Blended Beauties: 3 Delightfully Decadent Smoothie Recipes

Do you have that one kitchen gadget you just can’t live without? You know, like that oversized wok that cooks up a family-size stir-fry dinner in no time. Or maybe it’s a marble rolling pin, perfect for smoothing out batches of delicious cookie dough. Or how about that trusty cheese grater that never fails you. In our house, it’s the blender that takes the win!

(Side note: my apple corer/peeler/slicer comes in a very close second…have you guys ever used one of those crazy looking things? They are AMAZING. But, I’ll save that for another post).

Our Hamilton Beach, wave-action, 10-speed blender is really nothing special. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was a last minute Wal-Mart purchase when virgin daiquiris were on the menu for an impromptu gathering a few years ago. And yes, I said virgin – I was practically pregnant for three straight years in a row. Ha!  I have learned to use this beauty for so many scrumptious treats. It has blended up countless smoothies, salsas, adult beverages, and even crumb toppings for pies and cobbler. It has never failed me yet! And honestly, it’s gotten more use than I care to admit. Late night sweet tooth: guilty as charged!

Here are my 3 favorite go-to smoothie recipes that keep my blender (and me) so satisfyingly happy:

Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream”

 (*Prior to making: slice 2 very ripe bananas and freeze on cookie sheet)


Frozen banana slices
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
a splash of milk


Throw all 3 ingredients into your blender and pulse away. That’s it. Trust me when I say it is the most delicious, creamy, naturally sweetened ice cream you will ever taste. I may be slightly completely addicted. Bonus – it’s healthy too!!!

smoothie recipes blended beauties


Caramel Cappuccino Frappe


1 cup of milk
4 tablespoons cappuccino mix (Hills Bros White Choc Caramel)
1 cup of ice
3 tablespoons caramel topping
whipped cream (optional)


Blend all ingredients together. Pour in glass and drizzle with more caramel sauce and a dollop of whip cream. Enjoy! 



Pineapple Berry Slush 

(*Prior to making: shake Dole Pineapple Juice, pour into ice-cube trays and freeze.)


12 frozen pineapple cubes
1 cup of Tropicana Farmstand Strawberry Banana juice
2 tablespoons of white sugar


Blend ingredients together and indulge!!!

smoothie recipes blended beauties

What’s your favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or utensil? Please share, because I’m always down for trying out new products – especially anything that makes spending time in the kitchen (cooking) more tolerable!



Stay-at-home-Momma to 3 rambunctious, but adorable kiddos, and wife to her talented husband, Gabriel, Tara spends most of her days in a hectically blessed world! Her two boys, Simeon (6) and Solomon (5), and sassy 3-year-old daughter, Surion, help keep her on her toes. She is proud to call Kalona her home and settled in quickly after moving from central Iowa a few years ago to launch a ministry in the IC area. Her family is an avid supporter of all the local “Hawks”… Go Black and Gold! She claims that exercise is not her strong suit, but continues to condition her body (mostly through running) in hopes that one day, it will come naturally to her. She enjoys being creative through crafting and DIY projects, and admits that her body is a canvas and artistic outlet with her many tattoos and piercings. Tara has a special place in her heart for “finding a good deal,” and can often be found scouring local thrift stores for all sorts of wonderful treasures! She is truly passionate about litter-removal and recycling and hopes her obsession will rub off on the munchkins so they can lead a “clean” life in their future. Lastly, and most importantly, Tara has a heart for the Lord and is thrilled to be involved with her community MOPs group. =)


  1. I second the apple corer/peeler/slicer! I LOVE that thing, and with the amount of apples I bring home from Wilson’s orchard in the fall, I NEED it to survive! Awesome recipes, I’m going to try the peanut butter banana ice cream. Yum!

    • I’ve always thought those stick blenders were so cool! I may have to branch out and get one! =) And yes, please do try the frappe — it is DELICIOUS!!! Add a few Tbsp of caramel or vanilla extract to punch up the flavor a bit. Sometimes I even throw in a few frozen coffee cubes. Yum!

    • Haha, too funny, Katie!!! I’m excited for you to whip up some delicious fraps! Add a few frozen coffee cubes or a couple Tbsp of vanilla or caramel extract to boost the flavor. I don’t think you can go wrong with this heavenly drink! =)

  2. ahhh the homemade banana fro-yo : ) try adding some chocolate peanut butter to it instead of regular – we have the dark chocolate dreams PB. best guilt-free dessert out there!


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