We all want it to be summer already, right! It's taking way too long. Hopefully this recipe get's you in the summer spirit with lots of tropical mango, banana, and coconut. It's so thick and creamy you could serve it as a refreshing raw dessert with a spoon or if you want to indulge on a gloomy morning sip it with a straw as a smoothie.
ingredients (makes 2 generous smoothies or 4 small dessert portions):
1 - 400 ml can coconut cream
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 C frozen mango chunks
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 C almond milk
1/2 C fresh squeezed orange juice
1 pitted medjool date
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
Make the coconut whip first. You'll need to put your can of coconut cream in the fridge the night before. But an even better idea is just buy this and always have it your fridge. Then you can make coconut whip whenever you want! Also put a mixing bowl and your beaters in the freezer for a couple of minutes prior to prepping to get them cold.
When you open this particular brand of coconut cream the thick cream and the water are separated. Scoop the bulk of the thick cream into the mixing bowl, being careful not to get any of the water mixed in with it. You're going to use the remaining water in the tropical mango freeze! Beat the coconut cream with the vanilla powder on high with a mixer for approx. 4-5 mins until fluffy. If you don't have vanilla powder you can use raw sugar, vanilla extract, or nothing at all. Put it in the fridge while you make the rest of the recipe.
In a vita-mix or a high powered blender mix together the remaining liquid from the can of coconut cream and all other ingredients. Because this is such a thick mixture with a lot of frozen fruit you will need to stop and start the blender to mix things around with a spoon in between blending. But if you're using a vita-mix then you know you can use the "jamming" tool through the top of the lid while the blender is running and lightly push the mixture toward the bottom until the big chunks of fruit are mixed in. Pour or scoop the tropical mango freeze mixture into your serving jars or bowls and add a scoop of coconut whip to the top. Add some flaked coconut, more vanilla powder, or any interesting garnish you like as a finishing touch!