Reader Recipes

Published on February 11th, 2013 | by Reader Recipe


Reader Recipe: Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac: Mango Banana Smoothie

by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, 30-Day Vegan Challenge

Got a healthy recipe that you’d like to share? Head over to our Submit a Recipe page!

Mango Smoothie

For thousands of years, many different plant foods have been eaten for their “aphrodisiac qualities,” inspired by their alleged physical effects and also by their sensory characteristics (in other words, how they look, sound, smell, taste, or feel.) By definition, all “vegan” foods – that is, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, mushrooms, herbs, and spices – are all aphrodisiacal, because they increase blood flow. Some aphrodisiacs are considered such because of their texture. Apricots, mangoes, peaches, and tomatoes – also known as “love-apples” – are on the list of sensual foods primarily for their built-in succulence.

This smoothie, with the succulence of mangoes, is a perfect Valentine’s Day refresher. Although fresh (unfrozen) bananas work perfectly fine, using frozen bananas adds a wonderful thickness.

Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac: Mango Banana Smoothie

Wheat-free, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free if using soy-free milk and yogurt, tree-nut-free

Yield: One 16-ounce glass


  • 1 or 2 ripe bananas, preferably those that have been peeled, cut into pieces, and frozen
  • 1/2 cup or more frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (or more) nondairy milk (soy, rice, almond, oat, hemp, or hazelnut)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender until thoroughly blended. You can make it thinner or thicker depending on your preference. Just vary the juice and milk for the consistency you prefer. Any blender will work, although a high-powered one, such as a Vitamix, creates the smoothest, creamiest consistency.

Copyright 2012 Compassionate Cooks, LLC/Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. All Rights Reserved.

Got a healthy recipe that you’d like to share? Head over to our Submit a Recipe page!

Keep up with the latest sustainable food news by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

About the Author

This is a reader-submitted recipe, which means it has not been tested by the EDB staff. If you have made this dish, we'd love for you to drop a comment and let us know how you liked it! Your feedback helps other readers decide what recipes they want to try. Got your own healthy recipe that you'd like to submit to the site? Share it with us by clicking here!

Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑
  • Support our Site!

  • Advertisement

  • Let’s Connect!

  • Advertisement

  • Popular Posts & Pages

    Whether you are looking to completely give up animal products or just want to try eating vegan some of the time, we want to support you! Below, you’ll find articles answering some common questions about vegan cooking and nutrition. If you don’t see your question answered below, please get in touch with us! We are happy to investigate for you!

    Find out what's in season now, plus get plenty of recipe inspiration to help you make the most of every season's beautiful, local fare.

    I love infographics. When I came across this one about what, how, and when to plant vegetables, I thought I’d share. Keep reading after the pic for a few of my own lessons learned.

    Top Sustainable Food Jobs of the Week.

    Looking for an all vegan grocery store? Even if you’re not lucky enough to have one in your town, there are lots of online options for vegan grocery shopping.

  • Advertisement

  • Search the IM Network

  • The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by, and do not necessarily represent the views of Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc., its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.