If you do not own a blender, do not worry, you can still make a smoothie.
Most households have a hand blender, which is all you will need to make this smoothie today!Print
- 1 ripe mashed banana (medium-sized)
- 1/2 avocado (peeled and pitted)
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1/2 cup fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, whatever you like)
- 1 tbsp of peanut butter (unsweetened)
- 1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
- Put all the ingredients in a deep measuring jug or the blender jar.
- Place the hand blender inside the jar.
- Whizz for 3-4 minutes, or until completely smooth. Taste as you go and adjust the sweetness, and thickness if needed.
- Cover the jug around the blender with a kitchen towel if the blending process causes too much ‘spitting‘ across the room.
- Once it’s blended up nicely, serve and enjoy!
*For recipe notes, smoothie benefits, variations and more, scroll past the recipe!
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Smoothie
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 398
- Sugar: 22.1g
- Fat: 22.4g
- Carbohydrates: 47.5g
- Fiber: 13.2g
- Protein: 8.9g
Why You Will Love This Immersion Blender Smoothie
Making smoothies without a blender (at least a real blender) is much easier than many people think.
This smoothie recipe is great proof of how easily you can make a smoothie with a hand blender.
Based on the pictures of the smoothie, it looks like a Vitamix blender has made this smoothie!
The consistency, and the visual aspects are the same. This is the main reason why I think you will love this smoothie.
Other reasons include:
- Ease of Use and Convenience: Using a hand blender for smoothies simplifies the process, allowing you to blend ingredients directly in the cup or bowl you plan to drink from, minimizing cleanup and saving time.
- Perfect for Small Batches: Hand blenders are ideal for making single servings smoothies, allowing you to easily prepare a smoothie for one without the need for a large blender jug.
- Portability: The compact size of a hand blender makes it easy to store or even travel with, so you can enjoy your favorite smoothie recipes anywhere, whether you’re at home, in a hotel room, or at a friend’s house.
- Versatile Ingredient Blending: Hand blenders are powerful enough to process all the ingredients used in this smoothie, from frozen fruit to leafy greens and nut butter, ensuring you can enjoy a range of flavors and textures without needing multiple appliances.
- Easy to Clean: With fewer parts to wash and the ability to blend directly in your own cup, cleaning up after making your smoothie is a breeze. Simply rinse the blender shaft under hot water or dip it in soapy water, and you’re done.
My Top Tips For Making a Smoothie With a Hand Blender:
If you have never made a smoothie with a hand blender before, it may be a bit intimidating.
Here are my top tips for making a smoothie with a hand blender:
- Use a Deep Bowl/Cup/Jug: If you don’t use a deep enough dish to blend the smoothie, it will simply fly all over the room causing a mess.
- Tripple Check If Your Blender Shaft Is Clean: Since I use a hand blender for purees, soups, etc, I sometimes don’t always do a great job at cleaning it. You don’t want to taste leftover soup in your smoothie! Clean it well before using it to blend your fruit smoothie.
- Cover The Cup As You Blend: If you do not own a deep cup or a bowl, cover the bowl as you blend with a tea towel. Otherwise, it may ‘spit‘ all over the room.
- Blend In Circles: Since the blending is a manual process with a hand-blender, ensure that you move the blender shaft in circles as you blend so that all the ingredients are incorporated.
Hand Blender FAQs:
Can You Blend Ice With a Hand Blender?
It depends on the hand blender. Not all hand blenders can crush ice. You will need lots of liquid to support the blending, or simply use really powerful and sharp-bladed blender.
Can You Use a Hand Blender For Protein Shakes?
You can absolutely use a hand blender to make protein shakes. Just make sure you add easy-to-break ingredients. Bananas, powders, and ripe fruit should be fine.
Will An Immersion Blender Blend Dried Fruit?
I do not recommend that you use dried fruit in smoothies if you are going to use a hand blender. The blender is not powerful enough to smoothly crush the dried fruit. It will cause the smoothie to have bits in it.