Frozen Smoothie Bags

I am very excited to share this idea with you today! If you are looking to streamline your morning routine or looking for a quick and healthy mini-meal or snack for the kids, pay attention! This is a good one.
I was inspired to make these frozen smoothie bags by The Tidy Nest‘s make-ahead freezer smoothies and Muffin Tin Mania‘s green smoothie cups. I love having ready-made smoothies waiting in the freezer instead of pulling out tons of ingredients and making a big mess. All you need to do is empty the contents of your bag into a blender and add juice or milk until you reach your desired consistency. Easy and healthy- a win/win.
The green smoothie cubes are my favorites (you’ll find the procedure for freezing yogurt and the green cube recipe at the end of the post). If you haven’t been brave enough to try a green smoothie yet, I assure you that the greens give each smoothie a healthy punch without changing the flavor. It’s a great way to add greens to your diet if you or your kids* don’t typically enjoy their taste.
*Kid Tip- if your kids won’t touch anything green in color, put one of these smoothies in a cup with a lid where the color is undetectable and they’ll never know the difference! I also recommend these Sili Squeeze containers if your kids like the disposable squeeze pouches- I fill them up with smoothies and my little guy loves it.
Here are a few of the smoothie bag combinations that I like to have on hand.
 Tropical Smoothie Bag:
pineapple, mango, banana and yogurt cubes. add orange juice or coconut milk.
(if you omit the mango and use coconut milk, you’ve got a Pina Colada bag!)
 Green Smoothie Bag:
kiwi, pineapple, banana, green cubes and yogurt cubes. add white grape juice or milk.
(you can also add other green items- celery, green apple, etc.)
 Mango Berry Smoothie Bag:
strawberries, raspberries, mango, green cube and yogurt cubes. add orange juice or milk.
Here are a few other ideas for smoothie combinations:
Mixed Berry Smoothie Bag: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries and yogurt cubes. add pomegranate juice.
Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bag: strawberries, bananas and yogurt cubes. add orange juice.
Blue Banana Smoothie Bag: blueberries, bananas and yogurt cubes. add pomegranate juice.
If you’re wondering how much of each item to add to your bag, don’t worry too much about it. Each of my bags has about 1-2 cups of fruit, a few yogurt cubes (depending on the size) and 1-2 green cubes. The amount of smoothie that you get with each bag will vary anyways, depending on how much liquid you add, so don’t worry about exact measurements. Just have fun with it!
*Note: If you’re wondering what mold I used to get the bigger yogurt cubes, I use these Beaba freezer trays. These are excellent for freezing purees of any kind, especially if you want a larger portion than what you can get with an ice cube tray. The little heart cubes are made using a heart mold from the $1 section at Target and the green cubes are made with a silicone mini-muffin tray like this one.

Procedure for Freezing Fresh Fruit:
Wash fruit well and pat dry. Cut off any unwanted skins or stems. Chop into small slices or pieces and place on a baking sheet. Do not allow the fruit pieces to touch each other. Freeze until firm. Remove from the baking sheet and place in a freezer-safe plastic bag and store in the freezer.
 
Procedure for Freezing Yogurt:
Spoon or pour yogurt into a mini-muffin tin, ice cube tray or flexible silicone mold. Freeze until firm. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes and remove from the mold (try to avoid running hot water over the mold, it can melt the yogurt). Place in a freezer-safe plastic bag and store in the freezer.

Green Smoothie Cubes
by Oven Love

Ingredients:

  • leafy greens of your choice- spinach, kale, swiss chard, etc
  • liquid of your choice- yogurt, milk, juice or water

In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the greens and liquid. Process until smooth, adding extra yogurt or liquid as needed. Spoon or pour the green mixture into a mini-muffin tin, ice cube tray or flexible silicone mold. Freeze until firm. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes and remove from the mold (try to avoid running hot water over the mold, it can melt the mixture). Place in a freezer-safe plastic bag and store in the freezer.

Comments
9 Responses to “Frozen Smoothie Bags”
  1. Joy says:

    What is a good food processor or blender to use? We still have our 10 year old cheap-o blender & it is such a pain that I avoid smoothies, but we would love to make them!

  2. Natalie says:

    I have an Osterizer blender and a KitchenAid food processor. The blender works really well, but it’s pretty loud. The best blender out there for smoothies is probably the VitaMix, but it’s really expensive. Any of the name brands like KitchenAid or Cuisinart will do the job without the big price tag.

  3. Yiotula says:

    We recently bought an Omniblender, similar to the Vitamix, but much less expensive. I have been making peanut butter and smoothies in mine. Looking forward to trying some of these recipes!!! If anyone wants to check out the omniblender try this link!!!
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  4. Jessica Lynn says:

    love this so much. (I’m pretty sure I say that exact same phrase for all of your posts, but it’s because I truly love all of them so much). I can’t wait for it to warm up over here so I can start making smoothies again. Great reference!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I immediately made the frozen green cups with kale and apple juice and couldn’t wait for the next warm day to make a smoothie! We had a few warm days this week and I made berry smoothies with one of the green cups. It was great! I’m also glad to know I can freeze yogurt! Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. N J Marsh says:

    Which yoghurt do you use? Natural yoghurt?

  7. Natalie says:

    I usually use natural greek yogurt. I imagine the only yogurt that wouldn’t work is the whipped type.

  8. Judy says:

    Love this idea…especially the green addition! Also, love any and all gluten free recipes :)

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