Apr 25

Mango Protein Lassi

Indian food is my jam.


As evidenced by the fact I’m apparently unable to post about anything else lately.

Someone mentioned a mango lassi the other day and it has popped up everywhere since then.  Long ago I made a Savory Protein Lassi, but this time I (for once) decided to go the traditional route and make a mango version.

At least the idea of it was traditional… I have serious doubts that you’d find a “real” lassi with spinach and protein powder.

Mango Protein Lassi


Who needs real when you can have a protein version?  This shake was a refreshing post-workout refuel treat.  With spring temperatures here, I’m loving the return of smoothies.  And smoothie bowls.

I add a little more ice to keep it thick.  There’s just something about eating them with a spoon that makes a protein smoothie that much more satisfying.



The coconut extract and coriander enhance the sweet mango.  Greek yogurt adds a creaminess, but if you don’t do dairy you can leave it out or use tofu or avocado to add to the cream-factor.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with coriander, it’s a subtle flavor that is warm and a bit nutty with a slight hint of citrus.  Coriander brightens and deepens flavors, but in a gentle way where most people wouldn’t be able to pick it out.  It rarely overpowers or detracts from other ingredients.  Rather, it only adds.  It’s good in sweet and savory dishes (I also used it in my Cauliflower & Eggplant Curry).


Mango Protein Lassi

Mango Protein Lassi

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 champagne mango (~1/2 C)
  • 1/2 in piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 C spinach (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • Stevia or other sweetener, to taste
  • Optional: 1/8 tsp of each Xanthan and Guar Gums (to thicken)
  • Ice + water, to taste


Place everything in a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until smooth(ie).

Enjoy by the spoonful.


I’m stopping with the Indian for a bit (I think).  My sister is coming back to the States and Cinco de Drinko Mayo is coming.  I’m feeling like a fiesta!!!

Have you ever used coriander before?  It’s great in baked goods too!

Is it warm yet where you are?  It’s warmer in ATL… but raining.  Obv.



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  1. Lisa

    Ohh, this sounds great! I haven’t had a mango in probably 2 years for some reason even though I love them and I’m imagining the coconut with the mango tastes amazing! Obviously I’d be game for anything with coconut extract in it;)

    1. Laura

      I rarely buy them either… why, I have no clue. They are like candy!

  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Mmm, I didn’t know what a Lassi was, but this sounds great. I love mango and as always I appreciate when you point out the vegan options.

    1. Laura

      Of course! I love my vegan friends. :)

  3. Sandra Laflamme

    Yum! This sounds exotic. I would definitely be curious to try what sounds like an amazing blend of spices and frutis.Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! The spices worked really well with the sweet fruit. :)

  4. Sue

    I love mango lassi! Mine also needs to be thick, I always eat my smoothies with a spoon. Instead of Greek I use soy yogurt.
    German weather is unpredictable, that’s typical for April. At least it’s not freezing anymore.

  5. lucie@swissfitchick

    Smoothies in a bowl!!! YES!! I can not even THINK of drinking a smoothie. The spoon-to-mouth-move just makes it more satisfying (is this weird? No, right?)
    And I love koriander, but I never used it in a sweet dish, totally gonna try that!!
    A very good friend of mine (Indian) is the owner of the best Indian Restaurant here in town. Guess how much I am there :-) if you ever think of traveling to Switzerland, let me know, I need to take you there.

    1. Laura

      Don’t tempt me… Switzerland is on my bucket list!!

  6. ta

    this looks great, and i have all the ingredients at home!
    i would just like to ask, approximately how much ice and water do you use? i’m worried i’ll use too much.

    1. Laura

      I don’t really measure… just add a little bit at a time. You can always add more, but you can’t take it back. :)

  7. janet @ the taste space

    Looks delicious. I always associate lassi with mango + cardamom but coriander is an interesting twist. :)

  8. Angela @ Happy fit mama

    I don’t know what a lassi is and I’ve never had one but now I really, really want one!

  9. lindsay

    if indian is your jam then maybe it’s my butter. Mmm, so good! and i love the protein addition!

    1. Laura

      Mmmmm… butter. And jam. Together. 7 more days…

  10. Miz

    we can eat shakes or smoothies any other way but SPOOOOOON?
    never :)

  11. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    OMG I loooove mango lassis! Totally making this when I finally get a blender!

    1. Laura

      Wait. You don’t have a blender?! I should send you one of mine. ;)

  12. Kat

    When I think lassi I think of a tv show…. ;-p

    1. Laura


  13. Linz @ Itz Linz

    YUM! the weather here has been crazy. 75 one day, 50 the next. that’s st louis for ya!

  14. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I love Indian food, but I’ve only had lassi once or twice. I do remember enjoying it though!

    And slowly but surely, it’s getting warmer here. Thank god, because I could not handle anymore snow.

    1. Laura

      I feel so bad for you guys and all that snow. *shudder*

  15. Aparna B.

    1. Saying something is “your jam” makes me smile like ridiculously big. I love that haha.
    2. Mango Lassis FTW
    3. Healthy mango lassis FTW.

    This sounds AWESOME! I was able to alter my sister’s mango lassi recipe and made it a lot healthier, but I always wanted to make it proteinalicious without being too yogurt-y. I love this!! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I never like them with too much yogurt either. :)

  16. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I love coriander. It’s just one of those subtly but warm spices. I love all of those warming spices you find in Indian food too. Our weather has been all over the place. Last week it was 70 at 6am and almost 90 during day. Now it’s 40 in the AM and barely touching 70. Good times.

    1. Laura

      Subtly warm is the perfect description!

  17. Lee

    This weather! It’s still not that warm. Ugh.

    I’ve never had a real mango lassi, so this would probably taste real to me! Looks good.

    1. Laura

      Really?! The one at Chai Pani is supposedly good.

  18. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Yup, big coriander and mango fan over here – never had a lassi though.

  19. Allie

    I’m glad Indian food is your jam! It makes me so happy. Definitely one of my favorite foods :)

    1. Laura

      Mine too!!! Let me know if you try it out. :)

  20. Smitha @ FauxRunner

    Being Indian, I HAVE to try this out.

    1. Laura

      That makes me nervous – the pressue is on. ;)

  21. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Never thought about coriander in baked goods . . . but I definitely use it in my favorite lentil dal dish. The forecast is showing 70′s this weekend!! I’m so excited–it’s about time!

  22. Liv @ life as liv

    If only I had a vitamix (or any mixer really) besides my lonely magic bullet. Oh well. #collegegirlproblem

    1. Laura

      The bullet can totally make this! I used it for all my smoothies before getting the Vitamix. :)

  23. Rynessa@eatrightnewsletter.com

    Hold on while I go Google what a lassi is. lol. I always learn something new from reading this blog

  24. E

    mmmmmmm mango! One of my favorite fruits. If we had a mango tree in our yard, it’d be dangerous.

    1. Laura

      We have friends that have a mango GROVE. Theirs was the best mango I’ve ever eaten. Trouble, indeed.

  25. Hannah

    Coriander yes. I’m always a fan of “savoury” spices in dessert-y things.

  26. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    This sounds amazing! I love smoothies and this combination sounds so tasty!

  27. Nanna

    “Cinco de Drinko” – you crack me up :)

  28. Jody - Fit at 55

    You know, I never thought abut putting it in a dish & eating with a spoon! I am over drinking smoothies/protein drinks – too many years of it BUT to make it think enough to put in a bowl & eat that way – LOVE! :)

    1. Laura

      It’s SO much more satisfying! Let me know if you try it…. it’s easy! ;)

  29. Brittany @ FreckledNettles

    Oh my goodness I have become an Indian food fanatic ever since I traveled to Germany and tried all of the international cuisines there! You’re not the only one, sista!

    1. Laura

      I need another international trip!!!

  30. Allie

    Am I allowed to be bummed that the Indian-fest is over? Yet equally excited about an influx of Mexican? Hmm, interesting about coriander! I have a jar of it in my spice cabinet and I’ve never really known what to do with it unless making all-out Indian curries. Time to experiment.

  31. Rachel

    That sounds amazing and delicious and oh so good. Anything with mangos – I’m sold.

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! I always look forward to mango season. :)

  32. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I put a dash of coriander in almost everything. LOVE it. Much like I love this recipe.
    I’m impressed by the complexity of it, since I usually make a mango lassi with just frozen mango and tofu (although nowadays I might go ‘traditional’ and actually use tummy-tolerable yogurt).

    And maybe if I always made smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon, I’d appreciate them more…

    1. Laura

      You must make one to eat out of a bowl – it fits perfectly with your bug policy. ;)

  33. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I love coriander and Indian!! Can we have Indian together at Blend?? Right now I’m really into Thai food too!

    1. Laura

      That would be so much fun!!! I’m game for anything “ethnic.”

  34. Gena

    I was absolutely delighted with my recent mango lassi. This is a wonderful recipe — it would work nicely with coconut cream in place of the Greek yogurt for a vegan spin! Yum :)

    1. Laura

      That’s a great idea too! Coconut is such a perfect pairing with mango.

  35. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    “There’s just something about eating them with a spoon that makes a protein smoothie that much more satisfying.” <- AMEN!! I've never had a mango lassi before…and I've obviously not experimented enough with coriander to know how great it is! I love how knowledgable you are about spices…I swear I need to take notes! Oh, and think of some more ways to use my fenugreek! ;)

    Can you believe it got up to 83 today?!!?!?! Ahhhh! I wish it could be like this always, but I know heat and humidity are on their way! Boo!

  36. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    I’ve never even heard of a lassi before. Except that famous dog. But it looks yummy! And I like that it is green! Three cheers for SPINACH!

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