Strawberries and Cream Smoothie
It’s springtime, strawberry season is upon us, and the weather is sunny and gorgeous in San Diego.
I had a great run this morning outside and came in and took a look at the frozen strawberries in the freezer and knew I had to use them.
I wanted something blended and sweet and creamy to quench my thirst.
This did the trick.
Strawberry seeds in my teeth and all.
It’s not a revolutionary “recipe”, but it sure is good.
It only takes a minute to make, and even less to drink. A blessing and a curse.
The only thing that would have made this better would have been adding a shot of rum or Malibu.
But it was 10am so I refrained.
I made a double batch, poured it into a bowl, put it in the freezer and later on tonight when I am watching Million Dollar Listing or a DVR’ed episode of The Real Housewives or Bethenny (yes, I love Bravo), I can shovel it into my mouth with a spoon as a strawberries ‘n cream “ice cream”
Hopefully I eat it slower with a spoon than I drank it with my straw because this was gone in a flash.
Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF)
This sweet and creamy smoothie is like a strawberry milkshake, but healthier. If you use fresh berries rather than frozen, the smoothie will not be very cold unless you add ice, which will water it down. Use frozen berries if possible, or toss fresh berries into the freezer for even an hour before making this for better results. Optionally, Make make as an “ice cream” or frozen treat. Pour blended mixture into a bowl, freeze until almost solid, and serve. Or make popsicles – use paper dixie cups or ice cube trays and toothpicks or wooden grill skewers as the stick if you don’t have popsicle molds. Add rum (and a squirt of lime juice if you have it) for strawberry daiquiris, or Malibu, Citron, Gran Marnier. Add protein powder, drizzle with chocolate sauce, add other fruit (bananas, oranges, mango, pineapple, peaches, etc.) to the mixture before blending.
1 to 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries (big handful), fresh may be used although ice may be necessary
sweetenter, to taste (sugar, stevia, agave, etc.)
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Depending on how many strawberries you used, their size, your blender, and your desired smoothie thickness and consistency, you may need more than 1/4 cup cream (I used about 1/2 cup), or add a splash of water, to reach desired consistency.
Serve immediately. Leftover portion may be stored in the freezer for later consumption for up to 2 months. The smoothie does not change consistency and taste is not effected upon thawing.
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Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie (vegan, GF) – No sugar needed in this refreshing, 3-ingredient, healthy smoothie
Luckily this version has no added sugar and won’t derail your diet.
Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie. Use peanut butter or almond butter if that’s what you have available because there’s a cookie butter shortage.
I hadn’t had a strawberry recipe in ages, but have recently been on a strawberry streak.
I’m just a wee bit excited for strawberry season, apparently.
Here are my favorite Strawberry Recipes:
Do you like strawberries? Do you have a favorite strawberry recipe or way to use them?
I wait all year for strawberry season, and then, all at once, there are so many.
There are usually sales on berries when they are in season, and it’s always tempting to cash in on the savings. Til I realize I just bought 3 pounds of berries and wonder what am I going to make with all these berries.
Thanks for the Baking Supplies Giveaway entries. Two winners announced Thursday.