Make this mango soft serve at home in less than 5 minutes! It's a banana-free, tropical version of a your favourite vegan dole whip and it's sure to be a new summer staple!
What is Dole Whip?
If you haven't had the pleasure of trying the famous dole whip made popular at Disneyland this is your chance to try making it yourself int he comfort of your own home.
Before we jump into how to make this mango dole whip let's start with a bit of history. Dole Whip actually started as a pineapple soft-serve ice cream originally created by the fruit company- Dole (hence the name). It became popular at Disneylands Tiki Bar in 1986 and has developed into a Disney icon with a cult following. Over time, Dole Whip has evolved and can now be found in a range of flavors including pineapple, mango, lemon, orange, raspberry, strawberry, lime, cherry and watermelon.
The real Disneyland Dole Whip is made with a non-dairy creamer, sugar and natural flavoring. The end product is a sweet, tropical, flavourful vegan treat perfect for a sweaty summer day.
This homemade dairy free dole whip (also known as mango nice cream or mango soft serve) is so simple to make. All you need is four ingredients, a high-powered blender or food processor and 5 minutes of your time.
What ingredients do I need for homemade mango soft serve?
I've said it's easy but I bet you didn't think this mango soft serve was THIS easy. I swear all you need are these three simple ingredients and you're good to go. Plus for all my banana haters- you're in luck! This mango nice cream has NO bananas.
Mango- To get the creamiest mango soft serve use frozen mango! You can slice up your own mango and freeze it yourself or you can buy a pre-frozen mango chunks. I personally go the easier route and buy a giant bag of frozen mango at Costco but the choice is yours!
Coconut Milk- To make this dairy free dole whip, we use coconut milk as our liquid of choice. It helps add a slight coconut flavor, while creating a creamy texture. For this recipe you can use full fat or light coconut milk. I will say thought that full fat coconut milk will create a thicker, creamier (more ice cream- like) texture. Note- if you are purchasing your coconut milk canned don't forget to shake it before to ensure you mix the coconut cream in with the liquid!
Lime- This is optional though highly recommended. I personally love to slight zest the lime juice adds to the mango. It's the perfect mix of sweet and tangy. For best results- use fresh lime juice!
Ice- For extra bulk! So this is once again optional. I like adding ice to my nice cream bowls as it adds bulk and fluffiness while still keeping the light texture. HOWEVER ice is very hard to blend without a food processor so if you want a nice, smooth texture and only have a blender on hand I'd recommend adding one extra cup of frozen mango!
Food processor- Not technically an ingredient but as I mentioned earlier my food processor is the key to making my life easier. I use it in so many of my recipes to help with any tough job from blending to mixing to shredding veggies! This is the one I use and I highly recommend it!
Optional mix-ins- Get creative! Use this recipe as a base and add in whatever frozen fruit you desire! Mango-raspberry is also amazing! One small scoop of protein powder or 1 tablespoon of hemp hearts can also be added to add in some extra nutrition!
Tips for making 5 minute mango soft serve
As with any thick smoothie bowl, when you first start blending this mango soft serve it may take a few minutes before it's able to smoothly blend without stopping. As this recipe only contains a small amount of liquid, it's easy for the fruit to get stuck in the blades, causing the blender or food processor to stop to avoid burning out the motor.
When your mango stops blending, just take a spatula, mix it up a little, scrape the mango off the sides and try blending again.
Add your liquid ingredients (coconut milk and lime juice) first! Having the liquid closer to the blades helps it blend easier as the liquid is readily available.
Use a food processor (if you can)! I have tried this recipe multiple times in both a high-powered blender as well as a food processor and I do find it turns out smoother and blends faster with less stopping when made in a food processor. I've linked my favourite one here. However if you only have a blender available- don't worry it will still work you may just need a bit more patience!
To avoid your mango nice cream melting as soon as you pour it into your bowl, freeze your bowls for about 5-10 minutes first to get them nice and cold!
Other easy treats for a hot day:
Vegan Mango Soft Serve
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 medium lime just the juice
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup ice see notes
- Place two small bowls in the freezer (this helps to avoid your mango soft serve melting after you pour it into the bowl).
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender (add the liquid FIRST). Secure the lid and begin processing. Stop the machine whenever the fruit gets caught or stops blending. Use a spatula to mix the fruit, scraping the sides. This will happen often at the beginning.
- Continue processing for about 5-6 minutes or until smooth.
- Serve immediately.