Mango-Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Paraguay is covered in mango trees and since arriving here I have been patiently awaiting the ripening of the mangos.  The time has finally come: it’s mango season!

There are two types of mangos that grow here, the little mango that grows on big mango trees and the big mango that grows on little mango trees.  The big mango trees are much more common than the little mango trees, which is unfortunate because the little mangos are very fibrous and not very pleasant to eat while the big mangos have no fiber, are juicy and delicious.

Jon and I unfortunately do not have a little mango tree in our yard, so to attain big mangos I came up with a simple strategy:  to tell every Paraguayan I know that I l-o-v-e big mangos.   After my mango campaign I stood at my door and waited to reap the benefits. Paraguayans didn’t disappoint; I received 12 big mangos in two days. Jon was amazed.


To enjoy all of this bounty I have been making these smoothies.  They are a tasty, healthy treat.  This was my first time using chia seeds and I can officially say that I am a true chia seed advocate.   They add a nice texture to the smoothie (plus the health benefits). Enjoy!

Mango-Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds 

Makes 4 generous glasses


3 cups chopped mango (chilled or frozen if possible)

3 bananas

1 cup ice cubes

8 ounces or 1 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

½ tablespoon vanilla

dash of nutmeg

dash of cinnamon

1 tablespoon chia seeds


1. In a blender mix mango, banana, ice, yogurt, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon until smooth.

2. Pour in chia seeds and blend for two seconds. Pour in a glass and enjoy.

8 replies on “Mango-Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds”

If only, right!?!? They are rotting down here and in Seattle folks are paying several dollars for a mango.

I can attest that this smoothie is DELICIOUS! But a question…you guys have plain yogurt in VR? Get outta town!

Also…I tried my hand at mango ice cream today, so we’ll see how it turns out!

We do have plain yogurt! It’s called Yogurt Natural. Mango ice cream sounds delicious, I want some. 🙂

Se ve delicioso. Yo hago mermelada con los mangos de mis vecinos. Si son bien dulces, solo licua y cocina moviendo constantemente (back and forth, sin espuma) hasta que espese.Como 30 minutos. No hay que echarle pectina porque la tiene natural.

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