15 July 2009

Claire's Sublime Smoothies

Claire's Sublime Smoothie Recipe

Serving size: 2

  • 1 banana, ripe
    The more ripe it is, the more your smoothie will taste like banana.

  • 1 glass of frozen fruit
    I like strawberries and/or blueberries, peaches, or blackberries (tasty but tends to have a little gritty texture due to the seeds) mix and match as you like.

  • about 3/4 glass of milk
    I use 2%, but any should be fine to smooth out the drink. If you drink soy/rice/almond milk, try it and let me know how it is. You could also use heavy or light cream, but I'd use less of it as it will affect the flavor more.

  • Honey, to taste
    If you know your fruit's sweet, skip it. If it's frozen fruit from the grocery store, use about 2 spoons or 2 good squeezes. I do it by eye.

  • Blender
  • 2 glasses
  • spoon
  • ear plugs!
  • 2 bendy straws (optional, but fun)

Note: I don't use exact measurements so that I can tailor the drink to any size glasses. This recipe is for two tall glasses. For smaller glasses, or 1 serving, I'd cut back on the banana and honey. The main thing is to pay attention to what you're doing, taste the results, and make a mental note if you want to adjust ingredients for your next batch of smoothies.

1. Break the banana into chunks and put it in the blender. The pieces just need to be small enough to cover the blender blades, say an inch long.

2. Squeeze a couple spoons worth of honey onto the banana.

3. Put in your ear plugs. Put the lid on the blender, and blend. It is key that you blend your honey with some fresh fruit before adding the frozen fruit. If you try to add the honey later, it won't really mix in, at least not evenly.

4. Add a full glass of frozen fruit to the blender. (It can be a bit more than a full glass.)

5. Add about 3/4 glass of milk to the blender. Rinse out the glass with water, and dry off its outer edge.

6. Put the lid on the blender, make sure your ear plugs are still in place, and blend in short bursts until smooth. (I like a frappe consistency.)

7. Gently (in case air pockets have formed) put the spoon into the mixture and give it a stir to make sure all the fruit has blended well. If not, mix it up with your spoon, take the spoon out, put the lid back on, and blend more. If it's thicker than you want, add a bit more milk and blend again.

8. Once it's smooth, give it a taste. If it's not sweet enough, you can add more honey and blend it. (The honey really does mix in better before the frozen ingredients are in the blender though.)

9. Pour smoothies into glasses and adorn with bendy straws.

10. Rinse out your blender well and fill it with hot water and a bit of dish detergent so it will be easier to clean later.

11. Serve up your smoothies and enjoy the luscious splendor.

Please share any smoothie making tips you have in the comments!

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