This Mango and Pineapple smoothie is full of delicious flavor and is packed with nutritious frozen fruit and probiotic rich milk kefir. A delicious and healthy breakfast that is perfect for making on those busy mornings. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this is a delicious treat you can feel good about! Includes a dairy-free substitution.
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One of my favorite ways to fit in a healthy breakfast is by making a delicious milk kefir smoothie. Milk kefir is loaded with probiotic benefits, and the process of fermentation reduces the lactose and sugars in regular milk. Making your own milk kefir at home is incredibly easy (see my post on making your own milk kefir here), and so you can have a virtually endless supply of this cultured superfood for the mere cost of milk, which you’re probably buying on a regular basis anyway.
I have recipes for a basic berry kefir smoothie, as well as a blueberry oatmeal kefir smoothie, but now I’m bringing you something more tropical and definitely more fun! This mango pineapple kefir smoothie makes use of frozen fruit, making it the perfect budget friendly option for a healthy breakfast on the go.
Does Kefir Taste Good in Smoothies?
Yes! Plain kefir can be difficult to drink on its own. At the very least, the addition of a chai tea bag is needed to add some flavor and balance out the tartness. Most often, adding fruit to your kefir provides both sweetness, and covers some of the sour taste of kefir.
Blending your kefir with frozen or fresh fruit is the perfect way to get this probiotic rich superfood into your diet. While there will still be some tartness left if you’ve used homemade double fermented kefir, it will be greatly reduced by adding naturally sweet fruits like berries, pineapple, and mango.
Of all of the kefir smoothies I’ve made and loved, this healthy mango pineapple smoothie covers the taste of kefir the most. In fact, my husband (who is kefir skeptical at best) thinks this tastes like a tropical dreamland. For this reason, I highly recommend starting with this recipe if you’ve never made kefir smoothies before.
Can You Add Pineapple to Dairy Based Smoothies?
Several years back, I had an unfortunate incident involving a kiwi and a dairy based smoothie. At first, it was delicious and wonderful, but it soon turned bitter. Quickly, I took to the internet, wondering if this was some kind of phenomena or if I had accidently poisoned myself. Turns our, the enzymes in kiwi do not take kindly to dairy products, and I thought (for some reason) that was the case for pineapple as well. So for many years I avoided making a dairy based smoothie with pineapple.
When I had the idea to combine these simple ingredients into a smoothie, I remembered that terrible kiwi incident, and took once again to the internet to see if it was okay to combine pineapple and dairy. I couldn’t find anything that would prevent me from doing so. I think I spent several years overly cautious about something that was absolutely fine.
Other than some ayurvedic-based warnings against the consumption of dairy and pineapple, it is perfectly fine to combine the two. While the enzymes can create a bitter taste, combining your dairy based smoothie with another fruit like mango can help dilute the effects and create a pleasant taste.
What Do I Need to Make a Mango Pineapple Kefir Smoothie?
The best part is that you only need 4 simple ingredients! I love simple recipes, especially when it comes to breakfast recipes. All you need is:
- Milk Kefir: You can use store bought milk kefir, or you can use milk kefir that you’ve made at home. If you’re using homemade milk kefir, I recommend chilling it first for best results but its not necessary.
- Frozen Mango Chunks: I was able to pick these up at Costco for a great price. If you don’t have frozen mango chunks, you can substitute the same amount of fresh, cubed mango.
- Frozen Pineapple Chunks: This was another Costco find, and for a great price too! In addition for using it to make smoothies, I’ve thawed it and put it on our weekly sourdough pizza too. I know that’s a crime in some circles, but pineapple on pizza is definitely okay in my books.
- Maple Syrup: While both the mango and pineapple are sweet fruits, I like a little extra touch of sweetness. If you don’t like things very sweet, feel free to reduce or forgo the maple syrup. For me, it was just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tart milk kefir. If this is your first time trying milk kefir, definitely keep the maple syrup in and try it that way first. Once you have adapted a bit more to the tartness of milk kefir, you may get brave with reducing the amount of sweet that you add to your homemade smoothies.
What Kind of Blender is Best for Making Smoothies?
If you’re planning on making smoothies with frozen fruit (especially large chunks) or ice, you need a good quality blender. Thankfully, there are lots of options for high quality blenders that don’t break the bank. While I’m yearning for a Vitamix blender, I’ve been using this Ninja blender for some time now and it does a great job with large chunks of frozen fruit and even ice.
Other than the Ninja, I haven’t had any luck with blenders on the lower end of the price spectrum. Right now I’m using the Ninja Professional, but I used this 400W Ninja (only $34!) for several years before upgrading.
Are Kefir Smoothies Good for You?
Since I’m not a medical professional, I can’t tell you with absolute certainly whether kefir smoothies are good for you. What I do know is that milk kefir is packed with probiotics, which have been shown to help with the digestive system and help rebuild your gut flora. Fruit, often added to kefir smoothies, is normally a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and even antioxidants. As a personal anecdote, I feel great after eating kefir smoothies, especially with frequency. Here is an article from Healthline expanding on some evidence based benefits of milk kefir.
Can I Make This Dairy Free?
While milk kefir definitely contains dairy, you can still get the probiotic benefits of kefir if you need to eat dairy free. Substitute the milk kefir in this recipe for coconut kefir. You can buy this at health food stores, or make your own by using kefir grains that have been rinsed. See my guide for making milk kefir here, for a general idea on how the process works.
Can You Make Milk Kefir Smoothies with Frozen Fruit?
Yes, you can, and in fact milk kefir smoothies tend to turn out better when you use frozen fruit. Since the frozen fruit is hard and cold, your smoothie will have a thick and wonderful consistency. This isn’t achieved by using fresh fruit. Using frozen fruit means that you do not need to add ice cubes to your milk kefir smoothies.
Can you Make Milk Kefir Smoothies with Fresh Fruit?
While you will get the best consistency using frozen fruit, you can use fresh fruit in your kefir smoothies as well. Since fresh fruit is soft, your smoothie will have a thinner consistency than those made with frozen fruit. If you would like to thicken the consistency, you may add several ice cubes during the blending process to help with that.
- 1 1/2 cups Milk Kefir
- 1 cup Frozen Mango Chunks
- 1 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
- 1-2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
- Add the kefir, maple syrup, frozen mango chunks, and frozen pineapple chunks to the jug of a high powered blender.
- Blend on high until smooth and the frozen fruit has been completely blended.
- Pour into one large or two medium glasses and serve immediately.
If you opt for using fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit, add a few ice cubes to help thicken and chill the smoothie. Even with the addition of ice cubes, it will be a thinner consistency. Similar to drinkable yogurt.
Milk Kefir Substitutes
If you are dairy free, you may use coconut kefir in place of the milk kefir in this recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1/2 of Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 358mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 3gSugar: 52gProtein: 10g
Nutrition information is an estimate only.