My husband is a sucker for infomercials.
Back in the day when we had cable (pre-kids and deep in debt), we would watch them together and while I practically rolled my eyes the entire time, my husband was watching with intent. By the end of the commercial, he was practically sold.
And the closing line of “Act now and you’ll get TWO for the price of ONE!” didn’t help.
Several years ago, Mr. Crumbs and I took at advantage of a date night and browsed the aisles at Costco. While holding hands. In complete silence.
It was bliss.
At the end of one of the aisles was a blender demonstration. It was like an infomercial – LIVE – and my husband was drawn in immediately as if he got caught in the demonstration’s laser beams.
Five minutes later, he was picking out which color blender he wanted.
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We’ve loved our Blendtec ever since (it does, after all, blend an iPhone), and we’ve come to rely on smoothies as an easy way to get both fruits and vegetables AND daily probiotics (via kefir or yogurt). Shoot, that’s why I wrote a book about smoothies!
Sadly though, our Blendtec is currently packed up and in a storage facility somewhere in Georgia. Along with 95% of the rest of my kitchen.
My mantra during this season of transition is to “make do,” which essentially requires me to think outside the box while crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
Some of my creative endeavors are pretty smart, if I say so myself. I realized that creaming butter and sugar for cookies is nearly impossible, but holding the bowl over an open oven door makes it a whole lot easier.
I don’t have a glass bowl to make a double boiler, but I’ve learned that a cooling cast iron skillet melts coconut oil just fine (it was to make homemade face moisturizer).
On the other hand, I’ve had to set aside a few things. Grinding my own wheat for homemade bread is impossible without a grain mill, a blender or a food processor. I’ve put making homemade mayo on hold since our immersion blender is packed up too, and I even put our beloved smoothies on hold too.
And then I wondered… if I made just once concession – blending up my own produce – would it be possible to make a smoothie without a blender?
Which brings me to today, where I plan to show you that with the right ingredients, you CAN make a smoothie without a blender!
How to Make a Smoothie Without a Blender
Supplies & Ingredients
- glass jar capable of holding at least 2 cups (so at least a 16 oz jar – I use these mason jars)
- whisk and/or spatula
- 1/2 cup very soft fruit
- 1/2 cup kefir or yogurt
- 1 cup pre-blended smoothie (I chose the green smoothie from this brand from Costco – just be sure to read the ingredients to avoid added sugars and preservatives)
Measure your soft fruit into the glass. Mash it with either a whisk or a spatula until it’s as smooth as it’ll get.
I’ve done this with raspberries, blackberries and an overripe banana. The berries will still have small pieces because of the seeds, but you can get the banana pretty smooth. It all depends on your texture preference, and how much work you’re willing to put into it (and how hungry you are!).
Pour in the pre-blended smoothie and again, either stir well or put on a lid and shake like crazy. Enjoy your smoothie made without a blender!
Additional Recipe Notes
Obviously, this method relies on having pre-blended produce. I chose to buy a green smoothie in bulk because:
- green vegetables usually aren’t soft enough to mash without an appliance of some sort
- I like having vegetables in smoothies
- buying in bulk was cheaper (by 50%) than buying at the grocery store
You could mix/match flavors by choosing various flavored pre-blended smoothies or juices. For example, mango would be great with mashed banana and strawberries, and carrot would be good with applesauce.
The only catch with buying pre-blended is making sure there isn’t anything wacky in the ingredients. You’re likely to run into added sugar, emulsifiers (i.e. soy lecithin), preservatives and “natural flavors” or “natural colors.” Look for ones that say pure fruit, 100% fruit or something similar. In the end, always read the label!
If you don’t want to buy pre-blended produce, you could befriend a neighbor and borrow their blender. If you do this, take enough produce to make a massive batch of puree. Pour the puree into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then thaw 4-6 cubes overnight in the fridge to make a smoothie in the morning. (Remember that you won’t be able to blend up the cubes, so thawing is important.)
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