A dairy free, gluten free anytime beverage or snack for the berry lover.
I tend to do a little experimenting in the kitchen from time to time, and this morning was no exception. I occasionally have fruit smoothies, but I tend to stay clear from them, as they make more than I personally enjoy at one sitting. So, after acquiring some molds to make milk free frozen desserts, I gave some thought of whether it might be possible to also make frozen non-dairy cream pops.
Well, I did not spend numerous hours pondering this idea. This morning I created the following smoothie, with the extra making 12 frozen dessert bars. NOTE: I purposely made this smoothie mix with the intent of creating the frozen dessert bars, so if you wish to just have this as a fruit smoothie, be sure to invite a friend or two to enjoy it was well.
Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry Smoothie & Frozen Dessert
- 1 6oz c. of coconut based (non-dairy) blueberry yogurt (I used Trader Joes brand)
- 12 oz coconut milk (filled the yogurt container twice)
- 2 bananas
- ½ c fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ c fresh or frozen blackberries
- ¼ c natural honey
- 1 tray (12 ct.) ice cubes
- I used my Ninja Mixer, using the large glass-mixing container, using the steel-chopping blade. The mixer does not really matter, as long as you use a large container and the metal blades, as you will be chopping up the ice.
- Fill mixing container with yogurt, coconut milk, and all fruit.
- Mix above ingredients until well blended.
- Add all the ice cubes, and finish blending.
Frozen Fruit Dessert Bars:
- Fill the ice cream molds, leaving ¼ – ½ “ space for expansion in freezer. This mixture filled 12 good-sized molds, leaving a little over 1 cup that I enjoyed for my morning smoothie.
- I placed these immediately into the freezer
- Freeze 4 hours before consuming.
Breakfast or Anytime-of-the-Day Smoothie:
- Pour mixed ingredients into desired drinking glass.
- Since I generally can tolerate about 1 cup of a full berry/fruit smoothie, I filled my large mug with the mixture.
- Serve to others who enjoy an all-fruit smoothie or freeze remaining into hand held dessert (ice cream) molds.
NOTE (1) Family vote: 2:1 claimed it had too much banana flavoring while I was the one who personally liked it. Okay, next recipe will have to be without bananas J
NOTE (2) These froze up quite nicely without a heavy, creamy flavor
NOTE (3) Now that I know that others in the family do not like the flavor with 2 bananas, I would still make this again for myself and include 1-2 tbsp of flax seed for the added nutritional benefit.
Although the flavor was not exactly the flavor my daughter and husband preferred, it still resulted in a very flavorful banana-berry smoothie and dessert. The frozen treats can be enjoyed for breakfast after a morning walk, or in the evening when I am craving a healthy snack.
May you find this smoothie and frozen treat recipe a fruity delight.