The Shoebox Signature Smoothie

My wife makes a mean smoothie.  It’s not fancy, it’s just really good.  We drink them all the time here in the shoebox.

There are several variations, depending on what we have on hand, but I wanted to lay out for you the standard, or “signature” blend that is my personal favorite.

We like to use mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries) that are frozen.  Now, before any of you purists out there close this browser tab because we said “frozen,” here is the advantage of using frozen fruit: you don’t have to use ice.  Fresh fruit is wonderful – don’t get me wrong – but if you use fresh fruit you have to add ice, which waters down the smoothie and gives it more of an icy texture, rather than the thick, milkshake texture that we prefer.

If you use frozen fruit (which is on sale now at Kroger when you use your Plus card!), the smoothie will be nice and cold without needing ice.  We use about two cups of berries (slightly more than shown in this overstuffed measuring cup).  Dump the frozen berries into your blender.

Now grab two ripe bananas.  Peel and cut in half a couple of times.  Throw into blender.

Measure out about a half a cup of your favorite yogurt – we use Greek yogurt.  Toss the yogurt into your blender.

Looking good!  Now you need a liquid.

A lot of smoothies contain milk, but Anne believes that milk dilutes the flavor of a fruit-based smoothie.  So she uses apple juice, which she says enhances the fruitiness of the smoothie.  I couldn’t agree more.  Pour about 1 cup of apple juice into your blender.

Now blend!  Thanks to the tradition of wedding presents, we are fortunate to have a groovy blender with a smoothie setting.  But if your blender doesn’t have this setting, have no fear!  There’s no ice to pulverize in this smoothie, so just pulse the mixture until you get your desired consistency.

Pour into a tall glass . . .

. . . or your favorite SEC team Tervis Tumbler.

Try this smoothie – it’s quick and easy and good to the last drop!

The Shoebox Signature Smoothie (makes about 4 cups, which fills two medium-sized glasses)

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups mixed berries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup apple juice

 

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12 Responses to The Shoebox Signature Smoothie

  1. Laurel says:

    Yum, Yum! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  2. maggie says:

    Love a great smoothie. Great tips and photos!

  3. TJ Dickerson says:

    Looks good! My sister makes a similar smoothie only she uses orange juice and a handful of frozen spinach leaves. You can’t even taste the spinach.

    • Yes – Anne uses orange juice sometimes in place of apple juice. And we’ve been meaning to throw some spinach in there, especially since she’s now pregnant and all the books tell pregnant women to eat a lot of spinach!

      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Evalyn Lemon says:

    I’ve used this reciepe for years – I don’t always include yogurt due to lactose issues, but adding some protien supplement makes it a meal. This is especially good if you can use fresh berries.

  5. lynielicious says:

    Hey Shoebox Kitchen, I totally agree with you on using frozen berries – In summer when ripe fruit is in abundence – I pop the berries into the freezer for about a half an hour to an hour before using them. :) A bit of extra work but its worth.

    What is your take on a bananaless smoothie? — more yogurt? I must say that it’s never quite worked well for me (the more yogurt thing) but I really don’t like bananas :( ideas? — haha thanks heaps!

    • Well, I guess that depends on what effect you’re trying to achieve. The banana certainly adds a certain frothiness, but we’ve found that ice cream or frozen yogurt can do the same. Or, if you’re just looking for a different thickening agent, you could try peanut butter, although that will alter the flavor considerably. We’ve also tried mango, which gives a slightly different texture. We’ve also read that papaya and avocado can be good substitutes for bananas, but have never tried those. We may have to at least give the avocado a try, though – sounds interesting, does it not?

      Thanks for your comment!

  6. The smoothie is awesome! I make one very similar for my kids and they drink it up like they are drinking up pop. I thought I was the only one who made it – hehehe! I must admit I do use milk as opposed to apple juice as my daughter does not drink enough milk.

    It is a great filler-upper if you are on the go with the little ones!

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