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.
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!
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.
Top with strawberries or nothing at all and enjoy this light delicious beverage for breakfast or a healthy low-cal snack.
- 2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cup chopped frozen mango
- 8 teaspoons lucuma powder
- 6 pitted dates chopped
- 4-6 ice cubes (optional)
- Add almond milk, mango, lucuma powder, chopped dates and ice cubes to a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour into glasses and serve with sliced strawberries (optional)