Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie
This mandarin breakfast smoothie is a creamsicle dream brimming with Vitamin C, and plenty of good-for-you ingredients to kickstart your morning!
When it’s peak season for these sweet little oranges, it’s smart to grab a big ol’ bag. So what can you make with mandarin oranges? Well, my mandarin chicken salad is a given, but have you tried blending them into a smoothie? It’s like a creamy Orange Julius, but with more nutrients to power your day. A breakfast smoothie winner for sure!
So if you’re looking to expand your list of morning smoothie recipes, make sure to bookmark this orange dream!
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.
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.
More Tasty, Healthy Smoothies
When it’s spring and summer, this lineup of tasty, healthy smoothies will quench your thirst.
- Best Green Smoothie Recipe: This is one nutrient dense smoothie that’s great for your weekly routine.
- Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie: A creamy, tropical smoothie filled with easy immune-boosting ingredients.
- Peach Breakfast Smoothie: Fresh peaches, yogurt, chia seeds, and a kick of spices make for one tasty smoothie.
- Blueberry Smoothie: A creamy, sweet smoothie loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.
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.
Mandarin Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups milk, dairy or dairy-free
- 1 cup yogurt, dairy or dairy-free
- 4 mandarin oranges, peeled
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender, and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, and enjoy!