Mango Banana Lassi Milkshakes

by Marla on July 31, 2012 · 52 comments

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Mango Banana Saffron Lassi Shakes |

Looking for some cool, healthy, summer sips? Have you ever tried a lassi? I know you have had plenty of milkshakes. This chilly, creamy, sweet drink is your favorite milkshake with some saffron sass thrown in.

Lassi’s are common in India, Malaysia and plenty of beautiful regions that I need to visit some day. Sweet versions include fruit, saffron and yogurt.

For now I will sip mine poolside here in USA ~ Join me for some lassi milkshakes and let’s dream about far away, exotic parts of the globe…

Fresh Banana and Mango Fruit |
Banana and mango are the perfect fruity pairing.

Saffron adds an elegant flavor twist. The mango saffron sauce used in this shake is also used in my recipe for Mango Crunch Parfaits.

Saffron | ©
This shake is perfect for summer entertaining or as a energetic pre or post workout snack. To give it an energy boost I added our favorite plain kefir from Green Valley Organics. Do you remember when I went to visit the beautiful organic goat farm in northern California?

OMG ~ I totally wanted to take home a baby goat from Redwood Hill Farm. Wouldn’t you?

Mango Banana Saffron Lassi Shakes |

I learned so much on that visit.  Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery are 100% solar powered. It is family-owned (we met the fun Bice family that owns and live on the farm.) The farm is certified humane and all products are non GMO. There are no preservatives, and no artificial coloring in the products.

Tempting for body, mind and soul.

Mango Banana Saffron Lassi Shakes |

Have you ever had kefir?

It is great in so many recipes ~ basically it is a gluten free/low glycemic yogurt drink that is rich in probiotics, vitamins, minerals and complete proteins. Redwood Hill Farm has goat milk versions and Green Valley Organics has lactose free cows milk versions. Both companies are owned by the Bice family. You can go with sugar free plain like I did or try a flavor like Blueberry Pomegranate Acai.

Small organic farms like this thrill all the senses…

Redwood Hill Farm on Family Fresh Cooking blog ©

By the way, you can also freeze this milkshake and bring it to work, school or on your favorite hike.

Let it sit out a bit so you can sip it with a straw if you do this. You can’t sip a big ice block.

Mango Banana Saffron Lassi Shakes |

What is your favorite way to use kefir? What is your favorite kind of shake?

Mango Banana Lassi Milkshakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: (24 ounces) three 8 ounce shakes

Mango Banana Lassi Milkshakes


  • 2 Mangoes, remove skin & cubed (yields about 10 ounces of sauce)
  • pinch of Saffron
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • Milkshakes
  • 4 ounces chilled Mango Saffron Sauce
  • 1 frozen Banana
  • 4 ounces plain Kefir
  • 4 ounces unsweetened, light [Coconut Milk]
  • 6 ounces Ice
  • 1 dropper full Vanilla Stevia Drops, adjust according to taste


    Mango Sauce
  • Bring mango, saffron and water to a boil. Partially cover and simmer about 6 minutes. Purée mango in a blender. Let the sauce chill in the fridge before making your milkshakes.
  • Milkshakes
  • Blend everything up in a blender. Sip and enjoy!
  • Notes
  • If you are following a vegan diet you can substitute almond milk or extra coconut milk to replace the kefir.

Stay in touch with Green Valley Organics and Redwood Hill Farm on: Twitter: @RedwoodHillFarmFacebook and their websites Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics disclosure: I am working with Green Valley Organics and Redwood Hill Farm on a series of blog posts. Thoughts, opinions and the photos are entirely my own. I hope you enjoy learning about these great brands as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!


{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 31, 2012 at 6:52 am

I’ve never used kefir before . . . I always buy greek yogurt. This shake recipe looks absolutely divine. As soon as I saw mangoes, I was sold! :)


2 Marla July 31, 2012 at 6:55 am

Hi Michelle, feel free to try this with greek yogurt too. Though you will LOVE it with kefir :)


3 Rosa July 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

oh, I loooove goats and their “silly” faces!!!! That is a delightful drink and marvelous combination of flavors.




4 Marla July 31, 2012 at 7:23 am

Rosa, I know it. Those little faces are precious!


5 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

a great excuse for me to try kefir for the first time…i always see it and always get scared to buy it :)


6 Marla July 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

Oh please don’t be scare Heather ~ you will enjoy it. Especially used in icy cold milkshakes!


7 Kristina July 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

I love the goats, so cute!

this is very creative, I love the saffron – I can imagine how good this is!


8 Linda July 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

Sounds wonderful! The photo with the milk bottle drinking glasses and polkadot straws makes this look both fun and refreshing. Can you share where I might purchase those?


9 Marla July 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hi Linda! Glad you like the styling of this shake. I’ll send you the links to the straws and bottles later today. On a steep hike now :)


10 Marla July 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Linda, here is the link for the little glass milk bottles and the confetti dot polka dot straws.


11 Linda July 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Thank you!


12 katie @KatieDid July 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

I’ve always wanted to buy saffron but never have because of the price tag. I’ll have to dream up what it tastes like in this! But I do LOVE kefir and drink/ eat it frequently.


13 Marla July 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

Katie, I purchased my saffron at Trader Joe’s. If you have one near by the price was not bad at all. Remember – a little goes a loooong way!


14 Kiran @ July 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Mmmmm…… love kefir and lassi’s!! We have lassi’s all the time, sweet/savory in Malaysia 😀



15 Marla July 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Kiran, I bet you could teach us many lassi recipes. Not sure I have ever had a savory one. I would be curious to try though. Thanks for the pin!


16 Katrina July 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Yum! This sounds absolutely lovely. I’m always looking for fun new smoothies!


17 Marla July 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Glad I could share a fun new smoothie flavor with you :)


18 Jackie @ The Beeroness July 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Beautiful! I can’t get enough Mango, I love the idea of adding saffron.


19 Marla July 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Jackie! Glad you are up for the saffron twist :)


20 Cathy @ Noble Pig July 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

This is fantastic, wow….it is the perfect combo of two of my fave fruits!


21 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

this is 100% perfect for me AND just landed and will be making PLENTY of variations on this theme!


22 Jean (lemons and anchovies) July 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I love the endless variations on your milkshakes, smoothies and now this lassi. The colors are so vibrant here–I’m sure matching the flavor of the mango and banana. Beautiful images as usual. :)


23 Marla August 1, 2012 at 5:17 am

Thanks Jean, I’ve been having a blast coming up with creative shake flavors this summer!


24 Jeanette July 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I love a good mango lasso. Love the addition of saffron!


25 Marla August 1, 2012 at 5:16 am

Thanks Jeanette, the saffron adds a nice ethnic and elegant twist to a the tutti fruitti flavors ~ as does the slight tang from the kefir.


26 Alina August 1, 2012 at 4:34 am

It’s such a good combination! I’m drooling!


27 Beth August 1, 2012 at 5:58 am

I love lassis! I order one every time I go to an Indian restaurant. Your pictures are beautiful.


28 Marla August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Beth, you do?? Take me next time you go food Indian food ~ OK?!


29 Beth August 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

OK, next time I’m in So.Ca. or you’re on the East coast, it’s a date!


30 Marla August 2, 2012 at 5:26 am

Yes! Love it :)


31 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 1, 2012 at 7:07 am

I can’t wait to try this. Thanks, Marla!


32 Megan's Cookin' August 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

I’ve never had a lassi, but this sounds absolutely wonderful. I want!!!


33 Marla August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hope you get to try a Lassi soon Megan :)


34 HeatherChristo August 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

Beautiful and totally unusual! Who would have thought saffron!?


35 Marla August 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Heather, this is something I could totally see you doing…hopefully you can try some day :)


36 susan August 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

I love saffron – it’s one of my all time favorite flavors. most soups, in my home, include saffron. love the picture of that goat – way cute!


37 Marla August 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Susan, I need to visit your home for soup! I will start to include saffron in mine as well ~ once those fall soup cravings hit.


38 Sweetsugarbelle August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

I added all the ingredients to my shopping list! Hoping I can find saffron! That goat pic is cracking me up!!!


39 Marla August 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Oh good! Glad you are intrigued by my shakes. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby you can find the saffron for a reasonable price.
Aren’t those goats too funny?!


40 MikeVFMK August 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I first heard of lassi in Bill Granger’s books. Made one of his recipes and it was superb. But my favourite fruit and saffron? Winner winner. Oh, and love that goat. We can share ownership.


41 Marla August 2, 2012 at 5:26 am

Mike, goat ownership ~ YES!! That would be very cool. You would love to see this farm too. Over the top beautiful!


42 Heidi @foodiecrush August 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Oh I love this idea. I made mango popsicles tonight but this would have been a better option given I couldn’t get them out of the molds! And the add in of saffron is brilliant. Another Marla winner. XO


43 Marla August 2, 2012 at 5:27 am

Thanks so much Heidi ~ so sorry to hear about the pop mold trauma. Next time try running some warm/hot water over the molds to help release.


44 najwa kronfel August 2, 2012 at 7:23 am

This looks really good, and involves my favorite thing, saffron! xx


45 Marina {} August 2, 2012 at 7:58 am

I will have to make this for my hubby. He loves mango lassis. Thanks Marla! xo


46 Marina {} August 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

P.S. I love that goat too. He’s a Nubian. I actually DID bring home 2 newborn orphaned goats once. My husband thought I was nuts but they were too cute :)


47 Val August 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

This would be such a perfect breakfast drink to start my day. Love the flavors.


48 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Mmmmmm mango! What a dreamy flavor combination. I’ve got to try this one. :)


49 Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery August 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

Ah, Mangos! One of our favorite fruits, and one that we can’t grow on the farm! Glad you were inspired by your visit to create this wonderful recipe using kefir. It is so versatile. We use it in smoothies, in any recipe in place of buttermilk, to “cream-up” a soup, even frozen kefir sherbets!
Thanks again, as always, your photos are amazing!


50 aida mollenkamp August 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Yes to lassis! They are a staple in our household!


51 Kristina Vanni August 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

So light and fresh for the hot months of summer. Love the flavor combinations!


52 Teawench May 6, 2013 at 6:16 am

This sounds fab. I’ve just gotten into mango and I’m now ‘forcing’ myself to get up in time to make a fruit smoothie before I leave for work. This should work, maybe with some oatmeal thrown in.


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