Make-And-Freeze Smoothie Packs

Simplify your morning routine with make-and-freeze smoothie packs! Bulk prep your favourite smoothie recipes so all you need to do is dump and blend on a busy morning.

freezer bags packed with frozen fruits and vegetables on a grey background

Who wants to save time in the morning? You do? I do! We all do.

Friends, I am not good at mornings. Don’t get me wrong, I get up early, I do lots of stuff in the wee hours, and I feel productive, but I cannot for the life of me get my self out the door on time. Probably because I’m always trying to do too much stuff and I’m a time optimist, as they say in Sweden.

Add to that a sweet, charming, almost two-year-old, who has taken to throwing category 5 tantrums over breakfast on weekdays, and, srsly you guys, our mornings are getting a little frazzled. Anything that can shave off a few minutes is welcome, and if it could shave off 15 or 20, even better. Enter: Make-And-Freeze Smoothie Packs!

tray of frozen fruits and vegetables

Listen, smoothie packs aren’t a new thing, and I certainly didn’t invent them. You’ve probably heard of them before, seen them on Pinterest, or maybe even made your own before. So let this serve simply as a reminder that they’re a thing and that they do indeed help streamline your morning routine if you’re a smoothie drinker on the reg, like I am.

All you gotta do is take your favourite smoothie recipe and multiply the ingredients by 2 or 3 or 4 or whatever floats your boat, divide everything but the liquid into freezer bags, and you’re done. I like to start with mostly frozen fruits and veggies, since it’s going in the freezer anyways.

freezer bags and a sharpie marker

I almost always start with frozen fruit (the only exception being apples) and frozen veggies where I can. I buy frozen spinach in bags and it comes in those little green pucks you see above. I find that three or four pucks is the right amount of spinach for my smoothies.

For my Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie I used some bananas that were going brown, canned black beans, frozen cauliflower, and fresh medjool dates with the stone removed. I made smoothie packs for my Edamame Smoothie With Mango, Kale, and Green Apple but I subbed frozen spinach for the kale this time.

And for my Berry Fennel Smoothie, I  used fresh apple and fennel, but everything else was frozen. I also threw in some frozen broccoli to that one for fun!

Now on a busy weekday morning, all I need to do is pull one of these smoothie packs out of the freezer, pop it into the blender, add the required liquid, and blend away. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.

Speaking of little things that make a big difference, remember to rinse out and reuse the freezer bags!

portrait shot of freezer bags packed with fruits and vegetables to make smoothies

Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie Packs

Bulk Prep your favourite smoothie recipes with make-and-freeze smoothie packs! 

Course smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 smoothies
Calories 415 kcal
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

  • 2 cups black beans rinsed well
  • 4 medium bananas sliced
  • 4 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 4 medjool dates pitted
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Label 4 freezer bags with smoothie name and instructions.

  2. In each bag place 1/2 cup black beans, 1 banana, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 pitted date, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds.

  3. Seal the bags and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  4. When you are ready to make your smoothie, place the contents of the bag into a blender. Add 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk, and blend until smooth. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie Packs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 35mg 1%
Potassium 1290mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 32g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 75%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 31.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Edamame Mango Smoothie Packs

Bulk prep your favourite smoothie recipes to make mornings a cinch! 

Course smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 hours 50 minutes
Servings 4 smoothies
Calories 271 kcal
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 2 cups frozen spinach cubes
  • 4 large green apples cored and sliced
  • 4 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons fresh ginger finely minced

Instructions

  1. Label 4 freezer bags with ingredients and instructions.

  2. In each bag add 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup mango, 1/2 cup frozen spinach, 1 green apple, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 tablespoon minced ginger.

  3. Seal the bags and place in the freezer for up to three months.

  4. When you're ready to blend your smoothie, place the ingredients into a blender and add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 1/2 cups cold water. Blend until smooth. 

Nutrition Facts
Edamame Mango Smoothie Packs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Potassium 1095mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 15g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 200.8%
Vitamin C 110.3%
Calcium 18.2%
Iron 21.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

  1. I love having the ability to adjust the recipe for serving size. I have found that all my smoothies tend to taste the same, I think it’s the banana. I’m definitely going to try some of these.

    • It might be banana, it tends to take over! I actually rarely use bananas in my weekday smoothies these days, so most of my go-to recipes have apples or another lower sugar fruit instead. Hopefully you can find some inspiration here!

  2. i have the same issue. i wake up at an absurdly early time to try and get a bunch of things done in the morning, but somehow i’m still always running late. it can feel quite depressing to get to work 5 hours after you’ve woken up and know that you’re just starting out the day (when you’re actually ready for a nap). then i have to stay late, so i get home late, stay up too late, wake up too early, and move even slower because i’m tired, ha. i can’t seem to break the cycle!

    • Girl, you are speaking my language! What is the deal?! I’m up at at ’em at the crack of dawn and still never get out the door on time. It’s insanity! But I’m glad to know I’m not alone 🙂

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