Tropical Smoothie Recipes

Silky white sands slipping between your toes, a caressing warm breeze, the shade of a swaying palm tree and the gentle lap of ocean waves all sing to the senses and scream tropical paradise. Escape to the tropics with one sip of a refreshing, easy-to-make smoothie. With the rush and hurry of most everyday routines, a quick fruit-filled tropical smoothie can become like a mini-vacation in a glass.

Tropical smoothie recipes are rarely complex. The best recipes combine your favorite fruits with just the right mixture of island flavors. Combine pineapple, banana, tangerine, mango, papaya and passion fruit to make some of the most delicious tropical smoothies.

Before you can begin blending your tropical smoothies, it is important to select and properly prepare the fruits.


Mango is one of the most popular fruits used in tropical smoothie recipes. Look for mangoes that are plump and have a fruity aroma. If you can make a slight indent with your finger into the mango, it is ripe and ready to be added to your favorite smoothie recipe. Avoid any fruits that have brown spots or are mushy.

If you are new to the dicing of a mango, no worries, it is a simple fruit to prepare. Mangoes have a flat stone at their center that should be avoided. Place the mango on a clean cutting board, standing on its side. Slice the fruit into two halves, making the cut slightly off-center. Take the larger half and cut away the center portion with the stone. Set the smaller stone portion aside. Later you can cut away the fruit from the stone and eat it. Score cubes into the fleshy part of each larger half, not cutting all the way through to the skin. With a spoon, scoop out the scored cubes that are now ready to be added to the blender for a tropical smoothie.

Passion fruit

Look for the larger passion fruits because they tend to have more juice. To prepare passion fruits for a tropical smoothie recipe, wash them in cold water first and then slice in half. Scoop out the pulp and add it to a blender. Turn the pulp to juice by blending at the lowest speed. The fruit's black seeds will not blend. These seeds must then be removed by straining the juice through cheesecloth.


When choosing papayas for salads, they should be firm, not mushy. If you can dent it with a fingertip, it is too ripe. However, a little soft papaya for a smoothie is okay. It is going to be blended anyway. Rinse the fruit, slice it in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. No cutting is necessary with the papaya, simply scoop the fruit out with a clean spoon and add to the blender.

Citrus fruits and kiwi

Tangerines, oranges, and other citrus fruits need to be juiced before added their deliciousness to your tropical smoothie recipe. Never add the rind to a smoothie. Kiwi fruits need to be peeled. Nobody wants blended brown fuzzy skin in their smoothie, but the juicy green fruit is a tasty addition.

Pineapple, mango and banana tropical smoothie

1 cup diced (fresh or canned) pineapple

2 cups diced mango

1 medium banana

2 cups crushed ice

1 cup vanilla yogurt (fat free or regular)

1/4 cup orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium or high speed until smooth and creamy. Makes two 8-ounce servings.

Kiwi-mango tropical smoothie

2 kiwi fruits, peeled and diced

2 cups diced mango

2 cups crushed ice

1.5 cups vanilla yogurt (fat free or regular)

1/4 cup orange juice.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium or high speed until smooth and creamy. Makes two, 8-ounce servings.

Mango-passion fruit tropical smoothie

2 cups diced mango

4 tablespoons strained passion fruit juice

2 cups crushed ice

1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt (or one single-serving container of coconut-flavored yogurt)

1/4 coconut water (not coconut milk)

2 teaspoons honey

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium or high speed until smooth and creamy. This recipe makes two 8-ounce servings.

When making tropical smoothies, play around with flavors to discover new favorites. Consider blending lychee fruit with kiwi and mango. Substitute orange or lemon sherbet for the vanilla yogurt for a tangier frozen smoothie. Get creative and in a matter of minutes, you can be sipping a creamy smoothie that will transport your senses to a tropical escape.

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