Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie


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This mandarin breakfast smoothie is a creamsicle dream brimming with Vitamin C, and plenty of good-for-you ingredients to kickstart your morning!

Mandarin breakfast smoothie in a glass next to mandarin oranges.

Grab a bag when it’s the peak season for these sweet little oranges — so many recipes can be made with them! First up, this mandarin smoothie. It’s another delicious addition to your collection of morning smoothie recipes that tastes like a creamy Orange Julius but with more nutrients to power your day.

And if you’ve got any lingering mandarin oranges, this mandarin chicken salad or orange creamsicle overnight oats will hit the spot.

Ingredients for a mandarin breakfast smoothie on a table.

Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of ingredients for this creamy, citrusy smoothie. Here’s what’s in it.

  • Milk: Non-dairy milks are my personal preference, but dairy works as well.
  • Yogurt: Both dairy or non-dairy yogurts alike will help make this deliciously creamy and give a boost of probiotics.
  • Mandarin Oranges: They’re smaller and naturally sweeter than navel oranges. Plus, they’re easy to peel!
  • Banana: It’s loaded with vitamins, potassium, and of course, will amp up the creaminess factor.
  • Ground Flaxseeds: These little seeds are loaded with omega-3’s, fiber, and other nutrients. If you don’t have them, you can use chia seeds as well.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of this gives the smoothie a sweet touch.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Mandarins vs Tangerines vs Clementines

It can get confusing as all these little oranges do look awfully similar to one another. So to clear up some of that confusion, think of it this way – mandarins are type of orange and the name for an overarching category of small oranges.

Tangerines are a form of mandarins, with a sweet-tart flavor. Clementine “cuties” are the smallest type of mandarin with an extra glossy peel and super sweet insides. And satsumas are a very tender, easy to peel, juicy mandarin. Tangerines, clementines, and satusmas are all mandarins. But not all mandarins are tangerines (or clementines or satsumas). Make sense?

So which mandarins should you use in this recipe? Any of the above! They all work great. So grab what’s in season or on sale.

Blending a mandarin breakfast smoothie in a Vitamix.

Let’s Make A Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie

The best part about smoothies is that they’re quick and easy! Just toss everything into a blender and blend until you’ve got a perfectly smooth and creamy texture. Breakfast (or even an afternoon pick-me-up) doesn’t get any simpler than this.

Two glasses of mandarin breakfast smoothies on a table.

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When it’s spring and summer, this lineup of tasty, healthy smoothies will quench your thirst.

If you make this mandarin breakfast smoothie, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Glasses of mandarin breakfast smoothies next to a napkin.

Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie

5 from 21 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This mandarin breakfast smoothie is a creamsicle dream brimming with Vitamin C, and plenty of good-for-you ingredients to kickstart your morning!



  • Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender, and blend until smooth.
    A blender blending a mandarin breakfast smoothie
  • Pour into a glass, and enjoy!
    Two cups of mandarin breakfast smoothies.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1358IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast smoothie, Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie, Mandarin Recipe, smoothie recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. This orange breakfast smoothie is so delicious and refreshing.
    I made mine with almond milk, can of mandarin oranges, vanilla protein, triple omega seeds, the Greek yogurt and frozen banana.

    For sure I would make this again, maybe as afternoon treat. 5 stars

  2. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.  Quick question I am looking for the best and healthiest vanilla extract. Which one do you recommend?5 stars

  3. I’ve heard about it for the first time. In our country India, it is probably called orange, I think maybe it is the same. We often eat this juice in the summer season, sometimes we eat it with home-made ground salt. But you gave me good information about it, I will try to make it in a different way.

  4. This smoothie is the perfect consistency and balance of flavors—bright and sweet but not overwhelming. Delicious!5 stars

  5. The smoothie recipe that you have shared with us sounds like a very delicious smoothie altogether. The recipe and ingredients that you have added to the article will help us make this smoothie at home.
    Thank you for listing everything together and sharing it with us. I would like to have more such amazing recipes in the future also.

    1. Hope you love this smoothie recipe Pravin! Can’t wait to share tons more recipes with you all :)

  6. Just made it. I’ve used a bit smoller amounts of ingrediens for just me and add a tiny amout of honey ’cause I had just a half of frozen banana. It’s delicious! Thank you!5 stars

  7. This was delicious! I thought the vanilla extract seemed different, but thank you Lisa for helping me grow and be more adventurous with your recipes. 

    – I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS AMAZING COOKBOOK!! It will be the perfect gift for newly weds, college students and more! 5 stars

  8. Excellent as always! All of your recipes are spot on! I never have to make any changes. I actually drink your smoothies as my healthy dessert in the evenings. Can’t wait for your cookbook to come out.5 stars

  9. Hi I like your Recipe where u from I m from Uk I ask  u pain in my body I think my collagen protein is low..My age is 46 years old And my weight is 84 and height is 5ft can I Use Vital proteins collagen  peptides and vital collagen Whey proteins and MRM Natural egg white proteins kindly send me Diet plan I want to loss weight I m Muslim I try your chia pudding very tasty 😋 great recipes great news on the cookbook congratulations for your cookbook 5 stars

    1. Hi Rachel – if you want a creamy texture with a nutrient boost, you could opt for frozen zucchini. It won’t add any flavor, and I have another recipe that explains how to freeze it!

  10. Drinking this one right now, cut the recipe in half as my blender is only small. It is so very good. Assuming I can freeze clementines to have when they are not easily accessible in my neck of the woods? I am enjoying your recipes.5 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed this smoothie Paulette! As for freezing, yes you can, just make sure to peel them first.

  11. Made these as a treat to go with dinner tonight. A huge hit. My son (who hates eating anything healthy because he’s 14) wants to make them again but with peaches this time. He thought maybe mandarin peach would be good too. I think he thought they were peaches going in. We had your butternut squash soup as our veg tonight with dinner. We’re enjoying your recipes. We will keep getting more. #downshiftology @downshiftology5 stars

    1. Happy to hear you and your son enjoyed this smoothie recipe! Stay tuned for tons more coming your way Sandra :)

    1. Absolutely! Although this recipe already makes 2 servings. So just save the other half in the fridge, and make sure to give it a good shake or stir before drinking.

    2. Hey Lisa, I’m seeing Mandarins in our market, but not so much the little Cuties. Can I use mandarins?

  12. This smoothie sounds so good! My kids love mandarin oranges so I think they will really enjoy this recipe too!5 stars

  13. This smoothie is such a sweet and satisfying snack or breakfast! The sweet orange flavor really comes through! I’ll be making these all summer!5 stars

  14. Do you think I could peel and freeze the mandarins? I have a bag that won’t make it much longer and it’s officially smoothie season in my house.