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Murielle Banackissa

Tropical Mango Coconut Smoothie Bowl

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5 mins Prep: 5 mins
Serves 1

Sweet, slightly tart, creamy and silky smooth, this smoothie is inspired by my travels to Nicaragua and Peru, where I tasted the best tropical smoothies on earth.


  • 2 frozen bananas , peeled
  • 1 orange , peeled and seeded
  • ½ an ataulfo mango , skin and pit removed
  • 1 tbsp coconut yogurt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  • Fresh mango chunks
  • Coconut flakes (raw or toasted, to taste)
  • Hemp hearts
  • Coconut yogurt
  • Passion fruit
  • Toasted pepitas


  1. Step 1

    Place all ingredients of the smoothie in the blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Pour in your favorite bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Top with your preferred toppings & enjoy as you feel transported to a warm tropical destination.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • My favorite way to freeze bananas for smoothies is by peeling them and breaking them up into 4-5 chunks and freezing them in a reusable silicone bag. 
Tropical Mango Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Tropical Mango Coconut Smoothie on the beach
Tropical Mango Coconut Smoothie Bowl

In 2017, on a trip I took to Nicaragua with my boyfriend, I had some of the most delicious smoothies I ever tasted.

The very first one was on Corn Island, which is a remote island located in the Caribbean Sea. The sun was shining bright and the heat was almost reaching 30º: those were the perfect conditions for a cold tropical drink. The one we tried was made with mangoes, bananas, and pineapple. The balance of each flavour was absolutely exquisite; the mango gave it a touch of sweetness; the banana made it wonderfully creamy, whereas the pineapple added a hint of acidity.

This smoothie actually was what started my smoothie spree in the Central American country. Following that first drink on Corn Island, I ordered a tropical smoothie at almost every spot that offered one on the menu. Many were tasty, but few beat the one we sipped on on the beach of the Caribbean island…

Until… we arrived to Ometepe, another island in Nicaragua best known for its two volcanos and black sand beaches. During our stay on the island, we stayed at a B&B called the Cornerhouse, which had breakfasts that brought us back home (eggs benedict, baked potato wedges, and veggie-packed omelettes) and smoothies that tasted like a tropical heaven. You could choose the fruits you wanted in your smoothie and two of my favorite combinations were: (1) grapefruit, mango, papaya and (2) passion fruit, mango.

Epic breakfast with smoothies
Note that at this period of my life I had not fully transitioned to veganism hence the eggs.

When I first took a sip of the smoothies, I immediately felt transported back to my childhood in Africa, where all these tropical, fresh, perfectly ripe fruits were widely available and eaten almost daily. I am convinced that my love for tropical fruits comes from the fact that for the first 8 years of my life, those were the fruits I was most exposed to. However, when immigrating to Canada, my eating patterns changed quite a bit and my love for mangoes and passion fruit changed to a passion for blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries.

Nevertheless, every time I go back to a warm country, I come back with a massive craving for tropical smoothies. For example, this year, I got the incredible chance to travel to Peru along with the Pure Art Foundation and on this trip I had a mango passion fruit smoothie at a popular restaurant in Cusco called Jack’s Cafe. Upon my return, I stocked my fridge with ataulfo mangoes and passion fruits (I was lucky because I came back right on time for the beginning of the passion fruit season! Yay!).

Hence, my trip to Peru is what inspired this smoothie. It is sweet, slightly tart, creamy, and silky smooth. The garnishes add another layer of textures and flavours, while complementing what I call the pure tropical goodness that gently rests under them. I truly hope you try this recipe; I promise you will not be disappointed.

If you want to give this smoothie bowl a try, please do; I know you will absolutely love them! And if you do end up making it, share it on social media and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!

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