Build a Better Berry Smoothie

the BEST smoothies with no fiddling! Perfect every time.

You know what I love? Smoothies. And probably you do, too? But what I don’t love? Putzing with them. Adding a bit of this or that, trying to get them thick and luscious but still sippable through a straw.

Build a better Berry Smoothie Cook's Illustrated
Build a better Berry Smoothie Cook’s Illustrated

And then I end up with a huge smoothie coz I just keep adding more and more. Do you do this, or is it only me? I don’t have the patience to fiddle, so now I have a “recipe.” I think it’s Cook’s Illustrated. Maybe America’s Test Kitchen?

With the Better Berry Smoothie, the fruit only has to be frozen for 10 minutes, which is perfect for the oh, so ever more forgetting me. I swear I’ve finely honed forgetfulness into a life-style these days.

Build a better Berry Smoothie Cook's Illustrated
Build a better Berry Smoothie Cook’s Illustrated

So I love this little formula. One banana to add the lusciousness, then whatever kind of berries you like and whatever dairy you have on hand.

Speaking of berries, they can be pricey little things. They’re more readily available year round, now, and always seem to rotate in and out of sale, so don’t pay full price. And keep a beg of frozen berries in the freezer for things like smoothies. Stock up when they’re on sale, and they’re usually at the lowest right after they’re in season.

Build a better Berry Smoothie Cook's Illustrated
Build a better Berry Smoothie Cook’s Illustrated

Build a Better Berry Smoothie

  • Servings: 4 small 8 oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 banana cut in 8 pieces
  • 16 ounces fruit (this is about 3 1/2 cups of berries) *
  • 1 cup liquid (juice, milk, or 1/2 and 1/2, or use half yogurt and half juice)
  • Squeeze (about 2 teaspoons) of citrus
  • 2 ice cubes (about 1 1/2 oz each)
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • sugar as desired, optional

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Arrange banana slices and prepared berries in a single layer. Freeze until very cold but not frozen solid, about 10 minutes.

Blend all ingredients till smooth. Taste for sugar; add if needed. Serve immediately.

  • If your berries are already frozen, use as is and don’t freeze the banana.

This is a special week for me: I’m still cohosting Throwback Thursday with Quinn, Carlee, Meaghan & Alli (click on the link) of course, but I’m also a cohost on Angie’s Fiesta Friday! Scarlett from the Unwed Housewife is my cohost, so stop by and check out her blog, too. 🙂

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