There are days in the South that we all have a “love-hate” relationship with spring. The warmer weather has the trees budding which also means there’s a golden glow of pollen over everything! But the berries have arrived in the markets and that’s the “love” part for sure! Most of us tend to get carried away at the Farmer’s Market and come home with a bounty of produce. After a recent trip to the local Farmer’s Market I have an abundance of berries in my fridge so I decided to make smoothies.
Certainly not a new concoction, smoothies have been around for decades, even dating back centuries according to food historians. But they gained immense popularity in the late 60s and 70s. Smoothies consist of basic ingredients usually including a combination of fruits, either dairy such as milk or half and half or a fruit juice with fresh or frozen yogurt for additional creaminess.
The first smoothie in this berry duet is a Blueberry Maple Cinnamon Smoothie. It has layers of flavor and slightly resembles the notes of a blueberry cobbler – minus the crust. Loaded with fresh blueberries, plus some yogurt, milk, sweet maple syrup and a touch of spice from cinnamon – it’s wonderful for brunch or an afternoon break.
Then what to do with the leftover blueberries and the pints of blackberries. The simple combination of blackberries and blueberries for a Double Berry Smoothie was a great fit. A touch of apple juice and vanilla yogurt brought the berries together in a beautiful blend. It’s perfect for a breakfast on the go. And if your berries are not as sweet as you’d like, add a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey to the mix.
If you still have leftover berries here’s a simple trick for storing them in the freezer – Rinse and dry them thoroughly, then spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and flash freeze them. Once frozen, bag them in measured quantities for later.
Off to the market for more berries!
Blueberry Maple Cinnamon Smoothie
¾ cup milk
1 cup blueberry yogurt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups blueberries, frozen
Pour the milk into the blender container then add the yogurt, maple syrup and cinnamon.
Add the frozen blueberries.
Process starting on low for about ten seconds, then blend on high for about 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy. Serve well chilled.
Double Berry Smoothie
½ cup apple juice
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups blackberries, frozen
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey, optional
Pour the apple juice into the blender container then add the yogurt.
Add the frozen blackberries and blueberries.
Process starting on low for about ten seconds, then blend on high for about 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
Serve well chilled.