Recently, I shared that my friend Karrie Truman of Happy Money Saver published her first cookbook, Seriously Good Freezer Meals (available now on Amazon)! I am so excited for Karrie and couldn’t wait to get my hands on her cookbook. So you can imagine my excitement when she asked if I’d be interested to participate on her blog tour! Of course I would! As part of the tour, I’m going to highlight a few of the recipes you can find in her book.
I knew after looking at the list of recipes that I needed to try Karrie’s Blueberry Orange Smoothie kits. Here’s why: I have a son who’s a total smoothie fiend! This kid could have a couple smoothies a day. Recently, I was at our favorite smoothie shop when I noticed they dumped flavored syrup right into the blender! I was disappointed, because this entire time I thought we were getting smoothies made with real fruit. After that visit, I decided it was best just to make ours from scratch at home where we can control the ingredients.
I own a few freezer cookbooks and one thing I instantly loved about Karrie’s book is that she has done the math for you so you can easily see how much of each ingredient you need whether you are making 2, 4, 6, or more batches of a recipe. For today’s recipe, I ended up making 4 batches. But my son loved them so much they were gone in less than a week! Given that, next time I’ll want to make 8 or even more batches of this delicious smoothie recipe.
For this recipe, you make perfectly portioned Greek yogurt + orange juice concentrate + vanilla cubes. This prevents your smoothie mix from becoming one huge ice blob, which can be really tough to break up in your blender.
You also freeze the bananas separately. I found that the bananas and the orange Greek yogurt cubes were about ready to go at the same time.
From there, it’s super easy – just place equal portions into quart-size freezer bags.
When you’re ready to enjoy one, simply dump your bag, add some water – and you’re good to go!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a single batch (serves 2).
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, partially thawed
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup water
- In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, vanilla and orange juice. Pour 1 tbsp. each into 8 cups of an ice-cube tray. Freeze for about 2 hours, until solid.
- Meanwhile, slice banana into 1/4-inch slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for about 2 hours, until solid.
To MAKE IT NOW: Place the 8 orange juice cubes, frozen blueberries and frozen banana pieces into a blender. Add water. Blend on High until smooth. Add more water if necessary to get desired consistency. Pour into 2 glasses and serve cold.
To MAKE IT A FREEZER MEAL: Place the 8 orange juice cubes, frozen blueberries and frozen banana pieces into a labeled quart-size freezer bag. Seal, removing as much air as possible, and freeze.
To MAKE THE SMOOTHIES: Add contents of freezer bag and water to blender. Blend on High until smooth. Add more water if necessary to get desired consistency. Pour into 2 glasses and serve cold.
You can also make variations to this recipe! Substitute 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks for the blueberries and add 2 cups fresh packed spinach leaves and you’ve got a delicious green smoothie! To bring out the orange flavor, omit the blueberries and bananas and add 1/2 cup frozen orange sherbet.
I’d like to graciously thank Karrie Truman for permission to republish this recipe in its entirety for you today! I hope you’ll give it a try – and I “seriously” recommend you purchase her new cookbook:
This is such a nice cookbook guys. It’s packed full of recipes your family will love. My kids and I hovered around it when it arrived and flip through from cover to cover. There are so many meals we can’t wait to try – like Creamy, Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Chicken Pesto Parmesan Shells, and Blackberry Almond Crumble. She also has a thorough section at the front of the book with general tips and tricks for batch freezer cooking. It’s currently available on Amazon. Make sure to buy a copy – or two, and give one to a friend!