I've searched for recipes and read smoothies taste best with fresh greens. However, I have a lot of frozen spinach and would like to use it in smoothies.
I have the following in the freezer also, so if some of these items can be part of the recipe it would be great:
So far, we haven't liked the smoothie once we add spinach. Maybe we are adding too much or not pairing with the right items. (or maybe we just do not like spinach!)
1 c uncooked oats
3/4 c frozen blueberries
3/4 c packed fresh spinach
Maybe 1 c milk??
1 quick squeeze of agave
2 tbs of chia seeds
I used a hand blender after the addition of each ingredient (with the exception of the chia) and just kept adding milk until the consistency was right. We both agreed that we couldn't taste the spinach at all. I'd bet that frozen spinach could be subbed with no problem, but if it seems to be precooked maybe halve the amount?
Thank you for the recipe. I would have never thought of that combination.
I am DF, GF so I will try substituting coconut, rice or almond milk. We typically do not eat oats but will try it.
eta...My children eat dairy and gluten so all recipes are appreciated.
I made your recipe and we all liked it.
I also made our favorite smoothie (which is usually made as a treat or dessert) and added spinach and we liked it too.
This is a new brand of frozen spinach for us. Maybe it was just the old brand of spinach we didn't like. I have an entire case of this one...so I am glad we liked it.
In case anyone is interested, this is what we put in our favorite dessert smoothie (well, one of our favorites):
coconut milk yogurt - plain
rice or coconut milk
Crazy how the spinach just disappears into the other flavors and textures, isn't it?
We've made smoothies with cherries and chocolate almond milk - very good.
The spinach seems to take away some of the cherry taste, so next time I will add more cherries. (My kids love cherries!)
I am going to try something with blackberries next. We picked and froze so many...cannot seem to use them up. They are very overpowering in smoothies so might be a good 'cover' for greens.
I use frozen spinach quite often for smoothies. I've never purchased it pre-frozen though. I purchase it as fresh spinach and then toss it in the freezer after a few days of salads.
Here's my recipe (if you can call it that--I never measure) for a single smoothie...
2 large handfuls spinach--frozen or fresh
1/2 -1 frozen banana
1 small handful of other frozen fruit (usually berries, but cherries and peaches are good too)
1 small spoonful almond butter
1 small spoonful ground flaxseed
1/3 - 1/2 scoop of Warrior Blend protein powder
Dash of cinnamon
Coconut milk to reach desired consistency
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