Creamy Mango Shake (Green Smoothie/GreenThickie)

Creamy Mango Shake


If you’re looking for a sweet, simple meal with only 4 ingredients, no bananas, sweeteners or dried fruit then this creamy mango shake will suit you down to the ground.

No Banana smoothie

This Creamy Mango Shake is a great banana free smoothie. Mangoes are a great banana replacement in all smoothies.I get requests from people for smoothie recipes with no bananas, dried fruit or sweeteners so I’ve taken that on board and created this gorgeous mango shake.

A lot of people use bananas in smoothies to sweeten them, add calories and thicken it up.  Bananas are a great option as they are usually less expensive than other fruits.  But if you can’t eat them or don’t like bananas then you can usually replace a banana with a mango in any smoothie.  I actually much prefer to sweeten smoothies with mangos as I just think they are sweeter and juicier than bananas.  I just adore mangoes raw and in smoothies.  I have to admit I’m a bit bored of bananas myself and rarely eat them raw.  Unfortunately mangoes are often more expensive than bananas but they are very filling so a great option if you can find them in season or on offer.  We have access to them all year round here, they remain practically the same price and I can buy them frozen so I’m thankful for that. I was just asking myself this morning, why on earth don’t I make more mango smoothies?  Just make sure the mangoes are squeezable and ripe before you chop them for your smoothie or your smoothie won’t taste very sweet.

A four ingredient smoothie

This mango shake only contains milk, spinach, mango and oats, but don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you.  It’s so amazingly creamy, luscious and it’s also a complete filling meal.  What could be better than that?

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Mango Shake: A lighter snack option

I first made this mango shake with just milk and frozen mango.  I blended it up and it tasted like a gorgeous creamy ice cream and was just as thick as an ice cream too.  So if you want a quick snack, a soft serve ice cream or a quick smoothie then you can just use these 2 ingredients and you’ll be amazed at how creamy, sweet and gorgeous it is.

Mango Shake Green Thickie

Dairy free milk and mango are a match made in heaven in this Meal Replacement Creamy Mango ShakeHowever if you’re looking for a more substantial meal (Green Thickies) then you just need to add the spinach and the oats and you’ll fill yourself up plus get all the benefits of the greens too.  Of course it tasted a lot more oaty once I’d added the oats, but still very sweet and the mango flavour was still present. Even if you include all four ingredients to make a Green Thickie, the calories are still low for 1 serving, so it’s great it you want a very light meal or you may want to drink both servings for a more substantial meal.

This mango shake is sweet enough

The milk I used was a soya milk which had been naturally sweetened with a bit of apple juice, so that may have added to the sweet flavour, but you can sweeten it to your own preferences, but I really don’t think it needs it.

Thicker/Thinner the choice is yours

I also used frozen mango chunks which made the smoothie even thicker.  It was so thick it was more like a pudding so it would be great eaten with a spoon.  But if you want it thinner, simply add more milk to suit your own preferences.

Dairy Free/raw milk options

If you want to make this shake raw, use raw milk such as homemade almond milk.  I’m sure it would be delicious with almond milk.  I often use either almond, soya, oat or rice milk, but often whatever is on special offer at the time.

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[tweetherder]This four ingredient Creamy Mango Shake doesn’t have a banana in sight. [/tweetherder]


Creamy Mango Shake (Green Smoothie/GreenThickie)

This Meal Replacement Creamy Mango Shake only contains 4 ingredients as is naturally sweet.

If you’re looking for a sweet, simple meal with only 4 ingredients, no bananas, or sweeteners then this creamy mango shake will suit you perfectly.

  • Author: Katherine Kyle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Green Thickie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Drink


  • 2 Cups Dairy Free Milk (Like this)
  • 1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed (or any other mild greens)OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
  • 1 Cup Oats (Like this) or one cup of Quinoa (Like this
  • 2 Cups Chopped Mango: about 2 small mangoes (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (optional)


Blend the ingredients in the following order:

  1. Blend the dry ingredients and liquid first for a short time
  2. Blend the greens next for a short time (if using)
  3. Blend the fruit and the rest of the ingredients until smooth (or as smooth as your blender will allow. High speed blenders may need 2 minutes for a Green Thickie, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes)

More tips:

  • Blending this way allows the dry ingredients to be blended for longest, it means the greens will fit in your blender and your fruit gets less blending so it doesn’t become too hot.
  • Add more water if required to thin it out.
  • Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
  • If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending.
  • You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.


How much should I drink to replace a meal?

  • Only use a meal replacement if you’ve added the oats/quinoa.
  • This Green Thickie serves 2 so you should DRINK HALF OF THIS RECIPE.  But if you have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink more.

Suitable for Special Diets:

  • Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa)
  • Raw (Use raw oats/quinoa)
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu),
  • Salt free (don’t add salt)
  • Nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn’t include coconuts)


  • Serving Size: 550 ml/20 oz /1 pint

More information about making the perfect Green Thickie:

If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie.

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  1. This shake is one of my favourites of yours my friend, I am a mango addict :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Your recipes are always so healthy and they sound tasty. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

  3. This sounds so good. I’d love it if you could link this (and 1-2 other recipes if you’d like) up to Wonderful Food Wednesday on At Home Take 2:

    At Home Take 2

  4. I would love to try this. I love mango so much.

  5. Mmmm, Love mangos. This looks delicious :) Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  6. Wow, another delicious-sounding thickie! And another must-try, thanks for sharing!

  7. Mango is a great thickener and adds a really different taste than banana. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  8. Your Creamy Mango Shake looks delicious, sure wish I had it right now. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I love this pairing! Simple yet full of flavor! YUM Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays, I have pinned and tweeted your entry! :) Cindy from

  10. i would never think to put quinoa in a shake – great idea!

    thanks for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link-up! I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & whole/real food posts! xo, kristy.

  11. This sounds AWESOME!!! :D Your smoothies are always so good! :D

  12. Yum! I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

    • Hi Heidi, thank you for sharing this with me. I have added your blog hop to my regular list. I usually submit to blog hops when I wake up in the morning (UK time) and if a blog hop for that day isn’t live I sometimes forget to go back and try again later, which is why I may not have been visiting as often as I would otherwise. I am loving your blog, thank you for introducing me to it.

  13. My friend, you have not been around for a while, I hope all is well

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. This sounds similar to a morning shake I’ve been making with greens, pineapple, mango and coconut milk. You said we could use quinoa..does it need to be cooked first? My hubby and I are doing the Clean Program detox right now so we can’t use oats. But would those be cooked? I’m assuming not.

  15. This shake is good! havent made one with oats yet and this tastes great! Added some ice cubes since my mango was room temp. still great, added agave to sweeten a touch.

  16. Jennifer N Jacobs says

    I made this thickie for breakfast and it was amazing… Even my husband liked it and he is very finicky when it comes to new things. Can you please tell me the amount of calories you come up with. My Fitness Pal says 884 calories :-(. I bought the oats in bulk at sprouts, I used fresh spinach also from sprouts, I made my cashew milk and I used frozen tropical mango chunks…

    • Hello Jennifer, I’m so glad you and your hubby enjoyed it. The average Green Thickie contains 419 calories, so I’m guessing you entered all the ingredients into your My Fitness Pal (each recipe serves 2) and you and your husband actually just had 442 calories each.

      Remember Green Thickies are not a low calorie diet, they are a much healthier way of losing weight by filling the body with nutritious foods it can use while safely losing weight which should not suddenly return (as it does with starvation diets.)

  17. I don’t know what I did wrong! 2 cups of frozen mango and my smoothie is light green and I don’t even taste a hint of mango :(

    • I wonder if the chunks were bigger than Katherine’s chunks and therefore there was more space left in the cup? This is the problem with measuring in cups rather than weight! Try adding a bit more mango and see how you get on. x

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