This mangonada recipe has got it all: sweet, tangy, spicy and colorful. It is the perfect frozen treat for a hot day and this recipe makes enough to share with a friend. Our version is based on the popular Mexican drink, yet modified to align with our plant-based lifestyle. Mangonada, also called mango chamoyada, is a fun blend of tropical fruits and chamoy sauce. I promise the end result is totally worth it. It8217;s crazy good!
Mangonada is a newer beverage creation, thought to have originated in Mexico in the 1990s. It starts with a flavorful fruit smoothie base, then adds in layers of chamoy sauce and is finished off with a tamarind straw and a frosted glass rim. It is non-alcoholic yet has the look and taste of a speciality cocktail. I don8217;t think anyone would flinch if you added some booze to this, if that8217;s your style.
We created our own healthier mangodada recipe because Graciela (who is a part of the Rawkstar Team) was raving about the one she8217;d buy in Guadalajara City, where she lived. I looked into to and realized how good it sounded. Mango, lime and spices— yes please! The chamoy adds such a unique and addictive flavor to the tropical fruit base. I had to make my own version that8217;s clean(er) and easy to do, which is how the rawkstar mangonada came to exist. Enjoy!
The base of this crazy good mangonada is a mango-lime smoothie. When blending, you want the texture to be sorbet-like. Layer it in a glass with chamoy sauce, then top with freshly cut mango.
- Mango: This tropical fruit is packed with vitamin C and fiber. I use frozen mango for a super thick smoothie, then fresh mango (or thawed frozen chunks) for the topping.
- Orange Juice: I love the vitamin C boost found in oranges, yet any fruit juice can be used. Peach, apple, pineapple, passionfruit or guava juice are all great options. Swapping in another juice may change the smoothie color, if you8217;re trying to serve at a party where presentation is everything.
- Lime juice: I recommend using fresh-juiced limes instead of store-bought lime juice. The latter often has preservatives added to it, which aren8217;t necessary.
- Chamoy: This sauce is the perfect blend of sweet, salty, sour, spicy8230; all at the same time. You can buy it online (look for ones with clean ingredients- no food dyes, citric acid, or gums) or make your own with my Homemade Chamoy recipe.
- Tamarind straw: This chili lime straw is completely optional8230; or not depending, on your style.
The orange layer of this fruity drink is a blended mango lime smoothie. Yep, just 3 ingredients: frozen mango, orange juice and lime juice, blended to perfection. You8217;ll want to create a sherbert-like consistency, which is thicker than most smoothies, yet not as thick as a smoothie bowl.
Frozen mango is what thickens this smoothie up nicely.
You can find chamoy in the international section of a grocery store. Yet it8217;s important to read the label since most store-bought brands include preservatives, dyes and gums. Here8217;s a few options that are clean and rated highly:
- Chamoy Azteca on Etsy: super clean ingredients
- Chilito Sirilio: pretty clean, yet uses stevia and has xantham gum
- Homemade Chamoy Sauce: You can make your own sauce that8217;s clean and flavored to perfection.
Once you realize you like chamoy (and become obsessed with mangonadas), it8217;s best to just make your own. It8217;s pretty easy to make in your own kitchen, stores well and you this way, you know exactly what8217;s in it, too.
While you don8217;t need the fancy fun straw8230; it does take this to the next level. So I encourage you to go all out on this fun recipe. Here8217;s how to make a tamarind straw to jazz up your new favorite mangonada recipe.
- Mix together 1 tbs honey and 1 tablespoon tamarind paste in a small bowl.
- Take a straw (paper, metal, plastic) and coat the top ⅓ in the tamarind paste. We used our reusable stainless steel straws that we sell in our online smoothie supply shop.
- Next, roll the coated end of the straw in Tajín to coat completely in goodness.
A mangonada is basically a mango-lime smoothie mixed with chamoy sauce. It uses chili powder and Tajín to give it a spicy-salty flavor. My mangonada recipe also tells you how to make Tamarind straws for the complete look.
While mangonadas are made with real whole fruit, they are basically a fruit smoothie with a spicy kick. I wouldn8217;t use this as a meal replacement, yet it is a great treat to share this summer.
- 1 ½032;cup032;orange juice
- ½032;cup032;chamoy sauce
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Place mango, 1 cup orange juice and lime juice into a blender. Puree until smooth. The smoothie will be thick. Add remaining juice as needed while blending to facilitate blending. The final texture should be like sorbet.
Take lime wedge and run it around the rims of the serving glasses. Dip the rims into the Tajín seasoning. Layer the mangonada smoothie and chamoy sauce until the glasses are full. Garnish with lime wedges, fresh mango and a tamarind straw, if using.
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