You might remember the frugal hack of prepping your smoothies by adding freshly cut fruit into little zip lock bags for freezing. Each bag runs just a few cents per smoothie and all you have to do is grab and bag and blend in the morning! How easy is that? Smoothies in minutes! But, what if I told you we could hack that to a whole new level? I am now preparing smoothies in freezer-safe mason jars or Freezer Smoothies in Jars.
How to Make Freezer Smoothies in a Jar
Add two cups of pineapple and two cups of mango to a blender to make these Aloha smoothies. Add coconut milk and sprinkle a little bit of coconut flakes and blend until smooth. You can certainly use this technique for any of your favorite fruit smoothie combinations and freeze them.
Pour the smoothies into the freezer safe mason jars. Place the lid on top and freeze. Ball states that these can be frozen for up to one year, but I haven’t tested that out. 😀 We have kept ours for two weeks, but we make food and use it!
Here are the freezer safe mason jars I used, but check your local store if you don’t want to wait on shipping. Look for a snowflake on the box to make sure they are freezer safe jars.
You will need to move these from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you plan to drink them. When you get up in the morning, they should be smoothie perfect. I poured them from the jar to my traveling cup so I could drink it on my way to work. Breakfast can’t be any easier.
Can You Use a Different Container
You can! If you use glass, make sure it is freezer safe and always leave room for expansion. Go back to science class for a minute and remember how much liquids will expand once frozen. You don’t want to have broken glass.
My mom likes to make hers in the small Rubbermaid containers. She just stacks them and takes them out of the freezer the night before. Of course, these containers can be used for a lot more than just freezer smoothies!
You can also use this same concept for the following recipes:
Freezer Smoothies in Jars
Smoothies made easy by preparing and freezing early. Simply take out the night before for a perfect, ready to eat smoothie to eat in the morning.
- 2 cups Pineapple chopped
- 2 cups mango chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup coconut shredded
Place all ingredients into the blender (make sure to use a sturdy one!) and blend for just about 20-30 seconds.
Pour mixture into the freezer safe mason jars. Screw on the lid and place in freezer.
When ready to eat, pull out smoothie the night before and put in refrigerator. The next morning the smoothie will be ready to eat.
These can be made and placed in a Rubbermaid container if you do not have the freezer jars. Although, the jars make it easy to grab and go in the morning, you can simply scoop the smoothie from the Rubbermaid container into your favorite take away mug and off you go!
Substitute any fruit you like! Just use the same quantities.