The first Lassi, a traditional Indian-style drink made with yogurt, fruit, and spices is said to have been whipped up as early as 1000 B.C. Lassi's are a cooling drink, so people would drink them to beat the scorching heat and help cool down their mouths after a spicy dish. Mango Lassi's tend to be the most common flavor, but they can be made many different ways. Since we're still suffering from a heat wave over here in Southern California while everyone else enjoys crisp fall mornings and changing leaves, I decided to whip up one last Summer-worthy, beat-the-heat treat. We veganized the traditional Lassi recipe and kept it sugar-free, since the mango really adds plenty of sweetness itself. It's a guilt-free drink that tastes great and actually does help cool you down in the heat! I was sippin' glasses full all day yesterday. Also, instead of using water to mix with our yogurt, which is traditionally how a Lassi is made, we used sugar-free homemade almond milk which added a bit more creaminess while still keeping the drink healthy and delicious. Even if you're not suffering a heat wave, this drink becomes the perfect way to use up all the end-of-season mangoes on sale at the market right now in a fun, new way. And the leftovers of your drink can be left in the fridge and enjoyed for up to three days after, though it may need a good stir. Drink up!
3 cups fresh mango
1/2 cup plain, unsweetened vegan yogurt (we used a cashew based yogurt, but soy, almond or coconut should work just fine here)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup ice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
In a high speed blender combine manage, yogurt, coconut milk, ice and ground cardamom. Split between two tall glasses, or half the recipe for a single serving. Leftovers can be refrigerated up to three days, but it is best served fresh and cool. Enjoy!