How to Make a Tropical Spirulina Smoothie (That Babies Love!)

Whether it’s dumping snow or unseasonably warm, I think we can all agree that a tropical smoothie just tastes great. I love this recipe because it includes extra nutrients (aka spirulina and avocado) and yet kids love it!

It’s so thick, you need to eat it with a spoon and the flavor centers around my favorite kind of fruit. TROPICAL. Something about the creamy coconut and avocado blended with the sweet yet mellow mango and banana makes my taste buds sing with happiness.

My body also hums on this smoothie because it has a wonderful balance of carbohydrates and healthy fats so no blood sugar crashes. It is also loaded with enzymes and antioxidants, nature’s housekeeping crew, so it’s a great “detox” breakfast after a night (or a few days) of heavy eating.

And for extra brownie points, babies LOVE this smoothie. (Well, at least Griffin does and he has a picky palate so I think I can deduct that most babies will love it too!)

Here’s a video of me and baby Griffin making it 🙂

Tropical Spirulina Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 cups of chopped mango, preferably frozen
  • 1 frozen banana, without skin
  • 1 c. coconut milk (You can use my DIY recipe. If you use canned, try Trader Joe’s brand or Native Forest since they use BPA free cans.)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-1.5 teaspoons of spirulina powder
  • For more protein, you can add Collagen Peptides or vegan Pea Protein (OPTIONAL)

Mango Spirulina Smoothie Directions

  • Coarsely chop your frozen banana and put into blender with 1 cup coconut milk. Puree until fully blended.
  • Add your mango and puree until fully blended.
  • Add your avocado and spirulina powder and puree until fully blended.
  • Pour into cool cup and enjoy with a spoon!

Whip one up and let me know how you like it!

How about YOU?

What recipes do you feel healthy eating?

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


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  1. Can’t wait to try this! I can’t have mangoes, so I’ll add another fruit. Thanks!!

  2. I tried this smoothie and added frozen kale, a piece of ginger, chia seeds and hemp hearts. It was delicious! My 20 month old son loved it too!!

    • Awesome, mama! Glad your boy loved it just like mine did when he was a baby!!! ??

  3. Could I use almond milk? Hist made some and don’t have coconut in hand

  4. which blender do you use here? I see that has glass jar . I am looking for similar one. Thanks in advance.

  5. What brand of spirulina powder do you use?

    • I currently have Live Superfoods brand.

  6. Can I make a “double/triple” smoothie & freeze it to unthaw a day or two later?? I love to drink green smoothies, but I’m finding myself pressed for time. Thanks in advance for your help! 🙂

    • Hmmm…. not sure if that would work with the avocado although I do remember Trader Joe’s sold frozen avocado halves. You could give it a whirl. If you do, let us know how it goes!

  7. so cute

  8. I’m allergic to mangoes, can you suggest a good substitute? What about pineapple?

      • Oh, that’s too bad. See, I live in Japan–papaya is hard to find here and extremely expensive, and the melon season JUST ended. I guess I’ll have to wait until next summer!

        • Try blueberries instead and no avocado

  9. I have never heard of spirulina powder before. What exactly is it?

  10. What a great smoothie idea! I like that you freeze the mangoes and bananas first. Sometimes my smoothies come out too much at room temperature (warm) after being blended. Coconut milk is my absolute fave for smoothies! Like you I feel great when I ingest GREENS! Thank you for sharing.

  11. I’d love to try this with my girls, 2 and 4. However, they won’t eat anything that isn’t close to pink. I mean red and purple are pushing it. Ideas? I love adding kale and apples to our smoothies, but they are stubborn, and I’m a teacher!

    • They make natural food dye made of beet juice/coloring so you could try that. You could make this smoothie with strawberries (raspberries) and add coconut oil instead of avocado. I think that’s cute that your girls only want pink (probably their favorite color 🙂 but I can see how that would be limiting.

  12. I tried the smoothie today and love it!! YUM!!! To add an extra boost (since I also feel good about myself when I eat green) I added a big handful of spinach to the smoothie. I will share it with my little one when she is old enough to eat.

  13. what is better home birth, sea section…

    • for me it is the poolbirth

  14. Can you freez the smoothieafter mixing it all togethe.

    HAPPY 2012.

    • Yes, you can Roma. Just don’t leave in too long as it will get hard as a rock :).

  15. ooh, I will try this when I get home tomorrow from Malaysia – bananas are expensive in Oz at the moment, but avocados and mangos will be plentiful and I love coconut milk. I have been indulging far too much on really good food in Korea, Singapore and Malaysia and I’m looking forward to starting a new healthy eating and exercise plan for the rest of the school holidays.

    P.S Griffy has grown so much! Still super cute. Now I think he looks more like daddy.

    • I know! He is daddy junior :). Let me know how you like it. XOXO.

      • So I’m back, and I tried the smoothie – adjusted, because bananas are just too expensive here and I was too lazy to find out what spurilina was or how to get it. I blended one large mango, half a large avocado and put a half cup of coconut cream in – but unfortunately I didn’t shake the can properly so I put in very thick coconut cream, followed sheepishly by a few splashes of the watery milk that was left over. I loved the flavour, but I don’t think I’m a smoothie person – as always, I felt a little sick from the consistency of it.

        I have started my healthy eating and I am loving it after a month of binging. One thing I am trying is not eating any carbs after sundown. It’s a little weird, but it makes sense – carbs, if not burnt, turn to fat, and nobody does any major carb burning after dinner.

        • I eat lighter dinners myself and feel better that way. Here’s to a healthy 2012!

  16. Merry Christmas! You are such a darling mom. I had no idea I could freeze fruit that wasn’t already frozen to start, thanks for the tip (sorry if that makes NO sense!) And I love avocado on everything so this makes sense.

    • Aw, thanks so much Katie. Yes, frozen fruit is tasty business in smoothies. Be sure to peel your bananas before you freeze :). The avocado in this smoothie makes it rich and satisfying.

      Hope you had a beautiful Christmas!


  17. That looks SO delicious! I’m going to have to give it a shot. I never thought of putting avocado in my smoothies.

    BTW, my daughters ages 3 and 2 LOVE watching your videos!

    • Aw, that makes my heart sing! I LOVE when little ones like to watch our videos :).

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