Friday, February 28, 2014

Mardi Gras Smoothie (Blueberry, Spinach & Frozen Banana)

(4 Years)

As part of my Pinterest Challenge and Natural Food Dye Project we decided to make the Mardi Gras Smoothie from Karyn at Pint Sized Baker.  So, her's is beautiful and mine well, it looks like this:

So what happened?  Why didn't it turn out like Karyn's?  I never read the post!  I just looked at the picture and said, ok I know what to do we make smoothies all the time.  How wrong I was!  Sorry, Karyn I was rushing- I should have read the post.

Even though it looked awful, and didn't even bear a slight resemblance to Karyn's, Little Miss said, "Mommy, I like this smoothie.  It looks like a monster rainbow smoothie."  I love that kid!  Although, when I tried taking a picture of her, she said "no pictures today Mommy".  Oh boy.  Wild One gulped down his and part of mine!  That boy loves his smoothies.

While the kids were drinking the smoothie.  I read the post!  Ohhhh, first blend the milk (we used almond) and frozen banana together (she also said to add a scoop of protein powder, but we don't have any in the house- so I left it out).  Then divide the banana milk into three servings.  Pour one serving back into the blender and add frozen blueberries (she used blackberries, we rarely have blackberries in the house, but we ALWAYS keep frozen blueberries in the freezer- blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberries in smoothies, frozen blueberries to keep our drinks cold without watering them down).  Pour into a large glass.  Rinse blender.  Add second banana milk portion to the blender along with one cup of spinach.  Instead of fresh spinach, we used frozen (1/2 cup).  This didn't yield very much.  I should have added ice, like she said- slap to the forehead- I forgot.  So, this layer was very sparse.  It barely covered the blueberry layer.  Rinse blender.  Add remaining banana milk portion with some ice to the blender.  Blend until smooth and top off the glass.  Here's what our second try looked like:

It's getting closer.  I think if I added the ice to the spinach layer, it would have worked.  Third times the charm!  That will have to wait for another day, for today we are smoothies-out.  Karyn, thank you for sharing your layered smoothie!


  1. It was a great effort! Yes, the smoothie needs to be thick. My protein powder may have helped with this, but you could use two frozen bananas or extra fruit instead. I use coconut milk, which is pretty similar to Almond milk. Did you pour the second and third layer over a spoon? This helps to prevent it from falling down the middle of the smoothie. Your next assignment is to make a layered Easter Smoothie :) Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Thank you Karyn! You're way too kind- mine was a disaster. It tasted good though. That's a great idea to use an extra frozen banana. Great idea, we will definitely try that. Next week. An Easter Smoothie? Sounds good to me! Thank you again Karyn.