My husband and I try not to keep ice cream in the house. It is far too delicious and far too tempting! We do like to have something cold and ice-cream-like around for when we get a craving though, and this recipe usually does the trick. I’ve started using these for nights when we have pizza and chips for supper too. It’s a fun tradition, and it helps Mommy sneak some healthy fruit into the meal! 🙂
I like using apple juice as a base because it keeps well in the cupboard, and it’s pretty cheap at the Dollar Store. I use homemade Greek yogurt in the mix too, so that cuts down on the price a little more. (You should try making it homemade if you eat a lot of yogurt… It’s worth it!) Once the juice and yogurt are in the blender, I add whatever fruit we have on hand. (I have to work a little to keep this part cheap – bananas are easy to come by, but fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries have to be bought on sale. I bought a bunch of cantaloupe for a dollar a piece last summer and froze it, so that’s helping me out this time around!) The oatmeal goes in so it’s a little more filling, and the stevia helps sweeten up the blend a little.
I love this recipe because I can change up the ingredients based on what we have in the fridge. I don’t think I’ve made it the same way more than once or twice! Feel free to experiment with it and find a taste that your family likes! 🙂
You will need:
3 cups apple juice
1 cup yogurt
2-3 cups of fruit
6 ice cubes
½ cup dry oatmeal
2 packets stevia (to taste)
- Pour the apple juice and yogurt into a blender; add fruit (this time I’m adding a banana and frozen strawberries and cantaloupe!), ice cubes, oatmeal, and stevia.
- Blend the ingredients to the desired consistency, adding more fruit or ice cubes to thicken the mixture. Add more stevia to taste.
I would recommend adding all the ingredients at one time if you can. I tried adding the oatmeal and stevia after blending the rest of the ingredients this time, and I had to do some manual stirring to get it to blend right.
- Pour your smoothies into glasses to serve or freeze them in cups for later!
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe? Any tips for me? I’d love to hear about them!