Just to prove a point…


There are a number of smoothie conclusions I’ve come to over the course of the last week.  The first of which is too much frozen fruit just doesn’t work for me.

Why not?

  • It fills the goblet with no flex making it difficult to get all of the ingredients in,
  • It’s difficult to blend unless the pieces are small,
  • the frozen lumps tend to stick together making it messy to blend inevitably taking several attempts,
  • it takes longer to blend down smoothly,
  • it makes a much thicker blend so ends up getting thinned making it just too big,
  • and it’s just too cold for a November breakfast that needs to be consumed on the run!

It’s been a while since I made a blend with a large quantity of frozen ingredients so wanted to prove that this was still the case.  I also had some more spinach which desperately needed using as well as the tail end of a carton of coconut water and wanted to confirm that it was the ginger and not the orange in Sunday’s Spicy Beetroot Smoothie that caused the texture issues

Fruity Green Smoothie

  • 2 handfuls Spinach
  • 2 Tbsp Flax seeds
  • 1 large Orange or 2 Clementines, peeled & Frozen
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 65g Pineapple, Frozen
  • 200ml Coconut Water

Throw everything into a goblet & blend until smooth

Conclusions…

Of course I was correct.  I had to put the ingredients in over 2 stages, I couldn’t get the banana or all of the spinach in the first time.  The frozen fruit clumped together almost immediately when started, blocking the goblet and preventing the majority from blending down at all,  I needed to add another 100ml of liquid to get a pouring consistency which was just too big for 1 drink and even then the texture was still a bit gritty and should have been blended for longer.  It took 4 attempts to get this finished…

The overall smoothing gave a refreshing fruity green effect which would be good at any time, but next time make it with chilled ingredients only…

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