Mango Buttermilk Shake

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.

Because 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.  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.

While recently flipping through the pages of my February edition of Southern Living, I lingered over the Buttermilk Revival article and fell in love with the pictures, the words and the recipes.

Mango Buttermilk Shake

Since it’s Hit or Miss Wednesday and I’m longing for spring, I couldn’t resist trying the Mango Buttermilk Shake. You can find the simple recipe here.  It’s a combination of frozen mango, buttermilk, vanilla and sugar mixed together in the blender.  I used non-fat buttermilk, skipped the sugar and added a no-calorie sweetener.

Mango Buttermilk Shake

Was it a hit or miss?

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.

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

Mango Buttermilk Shake

I, for one, am happy to witness a buttermilk revival. Do you ever drink buttermilk or use it in recipes?

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  1. 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.
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    • 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.

  2. 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. 😉
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  3. 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!
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  4. I have never tried buttermilk in a smoothie–must try this! I love mango in smoothies.
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  5. 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!
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    • 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.

  6. Yummy! I am definitely going to try these!

  7. 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!
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    • 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.

  8. These look so good and are making me really ready for summer to be here! 🙂
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  9. 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.
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    • 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!

  10. 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.
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    • 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. 🙂

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

  12. 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!
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    • 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. 🙂

  13. That’s so crazy that these are made with buttermilk! I’d never think to do that! I love adding mango to my smoothies 🙂
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  14. Mago buttermilk shake sound like i should be in Jamaica somewhere sitting under palm tree. great poto and post.
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  15. Mango buttermilk shake sound like i should be in Jamaica somewhere sitting under palm tree. great photo and post.
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  16. YUMMY !!!
    It looks soooooooooooo GOOD
    I’ve never had a mango shake, let alone with buttermilk
    I so wish I could taste it now
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  17. 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!
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  18. 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!
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  19. 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!
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  20. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!
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  21. 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!
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  22. 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!
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