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Time Saver Tip: How to Make & Freeze Smoothies

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How to Make and Freeze Smoothies

If you love smoothies for breakfast or an afternoon snack but don’t always have the time to prepare them, then you are gonna love this post! Follow along as I share with you the best way to make your favorite smoothies in batches and then freeze them for a quick and healthy meal or snack.

Although smoothies tend to separate and spoil quite quickly in the fridge, they freeze wonderfully! Make a smoothie with the fruit and veggies your family enjoys and then pour the mixture into ice cube trays (or silicon muffin trays work great too!) and freeze overnight. Whenever you’re in the mood for a smoothie, place a few frozen cubes in a cup on the counter and in about an hour or so, you’ll have a delicious defrosted smoothie (you won’t even need to put it in the blender again)! I especially love to whip up a batch of smoothies to freeze when I have produce that is getting really ripe and is really close to going bad.

How to Batch Freeze Smoothies Ahead of Time Hip2Save

Below is a protein kale and berry smoothie I made ahead of time and froze in a silicon muffin tray. Consider placing a few cubes of your frozen smoothie concoction in a travel mug, take it to the gym, and it will be ready for you to enjoy after you exercise.  My typical smoothie includes: 3/4 cup mixed berries such as strawberry, blueberry, and raspberries, one large handful of kale, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon of agave sweetener, and 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk or Greek yogurt plus ice per your preference. Sometimes, I even add protein powder or Chia seeds.

Freeze Smoothies in Muffin TinsDoes your family enjoy smoothies too? What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 55

  1. Kristie

    I use ice cube trays to freeze homemade baby food.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so smart!

    • LuvSaving

      I do that too; so convenient; just warm up a few cubes for lunch or dinner. no w only if my toddler will start chewing so i dont have to keep making them.

  2. Laura

    What a great idea, thank you! And as a vegan and vegetarian family, thanks for all the black bean recipes as well!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed that series!

  3. Ashley

    I use mason jars that can be used in the freezer and pre make my green smoothies and carrot apple juices! Then I pop them in my work bag and by the time lunch rolls around my smoothie is defrosted, it just needs a shake or two!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s a great idea too!

    • Mary

      Hi Ashley—did you need to buy specific mason jars to use in the freezer? Thanks:)

      • Ashley

        You just need to make sure the mason jars say freezer safe on the package. I know the ball wide mouth mason jars are safe in the freezer. Walmart carries a 12 pack of jars for around $10-$12

  4. Alysia

    How long can the stay in the freezer ? If I use yogurt or almond milk?

    • Ashley

      I don’t use any dairy products in my smoothies but I only make enough to last me through the week! I imagine it may just change the texture of the smoothie

    • Joan Castillo

      I have used mason jars before no problems ,just make sure its the real brand name . And leave a little room on top for expansion !

  5. olga

    thank you Collin for this great tip. know I could make my smoothies ahead of time and not worry that I am going to wake any body up at 5:00 am you are a time saver. thank you for all the great tips,recipes and all of your hard word.

    • olga

      I ment to say all you HARD WORK.

      • mel

        actually, that’s Lina that’s giving us all these amazing tips & recipes 😉

  6. mamasweetpea08

    1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup apple juice, 2-3 strawberries, banana, and ice.

  7. Danielle

    Try adding a handful of spinach. You can not taste it at all.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I love spinach too! 😀

      • Denise

        Can you taste the kale in the smoothie??

        • Sarah

          yes, Denise, it definitely gives it a different flavor. It tastes more “earthy” if that makes sense. It takes a little bit of getting used to, at first, but if you like kale, you will like this. I always use kale or spinach in my smoothies now and if I don’t – they just end up way too sweet.

  8. Jessica

    I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so so much!!! This is going to be a COMPLETE TOTAL LIFE SAVER FOR ME!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I’ve been searching for a way to pre make them to save me time! So excited to try this when I get home!! Thank you thank you!!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Enjoy!

  9. Melissa

    Thanks for the tip!! Does anyone have a good recipe for a green smoothie that does not require yogurt?

    • marissa

      My favorite green smoothie only has 3 three ingredients kale, pineapple and mango. You need three or four leafs of kale a pineapple and mango cut up into cubes. Put the fruit in blender first then kale and blend away. Add ice if preferred. The fruit balances out the kale nicely I think and even my two year old twin like it:)

  10. jennifer

    I agree on the spinach not having much taste. I make a smoothie every morning for myself that consists of whatever fruits and veggies I have on hand and water. Doesn’t taste delicious every time but I am doing it to ensure that I get plenty of fruits and veggies everyday. So I just blend it together then gulp, lol.

  11. Lori

    Extra fruit-based smoothie mixture can be poured into popsicle molds to make home-made frozen fruit bars.

  12. Natalia

    I was literally just saying how I want to have smoothies more often but don’t have time to make them every morning. This is perfect! Thanks for posting!

  13. Kathy0303

    Holy cow! I just went to a class last night to learn how to start eating right and smoothies are going to be a vital part of my diet. I get up at 5:30 for work and this is going to be perfect so I don’t wake my family up! Thank you so much!

  14. mel

    My husband bought a big container of baby spinach at Costco a while back, and it was getting hard to use up. So I started sticking it in my smoothies! My favorite is

    1/2 C banana, 1/2 C strawberries, chocolate or vanilla protein powder, 1 c Almond Milk and a few ice cubes (and spinach if I have it on hand). Sometimes I add in Flax Seed and/or Wheat Germ, maybe Chia seeds.

    What I like to do is flash freeze my fruit. Sometimes I get last sale banana’s at my local grocer, so when I get home, I peel and slice the bananas, put them on a cookie sheet, and freeze for a few hours. Then I just pop them off the sheet and put them in a container or baggie, back in the freezer. This keeps the slices from sticking together. I do the same with in season strawberries & blueberries. When I’m ready to make a smoothie, I just measure out 1/2 c of each fruit, then let it sit in the blender for a few minutes to thaw. Using frozen fruit, esp bananas, makes the smoothies creamy! Add the rest of the ingredients and blend away!

  15. Kelli

    I too make a smoothie every morning and love them. I use two good handfuls of spinach, a little cut up cucumber, and usually strawberries, blueberries, grapes and pineapple and some water. I freeze some of my fruit and use that in it so that it’s cold. I can’t drink a smoothie without it being cold.

  16. Rae

    We use spinach instead of kale. I try to do all the low flavor veggies with a few potent fruits. Spinach, carrot, cucumber, and sometimes tomato with banana and other berries. We use green tea, coconut milk, almond milk, or fresh juice for the liquid. I also freeze almond milk and coconut milk cubes for smoothies so I don’t “water it down” with the ice. When I want a pick me up my favorite is pineapple, banana, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and almond milk… YUMMY. My son gets chocolate “shakes” with spinach, banana, cocoa powder and almond milk(both frozen and just chilled).

  17. Michelle

    Dear Sweet, Wonderful, Hard-Workin’ Collin: I need a good hip deal on a blender. One of my sweet kiddos broke the thingie off the side while unloading it from the dishwasher, and now we have to……literally put a cork in it. It works, for now, but boy do you have to work fast, or your smoothie starts leaking out from around the poor ol’ cork. Thanks for the tips here, my sister started eating clean and incorporating smoothies into her diet, walking 2 x day and has lost over 50 #. If I didn’t love her so much, and know how hard she’s worked, I’d be pea green. 🙂

    • Joan Castillo

      If I get a bunch of bananas cheap ,I peel throw them in a zipper bag and freeze ,they come apart very easy ,good for about a month in freezer then they start to get a little black ! but I still use them but quicker (:

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  19. Kristen

    Thanks for the tip! I used to make a “green monster” smoothie every morning but I just don’t have time now. I knew you could freeze smoothies, but I wasn’t sure about ones with spinach. I will definitely give this a try now!
    My usual recipe is: about 3 cups (loosely packed!) fresh spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, and 6 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk. (Tried it with regular milk once, ick.) Or sometimes instead of the banana and p.b. I’ll substitute 1 cup frozen strawberries and 1/4 cup Carnation No Sugar Added Chocolate Instant Breakfast. I am NOT a veggie lover, but I don’t even taste the spinach 🙂 Thanks again for the tip, Lina!

  20. sarah

    How many cubes to make like a 12oz smoothie?

  21. Jennifer A

    I’ve been freezing smoothies now for awhile, and it’s amazing! I live in an apartment building, and the neighbors don’t like it much when I use my blender at 3 a.m.! I also don’t use a recipe anymore and just throw in whatever fruits, veggies, liquid, and protein source I have on hand (kale, spinach, chard, plain Greek yogurt, protein powder [my fave is the FitMiss brand], pineapple, coconut milk, berries, mango, peaches, bananas, carrots, Clementines, and green beans are some favorites).

  22. Katie Collard

    We freeze our organic kale after buying it and washing it. Once placed in a smoothie with fruit, oj, protein powder, the taste of the kale is nonexistent thanks to freezing it. My husband and I have been doing smoothies for the last 5 months EVERY morning, and well…..we don’t get as sick, stay regular, and feel AMAZING starting our days with some kale leaves. Woo hoo!

    • Beverly

      It’s not good to eat the same greens every day. You should rotate the greens you buy and eat to prevent a buildup in your system that could potentially cause you problems.

  23. Bunny

    Hi Collin & Lina….

    I’d love to see a column about blenders/juicers and see what all the Hip2Savers are using to make their smoothies. Would love to hear everyone’s opinions of their blender/juicer, ie. how easy to clean, how easy it blends, storage size, etc. etc.

    • Jacki

      I use a baby bella bullet I got at Macys on last black friday. It does really well and was cheap but is small.

    • sarah

      I make a smoothie every morning for my 4 teenagers. I just use a regular Oster blender. It works great with spinach, kale, and any frozen fruit chunks. I got a spare at a yard sale, just in case. Easy cleanup, either hand wash or dishwasher. Have found that with the greek yogurt if dries out needs a little scrubbing before going in the dishwasher.

  24. Zosia

    My kids love frozen yougurt, thinking its ice cream. I think of coming summer, sure will want more ice cream, this will be much healthier.

  25. Kim

    My favorite low sugar, high protein smoothie: 1 cup water, 2 ice cubes, 2 handfuls of kale or spinach (or both), 1 cup Fage 0% yogurt, 2 frozen strawberries, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 spoonful chocolate PB2 (powdered chocolate peanut butter)

  26. Em

    I’m of the rare varierty that just doesn’t like smoothies. They’re just not good!

    • Rach

      Maybe I should have you over to try one of mine!

      • Em

        Haha, I have tried tons and tons, just not a fan. And I’m near raw Vegan! Lol

  27. Cristal

    This may have been mentioned but I love to freeze bananas after they have browned and we didn’t get them all used. Once you thaw them they are almost liquid and I refreeze in ice cube trays for our smoothies. Great for any fruit that is getting past its prime.

    • jac

      If you peel them before freezing, they don’t have to be thawed and can be used in place of ice cubes in a smoothie. We peel them, lay them out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and place them in the freezer overnight. Then the next day when they are individually frozen, we transfer them to a large freezer bag for longer storage. It’s easy to pull one banana out when we need it and add it to a smoothie.

  28. Amdonnay

    I want a vitamix! All of this smoothie talk make a me want one more. Any deals or finds on theses lately?

    • Christine

      I want a Vitamix, too! My local Costco has them, but I just can’t spend $500 on a blender. It hurts to even think about. I know they go for more outside of Costco, but still…I’d love to be a part of a Vitamix test group and get to keep the blender 😉

      • Beverly

        I recommend a Ninja blender. I have a Ninja Pulse. You can spend about $99 on a Ninja blender and you get a blender that is almost as good as a Vitamix. Certainly, if all you are making is smoothies, you will be very happy with a Ninja. It has a very powerful motor. It makes “snow” out of ice cubes. The only thing I don’t like to use it for is to make nut butters from nuts. I prefer my food processor for that.

  29. Lorena Franklin

    I love my Vitamix!! Smoothies come out perfect each time no chunks left behind. I also use it to make purée baby food for my kids reusable pouches. It’s very easy to clean just add soap and water then start it up (smoothie function) then rinse. Well worth the investment!

  30. BK Jackson

    What’s the best advice for vegetable smoothies? I’ve never made a smoothie in my life but just bought a Ninja because the time prep for eating healthy is killing me (all that time washing/chopping veggies for salad, etc.) and I needed some help. By my question I mean, if you are making primarily a vegetable smoothie, I’m assuming vegetables and ice blended alone would taste nasty. What do folks typically add to make it taste better without adding a bunch of calories and sugar? Thanks!

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