Mango lassi

27 Oct

I was going to write an entry about a milk-free protein shake (“protein shake for vegans” from Run Addicts). Instead, I’m going to share this little taste-bud explosion that I stumbled upon this morning. While the Run Addicts website offered a great range of protein shakes that utilise milk powder or whey protein (which is a by-product of cheese production), the dairy free shake was (IMO) just a fruit smoothie, which was delicious, but not quite what I was looking for as a post-workout protein hit. So, while I continue my quest for a DF protein shake, here is a GREAT breakfast discovery…

Mango lassi, from Marie Claire Fast & Fresh, might very nearly become my new favourite summer drink. It’s sweet and chilled, and the flavour bursts in your mouth. Take advantage of the summer fruits as they come into season and try a few fruit crushies like this for breakfast. Mangos are superb right now.

I served this mango lassi with a bacon and egg omelette for breakfast today. Add in a blue sky and summer just around the corner, and it was a great way to start the day!*

240g (3/4 cup) roughly chopped fresh mango
1 tsp honey
1 teaspoon lime juice**
125g (1/2 cup) plain yoghurt***

Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve in a chilled glass.

Serves 2 (though I ate the whole lot myself 🙂 )

* ok, a beach walk, early morning paddleboard or kayak would have made it perfect! Make that a plan for Saturday…
** I didn’t have lime so I squeezed half a lemon, which gave the lassi a great citrusy tang.
*** I used soy yoghurt which was strawberry flavoured. I expect that it made the lassi sweeter. Try unflavoured natural yoghurt (I recommend Jalna brand, which is lowest in lactose) if you are going to go for dairy.


Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Food


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6 responses to “Mango lassi

  1. Marika

    October 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Hey Alicia (and whoever else reads this), I was curious for the dairy free milk shake but this recipe looks very yummy too. 🙂 After reading your last blog post I went to some of the websites you mentioned. And all of the sudden I found my self on the website of sunwarrior ( They sell and promote vegan protein powder. It sounds very interesting, and I would love to know whether it is really as good as the stuff I’m using at the moment (organic whey protein). Something to think about and to try soon. 🙂

  2. Alicia

    October 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Hi Mari,
    Thanks for the greatest input! I’m keen to try the sunwarrior mix. It will be interesting to see if it has the same “filling” effect as other shake mixes.

    When googling non-meat* sources of protein, here is a short list that I came across:

    oatmeal, soymilk, bagel**, whole wheat bread, baked beans, firm tofu***, broccoli, brown rice, almonds, peanut butter, crackers.

    Removing gluten from that list we have:
    soymilk, baked beans, tofu, broccoli, brown rice, almonds and peanut butter.

    The highest rating items of the whole list were baked beans, tofu and peanut butter, and I bet I can get a good shake out of soy, tofu, broccoli and almonds, mixed with other things. Perhaps I will try replacing milk powder or eggs with tofu in my shakes. Hopefully tofu will just thicken the shake… (tofu has long been accused of having no taste, so it shouldn’t have a big impact in that department :).

    Things to try:
    – soy milk, banana, honey, tofu, peanut butter and a mix of seeds (chia seeds, flax meal, sunflower seeds or almonds)

    – soy or coconut milk, spinach, broccoli, spirulina powder & almonds (this might need something else…)

    – soy milk, banana, cocoa & peanut butter … potential-yum.

    I’m going to try one now…

    * obviously you don’t want meat in your shake because that would be totally gross
    ** I don’t know why a bagel made it onto this list. It was an american site and they love the things, I guess.
    *** Is soft tofu different?

    • terry

      November 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      * As a scientist you really should try this before spouting off 😉 (BACON SHAKE!)

      *** Soft tofu is just pressed less in processing, so it’s less dense (firm is usually for stir fries and things) – I’d think it’d be better for shakes and things! Silken tofu would blend up creamy too.

      I also vote for tahini for seedy protein – yum.

      • Alicia

        November 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        Thanks Tez!
        I have tested it, but it’s not statistically significant yet 🙂
        Tahini – a good suggestion! Yum. And probably much healthier than peanut butter (which I have somehow fallen into. Doh!)

  3. terry

    November 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Please write up any further meat shake experiences – am rather curious…

  4. Alicia

    November 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Ahh I see, you’re talking about the meat shake! I can’t say I’ve tried and it probably doesn’t really need testing. Pretty sure it would be grose! Ham & banana anyone?


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