Creamy Mango-Persimmon Smoothie Recipe

updated Jan 29, 2020
Secret Mango Creamsicle Smoothie

The secret ingredient in this smoothie is persimmon, which provides sweetness and creaminess while letting the mango flavor shine through.

Serves1

Prep5 minutes

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Once you make this smoothie, you’ll want to keep making it — and drinking it — over and over again. No joke, this smoothie tastes likes the freshest, healthiest Creamsicle you’ve ever had.

Mango is definitely a key ingredient, but the real superstar her is persimmon, which provides sweetness and creaminess while letting the mango flavor shine through. If you’ve never tried a persimmon before, I insist you hunt one down when they’re in season (i.e. right now): They are a game-changing ingredient in smoothie making.

Persimmons are known for their sweet, honey-like flavor and for the wildly divergent textures of the two main varieties. Fuyu persimmons resemble apples in both shape and the crispness of their flesh, while Hachiya persimmons are more oblong and their flesh has a delicate, creamy, jelly-like consistency, which makes them perfect for eating with a spoon — or, even better — putting in your smoothies. Fuyus are great for smoothies, too, and no matter which variety you pick, make sure that they’re super ripe before going in the blender.

The Smoothie Project by Catherine McCord

You probably already know Catherine from her popular site, and books by the same name, Weelicious, but you might not know that she spent the last 5 years making daily smoothies for her kids to get her whole family healthier. Packed with her years of research and experience, The Smoothie Project: The 28 Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age has over 100 recipes for smoothies that can serve as breakfast, snacks, and even dessert.

Secret Mango Creamsicle Smoothie

The secret ingredient in this smoothie is persimmon, which provides sweetness and creaminess while letting the mango flavor shine through.

Prep time 5 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

    frozen mango chunks

  • 1/2

    ripe persimmon (peel if using Hachiya), stemmed

  • 1

    small carrot, peeled and chopped (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon

    almond butter

  • 1 teaspoon

    flax seeds or flaxseed meal

  • 1 teaspoon

    hemp seeds

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    ground cinnamon or favorite spice blend

  • 1 cup

    coconut milk beverage or almond milk, or milk of choice

  • Optional super boosts: bee pollen, collagen peptides, maca powder, reishi, ashwagandha

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted with permission from The Smoothie Project: The 28 Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age by Catherine McCord, Harry N. Abrams, 2019.