Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Homemade Fruit Smoothie Summer for my 4 children and I has officially begun. We made "Fruit Smoothies" for breakfast to celebrate. We've also had our summer haircuts, cleaned our bedrooms, and gotten our pool tags. Our next project is for each child to search through our kid's cookbook collection and decide what they want to make this summer. I am able to add "kids-in-the-kitchen" time to my already full plate because during the summer my plate is no longer weighed down with packing lunches, giving Spelling practice tests, and waking people by 7 am. Instead my plate has room for "kids-in-the-kitchen", long afternoons at the pool, and trips to our local library.

A few summers back my daughter chose "Fruit Smoothies" as her summer recipe and now it's a family favorite. This recipe is really just a jumping off point for endless smoothie possibilities. You could substitute other frozen fruits, you could use another juice in place of orange, and you could leave the honey out if you'd like. During the summer I like to make a double or triple batch of "Fruit Smoothie". I package the extra smoothie mixture in small screw top plastic containers. I fill the containers about 2/3's full and then pop them in the freezer for a cool snack that the kids eat with a spoon. When I pack them in a picnic lunch they help keep our food cool and also melt slightly to a sorbet -like texture. Yummy!

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

1 cup orange juice
1 banana (room temperature or frozen)*
1 Tablespoon honey
1 cup frozen strawberries

  1. Pour orange juice, banana, and honey into a blender and blend at medium speed for 1 minute or until all chunks of banana are gone.
  2. Add frozen strawberries and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or pour into plastic screw-top containers and store in the freezer for an icy treat.

    *Slightly brown bananas can be peeled, cut into large chunks, placed in a zip-lock baggie, and then stored in the freezer to use for smoothies. Frozen bananas give the smoothie a thicker and frostier texture.

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