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MANGO CHILI SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Sweet and tropical with a hint of spice, the key to making this mango chili smoothie is using a chili powder made exclusively from red chiles—not one that’s a blend of other spices (like oregano and garlic), which offer too much of a savory flavor for smoothie purposes.
If you can’t find a pure chili powder, use a fresh, de-seeded, red jalapeño pepper instead.
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 3 tbsp hemp seed
- 2 tbsp dried goji berries
- 1 tsp chili powder (or use a fresh, de-seeded, red jalapeño pepper instead)
- sweetener, to taste (optional)
- Ice (less if using frozen fruit)
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Taste, blend in favorite sweetener as desired.
BLENDER BABES RECIPE TESTER NOTES
“This is a sweet, creamy smoothie with just enough heat/spice to keep you coming back for more.
The heat is not super hot, but provides a good flavor contrast.
My husband and I both enjoyed this.”
“This smoothie provides a unique taste combination reminiscent of flavors that you find in Central America.
Chili powder also has health benefits.”
“This was delicious! Everyone loved it. Love the chili kick in it.”
“I would prefer to use apples, rather than apple juice.
I tried it that way also, and it was very good!”
HEALTH BENEFITS MANGO
The mango is native to South Asia from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics.
Being so sweet and so tasty, people also forget that they are very good for you!
Mangoes are known to lower cholesterol – The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff).
Mangoes clean your skin – used both internally and externally, mangoes clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.
They are also known for promoting good eyesight, improving digestion, and boosting the immune system.
Image & recipe excerpted with permission from Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris. Published by Sterling.