Banana-Berry Smoothies

I wanted to share a picture of my daughter before her preschool graduation on Friday.  It is so hard to believe she is going to be a kindergartner in a few months.  Time has really flown by, feels like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. 

She is my little helper in the kitchen.  I rarely get to cook anything on my own.  I know she loves it, so I ordered her a cookbook that is all her own, Gooseberry Patch Kids in the Kitchen Year 'round Fun. The first recipe we tried was the Banana-Berry Smoothies.  The first time we made it, in her excitement, I did not read the directions fully. I prepared the fruit and put it in individual baggies in the freezer for the next time.  This morning she was begging me for strawberries, which I did not have, but I had these in the freezer.  Crisis averted!

The baggies waiting in the freezer.

Break up and place in the blender.

Add 1/2 cup of milk

Add 1/2 cup of orange juice

Blend away
Pour into a glass and enjoy!

This picture says it all!

I decided with the leftovers in the blender to place in popsicle molds.  Placed in the freezer for 4 -5 hours. She was so excited about these and could not wait.  I guarantee we had to check them every hour to see if they were done!

She loved these, I will continue to make these for her.  We think she may be allergic to red dye so red popsicles are not on her list of foods she can eat.  I like being able to make her a treat she can enjoy and not feel like she is missing out.

This book is really cute and would be good for any age. We made these not realizing that these were actually for Memorial Day.  I highly recommend this cookbook for any aspiring chef.

Served Up With Love!

(Updated photo taken 1/27/2013)
Banana-Berry Smoothie

1 ripe banana, sliced
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup vanilla yogurt, divided
1 cup milk, divided
1 cup orange juice, divided
Optional: 1/2 cup orange sherbet, divided (I did not use, but will next time)

The night before:
Mix banana and strawberry slices in a bowl. Divide the mixture between 2 small plastic bags.  Spoon 1/2 cup yogurt into each bag, on top of fruit.  Press bags closed. Freeze bags overnight.
In the morning:
Break up one frozen bag of fruit with your hands. Pour it into a blender along with 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup sherbet if you like. Blend until smooth, with an adults help.  Pour into a glass to serve.  To make a second smoothie, repeat, or just leave the bag in the freezer for another day.

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  1. How cute. I need to try and find that book. I think my kiddos would love it. Congrats on Preschool.

  2. Thanks Tina, I found it on Amazon. She loves it!

  3. So many good tips here--freezing the fruit, frozen pops made with the leftovers, and a cookbook recommendation! Great picture of your little helper and her smoothie.

  4. Thanks for linking up with Garden Variety Wednesday!

  5. How did I miss this super cute post?! I'm making this soon :)


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