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
- 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.
- Add frozen strawberries and blend until smooth.
- 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.