Smoothies have always been my breakfast favorites and great chiller drinks for outdoor adventures. Hence it might come in handy if you know how to make a smoothie without a blender.
If your breakfast is a healthy one, you get to kick-start your day with energy giving nutrients that keep you active throughout. The choices that we make early in the morning with our breakfast are the ones that affect the decisions that are to come later on.
Simply put, eating healthy on the breakfast table means healthy eating throughout the latter part of the day, which becomes much more straightforward. Eating healthy in the morning not only gives you a dose of necessary nutrients, but it also gives you the motivation required to go about your day in good spirits.
Smoothies are always fantastic as breakfast, or to have during a hot summer day. Just about any fruit or vegetable can be tossed into a smoothie.
However, if you are in a hurry and do not have the time to take out your blender, getting the smoothie to your desired consistency can be a bit of a challenge. Moreover, if you are traveling or don’t have that many appliances at your disposal, you can improvise with some of our no-blender smoothie tips.
Let’s take a look at 5 ways to make a smoothie even you do now have a blender at hand.
#1 Powdered Fruit and Greens Smoothie
If you want to take the most straightforward way out, you can opt for a fruit powder which is readily available in stores. The nutrients remain intact in the freeze-dried ones, which also taste much fresher.
Fruit powder is excellent for traveling and carrying to different places, without the hassle of chopping the ingredients and using a bulky and expensive blender. No other products, preservatives or extra sugar is necessary to prepare a smoothie from the powder. You merely have to add a little liquid, make a paste and whisk it till reasonably smooth.
In one tablespoon of powder, add a total of one cup of liquid; milk or water; slowly until it is as smooth as you want. To make your dessert creamier, just add in some greek yogurt or more milk. By milk, we mean any milk of your choice, we prefer around 1/4 cup of coconut milk with a 3/4 cup of water.
For a fruitier taste, you can use any juice such as mango, apple, banana or strawberry in your smoothie. Another way to make it a really smooth concoction is to use a blender shaker bottle.
You can make some great smoothies by trying out some of these flavor combinations. If you’re a fan of strawberries, try adding a tablespoon of strawberry powder to a cup of almond milk. Similarly, a tablespoon of banana powder and one cup of tropical juice yields a tremendous tropical smoothie for one.
Another great combination is mango and raspberry. You can mix one tablespoon of raspberry powder with one cup of mango juice, or the other way round. With a cup of orange juice, mix one tablespoon of pomegranate powder for a delicious antioxidant-rich dessert.
Similarly, with apple juice, mix a tablespoon of acai powder to get a sweet acai drink. Last but not the least, a tablespoon each of green powder and banana powder can be mixed with one cup of apple juice for a lovely green beverage.
Want to try something extraordinary? Add a dash of chili powder!
#2 Mashed Fruit Smoothie Using Whisk
Not having a blender around can be stressful, especially if you are dealing with chewier fruits. However, soft fruits such as bananas, strawberries, mangoes, and peaches are easy to mash and in most cases, don’t need a blender at all.
You can always use your immersion blender or food processor if you need the fruits to be smoother, but a chewy, crumbly dessert is excellent as well. Using a whisk, you can deal with ingredients efficiently.
To make a mashed smoothie, you’ll need a spatula or whisk, a glass jar that can hold two cups of liquid, half a cup each of soft fruit and yogurt or kefir. If you want, you can also add any store-bought pre-blended smoothie of your choice.
Measuring the soft fruit in a glass, start whisking it to make it really soft and as smooth as possible. Gradually add the yogurt and stir briskly. You can also close the lid of the jar and shake it for better mixing.
Give your dessert the finishing touch by adding in the pre-blended smoothie, then again stir. Your delicious blender-less mashed dessert is ready to be served.
#3 Making Smoothie With Mechanical Food Chopper
If automatic is not your preferred route, you can always go mechanical. The noise of your regular blender can be annoying at times. To avoid that you can use a non-electric chopper and a food processor that you can just turn by hand.
This cool gadget does not need any electricity, comes in a compact size that you can carry along on long tours and vacations. If the weather is beautiful outside, this can also be your best friend for some outdoor smoothie making.
With a single soft fruit such as a banana, mango or peach, add a cup of liquid – water, milk or greek yogurt to this great little device. Next, turn the handle on top a few times until the mixture is as smooth as you want it to be.
A great, noiseless drink can thus be made with the help of a mechanical chopper. You can make a lovely dessert anywhere with this kind of a device.
#4 Making Smoothie With Mixer
No blender, no problem. When you want to have a refreshing smoothie, you can always turn to your electric mixer for support in the mixing department. While using an electric mixer though, you have to make sure that the power is not set to high.
First, chop the fruits and mash by hand if you can, in case of very soft fruit such as bananas or peaches. You can also use your food processor or immersion blender to chop up the fruits, which will do a much better job without the mess.
In the mixing bowl, lower the blades of the mixer and turn the power to low. The electric mixer will blend the ingredients together until they reach a nearly smooth texture. The fruit may turn out to be a little lumpy in this method, but lumps are alright as long as the ingredients have been mixed.
You are then free to add the powders, sweeteners, and your preferred liquids (milk, yogurt, juice or water). This method works with almost any fruit such as bananas, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and even soft apples. Adding protein powder is an option too, but at the end of the day, it is entirely up to you.
#5 Adding Chia Seeds To Achieve Smoothie-Like Texture
We have another great tip for you to make all your blenderless smoothies thick and packed with nutrition. The solution is using chia seeds. These tiny seeds don’t look like much, but they are packed with healthy fats, fiber and protein that make any breakfast last for long, so you’re less likely to get hungry sooner during the day.
When these seeds come in contact with liquid, they become a gel-like substance and thicken quickly. You have probably tried chia seed puddings, the same principle of thickening applies to smoothies too. Simply add chia to your favorite milk- be it dairy or nondairy, give it a bit of a shake and you’ll have a simple smoothie in around five minutes.
It’s great if you can add ingredients such as oats, raw nuts, white or black beans to your smoothies. However, they are not very no-blender friendly ingredients. That problem can also be solved if you use a fine powder of these ingredients, but we suggest that you use easily miscible ingredients such as instant espresso powder, matcha green tea powder, yogurt, agave syrup, greek yogurt, protein powder, etc. Simply add the chia seeds in as the last step of your smoothie.
With these smoothie recipes and tips, you can effortlessly turn the art of dessert making less of a hassle. Add any fruit of your choice, strawberries, bananas, peaches or apples. Add in a liquid of your choice such as milk, yogurt, greek yogurt or fruit juice. Take your blenderless desert to the next level with these fantastic tips and tricks.
Put your immersion blender and food processor to use for chopping up your fruit, smooth them by hand or a large spoon, or use a mechanical fruit chopper to get the task of smoothing done. Finally, chia seeds can also considerably thicken your smoothie as it is a natural thickening agent for food. Live healthily and have a delicious dessert, with or without a blender!