For those of us who are dairy-free, or even more so for those of us with dairy-free children, it’s a constant battle to get enough calcium in to keep the dietician happy. Over the years mine have had dairy-free yogurt so regularly that they can hardly stomach another mouthful. I exaggerate a little, but they are fed up with it. Then it came to me – what about a drink instead, not a plain old milkshake but a super refreshing lassi, flavoured with a fresh ripe mango (and boy are the mangoes good at the moment)? It was a resounding success, both girls guzzled down a glass full of fruity, calcium-rich goodness on return from school with no hint of a sigh. A great, nutritious and filling snack to keep those hunger tummy rumbles at bay! Traditionally served in India as a refreshing and usually spiced digestif, I think this dairy-free version would work in any scenario.
I used soya yogurt but I reckon coconut would work pretty well with the mango flavour. Be sure to add the salt though – it may just be a pinch, but it really does make all the difference, and a lassi is traditionally sharp in flavour.
Mango Lassi (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)
- 1 mango, peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 cup dairy-free yogurt
- pinch of salt
- place the mango and sugar in a blender with the yogurt.
- Blitz to a smooth puree.
- Pour in the water and blitz again to a smooth, thick liquid.
- Add the salt. Stir and taste. Add more salt and sugar to taste.