What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?
OOOOH...My all-time favorite....I call it 'the elvis'.
ChrisVR turned me on to the first part of this:
grind up 1/4 cup of oatmeal in the blender until it's a powder(my husband and I really prefer smoothies with the oatmeal base, now, they are really hearty and filling and don't interfere with taste at all)
cup of plain yogurt
couple tablespoons of cocoa powder
banana (frozen if possible)
about half of a cup of non-fat evaporated milk
tablespoon or two of natural peanut butter
maple syrup to taste
handful of ice
the non-fat evaporated milk really makes a difference in the consistency and I add it as needed to get it to the 'shake' feel I like.
I have served these to friends as 'milkshakes' - super yummy.
i created one that is similar to this. i am obsessed with it, and have been for almost a year now.
i frozen banana, one (?) cup chocolate soymilk, one heaping tablespoon peanut butter, one/two heaping tbsp of vanilla frozen yogurt
i eat it for dessert thought it has enough real foodstuff in it to be a meal item.
My husband and I make smoothies every single morning - so easy when you get into the swing of it.
Grab the blender - take a large spoon (like a cutlery spoon) and scoop 4 fat free vanilla yogurt spoons into the blender, add around 3/4 -1 cup of frozen fruit (like raspberries or mixed berries or mango), pour in a bunch of orange juice that gets you the right consistency (I think around 1 + cup) and a couple tbs. of wheat germ. Blend! Delicious!
The recipes already posted sound delicious. Practice with some already-tested recipes, then start adjusting for your own taste. A rule to keep in mind is that you need:
1 part ice
1 part thickener (bananas/yogurt/frozen yogurt)
1 part fruity/tangy flavors (frozen berries, fresh fruit)
1 part liquid (OJ being the most popular, but all juices being good)
1 or 2 spoons optional nutritional boost (wheat germ, wheat grass, protein powder, powder vitamin supplement)
Pulse the blender a few times, look at it, decide if you want to add a little more or something to change the texture, then blend.
That combination will give you the right thickness to be called a smoothie, but ingredients are totally up to you.
I don't like to use ice on my smoothies, just frozen fruit. My standard smoothie is something like this:
A few big spoonfuls of yogurt
a cup or so of frozen fruit
A cup or so of milk
usually a tablespoon or so of peanut butter.
Picky toddler will almost always eat these so it's a good way to get a bunch of good stuff in his diet.
I got this delicious idea from a place near me: throw a little bit of crystallized ginger into your fruit smoothie. Yum. I'm also in the frozen fruit, not ice camp.
this is a boozy one -- a good summer dessert or afternoon treat. i have made it with non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt instead of the ice cream.
1 pint softened premium vanilla ice cream
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup good quality vodka
In food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth but still thick.
Pour sgroppino into 4 tall stemmed glasses. Enjoy as an after dinner drink-dessert.