The days are getting shorter and the air has a crisp chill that hints at the winter to come. Now you must be wondering why am I coming up with a Smoothie recipe. If my obsession with smoothies is one reason, the other simple reason being that this recipe was lying in my draft since summer but somehow didn’t find time to post due to my hectic travel plans. But trust me, you can enjoy this Mango Strawberry Layered Breakfast Smoothie at any time of the year!!
A few of my favourite things comes together today in this cold, creamy healthy breakfast smoothie. Juicy strawberries, mangoes, bananas, and my favourite granola come together in this healthy smoothie. It looks pretty and tastes great!! What else would one need to kick start the day.
The best part is this Mango Strawberry Layered Breakfast Smoothie, it takes no prep work, so easy to make and tastes out of the world! Smoothies are a great way to get all your favourite essences into the perfect relaxation refreshment. They are the ultimate hearty, healthy no cook wonder drink and kids love them.
Basically you’re going to make two different smoothie layers, as you can see. On the bottom we have a creamy mango smoothie made from mango, greek yoghurt and orange juice. You can go ahead and use frozen/fresh mango chunks or even the pulp.
Next layer is the strawberry banana smoothie. Fresh/frozen strawberries, a little milk, banana, and greek yogurt. Regular yogurt would also be fine. Smoothie recipes are extremely flexible. Just use your favourite or whatever you have on hand.
Pour the mango smoothie in first, then layer with your favourite granola. I used a handful of granola I had in the pantry. Simply layer the granola into the smoothie like you would do in a yogurt/fruit parfait. Add as much or little as you like.
What I loved is how the granola got a little soft as I worked my way through breakfast. I loved the added texture instead of simply drinking a fruit smoothie. But I’m sure it’s individual taste…like my son didn’t like the soft and soggy granola. Then just finish it off when the granola is still crisp.
You can add frozen fruit too because I find that when I add ice in smoothies it waters them down. You could also freeze the banana and throw it in, and feel free to add other ingredients like Flax seeds, chia seeds, or maybe even some nuts like walnuts or pistachios to pump up the nutrition of the smoothie, especially when you want to serve kids. Be creative to make your own smoothie!!
The whole idea of layered smoothies is that these are not only pretty to look at, but they are a fun way to get even more variety of fruits and veggies into your smoothies because there are so many different ingredients you can stuff in one smoothie without it tasting weird.
I mostly use bananas in nearly all of my smoothies as they’re rich in calories which is what you need at the start of the day – energy to fuel your activity, be it physical or mental.
And if you’re not into smoothies for breakfast, these go perfectly as a post-workout drink or midnight snack. I know…. midnight smoothies sound a bit unconventional but at least you’re cutting down on those midnight cravings for something sweet. Or may be it’s just me!!
But during the winter, try to use fresh ingredients and drink your smoothie at room temperature. It’s healthier that way and you won’t chill your body unnecessarily. Instead of taking a break from smoothies during winters, reach for some different ingredients to add a warming sensation to your blends.
Few Tips to make Mango Strawberry Layered Breakfast Smoothie a winter smoothie:
- Fresh ginger will give your smoothie a warming sensation. Grate fresh ginger into your smoothie prior to blending it. Ginger blends well with just about anything. In this recipe you could add it to the mango smoothie layer. Adding ginger gives a serious kick and some health benefit too.
- Try plain Greek yogurt, which is an excellent source of protein, and add your own sweeteners as desired. You can also add flavoured yoghurts if you wish to.
- Like Greek yogurt, nuts add protein and fat, which your body needs to keep warm. They also add dimension and richness to the flavour of your smoothies.
If you have tried out my Gingered Plum Blueberry Smoothie, you could also use this as layer.
Mango Strawberry Layered Breakfast Smoothie such a simple and beautiful smoothie. All the flavours going on in this smoothie will wake up both you and your taste buds!
Sometimes all you need is a little sunshine smoothie with bright colours to beat those winter blues. Off to the recipe!!
Steps in making Mango Strawberry Layered Breakfast Smoothie:
- Blend the mango chunks or pulp, greek yoghurt and orange juice together until smooth. Add more orange juice if it is too thick. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Pour equally into 2 or 3 glasses. Add honey for your taste only if required.
- Rinse out the blender and blend 1 banana, the strawberries, yogurt, and milk together until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add honey to your taste if needed.
- Layer some granola on top of the mango smoothie layer, then pour the strawberry smoothie on top. Top with more granola. Garnish with mint.
- Serve Mango Strawberry Layered breakfast Smoothie immediately.
- For Mango smoothie layer:
- 1½ cups Mango chunks or pulp or frozen
- ½ cup Greek yoghurt
- ¼ cup Orange Juice
- 1 teaspoon honey Optional
- For Strawberry Banana Smoothie layer:
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries hulled and sliced in half (or frozen)
- 1 cup Greek yogurt or normal yoghurt
- 1 medium banana peeled and cut into chunks (or frozen)
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon honey optional
- Other Ingredients:
- 1 cup Granola
- Few Mint leaves for garnish
- Blend all the ingredients under For Mango smoothie layer: together until smooth. Add more orange juice if it is too thick. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Pour equally into 2 glasses.
- Rinse out the blender and blend all the ingredients under For Strawberry Banana Smoothie layer: together until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Layer some granola on top of the mango banana smoothie layer, then pour the strawberry smoothie on top. Top with more granola. Garnish with mint leaves.
- Serve immediately.
2. Adding honey is optional, use as required to suit your taste.
3. For an additional spice kick, you can grate and add a little ginger.
4. Use any yogurt you love or have on hand: regular, Greek, nonfat, low fat, strawberry, banana, vanilla, etc.
5. Skip granola if you do not like or you can use your favourite flavoured granola.
6. You can also replace granola with plain oats.
Check out other beverages/Drinks from blog-
- Honey Ginger Lemonade
- Mint Flavoured Watermelon Cooler
- Virgin Pina Colada
- Spiced Buttermilk
- Strawberry Banana Yoghurt Smoothie
- Mango Lassi
- Gingered Plum Blueberry Smoothie
- Ginger Cardamom Tea
Happy Cooking 🙂