Passion Fruit and Mango Smoothie

This drink is like Africa (or at least Tanzania and Kenya) in a tumbler. There are very few things that have reminded me as much of those places as the first sip I took of this drink. It is wonderfully fresh, slightly tangy but still sweet. The perfect summer drink. During our travels in East Africa we often buy mango- and passion juice and it is always freshly made. Also, so many times we have come back from our morning safaris, a little tired (after waking up early) but so excited after the morning's adventure, spotting lions eating their breakfast or elephants, lions and even leopards. On arrival back at our lodge we are often greeted with a freshly squeezed juice. What a way to start a day! This drink is also extremely healthy because the mango has antioxidants, fibre, vitamins A, K and E and contains potassium (just like bananas) which plays a part in keeping our blood pressure in check. Passion fruits are similarly healthy. Note that when you pick the passion fruits (you will find them in larger supermarkets, in the fruit section), pick the ones that are slightly wrinkled but feel heavy for their size. They don't look nice but don't worry, they taste amazing when ripe. If you don't like the pitted seeds you can press the fruit through a sieve. The seeds are edible and contain fibre so are very good for you. Passion fruit comes in several varieties, I normally use the dark brownish-purple one (native from southern Brazil through Paraguay to northern Argentina).

A lovely summer drink, sweet yet tangy

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

Passion Fruit and Mango Smoothie

Serves 2 people


  • 200 millilitres (7 fluid oz) orange juice
  • 1 small mango, very ripe
  • 6 small passion fruits


  1. Turn the mango up on the skinny side. The stone is a flat oval, so you will find your mangoes are narrower one way than the other in alignment with the stone. Cut off the "cheeks" of the mango, each side, as close to the stone as possible. If you hit the stone, just swerve around it a little. Now take a cheek and peel the skin off with a small knife. Repeat with the other cheek. Next peel the skin off the centre piece with the stone. Peel it all the way around and leave no skin on the edge. Carve off any extra fruit off the stone with a small knife. Chop the mango coarsely.
  2. Slice the 6 passion fruits in halves.
  3. Place the mango and the 200 millilitres orange juice in a blender (or a food processor). Blend for 10 seconds or until smooth.
  4. Scoop out the passion fruit flesh with a teaspoon.
  5. Blend for 2 seconds.
  6. Add more orange juice if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
  7. Serve slightly chilled (but not too cold).


  • You can use pineapple juice instead of the orange juice.
  • When selecting passion fruit, go for the ones that are slightly shriveled and feel heavy for their size, that's when the fruit is sweetest.