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Fruit Smoothie with the Ninja

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I already mentioned the Ninja Master Prep once before. And when I said it was good for prepping food, I wasn’t kidding.

But I’ve got to tell you, this thing is absolutely replacing my blender when it comes to making frozen drinks. I can’t think of anything I’d rather use the blender for. Except … well, I like the stainless steel base and the heavy-duty glass jar. So it looks a bit more “grown up” when it’s out on the counter. Seriously, what were they thinking calling this the “Ninja Master Prep”?

So I’ll just keep it back in the kitchen when I make the frozen drinks. I can live with that.

Ingredients


1 pound frozen berries (any kind)
1 banana, slightly over-ripe
½ cup vanilla whole-milk yogurt
½ cup milk (plus more, see below)

Directions

Usually I have to remember to take the berries out to thaw a little before making a smoothie. Not now. Just toss them in still frozen.

Add the banana. Over-ripe is better, because it’s sweeter. If yours is still bright yellow and sort of hard, add a couple of tablespoons of sugar.

Add the yogurt and milk.

A couple pulses, and about 30 seconds later it’s done.

I could tell looking at it that this was still pretty thick.

But I poured it out anyway.

The wife and kids each got their own, and I snapped the lid on to keep the rest for breakfast the next morning.

Please ignore the water spots on the cups.

These were a bit too thick for their taste, so I poured it all back in, added some more milk and pulsed it again. Perfect.

The next morning it had thinned out even more. I think the frozen berries had turned it into a milkshake.

Okay, I’ve got two more things I want to show you with the Ninja, then I’m done talking about it. (Just be glad you’re not visiting. I’m still like, “Oh hey, want a drink? Let me show you this new thing I got …”)

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen berries (any kind)
  • 1 banana, slightly over-ripe
  • ½ cup vanilla whole-milk yogurt
  • ½ cup milk (plus more as needed, see below)

Instructions

Put Berries and banana into blender. If banana is not over-ripe, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar. (Over-ripe bananas are naturally much sweeter.)

Add the yogurt and milk.

Pulse about 30 seconds, or until smooth. If smoothie is too thick and you want it more pour-able, add more milk and pulse again until it is the desired thickness.

Want more like this? For more recipes like this, that you can hold right in your hands, and write on, take notes, tear pages out if you want (Gosh, you're tough on books, aren't you?) you might be interested in How To Cook Like Your Grandmother, 2nd edition, Illustrated. Or to learn your way around the kitchen, check out Starting From Scratch: The Owner's Manual for Your Kitchen.

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