All of us know that smoothies are a delicious way to get our fruit and veg in, but when you want to have one on the go, or you make too much and want to save some for later, freezing smoothies is not a half-bad idea!
You can blend something in batches just to freeze them, or just freeze your leftovers! We need to talk to you about how you can have the best quick, cool, and easy smoothie on the go by freezing it ready for another day.
You could free them in a bag, container, or something similar if you want ease!
Freezing your smoothies is also a great way to store smoothies, and keep them extra fresh when you need them!
Here is just how you can do it! We have all of the answers!
Can You Freeze And Thaw Smoothies?
Of course, you can freeze and thaw a smoothie! We love doing this because let’s be honest, some mornings you just really are not in the mood to be making a smoothie, so having one ready-made is just so much better!
To do this, blend your ingredients, pour them into a container that is freezer safe, or even an ice cube tray, and put it in the freezer.
Smoothies frozen and thawed are still very tasty and work great for a packed lunch!
Do note though, that defrosting smoothies correctly is important. The best method we tend to use is the fridge method.
The fridge method is to remove the smoothie from the smoothie the night before, and add it to your fridge.
In the morning the smoothie should be naturally and perfectly thawed, ready for you to drink!
How Long Do Smoothies Last Frozen?
In the freezer, a frozen smoothie can last 3 months! So, this is undoubtedly a super easy way to ensure you are always getting your 5 a day!
When you fancy a smoothie, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw. Just make sure that you have freezer-safe containers which are tightly sealed for the best results, and to ensure the smoothie and its nutrients are safe!
What Are The Best Ingredients For Frozen Smoothies?
You can turn pretty much anything into a freezer smoothie. You do not need a specific recipe to enjoy a good smoothie, but let’s look at what ingredients work best for a smoothie you want to pre-make and freeze:
- Ripe bananas.
- Frozen fruit mixes.
- Frozen pineapple.
- Frozen mango.
- Frozen spinach.
- Almond milk.
- Greek yogurt.
- Coconut milk.
- Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries).
- Citrus fruits.
- Nut butter.
- Vegetables (sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, etc).
Freezing Smoothies In A Bag
Chances are you want to have an idea of individual servings for your frozen smoothies, so when you want it, it is just as simple as grabbing it and going. So, for this reason, freezer bags are not a half-bad idea.
All you need to do is add together your ingredients, minus any liquids, into a freezer bag, seal it, and put it in the freezer.
Then when you want your smoothie, add the frozen contents of your bag to your blender, add in a liquid and blend until it is smooth. This idea is fantastic in the mornings to make a quick smoothie, what is better, it is going to be nice and fresh and cold!
Freezing Smoothies In Ice Cubes
Sounds weird? Yeah, we know. But, if you do not have freezer-safe containers on hand, you could make pre-blended smoothies in ice cube trays!
Just add your ingredients to the blender and blend like you were making it to drink right there and then. Once made, add it to an ice cube tray and freeze them.
Once your smoothie cubes are totally frozen, pop them out and put them into bags for long-term storage. Then when you are ready to have your smoothie, take out the number of smoothie cubes, add them to your blender with a liquid and blend until it is a smooth mix.
You could also just let the cubes thaw and give them a stir.
As a side idea, on a hot summer’s day, frozen smoothie cubes are great to suck on to keep you cool while also getting some nutrients, just watch your teeth!
Freezing Smoothies In Containers
This is the easiest way to go about it of course. It is just simple. Blend up your ingredients until you have a smooth smoothie, and pop it into your freezer-safe container.
Some people will use mason jars, plastic containers, or something else. We do recommend staying away from glass however, it does not always do great in the freezer.
Ensure you leave some headroom on the container, smoothies expand when they are frozen, and you will want space so it does not break the container. So once your smoothie is inside your container, with some extra space, pop it in the freezer.
Then once you are ready to drink it, take it out of your freezer and allow it to thaw for a good 15 minutes or more, then stir and blend again.
You can always get freezer jars if you are not sure what to use to freeze them.
Smoothies Into Ice Pops
Remember what we said about sucking on freezer smoothies in the summer? Well… what about freezer pops! Just pour your smoothie blend into popsicle molds in the summer, and make smoothie ice lollies! These are so good in the summer!
You can’t tell us they’re not, our minds are made up!
Can You Freeze Smoothies In Ziploc Bags?
You can freeze a smoothie into a ziploc of course, you will just need to transfer it to something you can drink out of once it has thawed, but it is totally possible!
Can Protein Powder Smoothies Be Frozen?
You can freeze protein powder indeed, in fact, most people will store their containers of protein powder in the freezer!
Here are some top tips so your experience is… delicious!
- Always freeze your smoothie as soon as possible. Do NOT give it a chance to separate after the blend.
- Always stir your thawed smoothie before you drink it.
- Always use only airtight containers, no one wants a smoothie that smells like the contents of your freezer!
What We Think
No matter in which of the above ways you choose to freeze your smoothies, it is totally possible. So, go, freeze your smoothies and enjoy, there is so much to try and who knows… you might invent a new tasty treat along the way!
Can You Freeze Green Smoothies?
Of course, you can make sure you store it adequately, but you can 100% freeze a green smoothie!
Can You Freeze A Smoothie With Dairy In It?
Smoothies containing dairy are easy to freeze, they can keep for 3 months. When you mix it after thawing it is worthwhile adding additional milk though.
Freezing smoothies is a great way of always having a smoothie ready to go when you don’t feel like making one.
Next time you make a big batch of smoothies, put some of it in the freezer!