Sunshine Smoothie

Creamy, fruity citrus smoothie made with orange, mango, banana, and not much else! Vitamin C has never tasted so good. 

sunshine smoothie in a glass with straws

It snowed again today, so I’m rebelling with the sunniest smoothie of them all. Bright citrus flavors paired with creamy banana, sweet mango, and a splash of orange juice. This shockingly simple smoothie will make you feel like your dippin’ your toes in the sand listening to the ocean.

Um, is it summer yet?

sunshine smoothie in a glass with straws

Yesterday we hosted my friend Kristen’s bridal shower. Take a peek at some of the cute favors and desserts. (I was right- the red velvet brownies were the first to go and there wasn’t any leftover caramel corn.)

We held the shower in my apartment complex’s clubroom and filled it with hanging DIY tissue paper pom-poms, a mimosa bar, and enough food to feed double the amount of people. Whoops! The bride sipped out of her bride wine glass – I want one of these! Great gift for brides if you’re searching.

It was such a fun weekend to celebrate the beautiful bride. Hi Kris!

peeled orange

Needless to say, I wanted a little healthy pick-me-up this morning. This smoothie fit the bill. Made with only fruits and a splash of OJ, you won’t believe how simple it is. Feeling lethargic and run down? Well, you are 5 minutes away from feeling a lot better. Vitamin C has never tasted so damn good!

My little secret? The frozen banana makes the healthiest, purist, creamiest base for a super thick smoothie. In fact, I often eat a giant bowl of blended frozen “banana whip” (just 2 frozen bananas cut into chunks then blended with a touch of milk) and sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top. Mind-blowing good. Try it!

Without a doubt, frozen bananas are my secret weapon when it comes to creamy smoothies. And no one will be any the wiser! “Is there ice cream in this?” Kevin asked when he tried a sip of today’s smoothie. Ha!

Play around with the fruits you use. Frozen mango, a little frozen pineapple, and 2 oranges are what I like to use. Have a grapefruit on hand? Use 1 orange + 1 grapefruit instead. Or decrease the mango and increase the pineapple. Go fruit wild.

sunshine smoothie in glasses with straws

This creamy smoothie tastes like a tropical mango-pineapple version of an orange julius. Enough said! So go ahead, put your feet up and dream of warm sunny days with a citrus bursting smoothie in hand. Makes the gloomy rain and snow outside seem much more tolerable!

Colorful straws are from Sweets and Treats Boutique.

More nutrient-packed smoothies: ginger green citrus smoothie, raspberry mango tango smoothie, berry purple power smoothie, tropikale energy smoothie, and glowing skin smoothie.

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sunshine smoothie in a glass with straws

Sunshine Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy, fruity citrus smoothie made with orange, mango, banana, and not much else! Vitamin C has never tasted so good. 


  • 1 frozen ripe banana, previously peeled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced*
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks*
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks


  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana and apple. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Blend the frozen banana chunks and orange juice together until thick, creamy, and smooth – about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add the oranges, mango, and pineapple. Blend until combined.


  1. Oranges: Instead of two oranges, try 1 orange and 1 grapefruit.
  2. Mango: I prefer frozen mango chunks over fresh because they lend a creamier texture to the smoothie.
  3. Greens: For an added nutritional punch, try adding 1 cup of your favorite greens!

Keywords: sunshine smoothie


  1. Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    Mmm….Looks so refreshing and good.
    Have a great day, Sally!

  2. Elizabeth S. says:

    Just found your blog and I am SO EXCITED to try some of the recipes. I don’t know who is going to eat all the baked goods, though…maybe my Bible study members would like to serve as guinea pigs!

    1. Hey Elizabeth! That’s my favorite part about baking – sharing the goodies with others. Hope they all love what you bake from my blog. Let me know which recipes you try!

  3. Ashley | Our Full Table says:

    This looks so yummy! Perfect smoothie for the summer! I’m gonna have to try thay banana whip! That sounds delish1

  4. Please create more smoothie recipes, this one looks so good.
    BTW I love your cookie recipes, all my friends are addicted 😀
    Best regards from Germany.

    1. Thanks for sharing my cookies with others, Anna! And I have some more smoothie recipe ideas coming!

  5. I am in love with this smoothie! And also with the idea of the whipped frozen banana with chocolate chips??! WHAAT!?! Sounds so good 🙂 Thanks for that little share inside this post too.

    1. You’re welcome Serene – frozen banana whipped/chocolate chips is seriously so good. Try it!

  6. Oh my gosh, these photos are so gorgeous and summery. I wish it was summer so much!
    Lucia’s Loves

  7. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    Oh man do I need some vitamin c in my life, especially in this smoothie! I am on the smoothie bandwagon, and I love how bright and spring-y this one is. 😀

  8. This looks soooooo refreshing! I didn’t even know Orange Julius was around until I saw it out in Hawaii a few weeks ago. They are somehow connected to Dairy Queen? Anyways…yours looks super yum!

    A coworker was telling me she puts a tablespoon of pudding mix in her smoothies…can’t get that idea out of my head. She uses almond milk so the pudding doesn’t set up but it sure sounds like a good flavor add….

    1. Christine, I just heard that same thing about pudding mix. I have to try it! If you give it a try, let me know!

  9. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    This is one gorgeous smoothie. The color alone makes me want to reach through the screen and grab a glass. Love all the flavors!

  10. I’ve used frozen bananas before, but never with this! I’m definitely making this tomorrow 🙂

    Oh and quick question…how do you control yourself? If I was baking with regular sugar and butter and flour five times a week I would be ridiculously obese (hence why my baking is paleo). How do you do it?!

    1. When it’s your full time job and you have to fit into a wedding dress, you have no other choice than to control yourself! I also love to run as much as I love to bake. Thanks Kayla!

  11. Sally, I have been completely loving your blog since I stumbled across it 3 years ago. I have to say though this smoothie (my first) was so absolutely delicious I had to let you know (another first). The whipped banana is brilliant and the fresh tropical taste is out of this world! I can’t wait to try my next smoothie.
    Thank you so much for sharing your life and love of fun, beautiful and delicious food! Enjoy every moment leading up to your wedding and best of luck to both of you!

    1. Alice, thank you for the incredibly sweet comment! It is so nice to hear that you’ve been reading my blog for so long. Means the world to me, you have no idea. Let me know any more recipes you try! I swear by banana whip.

  12. So it’s been a while since you posted this, but I could use a blender recommendation! (As long as you’re not going to say Vitamix – I don’t have that kind of money to spend on a blender!)

    Also, can you taste the texture of the pith of the orange?

    I love banana whip, as you call it – I have about 6 bananas in the freezer, originally waiting to be made into banana bread, but I think I’ll make smoothies instead!

    Do you have any suggestions for making smoothies ahead of time? I am up and out of the house by 5:30am and I don’t think my roommate or my fiance would appreciate a blender running that early! Can I make it, stick it back in the freezer, and let it thaw / stir it before drinking?


    1. Hi Christina! (1) Blender recs: I have a Vitamix, but I also have this Ninja and I love it. (2) If you have a strong blender, you do not taste any orange pulp or pith. (3) You can definitely make the smoothie the night before, freeze, then thaw before drinking. Or just stick in the refrigerator and add some ice cubes the next morning to drink.

  13. Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    Hi Sally,

    (Was going to email you, but your contact page said you reply to comments better!)

    I’m doing an inlinkz round-up of some of my favourite fruit smoothies and was just wondering if I can add your Sunshine Smoothie to my round up – I absolutely love this smoothie, it’s like heaven on these dull UK mornings!

    Thanks so much,


    1. Absolutely Annie! And yes, I’m much quicker with comments. I’m slower than a snail with my email sometimes. Bad habit.

      1. Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

        Thanks so much! Haha, I’m the same, I read and forget – I keep telling myself I must get better, but it doesn’t happen!

  14. Ok, it’s almost a year later on your post but I just have to say thank you for your creativity! You have entertained my family with deliciousness for a while 🙂 this smoothie kick I’ve been on is all your fault! I love it! It’s 6 degrees here in Cleveland today so me and my 2 year old are sippin on some sunshine! Thanks again!

    1. Stay warm Maria!

  15. Amazing smoothie, tastes like something from Jamba Juice…love it!

  16. Ruth Staffeldt says:

    For your readers, of whic I am now one, if they can’t afford a Vitamix, I purchased mine after I retired as a Christian elementary school principal, through a home shopping network on rice monthly payments. Only way I could afford it. I burned up one KitchenAid, so Vitamix is the way to blend those frozen fruits with no issues at all. You can throw in a small cute, or zucchini into your smoothie as well. You won’t taste it, but you’ll be getting both your fruits and veggies at one shot. Enjoy, and am very happy to find this blog! Simply delicious!

  17. Sally;
    Hi,do you have any diabeticly friendly smoothie recipes that i can use in my 1 person magic bullet blender?can i use your smoothie recipes in my blender?
    Your smoothie recipes look so good and tasty.

    1. I don’t have a magic bullet but I can’t see why any smoothie recipe wouldn’t work in one! Just use the search bar on the top of the page and type in “smoothie” to see the recipes I have published!

  18. Sally;
    Hi,i am going to make your smoothy at the end of this month when i go grocery shopping.But i have to use 1/2 a small banana,1 small orange and if i can find unsweetened orange juice in the grocery store to put them in my blender because ot is only for 1 person to use at a time and i have diabetes and i have to watch the sugar contense in this smoothie
    I will let you know what it tastes like after i make it ok.

  19. Made this this morning. I didn’t have pineapple so I used frozen blueberries. This was delicious! Thank you!

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