Summer is here, and one of my daughter’s favorite things to eat for breakfast or a snack during hot weather is a Ballerina Smoothie. She loves them, and so do I! And because they’re so simple to make, she can do it on her own.
I don’t remember exactly where or when we first saw this recipe, but I think it came from a church cookbook. The original recipe was good, but we’ve tweaked it to make it even better!
In order to be prepared to make this recipe, I always keep some bananas and strawberries in the freezer. My kiddos love bananas, but sometimes we take too long to eat them and they start to get too ripe. Whenever that happens, I peel them and freeze them. I buy unsweetened frozen strawberries at the grocery store and keep them in the freezer too. You could use the sweetened ones, but you really don’t need to. These smoothies are delicious without any added sugar.
The other ingredients you’ll need are a 6 ounce container of yogurt (whatever flavor you like that goes well with strawberries and bananas) and some white grape juice (or apple juice if you prefer) without any added sugar. That’s it! Of course you can throw in some blueberries or cherries if you want to, and you can use milk instead of juice if you’d rather. If you substitute milk instead of juice, though, you may want to add a couple of tablespoons of sugar if your smoothie isn’t sweet enough.
You can see in the collage above how easy these are to make. First, Mary Grace put in a 6-oz. container of strawberry yogurt. (She used regular yogurt, but I like to use Greek yogurt when I make them.) Then she added 2 frozen bananas and a big handful of frozen strawberries. Finally, she poured in enough white grape juice to almost cover the fruit.
After adding all of the ingredients, she blended it until it was the consistency she wanted. (She likes for it to be very thick and creamy but drinkable.) Then she poured the mixture into 4 small plastic cups. She drank one and then covered the extras with plastic wrap before putting them in the freezer.
When she takes one out of the freezer, she takes the plastic wrap off and microwaves it for 30 seconds. Then it’s a good consistency for eating with a spoon. If she wants to make it drinkable, she stirs it and microwaves it for 30 more seconds. And that’s all there is to it!