Raw Mango Lassi
Posted on December 13, 2011 by Alison Murray
Another week, another over-ripe piece of fruit in the fruit basket. The offending edible this time? A fragrant and slightly squishy mango Kam had forgotten to eat the last few days. So, as we have a new box of produce arriving tomorrow, something had to be done!
We (I) had a tropical themed dinner planned, Veganomicon’s Pineapple-Cashew-Quinoa Stir-Fry, so a nice mango smoothie definately seemed complementary. I continually bemoan mango as such a messy fruit to eat, with Kam always piping in “But also the most delicious!”, so I had to do something a little special…. though still ridiculously simple. It didn’t take much of a leap then to try making a yummy vegan (and raw) Mango Lassi with the remaining cups of almond milk I made the other night.
If you’ve seen my Cinnamon Quinoa Milk recipe, you’ll remember my joy at discovering the simplicity of homemade non-dairy milk production. While I’ve now tried quite a few recipes, I’ve found myself coming back to almond milk over and over. Easy, no prep, and delicous creamy milk – my kind of beverage. While I like the prepackaged stuff in a pinch too, I definately taste the difference between my own and the carton stuff – not least the ingredients that go into the latter. That being said, I don’t expect everyone to have a nut milk bag, or the inclination to make their own milks. This recipe will be amazing with whatever milk you have on hand, especially almond, coconut or hazenut milk. Yummo!
What I do expect is you to enjoy the health benefits of this spiced drink as much as you do the incredible taste! Mangoes give a lovely boost of vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron with almonds throwing you some calcium, magnesium, vitamine E and B vitamins. By making your own milk you’ll also get the polyphenols and antioxidants from the brown skins. And what about cardomom and cinnamon? The digestive, circulation improving and detoxifying actions of these spices make this more than a cool, tropical drink. This is definately sounding like a bit of a Raw Superfood-Lassi to me!
- 2 cups raw almond milk
- 1 ripe mango, skin removed, flesh sliced
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cardamon
- Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
They may be messy to prepare and eat, but my goodness they are fantastico! Mangoes, I <3 you.
And yes, I did eat the mint leaf off the top. Om nom nom!