Mango and zucchini smoothie bowl

Creamy and subtle, zucchini makes a great base for this summery sneaky veggie smoothie.

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Mango and zucchini smoothie bowl

Subtle enough to hide behind whatever fruit you use and creamier than spinach, zucchini makes a great base for a sneaky veggie smoothie. Stick to the summer months for this one, when your gut can better handle raw vegetables. I used to have this recipe on the website using raw zucchini and raw mango, but after working with an Ayurvedic doctor I no longer mix fruit and vegetables in one meal (it's not great for digestion), so the workaround is to use dried mango instead.

In keeping with the tropical taste of mango, I use coconut yoghurt here, but feel free to substitute for dairy yoghurt or your favourite non-dairy alternative. This can be turned into a more drinkable/less spoonable smoothie by using coconut milk instead of yoghurt.

Mango and zucchini smoothie bowl

Serves 1

  • 30g x dried mango pieces, plus a few extra slices to garnish if you like
  • 3/4 cup x chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 x avocado
  • 1/2 cup x coconut yoghurt
  • 1/4 tsp each x ground turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom
  • Optional add-ins: maca powder, moringa, spirulina
  • Optional toppings: puffed quinoa or buckwheat flakes, toasted coconut, cacao nibs, freshly ground seeds


Soak the mango pieces in warm water until soft.

Drain the soaked mango, reserving the water. If using extra mango to garnish, set a few soaked slices aside and add the rest to a blender (or blending vessel if using a stick blender).

Add the remaining smoothie ingredients and any optional add-ins to the blender. Blend until smooth but thick, adding a small amount of the reserved soaking water* if necessary to achieve desired consistency. Sprinkle over any toppings and serve.

*Any remaining soaking water can be added to dhals for some sweetness, or sipped as a sweet beverage.

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breakfast coconut dairy-free gluten-free lactose-free mango seasonal-food sneaky-veggie-smoothie summer sweet vegan vegetarian zucchini ayurveda
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