Today is the first day of our Spring-filled link-up with me and Jo of Jo, My Gosh! There were supposed to be 2 more of my blogger besties joining our little party as hostesses, but real life stepped in and made that impossible for them, so we're planning another link-up hopefully this fall for all of us to host together (I can't wait!). For now, though, Jo and I have an amazing week planned for you all! I hope you will all join in the festivities and link-up below, too (rules below)! :)
Now, today is not only the first day of our link-up, it is also my middle kid's 9th birthday, y'all (Happy Birthday, Sean!! Mommy loves you!!)! So, to honor his birthday and let him know that he is oh, so special, I let him choose what type of recipe I made for today (dessert/main dish/side, flavor profile, etc.), and he decided that he most definitely wanted a smoothie, but not just ANY smoothie. Oh, no. He wanted something banana...and berries...with a chocolate option! I mean, talk about pressure! Don't worry, all, this momma came through, and it's allergy-friendly to boot, of course (soy (if you use all soy-free ingredients) fish, nut, wheat, egg and can be milk-free (see variations))! May I present to you:
Sean's Banana Berry Birthday Smoothie!
(with chocolate option)
|Sean's Banana Berry Birthday Smoothie made with mixed berries and Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips|
Sean's Banana Berry Birthday Smoothie
1 to 2 frozen bananas
1 Cup frozen berries (strawberries, mixed berries, blueberries - whatever your preference)
1 to 2 Cups milk
1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
1/4 to 1/2 Cup soy-free chocolate chips (optional)
(I recommend Enjoy Life brand morsels)
1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
- Place all ingredients using in a blender and blend until desired consistency, adding more milk if it is too thick, more berries or banana if too thin as you go. (Note: I recommend adding all but the sugar, tasting the mixture and then deciding if it needs extra sweetness or not before adding in the sugar. The amount of bananas is based on personal preference as well as thickness, so start with the lesser amount and work your way up. The amount of milk is based on how thick you want the smoothie, too, so start with less and add more as you go. The amount of chocolate chips is based solely on preference, as is the vanilla.)
- Fill glasses and enjoy.
Makes around 3 servings (1 Cup size) or so.
Variations (Please keep your particular allergen needs in mind when using substitutions!):
- Milk-free: Use a non-dairy milk (such as SoDelicious) in place of the milk and dairy-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life) in place of the chocolate chips (if using). You can even use juice in place of the milk if you wish, though you will probably want to omit the vanilla and salt and may want to leave out the chocolate chips if you do that, depending on your personal tastes.
- No Banana/No Berries: If you do not like bananas or berries, you can use all banana or all berries. You could even use another type of fruit like peaches or mango or whatever else you think would taste good. You will need around 2 Cups or so of frozen fruit total.
- No Vanilla or Salt: If you don't like the vanilla or don't want to use the salt, feel free to leave either or both out, though I think they add a nice flavor.
So what was the verdict? Did I succeed in fulfilling the birthday boy's expectations? Let's ask him!
Hooray! :) Hopefully the little (and big) people in your life will agree!
What is your favorite birthday treat?
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