Mango Sassy!

Here is an easy, cool refreshing drink for your long, hot summer days!  This drink first appeared in “eat, drink & be vegan“, and I have given you a few ‘extras’ for variety in today’s post.

This “Mango Sassy” is my adaptation of the Indian drink ‘Mango Lassi’.  Instead of using soy or another non-dairy yogurt in this drink, I opt for lime juice to deliver that edge of tang in an otherwise creamy, cool beverage.

Depending on what type of non-dairy milk you are using, this drink will not be overly sweet – it will only have the natural sweetness from the frozen or fresh mango.  So, adjust the sweetness to taste adding pure maple syrup or agave nectar – or frozen banana – and also try adding other frozen fruit to the mix (suggestions below).

And, for those of you wondering… these adorable glass straws are by Simply Straws, and I ordered them last month through Vegan Cuts.

Mango Sassy! gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free

1 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks

1 cup plain or vanilla non-dairy milk (if using plain, add extra sweetener to taste or frozen banana, see note)

4-6 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice (see note)

1/3 ice cubes (for blending, can omit if using frozen mango)

1-3 tsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar (adjust to taste)

ice cubes (for serving)

In a blender combine mango, milk, lime juice (starting with 4 tsp), and ice cubes and blend until smooth. Taste test, and add more lime juice or maple syrup if desired. Pour into individual glasses with a few ice cubes and serve.  Makes 2-3 servings.

Note: If you keep frozen banana chunks in the freezer (as I do!), try adding 1/2 cup – either as a substitute for part of the mango, or in addition to the 1 cup of mango chunks.  If you are using full cup of mango plus the banana, you will need a little more milk to thin.

Mango-Sassy-Twist!: Try adding a handful of frozen raspberries in addition to the mango.  Raspberries and mangoes are a heavenly combination bursting with summer flavor!  You can also substitute some fresh peaches or nectarines for the mango (in full or in part).

Idea: Pour leftovers into popsicle molds and freeze for “Sass-icles”!

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P.S. For those of you wondering about the “Plant-Powered Kids” series – yes, I WILL be running it, more details soon.

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