I don’t make smoothies enough. Whenever I think to myself, “I’d like a smoothie”, I then realize that I’d have to get out the blender, plug it in, and – worst of all – clean it afterwards. Then I just figure that it’s all too much effort and just end up eating a bowl of chopped fruit and yogurt.
Ok, I realize I’m not selling this recipe well at all. Remind me never to become a salesperson.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to get to is this: I should get over my laziness and make some more smoothies! They’re delicious! Also, use an immersion blender – it makes the whole cleaning process significantly easier.
Science was never my best subject at school. However, I do remember the theory of gravity – and yes, it is still considered a theory. So I knew that if I wanted two distinct smoothie layers, I’d need to make the bottom one heavier than the top one. Enter frozen fruit. Ah, my precious frozen fruit! The stuff that allows me to eat mangoes in winter and afford to eat raspberries. By using a frozen banana in the blue layer and a fresh banana in the pink layer, the smoothies turned out multicolored!
To be honest, I was really nervous about assembling these smoothies. Part of me was certain that the pink smoothie would immediately mix with the blue one, and I’d end up with a purple mess. So when they stayed separated, it took me a few moments to realize what had happened – it had actually worked! Hooray for smoothie science!
The original idea behind this multicolored smoothie was to have another Fourth of July themed breakfast. For reasons unknown even to me, I thought strawberries and raspberries would make a red smoothie, and blueberries would make a blue smoothie. Uh, wrong! Of course, I ended up with pink and purple smoothies. Out of desperation I added some blue food coloring to the blueberry smoothie, but the whole Red, White and Blue theme still seems subtle at best. Boo.
But not to worry. Pink may not be on the flag of any country (that I know of), but it sure is a pretty color!
- For the pink smoothie:
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- 6 - 8 strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1 cup milk of choice
For the blue smoothie:
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup milk of choice
- Few drops blue food coloring (optional)
- Make the pink smoothie: Use a blender to blitz together the banana, frozen raspberries, strawberries and milk until smooth. Transfer to a jug and set aside. Rinse the blender.
- Make the blue smoothie: Use the blender to blitz the frozen banana, frozen blueberries, milk and food coloring until smooth.
- Divide the blue smoothie between two tall glasses. Divide the pink smoothie between the glasses (pouring it on top of the blue smoothie). Enjoy!