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A Mango Julius: the perfect marriage of a mango smoothie and a mango milkshake. It’s not quite one or the other; it’s the perfect combination of both!

Mango Julius - a mango smoothie and a mango milkshake all in one. The perfect easy drink recipe for summer!

Last summer my family and I went to Palm Springs for vacation. While we were there we stayed one night at a Marriott Vacation Club so we could experience a mini “resort” vacation, complete with repetitive use of the water slide, poolside lounging, and fruity cocktails. It was on that trip I was introduced to a Mango Smoothie.

Jordan, who was jealous of my “adult” lemonade that came with an umbrella, wanted to order a poolside drink too, so we got her a mango smoothie. What was delivered to our lounge chairs was not what I deem a smoothie (it was more like dessert for 4)…but it was so delicious.

Can you believe that, before that day, I’d never had mango anything? (Of course you believe it, this is me we’re talking about.)

I think they called it a smoothie because it wasn’t quite a milkshake, but that’s what it tasted like. It was sweet and rich and I probably drank way more of it than Jordan did. She liked the idea of lounging with mom poolside drinking a cocktail but soon the lure of the water slide pulled her away. Unattended, the mango smoothie looked so forlorn and melty that I couldn’t help but finish it.

{At least that’s the excuse I used when she came back and shrieked, “WHERE’S MY SMOOTHIE??”}

I’ve been thinking of that smoothie for almost an entire year now. In fact, we are staying at another Marriott Vacation Club next month when we go to Hawaii and I’m sort of hoping they have the same menu. Fortunately for me, even if they don’t, I can make it at home because I’ve recreated that amazingness for all of you!

Also, I’m calling it what it really is: a Mango Julius. That’s exactly what it tasted like: not a milkshake, not a smoothie but sweet and creamy like a Julius!

Mango Julius - a mango smoothie and a mango milkshake all in one. The perfect easy drink recipe for summer!

To recreate this mango goodness, I started with one of my favorite smoothie bases: Almond Milk. Do you use almond milk for anything? I use it for everything, seriously. I almost never drink cow’s milk at all – it’s always almond.

If you’ve never tried substituting almond milk for regular, you should give it a try. I started out by using it in smoothies, then I advanced to cereal. I actually love it on cereal way more than cow’s milk. Once I realized how close almond milk is (in performance) to regular, I started substituting it in anything that requires milk, like coffee cake, muffins, pancakes and cupcakes. You can use it one for one in almost any recipe.

My favorite brand of almond milk has always been Almond Breeze, made by the good folks at Blue Diamond. I’ve been using their almond milk for years, even before I started working with them.

Almond Breeze Hint of Honey Vanilla Almond Milk

Normally, in every day life, I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This month I got to try their Almond Breeze Almondmilk Hint of Honey Vanilla and you guys, it’s really good, even plain. If you want to add a little sweetness to anything – from baked goods to cereal to coffee – you’ve gotta try it.

I thought the Hint of Honey Vanilla would go perfectly in this Mango Julius, and I was right!

Mango Julius

This Mango Julius (Smoothie, Milkshake, whatever you want to call it) is super easy. It actually has only 3 ingredients: almond milk, a frozen banana, and mango sorbet. Blend, drink, done.

The frozen banana adds some extra sweetness and doesn’t water the drink down like ice would, and the mango sorbet adds so much flavor. You can also use mango ice cream if you can’t find sorbet, or use frozen mango chunks.

{BTW, can someone tell me how to cut a mango? OMG. I should have googled it. I was going to cut it all pretty for the pictures. If you look close you can see it’s cut in half and smooshed back together because I almost cut my hand off trying to cut it in half. I’m guessing that’s NOT how you cut a mango?}

Anyway, the point is, use mango sorbet or ice cream, or frozen mango chunks if you know how to cut a mango. If you use the frozen chunks you’ll probably need more liquid and you might want to add some honey or sweetener to taste. That’ll make it more healthy, like a smoothie, for breakfast.

The way I made this drink it’s dessert all the way. #howIroll

A note on blenders: I use a Blendtec blender, which is a very powerful one. The super duper blenders like that need less liquid to perform than a regular basic blender. If you’re using a regular blender, you’ll most likely need more liquid. Pay attention to the notes in the directions so you don’t burn out your motor!

Now that I’ve made this Mango Julius I’m dreaming of poolside cocktails and “smoothies” that taste like milkshakes.

Mango Julius - a mango smoothie and a mango milkshake all in one. The perfect easy drink recipe for summer!

I’m thinking that, on the off chance Maui has the same menu, I need to bring some rum to the pool. Because that would be fabulous in this drink!

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Servings: 1 -2 servings

Mango Julius

This Mango Julius is a cross between a smoothie and a milkshake. It's the perfect summer drink any time of day!


  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • 1 sliced frozen banana — slice a ripe banana, then freeze for at least 2 hours
  • 1 cup mango sorbet or ice cream
  • Whipped cream and cherry — for garnish (optional)


  1. Place milk in blender jar, then add frozen banana and sorbet. Blend until smooth. Place in 1 or 2 glasses for serving and top with whipped cream and/or a cherry.
  2. Note on blenders: I use a Blendtec blender that's very powerful. If you are using a lower-end more traditional blender you will probably need to add more liquid (almond milk) to get it smooth. Add the 1 cup as called for, then add more as needed.

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  1. Frosty drinks by the pool are one of life’s pleasures. And if Jordan didn’t want you to drink her smoothie, she shouldn’t have left it unattended. Children must learn the ways of the world…
    So I’m scared of cutting mangoes too, which is why it’s such a relief that this recipe uses sorbet! And it’s also lactose-free for a happy tummy. I’m digging it!

  2. Summer is the perfect time for smoothies. In fact, I usually make one every morning for breakfast in the summer. This Mango Julius would be on my list of drinks to enjoy while lounging in the pool. Hawaii sounds like it will be an awesome getaway for you and the family, Dorothy. 🙂

  3. It’s like drinking sunshine in a glass! What a gorgeous drink, Dorothy! It sounds so refreshing! Pinned!

  4. I can’t believe you had never tried mango before! It’s one of my favorite tropical fruits. I want ALL the mango right now!

  5. I love this! I rarely have treats with mango (unless I’m at an Indian restaurant) so I can’t wait to try this. & I’m a huge fan of almond milk, but I’ve been transitioning to cashew. You did the right thing finishing Jordan’s drink 😉

  6. This looks delicious! I love that it’s dairy free, too! Mango is such a grat summer flavor!

  7. Mango is one of my favorite fruits and so under-utilized! I’m thinking if I make this and sit in my backyard, I’ll at least FEEL like I’m on vacation. So in love with the Almond Breeze! 

  8. You snooze, you loose, right? I think a lot of kids learn that hard way that their food isn’t always safe with mom. 🙂 This mango julius sounds refreshing!

  9. I seriously am out of town and just asked my mom if I could stop by the grocery store to get all the ingredients for this.  I have to make this perfection!

  10. Holy mango creaminess batman! Simply gorgeous.

  11. Having grown up in New Jersey, I have a deep love of malls. Orange Julius is an official MALL FOOD. I love that this recipe brings back memories but is dressed up enough to appeal to my ADULT palate. 🙂 

  12. That julius looks amazing – I totally would have stolen my kids drink too if they took off for the pool!  🙂  

  13. Trader Joe’s frozen mango chunks have saved my life for the past 7 years or so! I started buying them ages ago b/c slicing fresh mangos is tricky. They are slippery, slimy, and just go all over the place AND the price of 1 fresh mango and what it yields vs. a huge bag of chunks, it’s a no brainer. 

    And drinks at the pool with umbrellas always taste a bazillion times better, don’t they!

    Love that you recreated this one! I would inhale it!

  14. Cold, fruity drinks go hand in hand with the best vacations!  : )  We love mangoes – my husband would love this!!

  15. This smoothie/ milkshake looks so refreshing and tasty, mango is definitely my favourite tropical flavours! I love it how it is only 3 ingredients, perfect for a quick and easy drink. 

  16. I want this!!! I absolutely love mangoes and this drink looks really creamy and luscious. Just the drink to enjoy by the poolside.

  17. This looks so refreshing and delicious for summer! I can’t wait to try it!

  18. Yummy!!! I will have to try this when I get some mangoes! Here is a tutorial on how to cut mangoes that works every time for me:
     Hope it helps!

  19. I don’t mind cutting up fresh mangoes – I do that often for my daughter’s lunch – so I would use fresh in this smoothie.  Great idea to do a variation of an Orange Julius (oh, memories of groups of us teenage girls at the mall)!  Try squeezing lemon juice on fresh mango – it changes the taste, if you would like a change.

  20. Dorothy, this looks amazing!  And can I just tell you how much I love mango?!?!?  I could eat it by the poundful.  Also, I LOVE Almond Breeze.  When I cut out dairy to get pregnant, it was my go to!  So so so good!

  21. I loved Orange Julius when I was a kid, then all the locations around here closed and I would constantly lament how much I wished it was still around. Now there’s one just down the street from my house and I never go. I should just make this at home instead…

  22. Yum! Can’t wait to try!! I love mangoes!!!

    Pampered Chef makes mango slicer – best money I’ve ever spent!! I’m usually not one for the fancy kitchen gadgets when they’re helping me do something I could easily do with standard tools / utensils. But I have to say, I’m absolutely terrified to cut mangoes, so this tool makes it super easy. Definitely worth spending a couple of bucks! 🙂

  23. What an awesome idea this is, Dorothy, and it looks amazing!  Mangos are a favorite of mine, and I love that you used almond milk!

  24. This looks fabulous! I’m fairly new to mango, I always thought I didn’t like it, now I can’t get enough and I have to make this!

    OMG I thought I was the only one who didn’t know how to cut a mango. I actually have photos of the hideous mess I made, it was in microscopic pieces and larger chunks and there was juice everywhere. It looked like a mango crime scene because I’d tried to cut it in half, but that obviously wasn’t right. I think I even blunted the knife…!

  25. What a perfect summer drink to enjoy by the pool!  I totally would have slurped this down if one of my kids had left it behind 😉

  26. This is seriously the BEST! As much as I love a good orange julius, mango is always the better fruit 🙂 I need to try this ASAP! Love how simple your ingredient list is too!!

  27. This julius sounds amazing! Plus your photos are so pretty!

  28. This is so genius! I totally want my own umbrella-laden mango julius to drink by the pool! 

  29. I modified this slightly to make it healthier. Used frozen Mango chunks, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1 frozen banana, almond milk and 6 crushed almonds. Skip the mango ice cream. Too many calories. Delicious!

  30. I love the combination of mango and banana! This sounds like the perfect summer drink!  I’m going to have to try this. Pinned! 

  31. A perfect drink for hot, summer nights! 🙂

  32. Mango anything is my weakness! I used to not be one for smoothies or chilled drinks, but this year I’ve been really into them! Got to give this a try 🙂

  33. This looks so incredible, Dorothy! I am such a big mango fan and seriously can’t wait to try this!  Love the almond milk in here! It sounds so delicious and refreshing! 

  34. This looks perfect for our super hot Cali weather! Seriously, how is it eleventy-million degrees already!?!?!

  35. You’ve never had mango before?! You poor thing – you’ve been missing out 😉 Guess you better make a few more of these to make up for it! Also, I finally learned how to properly cut a mango a few months ago, so you weren’t alone in that dilemma.

  36. I made an orange Julius at home last month and now you’re really making me want to use up the last mango on my counter with this version! I can just imagine how good it tastes!

  37. I don’t love mango, but I love the idea of this smoothie! I use almond milk for all my smoothies and it’s fantastic! 

  38. The best way to cut a mango is to cut it in half right next to the pit and then cut a grid on it. You can turn it inside out and have mango chunks. I hope this made some sorta sense….

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