This Monk Fruit Mango Lassi recipe incorporates seasonal mangos and monk fruit to provide the perfect sweetness for this refreshing yogurt-based summer drink.
My entire family is obsessed with mangos! For my Dad, picking the perfect mangos and determining their ripeness is a specialized craft that only he excels at. I’ll give him that… he’s pretty darn good at it!
On my in-laws, side, we have a secret mango source. My Father-in-law orders three boxes, each with 10 mangoes, from his “source”. Then, when they’re ready for pickup, we have to drive into a certain neighborhood, clock-wise around a certain park, pull up to the mailbox area, tell the dude our name, drop the money in a little container (exact amount I might add), and open the trunk so they can put the number of boxes into the trunk. We shut the trunk and pull away. It sounds shady, but it is totally legit… and the mangos are TO DIE FOR!
So I’m sure you’re wondering right about now…What the heck is lassi? Monk fruit… say what?
What is Lassi?
Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based Indian drink that is wildly popular at Indian restaurants. It can be a sweet drink, often sweetened with fruit like mangos or strawberries. Heck, you can even make a peach or blackberry lassi. Yum!
It can also be a salty drink, spiced with salt, cumin powder, mint. I’ve had a salty lassi with ginger and jalapenos, and it was perfect with my Quinoa Khichdi!
What is Monk fruit?
I discovered monk fruit when a friend dropped off the most delicious cookies sweetened with monk fruit. I got curious, did some research, and found some at Costco. Now, you know if it’s at Costco, it’s a “thing”!
Monk fruit was discovered over a thousand years ago, by monks. They believed that monk fruit could increase ‘chi’, or life energy. I dig that.
The monk fruit sweetener made by Lakanto is a mixture of monk fruit extract and non-GMO erythritol, a type of sugar alcohol.
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How To Make Monk Fruit Mango Lassi
This recipe for Monk Fruit Mango Lassi is quite simple. We’ll need 2 cups ripe mango, 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 1/2 cups water, and 4-6 teaspoons monk fruit sweetener. We’ll throw all of those ingredients in a blender. I use my Blendtec on smoothie mode. I like to serve this monk fruit mango lassi on ice and garnished with ground cardamom and saffron.
Sweetener – Based on the ripeness and sweetness of your mangos, you can adjust the amount of monk fruit you add. You can also use regular sugar, agave syrup, or honey.
Yogurt – The traditional recipe for lassi calls for homemade dhai (yogurt). However, you can use store-bought yogurt. You can also substitute with greek yogurt for added protein. Simply adjust the amount of water to get the right consistency since greek yogurt tends to be thicker.
Vegan – This recipe can be made vegan by substituting the yogurt with coconut milk or almond milk.
Spices – I like to garnish my monk fruit mango lassi with cardamom powder and saffron. However, you can add those straight in the blender and also garnish on top also if you like. Other flavors you can add are turmeric and mint.
Fruit – Traditionally, mangos are used in sweet Indian lassi. However, you can use other fruit like strawberries, peaches, nectarines, berries, etc.
Monk Fruit Mango Lassi Recipe
- Blendtec Blender
- 2 cups fresh cubed mango (about 2 mangos)
- ½ cup yogurt (See note below)
- 2 ½ cups water
- 6 tsp monk fruit sweetener (See note below)
- cardamom powder (for garnish)
- saffron (for garnish)
- Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Serve cold. Garnish with cardamom powder and saffron.
- You can substitute regular yogurt with greek yogurt. For vegan option, you can substitute with coconut milk or almond milk.
- You can substitute monk fruit sweetener with regular sugar, honey or agave syrup. Also, add your sweetener based on the ripeness and sweetness of the mangos.
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