Tropical Fruit Smoothies

Makes 4 1/2 cups, enough for 4 servings

Vary the amounts of sugar and lemon juice depending on the ripeness of the fruit.


  • 1 medium banana (ripe, about 4 ounces), peeled and cut crosswise into 8 pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups mango, pineapple or papaya, peeled, cored or seeded, and diced (1 to 2-inch pieces, about 16 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup white cranberry juice or apple juice
  • pinch table salt
  • 3 to 6 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 ice cubes (about 1 1/2 ounces total)


Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; arrange the banana and tropical fruit in a single layer on the baking sheet. Freeze the fruit until very cold, but not frozen, about 10 minutes. In a blender, puree the cold fruit, milk, juice, salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ice until uniformly smooth, 10 to 15 seconds. Taste for sugar and lemon; if desired, add more sugar or lemon and blend until combined, about 2 seconds longer. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.

RecID 8519

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