A deliciously thick, creamy chocolate mango smoothie. Made with fresh, ripe mangoes, hot chocolate mix, vanilla and milk. A super quick 5 minute healthy breakfast.
Mangos are by far the best fruit, and are amazing just to eat by themselves as is. But they can be messy and sometimes I prefer to have them in smoothie form for breakfast, blended the night before for a grab-and-go healthy breakfast. The best thing about this recipe is that it tastes like dessert without the dessert calories.
Do mango and chocolate go together?
Yes, absolutely. Before experimenting with this smoothie recipe, I wondered the same thing. As a general rule, chocolate goes with everything, and a mango smoothie with chocolate is no exception.
Especially in smoothie form, mangos blend to make a pretty thick smoothie so with the chocolate flavor, there is an added creamy richness that you don’t necessarily get with other fruit and chocolate combinations.
Can You Substitute Cocoa Powder For Hot Chocolate Mix?
You can, but I prefer the hot chocolate mix. I know most chocolate smoothie recipes use cocoa powder, which taste ok.. but in smoothies I find cocoa powder tends to create a more bitter cocoa taste rather than a chocolate flavor.
I wanted this mango and chocolate smoothie to really have a pure chocolate taste. The sweet but not overpowering taste of the hot chocolate powder goes so well with the mango flavor. This makes this smoothie taste like a dessert while actually still being a healthy breakfast, rather than have that “healthy chocolate” taste that doesn’t really satisfy your chocolate craving.
That being said, if you need to, you can substitute cocoa powder for the hot chocolate powder. Replace the hot chocolate mix with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and add a couple packets of artificial sweetener to help balance out the bitter taste of the cocoa powder.
How to Make a this Chocolate Mango Smoothie Thicker
The best way to make a smoothie thicker is to add a small amount of plain Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt adds thickness without compromising flavor. For this smoothie, the mangos already make the smoothie pretty thick which is why you don’t necessarily need Greek yogurt to begin with. However, if you prefer a very thick smoothie, replace about ⅛-1/4 cup of the milk with plain Greek yogurt.