Now, I ask you…
who doesn’t positively LOVE smoothies? Nobody–that’s who!
Around here, it’s getting to where every time I sit down, one of my little sweeties says, “Hey mom–wanna make us some smoothies?” Of course, I don’t mind one little bit–but here’s the thing…it’s kind of a pain to lug all the frozen fruit bags and the yogurt and the juice and whatever else we want in them out all the time. What to do…what to do…
Then, after a quick trip around the Pinterest page I found several clever ways to solve the problem. With a quick little tweak, we came up with this hit.
Load a muffin tin with yogurt–I used peach and strawberry and put about 4 Tablespoons in each cup. Next freeze them overnight–or until they are frozen solid.
Choose your conglomeration of frozen fruit. You really can make any combination you want–it’s all fabulous. We had raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and peaches. Yum-mo.
If you have fresh fruit that you’d like to freeze–like bananas* or canned pineapple, cut it up and spread it, single layer on a cookie sheet, then pop it in the freezer.
*If you dip the banana slices in orange, lemon or pineapple juice–they won’t turn brown.
Scoop 2 cups of frozen fruit into a Ziploc bag.
After the yogurt is frozen, just poke a spoon or table knife in one side and pop them out.
Drop one big or two half sized yogurt “pucks” in each bag and seal them up.
Label the the bags if you like, but we didn’t feel the need. Seriously, any of them are heavenly and you can pretty much see what is in each pack. So it seemed silly to worry about it.
Store in the freezer until someone says, “Hey, wanna make a smoothie?” Then all you have to do is pour a pack in the blender, add 1-2 cups juice or milk and whirl them up.
Best of all, nothing to clean…
except all the empty cups.
- 2 cups frozen fruit
- ¼ frozen yogurt "pucks"
- 1-2 cups milk or juice
- Whirl in blender.
- Drink. It. Up.
20 Replies to “Smoothie Packs”
love this idea, saves the last few bananas from going black on the counter as I didn’t have as many smoothies as I thought I would when i bought the bananas. And you and I know about another secret, perfect ingredient for postpartum moms that would go right in the bag and make that kind of smoothie making a breeze for the mom or any weird-ed out dad’s or family members. could probably charge a bit extra for this kind of fresh frozen prep…..
Thanks for the muffin tin idea! I usually just throw in a gogurt and call it good, but your way is probably a lot cheaper. I love putting smoothie bags together because I get frustrated about the amount of ‘stuff’ you have to take out too. Also, I am excited to try cranberries. I never have before. Time to get out my new blender from Christmas, for sure!
I love this idea. It’s going to let me make more of one of my favorite things. Keep helping us all to get through the days more calmly.
You, my friend, are a genius and have just made morning a whole lot easier!
This is awesome! 🙂 It makes me want to go to the smoothie shop and pay more attention to what they put in theirs so I can gather up just the right ingredients and save them for later! yUUUm! Thanks for the SUPER great idea!
I like that–this way, I can add a few slices of banana instead of a whole one–and I’m not wasting anything. :}
My brilliant friend Lynnette says that cranberries help keep colds away because they have antiviral properties. Who knew? We’ve been adding them ever since. :}
Kinda fun to think of the grown kids making them for the rest of us once in a while. :}
Well, I would argue the genius part, but I’m happy if it helps.
Hey Lyndi–want a smoothie?!!!!
That is way cool! I’m gonna have to try that sometime soon! We have one of those Bullet blenders and those would be perfect for that!
Wow, really cool idea! I’ve got huge bags of peaches and raspberries in my freezer. I’m so used to making stuff for a whole house full of people, and now, when I’d like to make just one or two, it’s too big’a pain to thaw it all out, so it just sits there. Thanks for the fun solution!
Oooh…that would work beautifully.
It’s actually kind of fun now to just whip the bags out, make them and be done…just like that. :}
This is a fabulous idea! I hate pulling everything out to make smoothies. That’s the reason we don’t have them as often as we would like. Going to make these today. Thanks.
I like this idea. We arent big smoothie consumers, but I think the frozen yogurt pucks have MASS potential in our house!
Oh, I know–it works fabulously well. I hope you love it. :}
I always keep ginger root on hand- it adds digestive, immune, and antioxident properties,as well as giving a spicy punch. Start small and keep adding to taste
What a great idea! Ginger is so soothing too. Thanks for the tip! 😉