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These two smoothies have the same fruit, but both have a secret base ingredient (two different choices) to thicken them; things most of you will have in your cupboards! They also both make wonderful ice blocks (as approved by our children)! When you can't use oats to thicken smoothies and add that nutritional boost anymore, you have to find something else - and I think we nailed it with these! And the best thing about them - there is NO added sugar, they're 4 ingredients only, and sweetened with natural fruit!

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free; it is also safe for those who follow a vegan diet.

Yields2 Servings
Category, , , , , , , , DifficultyBeginnerPrep Time5 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

Smoothie 1
 1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
 1 Medium Banana (doesn't need to be frozen)
 1 cup Frozen Courgette (the secret ingredient - see notes)
 1 cup Milk of your choice (we choose soy)
Smoothie 2
 1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
 1 Medium Banana (preferably frozen for this smoothie, but works both ways)
 1 cup Cold, cooked Rice (the secret ingredient - see notes)
 1 cup Milk of your choice

1

*Frozen Courgette = at the moment courgette is in season, and I don't know about your garden, but mine went wild this year! I started off spiralizing them and freezing them in small (about 1-1.5c) piles, thinking they would work well in stir-frys. But once we came up with this recipe, I have now taken to peeling them, and cutting them up in small chunks and freezing them this way.

**Cold Rice = I tend to cook up some rice at the beginning of the week and pop it in the fridge for a few days (no more than 4 days though), I have used both basmati rice and brown rice for these smoothies, and both work fine. Brown rice tends to be thicker and takes a bit longer to blend up properly, but packs a better nutritional punch.

Summer Smoothie with Frozen Courgette

2

Combine everything into a blender, and blend until smooth... pour into a cup and enjoy.

These instructions give you two cups full, or the leftovers can be poured into ice block molds, and frozen for a sweet treat... Make sure you freeze for a few hours, but preferably overnight; we did find the banana flavour came out stronger in the ice blocks than in the smoothies.

And obviously - the berries can be replaced with any fruit... It is good to keep the banana in the recipe as it not only helps with the sweetness but also is good for thickening, and if this is frozen then the other fruit can be fresh without changing the temperature much!

Summer Smoothie with Rice

Ingredients

Smoothie 1
 1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
 1 Medium Banana (doesn't need to be frozen)
 1 cup Frozen Courgette (the secret ingredient - see notes)
 1 cup Milk of your choice (we choose soy)
Smoothie 2
 1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
 1 Medium Banana (preferably frozen for this smoothie, but works both ways)
 1 cup Cold, cooked Rice (the secret ingredient - see notes)
 1 cup Milk of your choice

Directions

1

*Frozen Courgette = at the moment courgette is in season, and I don't know about your garden, but mine went wild this year! I started off spiralizing them and freezing them in small (about 1-1.5c) piles, thinking they would work well in stir-frys. But once we came up with this recipe, I have now taken to peeling them, and cutting them up in small chunks and freezing them this way.

**Cold Rice = I tend to cook up some rice at the beginning of the week and pop it in the fridge for a few days (no more than 4 days though), I have used both basmati rice and brown rice for these smoothies, and both work fine. Brown rice tends to be thicker and takes a bit longer to blend up properly, but packs a better nutritional punch.

Summer Smoothie with Frozen Courgette

2

Combine everything into a blender, and blend until smooth... pour into a cup and enjoy.

These instructions give you two cups full, or the leftovers can be poured into ice block molds, and frozen for a sweet treat... Make sure you freeze for a few hours, but preferably overnight; we did find the banana flavour came out stronger in the ice blocks than in the smoothies.

And obviously - the berries can be replaced with any fruit... It is good to keep the banana in the recipe as it not only helps with the sweetness but also is good for thickening, and if this is frozen then the other fruit can be fresh without changing the temperature much!

Summer Smoothie with Rice

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