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. This fruity, veg filled, colourful mango carrot smoothie was the result.

Mango Carrot Smoothie

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.

Optimum 9200 Next Generation Power Blender

The mango carrot smoothie 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.

Kefir

Of course if you prefer not to use any dairy in the mango carrot smoothie, 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. If you’d like to find out more about kefir, head over to my post on Kefir – what it is, how to make it and what to do with it.

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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Credit Crunch MunchAs CT picked these mangos up for song, I am sending the recipe for mango carrot smoothie 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.

42 Comments

  1. Sus @ roughmeasures

    13th August 2015 at 1:55 pm

    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 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th August 2015 at 3:10 pm

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

      Reply
  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    13th August 2015 at 2:53 pm

    So creamy! Medicinal extract is new to me.

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    • Choclette

      13th August 2015 at 3:08 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Leisel S

    13th August 2015 at 2:57 pm

    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 at 3:19 pm

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

      Reply
  4. Claire @foodiequine

    13th August 2015 at 4:38 pm

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th August 2015 at 10:18 am

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

      Reply
  5. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    13th August 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Yum, so delicious. Mango and carrot taste so so good together. I will have to try this out!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th August 2015 at 10:19 am

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

      Reply
  6. Riz @ Chocolates & Chai

    13th August 2015 at 4:53 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th August 2015 at 10:21 am

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

      Reply
  7. Kate | The Veg Space

    13th August 2015 at 7:52 pm

    This sounds amazing – a real taste of the outdoors and bet its insanely good for you.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th August 2015 at 10:24 am

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

      Reply
  8. Sarah

    13th August 2015 at 11:22 pm

    love mango so much in smoothies. Never tried it with carrot before, pinning. 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th August 2015 at 10:25 am

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

      Reply
  9. Dom

    14th August 2015 at 8:58 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th August 2015 at 10:31 am

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

      Reply
  10. Molly Kumar

    14th August 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I love mango smoothie and the addition of carrots is such a good idea.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th August 2015 at 9:11 am

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

      Reply
  11. Whitney

    15th August 2015 at 3:18 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th August 2015 at 9:13 am

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

      Reply
  12. Priya

    15th August 2015 at 3:33 am

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

    Reply
  13. Natalia @ Enjoy Tribute

    15th August 2015 at 6:02 am

    ohh this looks so luscious and thick and fresh!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th August 2015 at 9:14 am

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

      Reply
  14. Brian Jones

    15th August 2015 at 6:20 am

    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 at 9:15 am

      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.

      Reply
  15. Marissa @ OMG FOOD

    15th August 2015 at 7:17 pm

    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 at 8:08 pm

      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.

      Reply
  16. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    16th August 2015 at 7:18 pm

    This sounds like liquid sunshine in a glass!

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    • Choclette

      16th August 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Ooh, it was lovely Emma. Mangos are just so delicious.

      Reply
  17. Food Glorious Food

    18th August 2015 at 7:30 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th August 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Charlene, do give it a go and let me know what you think.

      Reply
  18. Helen @Fuss Free Flavours

    19th August 2015 at 7:01 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th August 2015 at 9:43 pm

      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.

      Reply
  19. Elizabeth

    8th September 2015 at 12:07 pm

    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 at 5:54 pm

      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.

      Reply
  20. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    15th September 2015 at 11:49 am

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th September 2015 at 3:06 pm

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

      Reply
  21. Janie

    7th December 2015 at 9:14 am

    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? 😀

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    • Choclette

      7th December 2015 at 10:29 am

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

      Reply

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