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5-Ingredient Tropical Smoothie

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Living in Kansas City, smack dab in the middle of the country, I think I’m officially about as far away from the ocean as possible.

Sometimes, I wish I lived closer.

Don’t get me wrong. I have grown quite fond of our rolling plains over the years, which out over the horizon as far as the eye can see. I love driving through the Flint Hills, with the beautiful jagged limestone carved into the Kansas prairie. I love our lakes and rivers here, especially the Arkansas River (pronounced our-Kansas in Wichita), which was the home for festivals, high-school canoeing, and many a family bike ride growing up.


As much as I wholeheartedly love this Kansas home that I was born into, there’s still a very special place in my heart for the ocean. And the warm, salty breezes that blow across the beaches. And the lush, colorful plants that grow wild on the shores. And the sweet, rich, delicious tropical fruits that the sun warms to perfection. Mmmm, especially those mangoes. If I had a mango tree in my backyard, I think my life would be complete.

Alas, as long as I live in the Midwest, that will probably never happen. Which apparently just means that I need to save up for more beach vacations. ;)  But in the meantime, when the tropical craving hits, thankfully a trip to the frozen foods section of my grocery store can provide some beachy-inspiration in no time with this tasty treat:

My 5-ingredient tropical smoothie.

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Yes, I say the frozen food section because — very unfortunately — ripe fresh mangoes are incredibly hard to come by in the Midwest. Sure, they’re always there for sale sitting in the produce bins at the store. But after studying abroad in the “City of Mangoes” in Costa Rica, where you could pick a ripe, soft and decadently rich mango off any tree on the street, let’s just say that the bins of fruit picked overly-early and shipped hundreds of miles to our grocery stores in Kansas City rarely compare.

But by contrast, I have learned that the frozen mangoes — usually picked at their peak of freshness — actually aren’t half bad. Same goes for the frozen pineapple. So over the past year, I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping frozen mangoes and pineapple in the freezer. And then when I’m feeling particularly restless about living in the Midwest, or am just craving a tropical-inspired treat, I’ll whip up this simple 5-ingredient smoothie.

Can you guess the ingredients?

In rainbow form, we start with fresh bananas, then frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes, a fresh orange, and…the last ingredient?

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Coconut water! I’m obsessed with the stuff, and always keep it on hand as a nice natural source of electrolytes to drink during and after workouts. But as it turns out, coconut water also is the perfect light tropical liquid for blending up smoothies!

Just toss all of your ingredients in a blender and puree them to perfection…

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…then serve it up with a nice side of sunshine (and some cocktail umbrellas, if you’re — ahem — feeling especially nostalgic for the ocean).

Quick, easy, sweet, naturally vegan and gluten-free, and SO tasty.

If I must live as far away from the ocean as possible, I’ll make do with one of these smoothies any day. :)

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5-Ingredient Tropical Smoothie

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 -3 servings 1x


This 5-Ingredient Tropical Smoothie recipe is quick and easy to make, it’s vegan and naturally sweetened with fruit, and so tropically delicious!


  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup coconut water (or fruit juice)
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • (optional: 1 teaspoon chia seeds or ground flax seed)


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.

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67 comments on “5-Ingredient Tropical Smoothie”

  1. I totally understand the ocean thing. I live right on it, and I could never leave.  BUT, although I see it all the time, I still totally need this smoothie! I love that you used coconut water because I am currently totally in <3 with it! Pinned!

  2. I miss the beach too! I just recently moved and I was living two hours away from the beach (it was heaven,  let me tell you!).  So I too do the same thing when I’m desperately missing the beach, I make all my summer-time “beachy” foods! I also made a smoothie the other day as well.  I know what you mean about fresh mango troubles in the midwest – I found ONE fresh one at my store the other day! This is a great recipe though, I love the idea of using coconut water – Genius! 

  3. I have been making a very similar smoothie lately, except adding greens (kale + parsley) and leaving out the orange. Such an amazing flavor combo! I also love coconut water in smoothies.

  4. I say we go on a tropical vacation! Until then, I will make this smoothie! Cheers! xo

  5. That looks so refreshing! Perfect for the sunny weather. Thanks for sharing :) x

    Courtney x

  6. This looks totally glorious!! I love the use of coconut water too!

  7. Yum! This looks refreshing and delicious! Sounds like a winner!

  8. I’ve lived next to the ocean my whole life…….but nowhere near any mango trees! Am going to have to try some of the frozen stuff too!

  9. Oohh I wish I lived near an ocean too…it would be much cheaper than flying lol! Love the deliciousness in this smoothie; ocean or no ocean, I’m always up for all things tropical! :)

  10. Ahh, I miss the ocean too! I grew up in Hawaii with a mango tree in our backyard and totally didn’t appreciate it until I moved to the mainland where fresh tropical fruit is hard to come by. This smoothie sounds so fresh and delicious..can’t wait to try it! 

  11. I’m with Maria… I think we need a tropical blogger vaca! Also I’m so with you on the frozen mango…ripe ones are just too hard to find here. 

  12. Okay so I live in Tampa, FL. We have water everywhere around here and some really great beaches. I don’t think I’ve had a smoothie by the beach that’s as beautiful as this one. Love the color, love the ingredients! I will definitely be making this all throughout the summer.

  13. I love the coconut water tip! I’m not a fan of dairy in my smoothies, so I usually just use a splash of plain water to thin things out. I like your idea way better!

  14. Even though I live in California, I’m still not as close to the coast as I’d like. At least 2 hours of traffic sit in between me and the beach, and I’d give anything to live in a house right on the edge of the sand! (And if it sat in Hawaii or the Bahamas, that’ just be the icing on the cake — or the cherry on top of the tropical smoothie!) I love your insights about frozen mangoes being almost as good as fresh. I’ll have to remember that during my next grocery store trip!

  15. i have been making smoothies almost everyday and this is going to be in the mix! 

  16. I was born in KCK !! Moved to Georgia when I was 7. I love mangos too! My daughter studied abroad in Costa Rica last summer but I’m not sure if she was able to enjoy fresh mangos. Thanks for a great recipe! It sure sounds yummy!!

  17. I just got back from a beach vacation, and while I love home.. there’s definitely something special about being right beside the water. Guess this smoothie will have to do until I’m able to move beach side ;) 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  18. Mmmm looks like the perfect tropical, healthy smoothie to me! I’m currently trying to decide between Blendtec or Vitamix… I see you have a Blendtec. Anyone have any recommendations either way for me?? Can’t wait to make this in my new blender!

  19. This looks amazing! Going to try this soon! Definitely need to get myself some little umbrellas for the summer time! :)


  20. I’m in LOVE! This smoothie sounds and looks divine!
    I can’t wait to try it and transport to a summery tropical island paradise!

  21. I made this tonight and it was so good!  I happened to have fresh mango and frozen banana, and no fruit juice or coconut water, so I just used plain water.  It turned out great, thank you!

  22. This looks so amazing! It looks so bright and refreshing!

  23. Gorgeous. This smoothie reminds me of those days when we used to gather around the swimming pool playing catching ball. Oh i miss those days so much.

  24. Can I substitute coconut rum? ;)

  25. I was wondering what other fruit I could use in place of the mango. I’m not a huge fan of mango but I would use it if it isn’t too overpowering. Thank you! 

  26. Mmm, I just made this and it is delicious! 

  27.  Look delicious. I ‘ll add this dish on the menu in the party with my family on weekend. Thank for your repice :)

  28. Wow, summer in a glass! This will sure keep away the winter blues!

  29. I miss the beach too! I just recently moved and I was living two hours away from the beach (it was heaven,  let me tell you!).  So I too do the same thing when I’m desperately missing the beach, I make all my summer-time “beachy” foods! I also made a smoothie the other day as well.

    • Oh man, we think that sounds so nice…ahh, to live by the beach! :) We hope you enjoy this smoothie!

  30. That looks delicious and so perfectly fall!

  31. That looks so refreshing. Very nice post :)

  32. It looks so good…I really want to enjoy it when I saw :D. Thank for your post, I think my family will be happy to enjoy ;)

  33. Ohh this looks so delicious and refreshing. I wish I got to this post when it was still 30 degrees outside. I feel like turning up the heat at home, just so I have an excuse to make this smoothie :)!!!

  34. Looks very delicious and healthy too — am definitely going to try this one.

  35. Awesome recipe I just instantly fell in love with it.I also tried a few variations by putting apples.Great Job!!! :)

    • Thank you, Denise — we’re so happy you enjoyed it and we bet the apples were a tasty variation!

  36. I love this sunshine smoothie! Fresh, sweet and delicious is the mornings; fun and tropical at night (especially with coconut rum :)). Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  37. OMG Ali, I just want to make it right now! Perfect mix for the summer, yummy….

  38. Yummy! Reminds me of summer!

  39. I tired this smoothie not knowing wether I would like it or not but it was amazing. 5/5. It’s so tropical and makes me feel in a tropical place. Thank you!

  40. Love the deliciousness in this smoothie; ocean or no ocean, I’m always up for all things tropical! :) and loving it every day.

  41. Soooooooooooo goooooood

    I didn’t have frozen pineapple so I used crushed pineapple in a can(even if frozen/fresh ones are WAY better) and it was pretty darn good

  42. What are the calories in this smoothie?

  43. Love this smoothie!!

  44. great smoothie but was a little bit watery as we didn’t freeze the mango