Category Archives: Smoothies & Juices

strawberry lemonade

(I came looking for this recipe and found I posted it on my main blog, not here, so here is a reprint from over there, from last June)

Cold blender drinks and smoothies are some of my very favorite things. The boys and I usually make a smoothie a day for snacks, and when it’s hot we love getting out the VitaMix again for ice cream, smoothies, whatever. Yum, yum, yum. I figured out the best ever strawberry-lemonade slush last week. The one at Carraba’s is close to perfect – a tad too sweet for me. This one is cold, sweet, a tad tart, slushy – my mouth is watering right now.

1 pound fresh strawberries, halved
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups ice cubes


Pina Colada Smoothie

Inspired by Anna’s Pina Colada FroYo, this quickie smoothie has been our afternoon snack 2 days running.

1/2 can coconut milk
1/2 can crushed pineapple
some sugar (maybe 1/4 cup?)
ice (enough to get it to the consistency you like, 1-2 cups)

Blend and enjoy!

Cool Drinks for Spring – from Family Fun

LimeBerry Crush

2 pints of hulled strawberries
1 1/2 cups of crushed ice
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Pineapple Crush

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 frozen very ripe medium banana

Misty Melon Cooler

2 cups diced very ripe cantaloupe
1 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

Peanut Butter Blast

1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
3 to 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Bee Sting

1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
1 quart water
Frozen lemon slices to float in the glass

Banana Oat Smoothie

From Everyday Food, with some changes.  I was thumbing through the magazine as we were waiting for our oatmeal to cook, found this and whipped it up.  Delicious.

1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 c vanilla yogurt
1 banana
1/2 cup milk
2 t honey
1/4 t cinnamon
ice cubes

Throw everything into the blender but the ice, process until smooth.  Add enough cubes to make it cold and not runny.

Wendy’s Frosty (Magic Milkshakes)_

Thank you, Tracy M!  This was SO good.

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups ICE water- really, really cold.
  • 1 1/2 cups non-fat dry milk powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2-3 cups ice cubes
  • 2  Tbsp vegetable oil (yes, really- it’s an emulsifier)

Place ALL the ingredients in the blender, including the oil. Use less water for a thicker milkshake or more for a shake that’s easier on your blender motor. With lid on, process for two minutes. Makes about 4 shakes.  (this was a breeze in the vita-mix)

Groovy Green Smoothie

1 banana, cut in chunks
1 cup grapes
1 (6 ounce) tub vanilla yogurt
1/2 apple, cored and chopped
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves

Place the banana, grapes, yogurt, apple and spinach into a blender. Cover, and blend until smooth, stopping frequently to push down anything stuck to the sides. Pour into glasses and serve. Serves 2