Posted on January 2, 2015

Smoothie Freezer Kits (with 4 Recipes!)

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Smoothie Freezer Kits

Last year I discovered the joy of make-ahead-smoothies.  I made up a bunch of berry smoothie kits, threw them in the freezer and blended them a day at a time.  There was only one problem: my blender sucked.  It was just a run-of-the-mill $30ish blender and it couldn’t handle the frozen ingredients or ice that I was trying to blend.  There wasn’t room in the budget to buy a new blender, so I ended up losing interest in make-ahead-smoothies.

Until now.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I was able to find an insanely fabulous deal around Black Friday on a Nutribullet!  This thing is NUTS!  It has ground up everything we’ve thrown in it so far – including frozen smoothie ingredients.  It has also totally renewed my interest in make-ahead smoothies.  I love a good green smoothie, too.  By adding spinach or kale to your smoothie, you increase the nutritional benefits by leaps and bounds!  And even though they turn your drink green, you can’t really taste the veggies over the fruit.  It’s like a HIDDEN NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE.  Seriously.

Earlier this week we shopped at ALDI and Walmart for ingredients.  We went with frozen fruit and greens to cut down on some prep time AND the frozen spinach and kale tend to blend a lot easier than fresh leaves.  I made 4 different kinds of smoothies. For a grand total of $29.96 the ingredients yielded 25 smoothie kits.  That’s just about $1.20 per smoothie!

We bought everything pictured below (though I didn’t use 2 bags of blueberries, 2 bags of strawberries and 1 bunch of bananas because I ran short on greens).  Also, we only used maybe 1/4 – 1/3 of that bag of milled flaxseed.  I don’t have an amazing reason for adding flaxseed other than I have read several articles that talk about the benefits of adding it to your daily diet. Flaxseed contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids and also fiber – both good things!

freezer smoothie ingredients

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothies
1 banana
1 cup spinach
1 TBSP peanut butter
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk*
handful of ice

Apple Banana Kale Smoothies
1 banana
1 granny smith apple
1 cup kale
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 TBSP flaxseed
1 cup ice

Super Green Berry Banana Smoothies
1 banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 TBSP flaxseed
1/2 cup milk*
handful of ice

Peachy Green Smoothies
1 banana
1 cup peaches
1 cup spinach
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 TBSP flaxseed
1/2 cup milk*
handful of ice

* Use any type of milk you prefer: skim, 2%, whole, almond, etc.

To assemble your smoothies, combine every ingredient EXCEPT the milk and ice into freezer bags.  I used quart sized freezer bags.

I use a Sharpie to label my freezer bags BEFORE filling them… and I write what ingredients + their amounts still need to be added.

You can fill the bags assembly line style.  Here are mine!

Freezer Smoothies finished

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Ready to go into the freezer!

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When you’re ready to enjoy a smoothie, simply empty the contents of any one bag right into your blender.  Add the ice and/or milk and blend away!

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Enjoy!!

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  • Rebecca Hermsen

    Hi, Devon! I got lazy and stopped following you, but I’m on track to be a GREATLY IMPROVED ME this year. I love smoothies and really like your make-ahead approach. I have one small problem with your recipes. I am allergic to bananas. Have you ever had anyone ask for something that could be substituted or tried any subs yourself? I’m thinking maybe applesauce. I know pumpkin would be a bit more banana-like in consistency, but I’m afraid the taste would overpower the fruits. Just thought I would ask. If you want to be a guinea pig, try a sub and let me know . . . 8^)

    • Heyyyyyyy!!! So good to hear from you! And really funny timing too – just the other day I was starting to plow through my posts from the very beginning and I found a couple comments from you years ago. I wondered if you were still out there!! LOL Okay so for the banana.. I just don’t think it will make too much of a difference to take them out and sub a different fruit in. For example, sometimes I’ll make a berry smoothie – just frozen fruit (any), spinach, yogurt, milk, ice and if I have it, flax seed. No bananas. Consistency is the same, taste is great. So I suggest playing around with other fruit combos. Take out the banana and add in another .5 to 1 cup of other fruit! :D

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