Making a delicious Panera Bread Co Mango smoothie at home couldn't be simpler. All you need are three ingredients.
On a hot summer day, nothing is as refreshing as a deliciously chilled smoothie. Panera Bread's Mango Smoothie is a tropical blend of mango puree and Greek yogurt blended into a silky smooth texture.
If you've ever wondered how to recreate this delightful treat at home, you're in luck.
This is my favorite smoothie that Panera sells and the best thing is with this recipe you and I no longer have to make the drive to rush out to buy one when a craving hits.
With this copycat recipe, you can enjoy the sweet, velvety goodness of this beloved beverage from the comfort of your own kitchen.
You may also want to try this delicious strawberry and chocolate smoothie.
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Panera's mango smoothie offers a deliciously refreshing taste that is perfect for hot summer days or whenever you're in the mood for a fruity and satisfying beverage.
- Mangoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which contribute to a healthy diet and support overall well-being.
- While this mango smoothie recipe is delicious on its own, it also serves as a versatile base for customization. You can add extra ingredients like spinach, protein powder, or chia seeds to make it even more nutritious and tailored to your preferences.
Panera has so many delicious smoothies on their menu, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Green Passion Smoothie, Strawberry Smoothie, Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk, and Mango Smoothie.
Here is the official ingredients list on Panera Bread's website for their mango smoothie.
Mango Blend (Water, Mango Puree Concentrate, Banana Puree, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Orange Juice, Natural Flavors, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium D-Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyroxidine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Water, Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Non-Fat Milk, Cream, Contains Live Active Cultures S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, L. Paracasei, L. Rhamnosus)
I am sure Panera's mango blend is a proprietary ingredient that can't be found at the grocery store. So I went in search of a proper substitute.
My first stop was the bottled juice section in the produce department.
There I was able to find two different bottled mango juices, Bolthouse Farms Amazing Mango and Naked Mighty Mango.
A quick look at the ingredients lists told me these might be great substitutes for Panera's mango blend. The main difference was Panera uses white grape juice and the store-bought substitutes use apple juice.
Bolthouse Farms Amazing Mango Ingredients: Mango Puree, Apple Juice From Concentrate (Water, Apple Juice Concentrate), Orange Juice From Concentrate (Water, Orange Juice Concentrate), Lemon Juice From Concentrate (Water, Lemon Juice Concentrate) Banana Puree, Contains 2% Or Less: Natural Flavors, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)
Naked Mighty Mango Ingredients: Mango Puree, Apple Juice From Concentrate (Water, Apple Juice Concentrate), Orange Juice, Banana Puree, Lemon Juice, Natural Flavors, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)
The last ingredient we need is Greek yogurt. In the past when I have watched Panera make their smoothies I noticed they used specifically Stonyfield brand of yogurt. I chose to use my local stores store brand plain Greek yogurt.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Unfortunately, this easy smoothie does require one piece of specialized equipment, a blender.
Use a high-speed blender to blend your smoothie. Blending ice isn’t an easy job.
I currently use this Ninja blender. It does a pretty good job, but sometimes I have to stop and scrape the sides of the blender and it doesn't always adequately chop all of the ice into tiny pieces.
My dream blender is this Vitamix blender.
Pour the mango juice, yogurt, and ice into a blender.
Blend on low speed and gradually increase the speed until your smoothie has reached your desired consistency.
Note: My blender doesn't have a speed control so I start with small pulses and gradually increase the length of the pulses.
Rinse and wash your blender container with soap and warm water immediately. Nothing is worse than scraping dried smoothies out of all of the nooks and crannies.
Mango Juice: Instead of the bottled mango juice mentioned above you could also substitute frozen mango puree, pureed fresh ripe mangoes, or frozen mango chunks.
These alternatives may not be as sweet as the bottled mango juice so you may want to add some additional sweetener such as apple juice or grape juice. The additional juice will also make the mix more liquidy and easier to blend.
Greek Yogurt: If you don't have plain Greek yogurt you could also use vanilla or another fruit-flavored Greek yogurt. Another possible substitution is regular yogurt which isn't as thick as Greek yogurt but can still be used.
Double the Recipe: You can easily double the recipe and blend up two smoothies at once.
When it comes to storing leftover Panera Bread mango smoothie, there are a few guidelines you can follow to maintain its freshness and quality:
- Transfer any leftovers into an airtight container. Refrigerate it promptly to prevent the growth of bacteria and maintain its freshness.
- Opt for a container with a tight-fitting lid to minimize exposure to air, which can lead to oxidation and spoilage. Glass jars or plastic containers with secure lids work well for storing smoothies.
- To reduce the amount of air inside the container, fill it as close to the top as possible. This helps prevent oxidation and keeps the smoothie fresher for longer.
- Place the sealed container of leftover smoothie in the coldest part of your refrigerator, such as the back of the main compartment. This ensures it stays at a consistently low temperature and prolongs its shelf life.
- While smoothies are best enjoyed fresh, refrigerated leftovers can typically be consumed within 24 to 48 hours without significant loss of quality. After this time, the texture and taste may deteriorate.
- Before drinking your leftover smoothie, give it a good stir to redistribute any settled ingredients and ensure a consistent texture.
I typically enjoy this delicious drink alongside breakfast:
Frequently Asked Questions
The length of time needed to fully blend a smoothie will depend on the strength of your blender. One clue to look for is that the smoothie is fully circulating within the blender for about 5 seconds with no visible chunks. This could take up to 2-3 minutes.
Personally, I think smoothies taste best fresh. But if you do need to store your smoothie here are some tips.
A thick smoothie will last in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours and still maintain its flavor but may become runny as the ingredients melt. To store a smoothie in the refrigerator, pour it into a tightly sealed container such as a Mason jar.
You could also freeze your leftover smoothie in an ice cube tray. I like these flexible silicone ice cube trays. I think they make cube removal extremely easy.
Once frozen the smoothie cubes should be transferred to an air-tight container. To blend add the smoothie cubes to your blender and add just enough liquid to allow the smoothie cubes to circulate without jamming.
- While mango is the star of this smoothie, don't be afraid to experiment with complementary fruits. Adding fruits like pineapple, coconut, banana, or berries can add depth to the flavor profile and introduce additional nutrients.
- Feel free to customize your mango smoothie with additional ingredients to suit your preferences and nutritional needs. You can add baby spinach or kale for a nutrient boost, a scoop of protein powder for added protein, or chia seeds for added texture and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Blend this copycat Panera mango smoothie until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and the texture is smooth and consistent. This ensures that you don't have any chunks or uneven distribution of ingredients.
- Once blended, taste your mango smoothie and adjust the flavor if needed. You can add a bit more sweetness with a touch of honey or maple syrup, adjust the thickness with more liquid, or add more fruit for a stronger mango flavor.
- Consider garnishing your mango smoothie with a slice of fresh mango, a sprinkle of coconut flakes, a drizzle of honey, or a sprig of mint. Not only does it enhance the visual appeal, but it also adds a touch of extra flavor and texture.
Looking for other Panera copycat recipes like this? Try these:
Panera Mango Smoothie
- ¾ cup mango juice
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Pour the ¾ cup mango juice, ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, and 1 cup ice cubes into a blender.
- Blend on low speed and gradually increase the speed until your smoothie has reached your desired consistency.
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