I had a mango. I had a single-serving container of vanilla yogurt. I had an idea.
Ok, not the most original idea, but it was a good one nonetheless. The results: Phe-nom-en-al! I have a handheld two-speed Oster blender that hasn’t been used nearly enough since I received it as a Christmas gift years ago. This recipe (if something so simple can be called that) is how I turned just a few things into a delicious frozen treat.
I had signed up a while ago on BzzAgent in hopes of being lucky enough to get free stuff. My first campaign/trial was for Silk brand’s yogurt alternative. I received one coupon for a free container of yogurt and two coupons that were bogo free (#gotitfree). Admittedly, I was supposed to share these with someone. Instead, I picked up two blueberry, two peach & mango, and one vanilla… all for me. Well, and Angel Baby.
We #gotitfree and loved it! We tried the blueberry first and it was so smooth and creamy. Really, very much yogurt… but not. It wasn’t thick but it wasn’t runny or goopy. It had actual blueberries in it, was sweet but not too sweet, didn’t have that sour-tangy bite on the back of my tongue like regular yogurt, and really is something I would buy regularly (on sale or with coupons, of course). The peach-mango was just as good and fresh with real bits of fruit in it. I posted on Silk’s FB page that I hope they come out with a lemon soon.
But what to do with the vanilla one? When I picked it up at Kroger, I wasn’t sure what I would do with it other than make something with it. I mean, who eats plain vanilla yogurt? Umm, this girl!* I really thought there was nothing to do with vanilla yogurt but add fruit or granola, but this had real vanilla bean in it and was so rich and tasty. Next time I get it, I may just put it in the freezer and treat it like dairy-free ice cream.
Oster two-speed hand mixer
Cutting board and knife
Spatula or spoon
Whatever you plan to store your smoothie in (if you aren’t going to consume it all at once)**
Ingredients, with discussion
Like any modern kitchen maven, I started with Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/sarahtraveler/food/ Just scanning pins and not actually following the links to the websites, I learned that the skin of a mango is edible. Whaaa?! Yes, let me repeat that:
The skin of a mango is edible.
Did that just change your life? It certainly changed mine. For one, peeling and cutting a mango is a really messy pain. I just assumed that due to its thickness and never, ever seeing it served with the peel on, the skin of a mango was tough and inedible. Think: orange. Oh, no, ladies and gentlemen: you can eat it! And it is goooood.
So instead of going crazy trying to peel and cut the mango for my smoothie, I sorta just hacked into it and started making lines with my knife.
Then I opened the Silk vanilla, dairy-free, yogurt alternative cup. I was blown away by the fact that there were actually vanilla bean specks in the yogurt. I’ve never seen a vanilla yogurt that wasn’t just as white as the plain kind. Blown. Away. So I took about 10 pictures just to share with you, and sadly, none of them really came out. I’m including one anyway.
I got out the sweetened almond milk just in case my yogurt and mango needed some extra liquids for blending. I really don’t think they did but I still added a big splash.
Cut the mango. Scoop the yogurt. Pour the almond milk. Blend the contents. Viola! The majority of the smoothie went into these four plastic popsicle doohickeys but what didn’t fit went in my mouth.
*I am not being paid to say any of this. I received some coupons with the request that I give honest feedback regarding the product. Yes, my feedback is rated and I may get something (more free coupons for some other products). What I say about the #lovemysilk campaign are my own words and true feelings about the dairy-free yogurt alternative.
**Last winter, searching for fun Christmas gifts, I came across these four popsicle doohickeys in a baggie marked $.50 at the local Salvation Army Trinity Mission store.
Real Kitchen Moment
Ok, honesty: I looked around my kitchen mid-way through this smoothie and thought, “This doesn’t look a thing like all those gorgeous kitchens in those cooking blogs I like to read.” I started to clean up, thinking I should take a picture of my work area… then realized I wouldn’t be taking a picture of my work area. I would be just like all those cooking blogs that *must* be lying. Whose kitchen stays that tidy?! I’m not a messy person, but when I’m in the middle of things, I just sorta put off what can be done with the recipe is taken care of. So, in full disclosure, I present to you, lovely reader, the truth that is my kitchen: