Last Updated on July 1, 2022
Freezing smoothies is an easy way to enjoy a delicious breakfast all week long. Perfect for people who love meal planning and enjoy frozen fruit smoothies to start the day!
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I’m about to change your life. You may be wondering “Can you freeze smoothies?” and I am thrilled to tell you YES! Yes, you can make easy frozen smoothies!
Do you know what that means? You only have to clean the blender once. And, the motto of my life – “Why dirty another dish?”
So, that’s not really my life motto. But, I think it’s a pretty good rule to live by. Less time doing dishes and more time drinking frozen fruit smoothies. It’s like a constant tropical vacation.
why make frozen smoothies
There’s one thing all health officials agree on: we don’t get enough greens. I like to start my day off with a spinach salad in liquid form…aka…smoothie in a jar.
What can be better than sneaking extra greens into your diet that don’t actually taste like greens? It’s the ultimate form of sorcery.
I am always looking for a way to hack my mornings. Because I don’t live alone, I can’t wake up my husband by the jet engine of a blender going off every morning at 7:30.
And, I cannot abide by doing that many dishes. That’s at least a 15-minute setback every morning.
So my ultimate solution is freezing smoothies…. a breakfast dream!
Since starting my weekly meal prep posts, I’ve been asked a lot about my frozen smoothies. So, I figured it was time to let you in on the secret.
Blend once. Wash once. Drink all week long.
can you freeze smoothies?
Yes!!!!!!! Let’s dive in so I can explain how!
Pull out your favorite smoothie recipe. My go-to summer frozen fruit smoothies recipe is below.
summer frozen smoothies recipe:
- 8 Cups of Spinach
- 2 Cups of Strawberries
- 4 Bananas
- 8 Almond Milk Ice Cubes
- Splash of Water
This makes about a week’s worth of smoothies.
Get the right jars. After doing this a whole bunch, my favorites to use are wide mouth 16 oz mason jars. You can use larger jars if you want a larger smoothie, but 16oz is perfect for my breakfast.
the shoulder debate
When freezing, opt for non-shouldered jars. If you only have shoulders, do not fill up to the curve. This will prevent cracking.
For more information on freezing food without plastic read this blog post.
Pour the smoothie in a jar. Make sure to leave 2-3 inches at the top or 2-3 inches before the shoulder. Liquid expands when frozen. If you fill your jar to the top it will break! It will be unpleasant, and you will be sad.
I only freeze in glass and I have only had two jars break (back when I was young, inexperienced, and filled my shouldered jars to the brim). Learn from my mistakes!
Place the smoothie in a jar in the freezer.
This is the hardest step. Before going to bed, move one of the frozen fruit smoothies from the freezer to the fridge.
Wake up to a perfectly thawed fruit smoothie! It will have defrosted overnight and be pretty much the perfect consistency. Grab a reusable straw and head out the door.
It’s that simple!
frequently asked questions
Won’t you lose nutritional value making frozen fruit smoothies?
Yes, you’ll lose a little nutritional value. However, it’s negligible. And, I’d lose the most nutritional value by not having one at all. If you have the willpower to make a smoothie every morning, do it! But, if you don’t, this is a great way to start your day off with nutrient-rich greens.
Isn’t freezing in glass scary?
Not if you leave enough space in the jar. Don’t be scared. Just don’t overfill the smoothie in a jar and you will be fine. Besides even if it does break in the freezer, it’s almost always a clean break. It’s not shattered glass.
Will the smoothies separate when defrosted?
After 8 hours, no. If you leave it to defrost for over 24, it might. Justin once left one in the fridge for two days. It separated. But, it still tasted fine. Just give it a good shake.
Let me know if you have any more questions about freezing smoothies in the comment section below. Share this morning hack if you think it’d help smooth out someone’s morning.
Have you ever frozen a smoothie?
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