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Mar 28, 2005 11:36 AM

Smoothie "recipe"

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Hi, all! I'm trying to economize and realized I could save a bundle making my own smoothies- lately, I've been getting them daily. The "recipe" I'm looking for is just a mixture of ice cubes, one banana, vanilla extract and OJ, with a little sugar but try as I might I can not get the proportions right. Can anyone out there help me??

Thanks in advance!

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  1. This isn't a precise recipe but try making it with frozen banana. Use crushed ice, not cubes. You won't need a ton of ice in this - start with one frozen banana, 1 cup crushed ice and maybe 1/2 cup orange juice. If it needs more liquid add more oj, but just a tiny bit at a time. You also won't need much sugar - if the banana is really ripe it will be quite sweet enough without.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Would you have a guess as to how many ice cubes I'd need for a cup of crushed ice? Thanks again- and thanks to all for such super responses!

    2. I use yogurt, banana, strawberries, fruit punch, ice.

      ~1 cup of ice cubes, 1 banana, 2-4 strawberries, 1-1 1/2 cup of yogurt (I usually purchase yogurt by the quart and try for low-fat vanilla), as much fruit punch as necessary: if I am going to make a lot of smoothies, I will purchase the fruit punch that comes in a 1 gallon plastic container costs ~$1. If I am not going to make a lot of smoothies, I will purchase 1/2 gallon of fruit punch that comes in a paper carton and costs ~$2-3. That combo makes ~16oz of smoothie.

      1. I've found that throwing a dab of peanut butter in helps bind everything together so that it doesn't get that gross, separated frappucino look.

        1. Contrary to what others have said, I find that if you use frozen fruit, be it banana, mango, strawberries, blueberries, you don't need ice at all. This makes it nicely, thickly frozen, but without those nasty ice chunks and slivers. For a great smoothie, I use ca cup of milk, 1/2 a frozen banana, and either a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or strawberries. Sometimes I'll also add a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. This makes a 16-20-oz smoothie that's sooo good! I don't usually need extra sugar, but I'll taste after blending, and maybe add a tsp to a tbsp of sugar or honey, if needed, then blend again for another 30 secs. Adjust proportions of everything to taste. Also, I sometimes add 1-2 tbsp of wheat germ if I want to be extra healthy.

          Remember, don't use ice!!

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          1. re: LisaM

            I'm with you! I never add ice. 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup - 1 cup oj, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, and about 3/4 cup frozen mango makes a killer smoothie (or foomsie, as my 2 1/2 year old calls it). Delish and enough for two.

            1. re: LisaM

              Instead of sugar, try adding in a couple of teaspoons of frozen juice concentrate, (orange, lemon, fruit punch or whatever you like). It's sweet enough to substitute while also adding in more fruit flavor. Just keep it in the door of your freezer and it should stay slushy enough to use when needed. It's the one time where the relative warmth of the freezer door is a good thing.

              1. re: LisaM

                For that extra sweetness I use unfilitered apple juice instead of oj. Apple juice also seems somewhat more neutral in flavor than oj. When I make smoothies with oj, the citrus usually dominates. Ditto on using frozen fruit. I usually buy these large bags of frozen mixed fruit at the grocery store. The bags last a long time and are very economical compared to buying smoothies at a cafe or juice joint every morning.

                1. re: LisaM

                  I agree with the no-ice recommendation. I usually put a small container of yogurt and/or some fruit in the freezer overnight.

                  Blend 1 cup of cold orange juice, a small container of frozen yogurt (fruit-flavored or vanilla), plus a cold banana or 1/2-cup of cold berries or pineapple. If the ingredients are cold enough, you don't need the ice.

                  1. re: LisaM

                    Hey, watch that anti-ice bias! ;-)

                    I love ice in my smoothies, can't stand to get one of those too-thick no-ice smoothies. I feel like I'm simply drinking a bananna through a straw. I agree that the ice should be well integrated, however, which means either commercial smoothie, or a really good blender.

                    1. re: LisaM

                      So agree--no ice, a bit of frozen fruit, a piece of fresh fruit, some non-fat yogurt,vanilla soy milk, blend,blend, blend, and you've got a great tasting, healthy smoothie!

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