VIDEO: How to Make a Mango Kale Smoothie with Bonus Knife Skills Lesson

Mango Kale Smoothie
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Recipe type: smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
Fresh and frozen mangos combine with ginger and peanut butter (!) to create a tropical kale smoothie with real depth of flavor.
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 mango
  • 1 bag frozen mango chunks
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 leaves kale
  1. peel and chop ginger
  2. combine all ingredients into blender
  3. blend and serve!

Hello! Above is the third video I have made for Kale Smoothie Recipes dot com, and I’m happy to share it. Following is the transcript:

Hey, Paul from here with you. I’m trying to speak more slowly and clearly, because I watched the other videos, and it seems like I was just runnin’ through it as fast as possible. So hopefully I’m more intelligible now.

In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to make a mango smoothie, with other assorted ingredients that were just kind of around. I know that sounds kinda weird, but some days, you didn’t go to the grocery store last night, and you need to make a smoothie, but you might not THINK you have enough stuff, but if you look at it, if you look at the stuff that’s in your fridge, you realize that you actually do have enough stuff. In fact you have MORE than enough stuff to make a really good smoothie.

Anyway, without further adieu, let’s get to it!

Hello, and welcome again. Today we’re going to make a mango kale smoothie, with the limited ingredients I have in my fridge because I need to go to the grocery store. But I’m just going to show you how – if you’re resourceful – you can pull together the remaining ingredients in your fridge, and throw together a pretty darn good smoothie.

Anyway, let’s go. Alright. So we’ve got some slightly wilted kale, here, we’ve got a mango, we’ve got some frozen mango chunks, a lime, some kinda wilted ginger – but it’s still gonna be good! – apple juice, and a little peanut butter for protein and flavor contrast.


  • 2 leaves kale
  • 1 mango
  • 1 bag frozen mango chunks
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter


So, first thing we’re gonna do is peel this ginger. Couple small pieces this time instead of one. Ok.

Ok so the first things I’m gonna put in here today are the ingredients that really need to be pulverized the most.

Ok: here’s how you cut open a mango. First thing you wanna do is chop off that nib on the sort of narrow end of it. That will provide you a flat surface, so you can stand it up. The seed of the mango is flat, so you wanna chop the mango away from that seed. So you’re gonna put the blade right here, and just kinda go down, along the seed. Sorta feel it as you go, you’ll know if you nick into it. There’s one side.

And here’s the other. Try to get as close as you can to the seed. And then you’re just gonna take the knife like this, and cut tapering away from the seed. All four corners, like that. And you can see the seed pokin’ through there, in a couple of places.

And you can just give this to somebody to chew on – or chew on it yourself – because it’s got lots of fruit around the edge of the seed still.

For now, I’m just going to set it aside, so I can show you how to get the most mango fruit out of this skin. Just gonna make a grid like that, try to cut deep into the fruit, without cutting through to the edge of the skin. And then you’re just gonna turn it inside out, and chop off the chunks.

I do this a lot more neatly when I don’t have a camera on my face.

And with these remaining pieces – a lot of fruit in there – just wanna get the skin away. So what you’re gonna do is hold the knife flat to the cutting board, and just push the fruit through so that it just gets the skin off. Put that in there…

Once again, try to cut as close as you can to the skin and then hold the knife flat, and then just push it through.

Ok: now we’re gonna give my sticky mango hands a little rinse, dry ’em…

Alright: now we’re gonna throw a little apple juice in there, so we can blend up the initial ingredients. It’s about a half a cup.

Delicious caramel brown color. Ok…

If you do this to the lime first [roll it with your hand], it releases the juices inside.

Now we’re gonna put our kale in there. Tear it into chunks… Kale leaf number two. Give that a blend…

Alright. Now we’re gonna throw in our frozen mango chunks. Since we’re a little low on ingredients today I’m gonna go ahead and put in the whole bag. Aw yeah.

Lookin’ pretty good. And now, we are done. There’s the delicious smoothie, gonna put it in a glass, and enjoy!

So, thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed the video. And, bonus lesson of how to cut a mango, I totally forgot about that. Anyway, if you enjoyed this, I’m glad. And I’ll see you next time. Ok bye!

15 thoughts on “VIDEO: How to Make a Mango Kale Smoothie with Bonus Knife Skills Lesson

  1. Hi really pleasant things the following , I will bookmark and are available again later ! Thank you and make sure you got a whole new admirer! Sorry for my english but I m not a english talking person

    • Oh, man – you’re right! I’m such a spaz. That video is hard to watch because I opted-into YouTube’s suggested “shaky camera correction,” which actually has all kinds of adverse visual effects. I’m going to re-upload that one, i think. Thanks for keeping me sharp!

    • Christina – I scanned back thru the footage and found the peanut butter – at the 2:28 mark. It goes by fast, because I edited out the dumb things I was saying, leaving only a tiny bit of peanut butter-featuring footage. Thanks for watching, still!

    • Hi Bethanny,

      You can absolutely use this recipe without apple juice! Substitute any juice you like and feel free to experiment, but keep in mind that I like to use apple juice because of its sweetness.

      Therefore, if you substituted water or something like grapefruit juice, you would definitely get different results, and in particular they wouldn’t be as sweet. Orange juice might work…?

      Try another liquid and let me know how it turns out!


  2. Please consider this a constructive comment more than a negative one… Cutting anything that you are holding in your palm with a knife as you demonstrate in the “bonus knife skills” section is more dangerous than need be. Anyone with a good set of kitchen knives runs the risk of slicing open their fingers or palm and severing one or more of the flexor tendons underneath. Not good for them, and probably not good for you as you showed them how.

    You broke down the mango correctly until you came to the scoring part. Instead of scoring it in a crosshatched pattern as you showed, slice the large side pieces in half or in thirds longitudinally, score the pieces latitudinally while on the cutting board, and then invert and cut them off. This will greatly reduce the risk of any unnecessary knife wounds and it does a better job of getting more flesh off of the skin.

    • Hi Adam,

      Lucky for you i’m good with constructive criticism, or else I’d be seriously offended. Just kidding.

      I agree, cutting toward yourself is always a bad idea; perhaps I should have qualified that in the video. From now on I will be safer, I promise!

      And I will try that method of mango scoring you mention; it sounds really solid. Thanks!


  3. Extremely delicious recipe, thank you! Will be making that again for sure.

    ( I made it almost the same except substituted half a lemon instead of a lime, which I didn’t have. Also, I used two very ripe mangoes and ice, didn’t have frozen mango chunks. And I blanched the kale pieces for two-three mins and rinsed with cool water before blending them )

    I loved it!!

    • Hey MJ,

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m really glad you liked the recipe. I’ve never blanched the kale before blending, why is that good? Does it only soften it or does it also change the flavor?


  4. amanda on

    I love love love this recipe, I was afraid to use a more than 1/2 teaspoon full of ginger because I was afraid I would over power the shake. I new to the juicing your vegetables and tried just throwing some ingredients in to a shake with kale. Boy was it terrible! I hate the taste of kale already. But this THIS recipe is simply amazing-I love the taste of ginger and this was great. as for the mangos…..I have always been cutting mangoes the way you showed (no war wounds yet…lol) and I have been using wusthof knife so thank God I didn’t lose a finger, I guess

    • Hi Amanda,

      I’m so glad you like the recipe! Yeah, starting from other people’s recipes is always a great way to jump start your confidence, and pretty soon you can try making your own!


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