Freezer Smoothies Make for Quick Snacks & Breakfasts

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Build a stash freezer of freezer smoothies so that you can enjoy quick snacks and breakfasts without having to clean the blender every day!

mom with keys, purse, and smoothie to go

Do your kids love the sweet taste of smoothies?

Do you love how smoothies lend themselves to life on-the-go — and how you can hide vegetables in them without the kids freaking out?

Smoothies are, indeed, one of a mom’s secret weapons.

In fact, I’ve had more than one mom friend tell me she often feeds her family smoothies and popcorn for dinner.

A smoothie however requires using the blender. And using the blender requires washing the blender. And sometimes? Well, sometimes you just don’t want to wash the blender.

Am I right?

What if I told you that you could enjoy a daily smoothie without washing out the blender every day?

No, this is not some weird fermentation trend.

It’s taking the versatility of your freezer and using it to your advantage. Stockpiling your family’s favorite smoothies in the freezer allows you to take a break from crazy mornings and still enjoy quick on-the-go meals.

smoothies in plastic jars with lids in freezer

Smoothie making can be really simple. Just blend different combinations of fruits, juices, and ice. To make dairy-based smoothies, try adding some yogurt and milk. I even used homemade fruit jam to flavor the latest batches of smoothies.

You’ll find that different kids like different flavors and ingredients. Some prefer just juice and berries. Others enjoy all kinds of combinations, including spinach and kale.

Test out some of your favorites fruits and see what combinations you like best. And then keep your freezer stocked for all sorts of cool snacking and quick breakfasts.

You can even store your smoothies in bowls and add toppings prior to serving for fun smoothie bowls.

How to Make Freezer Smoothies

While blending a smoothie really doesn’t take that long, sometimes you want a quick, cold snack to hand to the kids before you send them outside to play. Freezer Smoothies are just the ticket!

If you’ve got favorite smoothie recipes already, then this process should be quick and easy.

1. Blend up a big batch of your favorite smoothie or follow the recipe below.

2. Divide it into freezer-safe, serving-size containers, cups or bowls.

3. Freeze immediately.

To serve: simply allow the smoothie to thaw on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir and serve. If serving as a smoothie bowl, add desired toppings.

smoothie bowl with mango, banana, strawberry, and granola

Tips for Making Freezer Smoothies

Use a good quality blender.

Bargain blenders just aren’t reliable for smoothie making. Too many chunks and too much frustration in the preparation process.

I’ve had a Ninja blender for four years and it continues to work well. The party cups are particularly convenient when making single-serve smoothies. Read my review here.

Let the kids help.

Kids are more likely to enjoy foods that they helped make. Include them in the process, either with a DIY Smoothie Bar or simply consulting them on their preferences.

Make sure your containers are freezer-safe.

As cute as glass canning jars are, they are sometimes finicky when placed in the freezer. For quick, fool-proof assembly of freezer smoothies.

Ball freezer jars are 8- and 16-ounce plastic cups with snap-on lids. They are specially designed for freezing, yet are also dishwasher and microwave safe. Plus they’ve got cute green lids.

Use frozen fruit whenever possible.

Reduce the risk of freezer burn by freezing your smoothies quickly. You can do this by using frozen fruit. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it helps.

When you’re making smoothies to serve right away, it aids in keeping a slushy texture without having to add ice.

A great way to save money on frozen fruit is to freeze in-season produce when you find it on sale. Here’s an easy method for freezing berries and cherries and here are tips for freezing bananas.

Setting up a permanent smoothie station in your freezer is also a great way to facilitate smoothie making.

Blend spinach and kale with liquid first.

If you’re going to add spinach or kale to your smoothies, blend them first with some liquid to get a really smooth texture, then add the other ingredients.

Offer some toppings at serving.

Smoothie bowls have seem a surge in popularity over the years. Making Freezer Smoothie Bowls is a great way to enjoy this fun treat without a lot of work. Whether you store your freezer smoothies in bowls or cups, offer some fun toppings to make your freezer smoothies a little more substantial.

blender with smoothie ingredients ready to mix

Favorite Freezer Smoothie Flavor Combinations

There’s really no end to the flavor combinations you can dream up in your freezer smoothies. Play around with different flavors and see what your family likes best.

When my kids and I were developing the recipes for this book, we devoted a whole chapter to smoothies. Here are some favorite flavor combinations we discovered:

  • strawberry, pineapple, coconut milk
  • banana, pineapple juice, orange juice, dry milk powder
  • banana, cherries, pomegranate juice
  • blueberries, bananas, coconut milk
  • peaches, yogurt, milk, vanilla extract
  • banana, yogurt, coconut milk, honey, cinnamon, and cardamom
  • pumpkin puree, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
  • strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and orange juice
  • spinach, blueberries, coconut milk
  • banana, cocoa powder, coconut milk
  • banana, cocoa powder, nut or seed butter, milk

After you’ve tried out this recipe for freezer smoothies, I’d love for you to come back and leave a starred review. Your feedback helps me develop recipes and share tips that are most helpful to you! Thanks in advance.

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Freezer Smoothies
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Freezer Smoothies provide for quick, on-the-go snacks and breakfasts. Blend up a bulk batch of this versatile smoothie recipe and divide into serving size containers.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: freezer smoothie, smoothie, smoothie bowl
Servings: 4
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1 cup liquid, such as milk or juice or more to taste
  • 2 to 3 cups fruit, chopped if large preferably frozen
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
Optional mix-ins, choose 1 or 2, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener, such as honey or agave nectar
  • dash cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder
  • protein powder according to package directions
Optional toppings, to add at serving
  • granola
  • chopped nuts
  • sliced fruit
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a blender. Blend on high until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary. Taste and adjust ingredients to suit your preferences.

  2. Divide smoothie mixture into serving-size, freezer-safe containers.

  3. Freeze immediately. Store in the freezer, for up to a month.

  4. To serve: set at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft. Stir and serve. Add optional toppings if you prefer.

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Comments

  1. I like the idea of using my ball freezer jars to freeze smoothies. So much healthier than handing them an ice-cream bar and just as tasty!

  2. Great idea! I’ve been making popsicles, but this would be a fun, healthy option too!

  3. Great ideas! Love the smoothie thing! I just posted a chicken salad that we LOVE to make in the summer! Thanks!

  4. THank you for hosting this! I need some cool summer recipes! 😀

  5. I didn’t know that Ball made plastic freezer jars and am so going to the store today! This is a brilliant idea and I would love to have a more healthy snack on hand when my granddaughter comes to visit. And the jars would be better than popsicles because you wouldn’t have the drippy mess. Thanks!

  6. we’ve been eating smoothies as of late. my hubby loves them in the summerh time. for his birthday i bought a cuisinart blender stick. it’s been getting a work out at least 2x a day. even i’ve been using it. this morning it was strawberry, cantalope, and apple. i’ve not been using dairy, just adding about 1/4 c. of water with the fruit to get the consistency i like. such a good and easy way to eat your fruit.

  7. I’m hoping to link up, but until Mr. Linky starts working again, here is the post I wrote about our DIET FRIENDLY smoothies! Yum!

    http://carriesbusynothings.blogspot.com/2010/06/smoothie-your-way-to-health.html

  8. Want a great way to use rhubarb? The two clumps are abundantly providing in my MN garden this year!

    Rhubarb slushies are a perfect summer cool-down.

    8 C cut up rhubarb
    2 quarts water
    1 and1/2 C sugar
    1/2 C lemon juice

    Bring above to boil and simmer till tender and rhubarb falls apart (10-15 minutes).

    Strain into ice cream pail, placing a sieve, lined with 2 layers of cheesecloth, into the bucket first (put bucket and all in the kitchen sink). Use a big enough piece of cheesecloth, so you have something to hold onto and not get the hot liquid on your hands, when you pull up the edges to squeeze out juice. Using tongs, squeeze out as much juice as you can, catching it in the ice cream pail. Discard pulp.

    Add one 3 ounce pkg. stawberry jello. Mix in thoroughly. .

    Cool to room temp and then freeze overnight or longer.

    Eat as is or add sprite for a summer spritzer.

    Even non-rhubarb eaters will like it!

  9. I’ve never thought about freezing smoothies like that. I love those little containers.
    Thanks so much for hosting!
    -Liz

  10. Caroline says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I make smoothie “kits” for the frig (everything you need, just dump in the blend, add ice and blend), but this is even better since my husband likes it for breakfast, now we won’t need to worry about a loud blender early in the morning! Thanks!

  11. When Linky is back up, I’ll share my recipe there, but in the meantime…

    Wake Up Your Eggs With Horseradish and Dill
    http://likeabubblingbrook.blogspot.com/2010/06/wake-up-your-eggs-with-horseradish-dill.html

    Use your garden veggies in this one for a healthy, easy breakfast!
    xoxo

  12. I love the Ball jar idea! I already have a lot on hand plus the white plastic lids. Having a freezer stash of smoothies would be so helpful this summer since we’re expecting warmer than normal temps.

    Since Mister Linky is down, here’s my post and I’ll come back later to put up the link:

    http://mydailyround.blogspot.com/2010/06/summertime-favorites.html

  13. That’s brilliant! I love the idea of freezing smoothies – not just for the kids, but for me, too. Thanks!

  14. This is ingenious. I have been looking for a way to make smoothies easily in the morning. This is perfect, thank you!

  15. LOVE the freezing idea!
    Our favorite smoothie is:
    -frozen bananas (I chop them when they’re getting ripe and old and store in freezer bags)
    – peanut butter
    -yogurt
    -milk
    -spinach
    -blueberries

    Yummy!!!!

  16. MMmm, those smoothies look good. I always chop and freeze mangoes, they are so delicious to pop into a smoothie!
    Thanks for hosting!

  17. Love the Ball freezer jar idea! I also love making smoothies all year long – healthy and delicious.

  18. I’ve never thought of freezing smoothies! Thanks for the idea!
    Gina

  19. Those look so good!! Love Ball freezer jars!

  20. Genius! Gonna try this tonight!!

  21. My mom started this and now i have been copying the idea. She freezes banana slice’s for smoothies or a cool treat on a hot day. Just slice the bananas, freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet, once frozen stick them in a freezer bag. My little one loves them as a snack but it also makes it easier for smoothies because we know we always have bananas in the house and they never go bad.

  22. Thanks for Hosting! I love making Pies during the summer using all the yummy local fresh berries, peaches, cherries, etc…

  23. kathleen says:

    I seen in comments one person put veggies in smoothies. Does anyone else do it? What veggies and do the kids notice. My 3 oldest are great about eating veggies, but my youngest wants no parts of them. I’m thinking he would love smoothies and I can sneak some veggies in.

  24. i made some strawberry popsicles…just mashed them up and froze them without adding anything. The smoothies would be good to freeze in the molds too…hmmmm!

  25. The freezing containers remind me of the ones I use when freezing my breastmilk! LOL

  26. This post has inspired me. First, I never knew about the freezer jars. The same day this was posted I had to go and buy some. Second, the idea of freezer smoothies is absolutely brilliant. I’ve made some for the kids in the 8 oz. and some 16oz. for me. I grab one in the morning and by mid-morning it’s fantastic.

    Someone mentioned adding veggies. I do this also, just when the kids aren’t watching! I buy the baby spinach, wash, and flash freeze it. Throw a handful or two in the blender and it hides perfectly with some blueberries. The kids drink them up and have no clue. I love it!

  27. When frozen the lids are prone to cracking.
    I have 6 containers left with only one purple lid.
    The lids are not replaceable. I consider them a waste of money.

  28. We actually do smoothies with dinner almost every night foe the kids. My youngest has never been a big dinner eater and this assured he fot some greens and protein into him to reduce the number if times he would wake up starving.

    We use Costco Greek Yogurt (it is very high in protein), a little frozen fruit, milk, a lot if spinach, and a banana. Even when we use blackberries there smoothies are green. If we have left overs (we rarely do) I freeze them into popsicle molds for afternoon snacks. Nice and cold for hot summer afternoons and again they are getting a good dose of protein, some fruit, and a ton of spinach.

  29. I like the idea of freezing for later! My one concern is the high sugar content when no protein is added to reduce the sugar/insulin spike. I know the fiber in fruit helps some, but I would prefer an added protein source.

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