How to Make a Smoothie with Frozen Fruits
Smoothies are a great way to get your daily intake of fruits in and enjoy a refreshing drink. They're even better when made with frozen fruits, especially during warmer weather. But, frozen fruit smoothies and regular smoothies are prepared in different ways.
In the following article, we'll show you step by step guide on how to make a smoothie with frozen fruits so you can also reap the benefits of this healthy drink. By the end of our info, you'll have all the knowledge you need to become a pro smoothie maker.
How to Make a Smoothie with Frozen Fruits - Step by Step
Before we get started on the way to make our frozen fruit smoothies, you should have the following list of ingredients and supplies -
- 2 cups of the frozen fruit of your choice (cherries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
- 1 peeled frozen banana, sliced
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup milk
- About 3 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt or plain yogurt
- Ice (optional)
- Measuring cups
Step 1 - Setting up the Blender
Your blender is the key factor in making your smoothie. So, you need to make sure it's in good condition for the frozen fruits to be diced and smoothened.
If your blender has changeable containers, use the largest ones and ensure that it is clean. Plug in the unit and keep the lid on the container at all times while it is active. Do not turn on the blender without the lid, and make sure the lid is secure before each blend.
Most household blenders are okay with this purpose, but some can oppose the hard and cold fruits and overheat. If you're worried, you might have the wrong blender for this task, check out these blenders for frozen fruits.
Step 2 - Preparing the Ingredients
Before you blend everything together, you need to make sure all your ingredients are in the right proportion. This means you have to take each ingredient, and keep it aside in a small bowl according to its measurement stated in the list above.
E.g., Peeling the frozen banana, slicing it into thick discs, and placing it aside in a small bowl.
Step 3 - Putting in All the Ingredients
From each of your measuring cups or bowls, pour in all the ingredients one by one into the open compartment of your blender. Start with the liquid ingredients first, and then move on to the drier ones. Be careful, make sure you are adding the ingredients according to their proper measurements.
The great thing about frozen fruit smoothies is that you don't need to add any ice to the mixture. These fruits are already very cold and hard, and they don't require ice to make a slushie consistency. But if you feel as though the mixture is too watery, you can add ice to taste.
Step 4 - Blending It All Together
Put the lid on the container of your blender, making sure it is secure. Then, you can press the 'on' button and start the blender. You should see your smoothie mixture changing color as it stirs together. The color of your smoothie depends on the kind of fruits you've chosen.
Turn off your blender at 30 second intervals and check the consistency. If it's thick with a slushie texture, then you're all done.
Step 5 - Finish
Take a tall glass or tumbler, and pour in our smoothie mixture. For added flavor, you can put mint leaves or ice. Another option is freezing lime juice in an ice tray and dropping a few cubes into the smoothie for a bit of tang. Now, you can enjoy your drink.
5 Best Combos for Frozen Fruit Smoothies
Smoothies made with frozen fruit are great, but not all fruits taste good together. Even though fruit combos may sound delicious together, they can actually throw off the taste of your smoothie once it's all blended. Here are some flavorful frozen fruit combos to try when making a smoothie
- Strawberries and Banana
The creaminess of bananas put together with the sweetness of strawberries makes a great duo for a healthy and refreshing smoothie. You can even add ½ cup of peanut butter into your smoothie mixture to give it a PB&J taste.
- Peaches and Strawberries
To make the ultimate vacation drink, blend frozen peaches with frozen strawberries in 1 cup of coconut milk instead of regular milk. This is the perfect drink to have when you just want to kick back and relax. If you want to spruce up the drink a little more, add a tablespoon of shredded coconut.
- Raspberries and Mango
Sometimes, you just need a fun and refreshing drink without overthinking the ingredients too much. For this, the best combo is a cup of frozen raspberries and a ½ cup of frozen mango.
This is enough for a delicious reward after a long day, but you can also add a ½ cup of pineapple juice and replace regular milk with coconut milk to add more flavor.
- Kiwi and Cherries
For health nuts that don't want to give into sugary concoctions, this is the best combo for your smoothie. Take a cup of cherries without the pits and blend it together with 1 whole skinned kiwi. Alternate your regular milk with almond milk for healthy fats and add a tablespoon of chia seeds to improve digestion.
- Mango and Orange
If you want a healthy start to your day, one of the best ways to get yourself going is to make a smoothie with a cup of frozen mango and a ½ cup of frozen oranges (without the peel). The mango's rich sweetness paired with the oranges' zestiness will brighten up your morning instantly.
To enhance the flavor, try adding a tablespoon of carrot purée and a cup of coconut water. This will take the taste of your smoothie to the next level, as well as reward you with an extra dose of vitamins.