Tropical Christmas Smoothie: Plant-based on a Budget

If I asked you to think of a Christmas food, a smoothie probably wouldn’t be in your top ten answers. But this Tropical Christmas Smoothie is a great way to eat fruit at a time when you might be chowing down on Christmas treats, such as mince pies, that are high in calories but low in nutrients.

creamy vegan smoothie recipe

For the tropical Christmas smoothie I have used a pretty unusual combination of mango, coconut and nutmeg. It has a nice refreshing taste, with a hint of Christmas spice. I’ve also added a few tablespoons of oats to make it taste creamy and satisfying.

It’s bursting with the good stuff and contains healthy carbohydrates and fats to keep you fuelled through hectic last-minute shopping trips and cooking marathons.

tropical christmas smoothie Aldi

This Christmas smoothie recipe is part of my ‘Plant-based on a budget series’ that uses ingredients from Aldi,  specifically the ‘super 6’; six seasonal fruit or vegetables from UK suppliers. This week the super 6 are 59p.

SUPER 6 (4th – 15th December 2016):   Mango,  Coconut,   Braeburn Apples,  Oranges, Snack Pack Grapes, Mini Bananas

mango coconut oat nutmeg smoothie

Tropical Christmas Smoothie Recipe

Serves 1
2 of your 5-a-day

Ingredients

  • 1 small ripe banana (7 for 59p = 8.4p)
  • 1 fresh coconut (1 for 59p = 15p) or 2tbsp desiccated coconut
  • ½ large mango* (1 for 59p = 29.5p)
  • ¾ cup filtered water (or plant-based milk)
  • 2 tbsp everyday essentials porridge oats (1kg for 75p = 2p)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg (1 jar for 55p = 1p)
  • Optional sweetener e.g. 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or 1-2 dates, sprinkle of cinnamon

Total Price= 56p!!

Method

  1. Open the coconut and pour the water into your blender. Then scoop out the flesh from ¼ of the coconut. This might be quite difficult so make sure to be careful.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to your blender and mix for 1 minute.
  3. Taste the smoothie and add sweetener if necessary.

 

* Remember my secret to make the best smoothie ever – use good quality fruit that is ripe. You can tell a mango is ripe if it gives slightly when you squeeze it. Generally the ones you buy from a supermarket are not yet ripe and you will have to leave it on your kitchen counter for a few days and hope it ripens! If you use an under ripe mango in this recipe it will be slightly sour and tangy rather than sweet.

 

Use the rest of your …

mango in with nectarine, turmeric or wheatgrass in a smoothie bowl

coconut in this pinacolada porridge

bananas in this quick and easy banana porridge with warm berries

 

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