We love ourselves some smoothies around this house! They’re a quick, healthy, easy-to-make after school snack, a yummy and simple breakfast idea, and a refreshing summer treat… although living in Florida, they’re really a refreshing treat on any given day!
Since we always have frozen bananas on hand, they’re super simple to whip up in just a few minutes.
My kiddos have two favorite smoothies: a chocolate banana smoothie (or “milkshake,” as we like to call it) and a 100% fruit smoothie. The fruit smoothie was our very first venture into frozen blended deliciousness. And it’s so simple, healthy and yummy that we still make it, years later, on a very regular basis. I often whip these up for the kids as soon as they get home from school because they’re all sweaty from walking home from the bus stop. Perks of Florida living! Sipping on these guys cools them right off.
I don’t really have a “recipe” for my fruit smoothies. I eyeball the ingredients, and I often change up the fruit, depending on what’s currently in the freezer. My personal favorite is bananas, mixed berries and OJ. Mmmmmmm… I can actually taste it right now.
But if we’re out of berries, I might use pineapple, melon, grapes… you get the idea. And if we’re out of OJ (or I just want to mix it up), I use apple juice or grape juice. Really, whatever fruits and juices you have in the fridge and freezer will blend to make a delicious smoothie no matter what.
Your fruit doesn’t have to all be frozen, either. You can use some fresh, but make sure at least some of it’s frozen, or you’ll just have a blended juice drink and not a smoothie. And when it’s hot outside, we want a frosty COLD drink! Our bananas are almost always frozen, but I have used fresh, ripe bananas and frozen berries before with the same awesome result.
Since I don’t use a recipe, I often make too much for the kids. I’ll serve myself a glass, but there’s generally some leftover from that, too.
This is where popsicle molds come in!
Pour the excess smoothie into the molds and stick them in the freezer for an easy to grab chilly treat later! My kids also love to eat these smoothie popsicles as a healthy dessert after dinner. With a fruity treat like that, I don’t worry that I’m sending them off to bed full of added sugars and artificial colors. (No wonder Trevor has a hard time calming down after ice cream sundae night!) They love the smoothie popsicles so much, that sometimes I make an entire batch of smoothies just to freeze in the molds.
We have two kinds of molds for our smoothie popsicles. Your traditional run-of-the-mill popsicle molds (ours are from Ikea).
And these silicone popsicle molds that you squeeze up from the bottom, like a yogurt tube.
My kids use both interchangeably, and they don’t seem to have a preference. So I just pour the extra smoothie mixture into whichever ones are empty and clean.
Now, for my super delicious, healthy, allergy-friendly smoothie “recipe”:
Bananas — I use approximately 2 cups of frozen banana slices.
Other fruit — About 1 cup. Use your imagination! Or whatever you have in the fridge — berries, melon, grapes, pineapple, apple, kiwi, pears, mango, plum, etc…
Juice — OJ, apple juice and grape juice all make great smoothie juices — they’re sweet and delicious. But if you don’t mind a more tart flavor you could try grapefruit juice or cranberry juice. Pour 1-2 cups of juice on top of your fruit. There’s no magic amount; the more juice you add, the thinner your smoothie will be.
Here’s my smoothie blending tip: Let your ingredients sit in the blender for a good 5 minutes before you start to blend. This allows the frozen fruit to thaw just enough so that your smoothie will blend easily, without you having to stop every 10 seconds and mash it down with a big spoon to get the frozen chunks to the bottom. Been there, done that.
Blend it all up, and you’re done! How simple was that?
Enjoy your frozen delicious fruit smoothies — it’s getting HOT outside!!!