This pomegranate mango smoothie without banana is a flavourful recipe brimming with healthy fruits and oats, and an optional hint of spice. Super easy to make and perfect as a light breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack!
Are you like me and love to have a smoothie on a warm summer day, or as a post-workout snack? It's super easy to make smoothies, and they are such a good way to get your healthy vitamins. Plus I find that kids love them too and it's a great way to get them to eat their fresh fruit!
As I'm a bit of a smoothie fan, you will find lots of fun options here including my very popular apple and pear smoothie, berry smoothie without yogurt and mango pear smoothie. For a bit of a tropical vibe, my lychee smoothie is perfect as a healthy snack.
This mango and pomegranate smoothie recipe makes the most of these oh-so-pretty and oh-so-delicious fruits. Pomegranate always feels a little decadent doesn't it! We make this smoothie with a touch of oats to make it more filling, and an optional pinch of turmeric to add extra goodness.
Why this recipe is so good
- A little indulgent: the pomegranate makes things feel a little fancy, no? Not a typical fruit for a smoothie so it's a bit special.
- Super healthy: the combination of the pomegranate, mango and turmeric means you have lots of healthy nutrients in this smoothie.
- Easy to make: once you have your pomegranate juice extracted all you need to do is blend!
This delicious smoothie is full of goodness and uses fresh fruit and pantry staples. Some notes on a few of them:
- Pomegranate - this recipe uses a fresh pomegranate that we extract the juice from. Select a fresh fruit without bruising.
- Turmeric - reputed to have anti-inflammatory benefits from the curcumin as well as antioxidants. However, studies have been undertaken on high doses so it is unclear whether the turmeric we use in food would be sufficient (BBC Good Food). Either way, it has a lovely flavour - and colour of course!
- Oats - just a touch in this smoothie to act as a thickener. If you are gluten-free then the Bob's Red Mill organic gluten free oats are good.
- Black pepper - this is definitely optional and only for those who want a spice kick! Curcumin is better absorbed within the presence of black pepper (Healthline). Personally I use the tiniest possible amount - literally the smallest pinch imaginable!
Swaps and substitutions
The black pepper and turmeric are optional. They add a little bit of extra goodness, but the smoothie is tasty without them.
Use frozen mango in place of fresh. Simply swap out fresh for frozen mango. Using frozen mango will make the smoothie thicker, so you may wish to add a little extra milk.
Use ready prepared pomegranate juice. If it is suitable for you, then use pomegranate juice from a carton. If it is watered down, it may not give the same tangy flavour but will still be delicious!
Step by step instructions
The only 'work' for making this smoothie is extracting the pomegranate juice, if you are using fresh fruit. Then it's just a case of blending!
Remove the pomegranate seeds (arils) from the pomegranate. You can use a small spoon (image 1), and then hold the pomegranate in your hand with fingers spread, seed-side down, and give it a bash with a wooden spoon to remove any stubborn ones into a bowl.
Add the pomegranate seeds to a blender and pulse blend for a few seconds to release the juices (image 2).
Recipe tip: give the blender cup a quick rinse after pouring out the pomegranate juice and before using to make the smoothie so as to remove any hard seeds stuck to it.
Strain the pomegranate seed mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Place the sieve over a bowl. Allow the juice to run through, and use the back of a spoon to help push the juice through (image 3). Discard the seeds left in the sieve.
Add all the ingredients to your blender. Blend to a thick smoothie (image 4), adjusting with ice to taste. Pour into your glasses and serve immediately.
Recipe tips and notes
- Fresh and frozen mango both work well for this smoothie. If using frozen the smoothie will likely be thicker and perhaps require a little less mango, and a bit more pomegranate juice.
- Extracting the seeds from a pomegranate is a messy business! Use a small spoon and definitely don't wear a white t-shirt when doing it . . .
- Adjust the smoothie with ice to taste. Add a cube at a time so you don't water it down too much.
Blender - I use a Nutribullet but any high speed blender will work well.
Sieve and bowl - to strain the pomegranate to collect the juice.
A note for my low histamine readers
For my low histamine readers, black pepper scores 2 on the SIGHI list, so be sure you are able to tolerate. You can of course leave it out. It's still a healthy pomegranate smoothie without it!
More smoothie recipes to try
There are many fresh and fruity smoothies to enjoy on the smoothies page, including my peaches and cream smoothie which is perfect for summer, and my festive cranberry blueberry smoothie. Some recent recipes to enjoy:
If you are looking for exclusive recipes not here on the blog, then you may like to check out my low histamine breakfast recipes ebook!
Pomegranate mango smoothie
- Add the pomegranate seeds to a blender and pulse blend for a few seconds to release the juices. Strain through a sieve into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to help push the juice through. Discard the seeds left in the sieve.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend to a smoothie texture. Add ice to taste, then pour into your glass. Enjoy!
- If using frozen mango you will likely need a slightly smaller quantity as it will thicken the smoothie more than fresh.
- Pour the pomegranate juice and milk into the blender first, and then add in the other ingredients. This will help prevent the dry ingredients from sticking to the blender.
- The black pepper is optional, and will give the smoothie a stronger taste.
- mango scores 1 with a ? as a liberator. There is a note stating 'To be debated. Is often well tolerated'.
- the optional black pepper, which scores 2.