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Lucuma Mango Smoothie

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lucuma mango smoothie

lucuma mango smoothie

Lucuma ice cream was my  favorite as a child living in Peru.  And mango everything was everyone’s favorite.  I was shopping at a different Whole Foods in the suburbs of Boston last week and I came across lucuma powder.  I was skeptical at first but I bought it anyways.  It was pricey at about $14 a bag but I couldn’t resist hoping for a taste of my childhood.  Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.  Lucuma is a tropical fruit native to the highlands of Peru, Chile and Ecuador and it is packed with minerals and vitamins including carotenes and vitamin B3.  The taste is sweet but mild making it unique to other fruits, in my opinion.

close up mango chunks

This morning I made Gabriel’s daily fruit smoothie and I sneaked some of the lucuma powder into the shake.  I handed him the glass with a straw and watched out of the corner of my eye to see his reaction.  Gabriel has such a sensitive palate that he can tell when anything is out of the ordinary in his food.  To my joy (or sadness because of the price of the powder), Gabriel drank the whole thing down and said “mas!”   I thought I would have a bit of smothie leftover for me but no go. It’s all good though since I made this delicious lucuma mango smoothie after I dropped him off at school. More for me!

lucuma powder

If you can’t find the powder at your local grocery store try Amazon.  I looked today and it is actually cheaper if you buy two 8 oz packages.  They are about $10 a piece this way and I won’t be sweating it out when Gabriel becomes addicted to the lucuma taste.


Dates are a nice way to add a little bit of a sweeter bite and, literally, little bites of dates as you slurp up the smoothie.

lucuma mango smoothie from blender

Top with strawberries or nothing at all and enjoy this light delicious beverage for breakfast or a healthy low-cal snack.

lucuma mango smoothie spilling out


Lucuma Mango Smoothie
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Serves: 2
Half ingredients to make a smoothie for one~ you!
  • 2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cup chopped frozen mango
  • 8 teaspoons lucuma powder
  • 6 pitted dates chopped
  • 4-6 ice cubes (optional)
  1. Add almond milk, mango, lucuma powder, chopped dates and ice cubes to a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Pour into glasses and serve with sliced strawberries (optional)


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3 Responses

  1. Hi Tabatha! I think I’ve bought every superfood known to man but have never tried the lucuma powder. I’ll have to add that one to my list because I love to add superfood powders to my smoothies and mostly use maca powder but this would be nice to add a little variety.

    I love the “look out the corner of my eye” technique…I do the same thing! lol

    • Tabatha says:

      The lucuma powder is awesome! You can put it in anything. I am going to try and flavor dark chocolate with it. And, I have to look out of the corner of my eye, otherwise he will know I’m up to something! I am sure you know this well!

  2. […] This smoothie uses the powder of an exciting South American fruit called lucuma. Get the recipe here. […]

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