Mango Buttermilk Shake

by Alli

Mango Buttermilk Shake is cool, creamy, with a nod to the tropics. This shake has me yearning for warmer weather. 

As a child, I remember my dad eating buttermilk and cornbread. He would crumble up some leftover cornbread in a glass, pour in the buttermilk, and eat it with a spoon.

I’ve never been a fan of buttermilk when it comes to straight-up chugging. I would definitely need a chaser.

However, when it comes to cooking/baking, buttermilk is hard to beat. I sang buttermilk’s praises when I shared my Mexican corn casserole.

Benefits of Buttermilk

Buttermilk is acidic like sour cream and yogurt. It helps tenderize the gluten in pancakes and cake batter. Soaking chicken in buttermilk before frying makes it tender, juicy, and crispy.  

Don’t even get me started on buttermilk biscuits or cornbread. Buttermilk seems to make everything better. 

Also, buttermilk is surprisingly low in fat and calories. While buttermilk was once the low-fat leftover portion of milk or cream after it had been churned, today buttermilk is made from non-fat or low-fat milk.

Buttermilk is also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus. 

Mango Buttermilk Shake Ingredients At A Glance (full recipe card down below)

  • diced, frozen mango
  • buttermilk
  • sugar OR no-calorie sweetener of your choice
  • vanilla extract

buttermilk mango shake in small glass on green and blue vintage table

Mango Buttermilk Shake

I doubled the recipe and whipped up a batch of Mango Buttermilk shakes on a lazy Sunday afternoon and served them to my kids and their significant others. Everyone loved them.

One of the girlfriends asked if I used yogurt and was surprised when she found out it was buttermilk.

Close Up Photo of shake made with buttermilk and diced mango

The shakes are thick, creamy, and full of mango flavor. It’s the perfect shake for breakfast or a snack. And it doesn’t “taste” like buttermilk at all!

Yield: 3 one-cup servings

Mango Buttermilk Shake

buttermilk mango shake in small glass on green and blue vintage table

Mango Buttermilk Shake is smooth, creamy, and refreshing.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 cups diced frozen mango
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar OR Splenda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Additional buttermilk (up to 2/3 cup)


  1. Add mango, 1 cup buttermilk, sweetener, and vanilla extract to a blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Add remaining buttermilk, a little at a time, and process until desired consistency is reached. You may not need to add all the additional buttermilk.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 217Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 313mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 4gSugar 42gProtein 7g

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Amanda Smith February 11, 2015 - 5:55 am

I can remember my grandmother drinking buttermilk with cornbread!

I didn’t like it when I tried it as a child and I don’t purchase it now because of that. But my tastes have changed a lot. So I think I’ll give this a try and use any leftover buttermilk in place of plain milk in a batch of my homemade chicken strips.

Alli February 11, 2015 - 8:55 am

I’ve always used it to make cakes, pancakes, biscuits and cornbread. I didn’t like the taste of it, either. You can’t taste the buttermilk in this shake. It does add a rich and creamy taste to the mangos. It’s my new favorite shake.

jess meddows February 11, 2015 - 6:14 am

I don’t think I’ve ever tried buttermilk in anything before. I bet these go down well with a bit of liquor in them, too. 😉

AJ @ NutriFitMama February 11, 2015 - 7:28 am

I have used it for cooking before, but I’ve never used it in a shake or actually drank it in anything. It gives a nice flavor in baking though!

Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom February 11, 2015 - 7:31 am

I have never tried buttermilk in a smoothie–must try this! I love mango in smoothies.

Stephanie @ Redeemed For More February 11, 2015 - 8:49 am

My mind is blown. I didn’t even know you could drink buttermilk, and I always thought it was full of fat. Previously, I have only used it in buttermilk pancakes (and by used it, I mean make a box mix of buttermilk pancakes). I have been on a smoothie kick lately, so I will be trying this!

Alli February 11, 2015 - 8:52 am

I can’t drink it alone, but it doesn’t taste like buttermilk at all in this recipe. It adds a richness and creamy texture that my almond milk can’t provide. It’s amazing.

Kelli Ray February 11, 2015 - 8:50 am

Yummy! I am definitely going to try these!

Alli February 11, 2015 - 8:52 am

Kelli, it’s delicious! I’ve had another one since posting this recipe. 🙂

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) February 11, 2015 - 9:30 am

Your shakes look so creamy and delicious (much prettier than the ones on the southern living website)! We love mangoes in our house and actually fell in love with a mango smoothie on our cruise, so I cannot wait to try it, but I am going to have to find fat free buttermilk first!

Alli February 11, 2015 - 9:47 am

The buttermilk was easy to find at my local grocery store. I love mangos, too, and finished off the fresh mango that I bought to garnish the shakes.

Logan Can February 11, 2015 - 9:31 am

These look so good and are making me really ready for summer to be here! 🙂

Alli February 11, 2015 - 9:45 am

It was in the high 60’s when I took the pictures and it actually felt like spring. The cold has returned.

Shirley Wood February 11, 2015 - 9:36 am

Oh my goodness, Alli! My Dad ate that buttermilk and cornbread mixture also! I remember eating it ONE time. I just don’t know about drinking it but I do use it in recipes. I love yogurt in my smoothies so if buttermilk tastes like yogurt, I might try it.

Alli February 11, 2015 - 9:44 am

I never could stand the taste when I was little and still can’t drink it alone. You can’t taste that tanginess in the mango buttermilk shake at all. Try it!

Artney @ My Pretty Brown Blog February 11, 2015 - 10:10 am

I remember buttermilk being used growing up to make cornbread, but definitely not for drinking. Now this sounds amazing! Never thought to use it in a milkshake.

Alli February 11, 2015 - 1:02 pm

I’ll never forget the time I actually tasted my dad’s buttermilk and cornbread combo. It scared me away from buttermilk for years. I always thought it tasted like milk that had soured. 🙂

Channing February 11, 2015 - 10:22 am

Buttermilk pie is my favorite!!! Buttermilk does make everything better!

Alli February 11, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Now I’m craving buttermilk pie! Yum!

Louida February 11, 2015 - 10:42 am

I’m not a fan when it comes to drinking buttermilk but it does go well in recipes. I would love to sip on your mango buttermilk shakes Alli! YUM! This is a HIT for me!

Alli February 11, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Yes, buttermilk is the star in many of my bread and cake recipes and now it’s a star in this shake. I guess the vanilla extract and mango takes the tanginess taste of the buttermilk away and you’re left with the richness and goodness of that special milk. 🙂

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 11, 2015 - 10:42 am

That’s so crazy that these are made with buttermilk! I’d never think to do that! I love adding mango to my smoothies 🙂

Alli February 11, 2015 - 12:59 pm

You would never guess that this has buttermilk by the taste. Yum!

patrice m foster February 11, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Mago buttermilk shake sound like i should be in Jamaica somewhere sitting under palm tree. great poto and post.

patrice m foster February 11, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Mango buttermilk shake sound like i should be in Jamaica somewhere sitting under palm tree. great photo and post.

Winnie February 11, 2015 - 2:33 pm

It looks soooooooooooo GOOD
I’ve never had a mango shake, let alone with buttermilk
I so wish I could taste it now

nadeen February 11, 2015 - 4:06 pm

First of all the pics are beautiful of this smoothie! Interesting because of the name I always thought buttermilk was fattening! I had not idea! Would never have imagined it in a smoothie. Funny about your Dad! I love cornbread-yum!

Krayl @ An Appealing Plan February 11, 2015 - 9:44 pm

These look amazing! I’m so ready for something different to start my day! They would also be great to serve at a family brunch!

Kita February 12, 2015 - 12:09 am

Hmmm Mango you say. I may try this I have been having such a hard time with milk products lately I don’t know what it is I must be getting younger (smiles) Love the pictures!

Roxanne February 13, 2015 - 3:59 pm

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication February 15, 2015 - 9:42 pm

Now that’s an interesting flavor combo! Looks good! Thanks so much for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!

Amanda February 16, 2015 - 12:09 pm

I’ve never drank buttermilk, but I do use it in recipes quite a bit. This is an interesting recipe, but those shakes look SO good. I love mango! Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Alli February 16, 2015 - 5:05 pm

You can’t taste that weird tang of buttermilk, just the richness, the goodness, etc. 🙂


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