If you love McDonald’s smoothies, you are in luck, because today I am sharing my copycat McDonald’s mango pineapple smoothie recipe!
As someone who absolutely loves McDonald’s smoothies, I had to make my own, and I am starting with the mango and pineapple.
Are Mango Pineapple Smoothies From McDonald’s Good For You?
McDonald’s smoothies aren’t healthy, which is why I am making my own copycat smoothie recipes, that are much healthier.
Even though McDonald’s mango pineapple smoothie is only made with 3 ingredients, it doesn’t make it a healthy one.
It’s really high in sugar, and not all of it is natural sugar.
It contains added sugars, and it doesn’t contain real fruit, but instead, Mcdonald’s uses fruit purees.
So, is McDonald’s mango pineapple smoothie healthy? The answer is, no the Mcdonald’s mango pineapple smoothie is not good for you.
McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie Calories
Let’s do a comparison of the calories of the original Mcdonald’s smoothie compared to the homemade version.
- A small serving of this mango pineapple smoothie at Mcdonald’s contains 200 calories and 42g of sugar.
- A medium serving contains 250 calories and 52g of sugar.
- A large serving contains 340 calories and 72g of sugar.
The homemade copycat Mcdonald’s smoothie comes in 1 serving size only, which is almost equal to a medium size to the original Mcdonald’s smoothie.
It contains 250 calories and 45g of sugar. The difference here is that the sugar is mostly from whole fruit, rather than purees and added sugars.
The only less healthy ingredient in the smoothie is pineapple juice. But I used high-quality pineapple juice, not made from a concentrate.
Furthermore, this smoothie is also vegan-friendly, whilst the original Mcdonald’s one, isn’t.
McDonald’s Pineapple Mango Smoothie Recipe Ingredients
The original McDonald’s smoothie contains 3 ingredients, and these are:
- Mango pineapple fruit base.
- Low-fat yogurt.
My homemade recipe contains slightly more ingredients, but much healthier ingredients.
Here they are:
#1. Frozen Mango Chunks
I wanted to create a taste and texture similar to the McDonald’s version, so using frozen fruit is so important!
The difference here is that I used whole fruit. McDonald’s uses fruit purees and creates thickness by adding lots of ice.
Using real whole fruit provides so many health benefits, even if the fruit is frozen!
#2. Frozen Pineapple Chunks
I doubled down on the frozen fruit, by also using frozen pineapple chunks. Again, I used real pineapple fruit, not fruit purees.
I wanted to capture the essence of mango and pineapple, so I went heavy on both of these ingredients. After all, the smoothie is mango and pineapple!
#3. Pineapple Juice
Using pineapple juice really strengthens the tropical taste of this smoothie.
However, fruit juices aren’t healthy. Fruit juices are really high in sugar, but to make this a healthier version, I used high-quality pineapple juice made using pure pineapple juice, not from a concentrate.
If you are health conscious, I suggest you use good pineapple juice, that is made with real juice.
Our fourth and last ingredient is ice. The homemade version only has 1 additional ingredient.
The use of ice is crucial because it created that thick icy beverage, which is exactly what the Mcdonald’s drink is.
Ice combined with frozen fruit creates a thick and creamy smoothie.
How To Make Mcdonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie
The method of making this smoothie is super simple.
Once you have gathered your ingredients and measured them (the full ingredient list can be found below in the recipe card), all you need to do is add them to a high-speed blender, and blitz until smooth.
Do note that the smoothie comes out really thick, so if you don’t have a powerful blender to break down the ingredients, you may need to use a food processor.
Does The Smoothie Taste The Same as Mcdonald’s?
This is probably one of the best copycat recipes I have made because the smoothie taste so similar to the original McDonald’s smoothie.
Obviously, it’s not 100% the same, but it tastes great and is also much healthier.
So, if you feel like making a smoothie at home, try this mango pineapple smoothie, it only needs 4 ingredients, and it’s so refreshing and delicious!
Mcdonald's Mango Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Blender I used this one
- 1 cup/150g frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup/75g frozen pineapple chunks
- 200 ml pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup/75g ice cubes
- Prepare all your ingredients and measure them as listed in the ingredient list.
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. For about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!