Make-ahead smoothies are life-changing! Blend your smoothie right in a jar, and you're ready to go! Yes, it is possible! They sell blenders, like this one, that come with mason jars to blend right inside the jar. When I saw this, I knew that I could prepare my smoothies ahead of time. Now I'm ready with healthy breakfasts and snacks for the whole week!
You will love make-ahead smoothies because they're...
- vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free
So, after sitting in front of my computer for the past few months building this blog and of course doing lots of cooking and taste testing, I have to start getting back into shape for summer. Having some fresh, healthy smoothies on hand would help with this!
My husband is always stressed about what gluten-free, vegan, healthy thing that he can grab for breakfast on his way out the door for work in the morning. So, I decided to do some meal prep.
I bought extra jars that are compatible with my blender to make sure that I have plenty on hand. I found some great fresh berries on sale at my local market and set up an assembly line of bananas and berries. It was so easy!
- Break up bananas into pieces and put about ½ of a banana into the bottom of each jar.
- Fill each jar with about 3/4 cup fruit or berries leaving enough space to fit the blender blade into the top of the jar.
- Seal with the lid.
- Freeze until you're ready to blend.
- Take it out of the freezer and open up the jar.
- Fill up the jar with your choice of milk or water. (You can also put in some protein powder and/or sweetener at this time if you choose).
- Screw on the blender blade to the top of the jar.
- Blend for about 30 seconds and you’re done!
Tips and Tricks
- If you want to add protein powder or a sweetener to it, just do so along with the liquid.
- The berries may stick to the bottom of the jar, just wait a minute and give it a shake and they will release. (If the berries are wet when you put them in, they may freeze to the side a little. They will loosen up in about a minute).
- Once blended, you can put the lid back on and take it with you on your way out the door, or just sit down and enjoy!
How long does it take to prep?
It took less than 10 minutes to make a weeks’ worth of smoothies for the family! We now have tons of healthy snacks, and portable breakfasts ready to go.
Will kids like these make-ahead smoothies?
Yes! My kids love making smoothies!
I loved that they were eating all of these healthy fruits, however, they used to make a big mess with them. Fruit spills, they don’t put things back in the freezer, and worst of all, they start getting crazy adding sugar, chocolate syrup, and candy to make crazy concoctions. The pre-made jars work great for the kids to have lots of choices and still feel like they are making it. However, they aren't making the mess or putting in the junk that they did in the past.
Go-to flavor combos
I usually use 1/2 a banana in each of my smoothies. I find it makes it sweet and creamy, but if you want to leave it out, just add about 1/4 cup more fruit in its place.
- Strawberry Banana: 1/2 a banana and 3/4 cup strawberries.
- Blueberry: 1/2 a banana and 3/4 cup blueberries
- Peach: 1/2 a banana and 3/4 cup peaches.
- Raspberry: 1/2 a banana and 3/4 cup raspberries.
- Mango: 1/2 a banana and 3/4 cup chopped mango.
- Mixed Berry: 1/2 a banana and 1/4 cup strawberries 1/4 cup blueberries, and 1/4 cup raspberries.
- Mint Chocolate Chip: 1/2 a banana, 1/2 cup spinach, about 10 chocolate chips and a tiny drop of peppermint oil.
*Add 1 cup milk of choice at the time of blending along with protein powder and sweetener if you choose. You can also add 1/2 milk and 1/2 yogurt. Check out my recipe for homemade soy yogurt too!
How will I remember which flavors I made?
- Get some chalkboard stickers, and stick one on each smoothie.
- Labeled them with a wet-erase pen. This way people would know what they were choosing later.
Preparing these smoothies with a normal blender
If you don't have a bender that can safely screw onto mason jars, you can simply do the same thing using a freezer bag or even simple sandwich bags if you will be using them up quickly.
Just grab the bag out of the freezer and dump the contents into your blender with a cup of milk, blend, and you're done!
Since I made up a bunch of different flavors, we aren’t getting bored and it is fun to try a new one every time. The hardest part is deciding which flavor to enjoy!
*Make sure that you follow safety directions and only use jars compatible with your blender! Other glass jars may fit on your blender, but many are not strong enough and could possibly break while blending.
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An easy way to always have smoothies in the freezer, ready to blend. Vegan, gluten-free, and full of fruits and veggies!
- ½ banana broken into pieces
- 3/4 cup berries or fruit of choice
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 tsp sugar or sweetener optional
- 1 tbsp protein powder optional
Break up bananas and put about ½ in the bottom of each jar (or freezer bag).
Fill the jar with about a cup of fresh or frozen berries or fruit of choice.
Freeze in Mason jars until ready to use.
Screw off the lid and fill up with your milk of choice or water.
Add sweetener or protein powder if desired.
Screw blender blade to the top of the blender safe Mason jar and blend.
- If you do not have a blender that fits Mason jars, put fruit in freezer bags, squeeze out the air and seal tight.
- Add bags of prepared frozen fruit to a blender with milk and sweetener and blend.
- Please be sure to follow safety instructions for your blender!