Making smoothies as ice cube concentrates is the key to making homemade smoothies quickly and easily. And healthy! Make these recipes on the weekend, and store them in ice cube trays. Each of the 6 recipes below makes enough smoothie concentrate for 8 single smoothies.
Making Smoothies as Ice Cube Concentrates (6 Recipes)
Here is an easy method of making smoothies ahead of time by freezing them as ice cube concentrates. It is the key to making smoothies at home and conveniently. Each of the 6 recipes here makes enough smoothie concentrate for 8 smoothies.
I never really committed to a smoothie a day until I started this method. It’s just so easy.
Making Smoothies With Smoothie Cubes
You make as many smoothies as you want one day a week, and freeze them into ice cube trays.
The night before you’d want a smoothie for breakfast, just plop 3-4 cubes of choice into a glass, refrigerate overnight to thaw. The next morning, blend up with one-half cup of liquid of choice and any additions if you want the next day. Easy peasy! Grab and go breakfast!
These recipes for smoothie ice cube concentrates or smoothie cubes are also vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
Using these cubes, you are in complete control of how healthy you make your smoothies. And healthy smoothies can be filled with nutrition, make me feel great and are an easy way to get nutrition into my family at the break of dawn!
Either make the recipes as is or supplement the smoothie in the morning with additional power ups when you blend.
How to Make Smoothie Cube Concentrates
Make your smoothie concentrate via the recipes I provide. But also feel free to customize.
Each of the 6 recipes below makes enough smoothie concentrate to fill two of the covered ice cube trays I recommend. Each tray holds 1 cup of concentrate in 14 cubes.
Remember to use organic fruits and veggies based on the “Clean Dirty” lists by the EWG.com. For instance, berries, zucchini and apples are all test high in pesticide absorption so should be bought organic or peeled.
Tips on Making Smoothies
If you made all these recipes, you could have enough cubes ready in the freezer to make 48 fast smoothies, whether several at once, or on a single-serve basis!
If you want your final smoothie to be thicker, try adding a zucchini or banana, chia seeds or even a handful of gluten-free rolled oats.
And of course you can add almonds, cashews and quinoa. If you do, please remember to rinse and soak them, preferably overnight, and rinse again before adding to your smoothies.
And remember, you don’t have to cook the quinoa. You can even add buckwheat groats. These additions boost the protein and nutrition considerably.
And here are a few other additions that you may have not have thought of that you can add when making your smooties:
- Pea Protein Powder
- Coconut Butter
- Goji Berries
- Flaxseed Meal
- Camu Camu Powder
- Wheatgrass Powder
- Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea
Looking for More Detox Recipes?
Another detox recipe you might enjoy is my Ginger shots, no juicer necessary!
And here are some delicious smoothies to try:
Peanut Butter Smoothie
5 Blender Wellness Shots
2-Ingredient Fruit Smoothies
Lemon Smoothie Jackfruit Recipe
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Making Smoothies as Ice Cube Concentrates (6 Easy Recipes)
PINK Pitaya Berry Smoothie
YELLOW Mango Cream Smoothie
- 1 cup mango
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup plant milk
- 1 tsp baobab powder
PURPLE Acai Blackberry Smoothie
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp acai powder
BLUE Spirulina Protein Smoothie
ORANGE Carrot Citrus Smoothie
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/4 cup orange juice
GREEN Sweet Leafy Smoothie
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup chopped apple
- 1/2 cup white grapes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Covered Ice Cube Tray I like this brand because each tray holds 1 cup of concentrate and has a cover so the ice cubes do not take on freezer scents and tastes. I typically use two trays per flavor - The ingredient lists above create 2 cups worth of mixture per flavor. But of course you can use any ice tray and adjust the recipe to make as much concentrate as you want.
- High Speed Blender (I use a Blendtec, square pitcher is easy to clean!) OR a..
- Food Processor Here is my favorite.
To make the smoothie concentrate ice cubes
- To your blender or processor, add the ingredients for the flavor smoothie you plan to make except the liquid.Blend the mixture roughly and add half the liquid called for in the recipe. If half is enough to create a pourable mixture, then stop blending/processing and move to STEP 2.If the mixture won't blend well without more liquid, add the remaining liquid into the container and blend again. You can even add a bit more of that same liquid if the mixture needs it to blend creamy.
Your GOAL: roughly 2 cups of mixture of a creamy, pourable texture.
- Once your smoothie flavor choice mixture is smooth and pourable and is about 2 cups, pour into ice trays -- the ingredient lists above make 2 cups per flavor -- and freeze at least 4 hours. Pop bricks out and store in an air-tight container in the freezer to blend up for future smoothies. They seem to last at least a month - I haven't kept them longer
To use these cubes to make your smoothie
- Into your blender put 4-6 bricks, 1/2 to 1 cup of milk or coconut water or plant milk, and blend. As before, start with 1/2 cup of the liquid, and add the rest only if needed to create a smooth pourable texture.REGARDING liquid choice in the final smoothie:--coconut water will sweeten it,
--plain water will make it more bland, and
--milk will make it more creamy.
If your blender can't blend ice cubes easily, pop this mixture (with only 1/2 cupc liquid) into a glass the night before and keep in the refrigerate to blend up in the morning.
- Smoothie cubes will retain nutritional value frozen for at least one month.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.