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Berry Smoothie: With and Without Dairy

There are so many different ways to make smoothies that appeal to different tastes that I debated whether I should write about we make smoothies at our house or just assume that the thousands of “recipes” out there are enough. As your reading this, you can see I finally decided to go with the former 🙂

I usually make a frozen smoothie using frozen fruit, thus no ice to water it down. My family’s favorite seems to be any that include berries…blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.

berry smoothie

No matter what other fruit I include, I add frozen bananas. It adds to the thickness, flavor, and coldness of the smoothie. The banana as a staple in a smoothie was an idea that I got after reading about a man who had started a pawpaw(or paw paw) tree farm because he found a market selling paw paw fruit puree to companies that commercially made smoothies.

Having grown up with a pawpaw tree in my backyard, I knew that it was referred to as the “West Virginia banana.” Despite not looking or tasting that much alike to me, I thought I should add a banana to the first smoothie I ever made because I didn’t have a pawpaw on hand. I liked it and have been using bananas in most of our smoothies ever since. In fact, my eight-year-old has started making her own smoothies and includes a frozen banana….just like mom 🙂

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