Ever since reading the book Marley and Me, I always make an automatic mental connection between the delicious and juicy mango fruit and the unfortunate laxative effect that it would have on the poor yellow lab Marley. Oddly enough, though, constantly linking mangoes with piles of runny dog feces doesn’t make the fruit any less appealing to me–it’s price tag, however, is another story. Still, we recently bought a huge bag of frozen mango chunks from Costco for a decent price, which inspired me to create the following smoothie recipe. I just hope that the aforementioned anecdote didn’t put a damper on your enthusiasm for eating mangoes–hey, at least you know that mangoes probably aren’t the best fruit to feed your dog! Not unless you enjoy scooping up liquid feces from your yard, anyway…That being said, I suppose mangoes may not have such a detrimental effect on ALL dogs; maybe Marley just had a sensitive digestive system. Anyway, enough discussion on bodily excretions–on to the extraordinarily simple recipe.
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 and 1/2 cups of vanilla almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened)
1 ripe frozen banana, chopped into small chunks
1/2 a cup of frozen mango chunks
Combine all ingredients in a blender (I used our Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more almond milk if your blender stalls and makes a loud grinding noise–speaking from personal experience here. You could always omit the cinnamon if you are not a fan of this spice in your smoothies.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!