Build a Better Berry Smoothie

I love smoothies and I could probably throw together dozens off the top of my head – but what I really never liked was fussing with them. You know adding a little more of this or a bit more of that. Trying to get it thick and luscious but still sippable through a straw.

Build a Better Berry Smoothie
Build a Better Berry Smoothie

Or even worse, forgetting to freeze fruit ahead of time. I just don’t have the patience. I don’t know about you, but I like my smoothies the way I like them – that is, for me at least, perfect – with no mess, no bother, no adjustments. Isn’t it just the worst when you’re trying to add something to make them thicker and you just end up with more and more and more smoothie?!

I don’t worry about it at all when I make my Big Fat Green Smoothies – the ones I refer to as “Pond Scum!” Those I just chug them down like medicine. A fruit smoothie, for me is a whole different story, though. It’s more of a treat.

Build a Better Berry Smoothie
Build a Better Berry Smoothie

And treats are supposed to be good, right?!

And so I hit on a formula years ago. I think maybe I read it somewhere, Cook’s Illustrated, if memory serves. And I’ve been using it ever since. It always starts with one banana, just for the lusciousness, and then there’s a lot of play for whatever you’d like to add.

Never pay full price for berries – they just go on sale too often, and if one kind isn’t on sale, another is sure to be. The lowest prices for frozen berries are generally right after the harvest, so stock up if you have a freezer.

Build a Better Berry Smoothie
Build a Better Berry Smoothie

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.

from the kitchen of, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

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. 🙂

17 thoughts on “Build a Better Berry Smoothie”

  1. McDonald’s and all other restaurants that make smoothies better watch out Mollie’s smoothies are going to knock them off the map!

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