About 8 months ago I got on a major smoothie kick and never looked back. I had been reading up on the clean eating movement and was done with processed breakfast bars. I needed something quick and healthy to take on my morning commute (which at the time was a delightful 45 minute drive to a Chicago suburb).
Enter the World’s Easiest Low Calorie, Sugar Free Fruit Smoothie recipe! My recipe didn’t start out this easy. First I toyed around with vegan yogurt, fresh fruit, and soy milk. Then I tried adding fresh squeezed orange juice and ice. Ultimately, I ended up with this delightful mix that guarantees me the perfect smoothie consistency without the annoying, icy chunks or a million ingredients.
The World’s Easiest, Low-Calorie, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Fruit Smoothie!
1 cup vanilla, unsweetened almond milk
1.5 cups FROZEN, no sugar added fruit (I like to use 1/2 cup each of three types of fruit)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
Add the milk and flaxseed to the blender first, then add the frozen fruit. Turn on the blender. It’s just that easy!
The secret here is the frozen fruit, which eliminates the need for added ice. Plus, it makes it so darn easy it should be a crime.
I buy bags of frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s. Any fruit will work. I like to use mango or pineapple with some berries for a tropical twist. Or, try a mix of peaches, raspberries, and banana for a dessert like shake. If you have the patience to section an orange, you can throw those in unfrozen.
The only fruit I freeze myself is bananas. It seems as if there’s a magic elf in my house that turns all fresh bananas brown. When I got tired of telling myself that one day I’d make banana bread with the mountain of brown fruit in my freezer, I decided to try a different tactic. Slightly overripe bananas are PERFECT for smoothies. Just peel, slice, and put them in a single layer on a cookie tray lined with wax paper. Then, pop them in the freezer. 10-20 minutes later they should be frozen enough for you to throw them in a container for better freezer storage.