Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric SmoothieThis smoothie exemplifies one of my favorite aspects of smoothies. Creating an absolutely delicious drink containing a number of healthy ingredients that you wouldn’t normally consume individually, unless you like to gag :)

Turmeric is a “super spice” in my book, with health benefits that are vast and various. While I’ve been cooking with it for years, I just recently started adding it into my smoothies, with much success.

Here’s why “hiding” a little turmeric in your smoothies is such a great idea.

  • Potent Anti-Inflammatory – At the root of most health issues you’ll find inflammation, whose reduction goes along way in alleviating symptoms.
  • Aids Weight Loss – By helping increase the flow of bile, an important factor in digesting dietary fat. Also helps the liver detoxify.
  • Anti-Cancerous Properties – Turmeric helps prevent and destroy cancer cells.
  • Powerful Antioxidant – Potent free-radical quencher.
  • Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Fungal – Perfect when colds or the flu strike.
  • Skin Health – Promotes healthy skin and can reduce skin problems.
  • Helps With – Turmeric has been implicated in helping relieve and stave off: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and depression.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for much of its health promoting properties, in case you were curious.

Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste. By blending it with sweet fruit and/or a sweetener and not using a ton, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. I used turmeric from a spice bottle, but fresh turmeric will work just as well. Enjoy!

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • A dash of sea salt
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1 tablespoon chia seed or chia seed gel
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon coconut shreds/flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon maca

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Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth. If you don’t have a very powerful blender and your coconut oil is in liquid form, you might want to blend everything except the coconut oil first, then drizzle it on and blend for another 5-10 seconds to avoid clumping.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 323
  • Fat: 18g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Vitamin A: 13% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 67% RDA
  • Calcium: 33% RDA
  • Iron: 14% RDA

Let me know what you think of this tasty tropical turmeric smoothie by leaving a comment below. Happy Blending!

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68 Responses to Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

  1. Angie #

    I just made this smoothie (I am addicted to smoothies!) and it is amazing! But, why the coconut oil?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Angie, I’m glad you liked this smoothie, thanks for sharing. I have a “healthy” addiction to smoothies too :) The coconut oil adds a little healthy fat in a form that’s easy to digest and use for energy. Coconut oil is also good for digestion, especially fat soluble vitamins, good for the immune system, rich in antioxidants, good for your hair, skin, and cardiovascular system – basically it’s a superfood. I use copious amounts of coconut oil in smoothies and cooking in general.


      • John #

        Hi, if I can add to your comment Ryan…
        Coconut oil is the single best oil you can consume. Without using long words that most people do not understand, it simply is the most easiest oil to for your body to absorb either orally where it does not require help from the liver and it is simply passed into the blood OR through the skin.

        I stumbled upon your site from Google, I was looing for a recipe specifically a smoothie with turmeric and your recipe has all the ingredients I wanted to see including ginger!

        Holistically your recipe above is perfect for anyone who is not well or who wants to improve their health.

        I have someone who has cancer and I will use this recipe.

        Finally I might just add that you might want to show people how easy it is to make almond milk and how healthy fresh almond milk is. Cheaper than buying the “dead” almond milk in a carton.

        Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!



        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hi John,

          I couldn’t agree more on how wonderful and health promoting coconut oil is. I buy it by the gallon and use quite liberally, internally and externally. Was actually just reading about how the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are basically impossible for the body to store as fat, and perfect for energy production.

          Kudos to Google for leading you to my site, and this recipe in particular. I’ve been using more and more spices like turmeric and ginger in my smoothies for taste and health benefits.

          Coincidentally, a holistic practitioner friend of mine recently advised someone with liver cancer to start taking turmeric, and to drink kombucha (great for liver detox)…I supplied the scoby.

          I’ll have to put together a post possibly including a video showing people how to make fresh almond milk. You’re right about it being much better than anything you can buy in the store.



          • John #

            Hi Ryan,

            Thank you for your reply.

            Kombu and green tea in general are very good for health and excellent in treating diseases such as cancer. My mother inlaw has lung cancer and we are giving her tumeric and green tea amongst many other changes in lifestyle.
            Certainly, green tea might be an interesting base for a smoothie. I know the Japanese have green tea *everything* and this along with Soy products probably explain their low rates of cancer. Yes – contrary to popular belief – non GMO (preferably organic) say is not dangerous to our hormone levels. Being plan based, our bodies work with this plant based hormone in a similar way to our body works with vitamin D we receive from the sun (it stores it! until required or until it expires).

            However in your recipe above, the MACA powder is great for both energy and rebalancing hormones (in men too! think baldness! this is *often* hormonal).

            I hope and pray more people will find this wonderful site as I did and thanks to Google!



            • Ryan Carmody #

              Hi John,

              I agree completely with you on green tea and its health promoting properties. There are currently three recipes on my site that call for green tea as the base of your smoothie, including one I think you’d like, Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie.

              It’s my understanding that fermented soy products such as natto, miso, and tempeh are perfectly fine, but unfermented, soy protein is hard to digest, and then there’s the problem with 90% of the soy being GMO here in the US.

              Maca is an ingredient I end up adding to just about every smoothie, for energy, strength and endurance. It’s very helpful for women with hormonal issues as you stated. Here’s my post covering everything you could ever want to know about maca:


              Thanks for the kind words about my site. It’s been a labor of love. I still have loads of content to add, when I find the time of course.



          • I would like to know how to make fresh almond milk. Awsome!


            • Nancy #

              Hi Kim and any others interested in making your own fresh almond milk. It’s really very easy, so here we go.

              1. Soak 1 c organic raw almonds in water overnight (to sprout).
              2. Rinse the nuts well, then pop off the skins which contain digestive enzyme inhibiting tannins. Rinse again lightly.
              3. Blend the almonds with 4-5 c water (depending on how creamy you like it) in either a Vitamix or a blender.
              4. Place a sieve over a bowl and line it with cheesecloth.
              5. Pour the milk through the sieve slowly to avoid overflowing.
              6. After all the milk has been poured through the sieve and into the bowl, pick up the cheesecloth and squeeze the residual milk through it. Voila – fresh almond milk.

              * You can add special flavors such as a dash of vanilla, maca powder, cacao powder to the milks. The shelf life is about 5 days.

              ** To be even more economical and if you follow a gluten free diet, you can take the almond pulp, dry it in a dehydrator, then blend it in a Vitamix or blender and you will have almond flour! You can do a smilar process to make your own coconut milk (DELICIOUS!!) which avoids all the gums, thickeners and stabilizers on the store shelves AND it’s fresh! You can’t beat that.

              Happy experimenting and sampling!

              Thanks Ryan, too, for this recipe!! I’m so excited to have found a delicous smoothie recipe with all these elements. I’m looking forward to ‘staying tuned’ for updates! I agree so much with your philosophy on taking care of the body with the best nutrients possible!

      • sandra #

        I read coconut oil will help turmeric absorption since tumeric is oil

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hey Sandra, I’ve heard that as well. Both are anti-inflammatory and good for the brain.

      • Hi Ryan;

        Just tried the Turmeric Smoothie, and I thought it would be bitter but its fantastic, I have gained weight for no apparent reason, I eat healthy and my doc says my blood is good, were not sure what has triggered the weight gain but I am hoping these shakes everyday will help my metabolism and energy levels rise.


      • Nizam Ali #

        I want to firstly thank Almighty God for discovering you. I have had golfers elbow for some time now. Whilst asleep I would experience pain in both elbows whilst turning. I had your smoothie last thing before bed and this morning praise god that my elbow pain is not there. I think I’ll have it every night from now on, God willing. Thank you again

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hi Nizam,

          That’s the best news ever! So glad to hear about your relief from elbow pain. Hopefully this smoothie continues to do the job. My Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie is another good option:


        • Nizam Ali #

          Well guess what. I tried it last night and got up this morning with no elbow pains. Thank you Almighty God. And thanks to Ryan.

          • Ryan Carmody #

            Beautiful, Nizam! You’re welcome.

    • Matt Shreve #

      I just tried it and I AM IN LOVE!! I have a great idea for a holiday version. Add 1 cup of pumpkin pie filling as well as another 1/2 cup of coconut milk.

      • Ryan Carmody #

        I like your idea for a holiday version, Matt. Sounds divine.

  2. Lori #

    Just made this for my hubby- who has tingling joints – inflammation I am pretty sure – love it :) thank you – for finding another way to get this super food in him!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Lori,

      Awesome! Glad you found another (delicious) way to get more turmeric into his diet. I’ve been sprinkling it on my scrambled eggs lately with black pepper – the two compliment each other very nicely and potentiate the health effects of each.



  3. Kay #

    Just tried this smoothie with fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. Just great!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Awesome, Kay! This is might be the most popular smoothie on my site :)

  4. Natasha #

    Ryan – I have heard that turmeric only helps with inflammation if it is heated. Is that true?

  5. Jessica Byrne #

    Should the coconut oil be heated before adding it to the smoothie or will it be chopped up as the smoothie gets blended?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Jessica, no need to heat the coconut oil. Although if it’s liquid I would avoid it coming into contact with the frozen mango chunks. Might want to blend everything, then add the coconut oil last to avoid clumping. Cheers!

  6. Ann #

    Hi Ryan,
    This smoothie is really good! Thank you for posting!!! My 8 year old really liked it too!

    I have a neighbor who is going through chemo and I thought I could make a few ready to blend packs of your smoothie and freeze it. So, when she wanted to have one she could just put it the blender. Do you think all these ingredients would freeze ok?

    Again thanks for posting.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Ann,

      It must be a tasty smoothie if your 8 year old liked it :)

      Ready to blend frozen smoothie packs is a great idea! All of the ingredients this smoothie calls for will freeze just fine. I actually have a post that touches on preparing smoothie ingredients for future use that you may find helpful:

      Happy Blending!


  7. Candice #

    I substituted macadamia nut oil for the coconut. It has many of the same benefits and less calories, also the coconut oil solidifies when it turns cold and I didn’t like the lumps

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Brilliant substitution, Candice! I love macadamia nut oil.

  8. Spicegirl #

    Hi there,

    Since I have experienced a second attack on my health I have since then become addicted to smoothies. In any given month if I miss making them five times that is too much. I have tried the tumeric and I must say I do love it. I even find my skin tone seems more rich although am black over the years I became a bit paler. I have even gotten a few of my co-workers to the smoothie world. And they have had remarkable results. Even my son has to. Coconut oil is amazing when I took a tbsp in the morning the energy I had for the day was amazing. But after reading about eating for my blood type this is not recommended but I still use in moderation.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Spice Girl,

      A healthy addiction to smoothies is certainly a good thing :) Turmeric and coconut oil are two tremendously healthy foods that I consume copious amounts of and often add to my smoothies. Great to hear you’re having success with both. Also awesome to hear you’re turning others onto smoothies….the ripple effect can change the health of the world :)


  9. Chris #

    Do you use extra virgin coconut oil? Where do you buy from?

  10. Magi #

    Wow. I just had to write to tell you this may be the best smoothie I’ve ever had. I found this from googling ‘turmeric in green smoothie’. I was actually looking for something that incorporated turmeric and coconut oil since I knew they went to well together and have read that coconut oil had many health benefits of its own along with increasing the bioavailability of the turmeric. Even though that’s not what I typed in for my search, I guess google read my mind. I bought a vitamix in April and have become hooked on green smoothies, having one almost daily for the last 8-9 months. I rarely follow recipes anymore, as I’ve grown accustomed to various ingredient combinations and can concoct a smoothie in my sleep. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your recipe! I’ve been looking for a way to add turmeric into my daily routine and I just can’t thank you enough for this deliciousness. Cheers!


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Magi,

      This smoothie is a fan favorite, but best smoothie you’ve ever had, now that’s quite the endorsement :) Cheers to Google for helping you discover this recipe ;)

      I love hearing about people who’ve jumped on the healthy smoothie train and haven’t looked backed. Good for you! Following recipes is necessary when you get started, but once you get the basics down creating your own unique creations is what it’s all about.

      To your continued smoothie success!


  11. Panama #

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I had no idea how to use turmeric and/or ginger in smoothies so this gave me a jump-off point. Mine had those two, flaxseed, frozen papaya, frozen banana, almond milk, cinnamon, and agave. Absolutely delicious! I was tempted to add more stuff to it but thought it made sense not to “fix it if it aint broke!” :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Panama,

      Your version of this smoothie sounds fantastic! Great to hear you enjoyed it and are now incorporating turmeric and ginger into your smoothies.


  12. RACHEL Smith #

    Loved it! I included chia seeds & kale.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Awesome, Rachel! Can’t go wrong with chia seeds and kale.

  13. Tritty #

    Oh my goodness!! I just made this drink for my mom and she loved it!! Absolutely amazing smoothie and the ingredients are super duper healthy.. Finally found a way to consume turmeric without gagging!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Tritty,

      Great to hear you and your mom enjoyed this smoothie. It’s become a crowd favorite. Consuming turmeric without gagging is a good thing ;)


  14. Troy #

    Just got a good injury, and was looking for something quick to get some turmeric in. Googled “turmeric coconut oil smoothie”, and got this page… Wow! That was delicious. Going to explore your site some more.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Troy,

      Nice to hear you enjoyed this topical turmeric smoothie. Hopefully you find some of my other smoothies just as tasty :)


  15. Bennette #

    Hi, Smoothies are one of my Favorite things to make! I just tried this Smoothie Recipe. I Love Turmeric and have only been using it for a few months. I put Strawberries and Blueberries in mine along with some Spinach. I put a tad too much Turmeric in it and maybe due to the my other added ingredients; it didn’t come out near as tasty as I was hoping :-/
    If you have any suggestions [besides being more diligent on the amount of Turmeric I use] for me to make this more palatable, please let me know. I most definitely want to give this another try. I’m glad to learn more about Coconut Oil here too :-) It will be something I will get to know better…


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Bennette,

      Making smoothies is great fun, isn’t it. I find the banana and mango hide the taste of turmeric quite well. Besides making sure to use a high quality organic turmeric the only way to avoid an unpleasant taste is to use less turmeric. 1/2 teaspoon isn’t much – maybe you added 1/2 tablespoon by accident. Play with it to perfect the taste. Have fun getting better acquainted with coconut oil :)


  16. ron #

    I see I am not the first to really enjoy this recipe. I want anything that will help my arthritis and pain so turmeric and ginger are recommended. In fact I would like to use either one or both in most smoothies. Any chance a 1/2 teaspoon might work with most smoothies?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Ron,

      The key is to mask the taste of those spices with other ingredients if they’re not pleasing to your palate. Yes, 1/2 teaspoon is the recommended amount and should work with most smoothies. Everyone’s taste preferences are different so you’ll have to experiment and find what works for you.


  17. JenB #

    I just made this today and added pear, chia seeds, kale, spinach and spirulina. Makes for one amazing green smoothie!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Tropical Turmeric *Green* Smoothie. Nice, JenB! Thanks for the visual, looks delicious :)

      • JenB #

        So good! Made another one this morning after my run, this time added half an avocado. This may be my new favorite smoothie!

  18. AM #

    Mask turmeric’s flavor?! You’re nuts! Like all spices, the flacor’s fantastic! Of course, it is best enjoyed in moderate to small amounts, like any spice. I suggest you learn to appreciate the flavor rather than mask it.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi AM,

      I happen to enjoy and appreciate the flavor of turmeric (and ginger), but not everyone does. My advice to mask the taste of those spices with other ingredients is aimed at people who they’re not pleasing to the palate of; so they can still reap their health benefits.


  19. Suzie #

    Hi Ryan

    I make my own almond milk but have never heard of removing the skin prior to blending. I use a nut milk bag to strain the milk.

    Wouldn’t the (nylon) nut milk bag capture the skin residue? I imagine it would be quite a tedious process to remove all the skins!

    I too was looking for a smoothie recipe that included turmeric but my question is can you use raw turmeric or does it need to be cook first?

    Thanks so much!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Suzie,

      I don’t remove the almond skins either. I don’t think it’s necessary and I’m lazy :)

      Sure you can use raw turmeric. I use both fresh turmeric and turmeric spice. With raw turmeric, start with a half inch piece, slice it up and toss into your blender. Use more or less depending on your taste preferences. I usually leave the skin on because it’s nutrient dense, and I’m lazy ;)


      • Suzie #

        Thanks Ryan. I wasn’t sure if there were any toxins in the skin of turmeric. I do have a Vitamix (my best purchase yet!) but I think I’ll still peel it all the same! :-)

        Another query re coconut oil….do you melt this or place it in your smoothies solid? I’m currently using a product called “MCT”, derived from coconut oil but has some other stuff in it as well but it’s liquid, as a source of dietary fats for my smoothies (as well as either chia, hemp seeds, flaxseed oil). I’ve heard that coconut oil can make the smoothie lumpy but wasn’t sure if this was melted coconut oil or solid.

        Thanks again!

        • Ryan Carmody #

          I should have mentioned only use the skin of turmeric if it’s organic.

          The consistency of my coconut oil depends on the temperature. It’s usually solid, which actually blends better in my experience. Above 76 degrees it’s liquid, in which case I recommend you blend everything except the coconut oil first, then drizzle it on and blend for another 5-10 seconds to avoid clumping.


  20. Perla #

    Hi Ryan, Wow!!!! this smoothie is fantastic. I make green smoothies every day for me. I have been getting your smoothie recipes for a while, but this is the first time I make one that I got from you. I loved it! my bananas and mango were frozen I added 1/3 cup shredded coconut and 1 Tbsp. Maca, I had to add a bit of water because it was so thick my Vitamix would not mix it. Thank you for sharing this delicious smoothie. I am sharing this one with my daughter that now is getting radiation treatment. God bless you.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Perla,

      Great to hear you enjoyed this smoothie. It’s become a fan favorite. Your daughter is lucky to have you on her side.


  21. Dianne #

    Do you happen to have the nutritional info on this recipe as well? Thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Dianne,

      Ask and you shall receive :) Nutritional info was just added.


  22. Lauren Elizabeth #

    Hey! Is it alright if I add double the amount of turmeric to the smoothie?
    P.S. I love it so much- thank you for creating this idea. :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Lauren,

      Not only is it alright, it’s encouraged. The more turmeric the merrier – if you’re ok with the taste. You’re welcome – it’s great to see how many people enjoy this recipe :)


      • Lauren Elizabeth #

        Yay :) I am enjoying it almost every morning. Cheers beautiful soul!

  23. Lori #

    Hi Ryan.. What if you are not a coconut fan? Any other suggestions? Thank you! I’m also going to share this with my friend that has cancer.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Lori,

      Substitute your preferred milk or water for the coconut milk. Butter and ghee from grass fed animals is the next best thing to coconut oil. Or you could substitute a little avocado for the coconut oil and still get some healthy fats.


  24. brynwynn #

    I have used coconut oil to get regular – will the addition of this not cause the same effect ?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi brynwynn,

      Hopefully the amount of coconut oil in this smoothie doesn’t have that effect. If so, try using 1/2 the amount called for.


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