequine
    13th August 2015

    I’ve never come across kefir before so thats a new ingredient on me. Definitely going to try combining mango and carrot in my next smoothie.

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      Once you start with kefir, it’s hard to stop Claire – it’s a hungry beast that needs constant feeding šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      It was a new combination for me Ciara, but it worked and I’ve made a few more smoothies since.

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    Riz @ Chocolates & Chai
    13th August 2015

    Yum! I love mango smoothies…. never would have thought of adding carrot to the mix. Can’t wait to see what it’s like!

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      Thanks Riz. You may have noticed, I like to surprise in my recipes and push the boundaries a little.

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      Well I hope it’s insanely good for you Kate, I need something to counteract the cakes šŸ˜‰

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    Sarah
    13th August 2015

    love mango so much in smoothies. Never tried it with carrot before, pinning. šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      Mangos have such a wonderful flavour, they make one of the best fruit smoothies.

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    Dom
    14th August 2015

    oooh, mango and carrot… that’s a new one for me but I SO get it. Looks very smooth!

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      That’s my super duper froothie blender Dom – it’s amazing how it can pulverise hard tack into silky nectar šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      15th August 2015

      Thanks Molly, I like to try and sneak in a few extra nutrients when I can šŸ˜‰

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    Whitney
    15th August 2015

    I never would have put these two flavors together on my own, but this makes me want to do it!

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      Choclette
      15th August 2015

      Yay Whitney, go for it. The great thing about food bloggers is that they are always coming up with interesting angles.

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    Priya
    15th August 2015

    mango and carrot, both my favourites. So, I can definitely try this smoothie!

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      Choclette
      15th August 2015

      Using kefir always makes for quite a thick smoothie, which is great as you can eat it with a spoon if you prefer.

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    Brian Jones
    15th August 2015

    I’ve never really gone a bundle on smoothies in fact I have never tried one (yes there still are some of us out there) but the flavours in this sound fantastic I love the idea of the bee pollen and marigold petals should add a really unique flavour profile.

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      Choclette
      15th August 2015

      Haha Brian, I’m a recent convert to smoothies so I do understand. I really like them as you can pack them full of nutrients and they almost always taste great.

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    Marissa @ OMG FOOD
    15th August 2015

    Yay, smoothies! I’m having one this very moment, but it’s very basic compared to the amazing combination you have going on here. I’m really intrigued by the list of ingredients; I’ve never had baobab powder or bee pollen, but I’m all about trying new super foods! I know I can find baobab powder at Whole Foods, I’ll have to see if they carry bee pollen as well. Thanks for sharing!

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      Choclette
      15th August 2015

      Thanks Marissa, smoothies are wonderful indeed and there are so many exciting things to put in them. Most good whole food shops should sell bee pollen.

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    Food Glorious Food
    18th August 2015

    Mango and carrot, I enjoy both and will have to in-coperate in a smoothie. Thanks for entering into #creditcrunchmunch x

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    Helen @Fuss Free Flavours
    19th August 2015

    I think I am going to pick up a bottle of kefir later – do you make your own? I need Charlotte Pike’s new book to read up on it. Thanks for entering #creditcrunchmunch

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      Choclette
      19th August 2015

      CT is the kefir maker Helen. Would be way too expensive to buy it. Once you start making it though, it produces masses – hence are regular kefir smoothies.

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    Elizabeth
    8th September 2015

    Such an intriguing smoothie! We used to sell bee pollen in a health foods store I used to work at, but I’ve never tried it before. I must!

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      Choclette
      8th September 2015

      I’ve made this a few times since Elizabeth, it’s a good one. Bee pollen is quite expensive, but it lasts a long time, so I buy it in large packs which works out a bit cheaper. It’s meant to contain all sorts of wonderful nutrients.

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    Sarah (@tamingtwins)
    15th September 2015

    Gosh this looks like sunshine in a glass! I adore mango in a smoothie and the way the Froothie processes them leaves them so silky. Yum!

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      Choclette
      15th September 2015

      Thanks Sarah. The Froothie is just wonderful for making ingredients really smooth and mangoes are particularly good – I’m loving it.

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    Janie
    7th December 2015

    Oh my, that has to be one of the healthiest breakfasts around! Love the idea that you’re adding in lots of extra goodies for their micro nutrients, whereas I must be honest I tend to add things mainly for flavour!
    Janie x
    PS do you deliver? šŸ˜€

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      Choclette
      7th December 2015

      Haha. I was brought up by a health obsessed mother, so nutritious ingredient have always been part of my psyche šŸ˜‰

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