Having a few DIY freezer smoothie packs on hand helps make these Floridian summers a little more tolerable. The good thing about tossing a few of these in the freezer is that they’re cheap and making a smoothie takes less than two minutes. Just dump the contents of the smoothie packet into a Magic Bullet, add water and you’re good to go.
Update: Make these even cheaper by making your own yogurt! I show you how I easily make homemade yogurt in this post.
They’re pretty low cal too, so if you’re watching your weight, they make a perfect breakfast or lunch.
When I’m using these to stand in for a meal (usually when I’m too busy to make myself something to eat), I like to pulse some oats in the Magic Bullet for a few seconds, dump the smoothie ingredients in and add in some coconut milk with two Splenda packets (I like it sweet). It’s so refreshing.
Anyways, onto the tutorial. You’re probably going to laugh at how easy this is because it isn’t much of a tutorial – just a lot of chopping and bagging going on. I don’t provide measurements because this “recipe” is very flexible. You don’t even have to use the same ingredients as I did.
I was able to get 14 smoothie packets and only spent about $8.25 on all of my ingredients. I’ll admit, the packets are on the small side, but I find them perfectly satisfying as-is or with the addition of ground oats to thicken it up. You can also add spinach.
I did add some peanut butter to a few packets but omitted that from the cost because I only added it to a few packets and was experimenting with it. Verdict = I like the PB with strawberry and banana. Husband hated it. So, if you decide to try it YMMV.
What you’ll need…
- Vanilla Yogurt (Big Tub)
- Ziploc snack bags
- Quart size freezer bags
- Parchment paper or wax paper or aluminum foil
- Ice cube trays
Slice and dice your fruit (side note: every time I think of the word fruit, I think of the way the holistic doctor in the movie “This is 40″ said it. FRUHT. Hands-down favorite movie EVAR).
This is where you’ll need your parchment paper/wax paper/aluminum foil/whatevertheheckfitsintoyourfreezer.
Basically, you just need something that’ll allow the fruit to spread out flat so that it doesn’t freeze in clumps, while catching the juices. I just lined my freezer shelves with parchment paper and spread the fruit out on top.
Let it freeze for at least 2 hours. You’ll know it’s frozen enough if it hurts when it’s thrown at your face. So, just find the nearest person and chuck a chunk of banana at them and see if they say “ow.” Or you can just wait until they’re dry enough to not stick together if you’re a boring person and hate adventure.
Spoon your yogurt into the ice cube trays and stick it in the freezer along with the fruit. I waited just two hours. It needed way more time. It was all messy and awkward. I recommend at least four hours in the freezer. You could probably get away with three hours if you’re in a more mild climate.
*There are 19 baggies in this picture. I had leftover peaches and yogurt cubes and ran out of the other fruit. I tried to make plain peach and yogurt smoothies with the extras, hence the extra 5 baggies pictured. BAD idea! Peach smoothies suck. That’s why I’m only counting 14 bags… because I don’t want your smoothies to suck.
Bag it all up. Stuff the fruit and yogurt into the snack bags. My preferred method is banana on one side, yogurt cube on another side and strawberries/peaches in the middle.
I was able to fit 6 to 7 strawberry halves into each baggie that didn’t contain peaches. In the ones that did contain peaches, I fit about 4 to 5 strawberry halves and two to three peach slices. Every bag contained banana and yogurt.
In order to avoid freezer burn, I place the smoothie packs into a quart sized freezer bag. I can fit four to a bag.
This is a super easy and frugal way to have smoothies every day without breaking the bank.