Our Favorite Apple, Banana, Berry Smoothies

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2013

Earlier this summer, I posted a very simple, very basic smoothie recipe that mixed and matched pretty much any fruits, juices, yogurts, etc. to make almost any type of smoothie.

Well since that post, I’ve gotten numerous emails and comments asking for OUR favorite blend of ingredients.

We make smoothies very regularly (at least twice a week) so we have many favorites :) However, since January is all about eating healthy, I figured now might be an appropriate time to share one of our all-time favorite smoothie recipes…

Apple, Banana, Berry Smoothies! 

Apples and bananas are two of our favorite fruits, and since they are readily available at our grocery stores year-round, we always have them in the house. And thanks to the reduced produce racks at our grocery store, I almost always have a large selection of berries in our freezer.

Our favorite berry combination is strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries… SOOOO good!

If you’re a big smoothie fan, or if you just love apples, bananas, and berries, I would highly recommend this smoothie “recipe”. Although, as with all the recipes on my blog, you can easily swap out ingredients for something you like better :)

Recipe for Apple, Banana, Berry Smoothies

Makes 2 large servings or 4 medium servings.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c. strawberry yogurt
  • 1 apple; peeled, cored, and chunked
  • 1 banana; peeled and chunked
  • 1/2 c. strawberry slices (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 6-8 blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 T. frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 c. – 1 c. water or ice**

** use less if you want your smoothie “thicker”, use more if you want it “thinner”. Also, if you’re using fresh berries, then use ice; if you’re using frozen berries, then use water.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Layer yogurt, fruit, and juice concentrate in a blender.

2. Add 1/2 the water or ice and blend until smooth. Add more water or ice depending on the consistency you prefer.

3. Serve in glasses with a straw or spoon (depending on how thick it is)

Enjoy your smoothie as a delicious breakfast or healthy snack!

The whole process takes less than 10 minutes (if you have your berries frozen and ready to go) so this is definitely a doable weekday breakfast or snack — and I’m pretty sure your kids will approve, especially if you use fancy glasses and fun straws :)

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

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5 comments

  1. joy

    01/09/2013

    Some of my favorite ingredients to swap in/out are:
    -Cubed, frozen chunks of watermellon (from summer)
    -almond milk
    -cherries (again, fresh frozen from summer)
    -carrot juice

    I think today might be a smoothie day :-)

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  2. Kristen

    01/09/2013

    This definitely makes me want a smoothie right now…YUM! :) A lot of times when I make smoothies, I throw some frozen spinach in as well. You can’t taste it at all but it gets some extra nutrition in there for my picky 2 y/o…and husband, who is just as picky sometimes! lol

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  3. Chris

    01/09/2013

    I make green smoothies often for my husband. He says they give him energy for work. You can just add spinach and usually can’t taste it. I also make homemade crockpot yogurt, which is extremely easy, to use in my smoothies. It helps the cost and helps it not be as sweet. Of course, you can make it as sweet as you want by adding other things, sugar, if that is your preference.

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  4. Janice

    01/10/2013

    I have one-two smoothies a day. It’s so much easier for me to drink my fruit in between my snacks of fresh fruit. I don’t really have a measured recipe. I just throw things in and whatever happens, happens. My staples are fresh squeeezed o.j., banana and either frozen fresh pineapple or peaches. I buy the peaches and pineapple on sale and freeze them. That way I don’t have to add the ice and it makes it thicker. From there I add a melody of frozen berries this time of year (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries). I put in carrots, add spinach or kale. If you put a ripe banan in, you can’t taste the greens. I used to always put yogurt in, but found out it’s not necessary. Most recipes call for it, so I always added it until I quit eating dairy and found out it doesn’t make one bit of difference without it (saves money also). During the summer when there are more fresh fruits avaiable, I just get creative with whatever is in season. I think in one of my postings, I mentioned that I have a Vita Mix blender and LOVE it! It’s a bit pricey, but Costco does a road show with demo’s and that is the best price you’ll find. This blender will last forever. MY mother-in-law had hers for over 25 yrs. Im going on ten . You can even make hot soup in it. ‘You don’t have to peel most fruit or cut any of the ingredients up. Just put them in whole and it does the work for you. Just a plug in case you are in the market for a blender :^)

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  5. Prerna@ The Mom Writes

    01/10/2013

    Yum!, I am totally going to be making this tomorrow.. I have everything I need.. Ooh.. Lovely.. Thanks so much!

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