Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)

Sure throwing a few ingredients in a blender to make a smoothie doesn’t take long, but on a busy weekday morning we all know…every minute counts! And after trying out this make ahead method of bagging (or bottling) up smoothie ingredients myself, I can attest that it really does make a difference.

Even in the afternoons when the girls get home from school, I might not always be into the idea of getting out all the different ingredients to make a smoothie, but if the fruits and veggies were already packaged up in the exact right proportions? Sure, we can have a smoothie snack any day!

It’s amazing how sometimes a little advance preparation can go a long way.

Recipe: Make Ahead Smoothie (2 Ways)

3 Ways to Freeze Smoothie Ingredients

  • Canning Jars – No need to “can” or process jars in any way. Just put them directly into the freezer.
  • Ziploc Bags – Yes, not the most eco-friendly, but handy and technically washable and reusable. :)
  • Reusable Bags – For this application I love the pictured bag from “neat-os” because they are most like the Ziplocs I am used to (silky smooth on the inside and out).

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Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)

After trying out this make ahead method of bagging (or bottling) up smoothie ingredients, I can attest that it really does make a difference on busy mornings.
4.7 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 2 glasses


Version 1

  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup mango diced, and fresh or frozen

Version 2

  • 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup peaches diced or sliced, fresh or frozen

Both Versions

  • 2 cups spinach or other greens like kale or swiss chard – with tough stems discarded
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter or sunflower seed butter or almond butter
  • 2 bananas the riper the sweeter. These do not get frozen with other ingredients
  • 1 cup milk any kind, this also does not get frozen with other ingredients


  • Combine the berries and fruit from one of the version options along with the spinach and peanut butter in a freezer-proof bag, jar, or other container. Freeze for later.
  • When ready to make the smoothie, break up the frozen ingredients with your hand or a utensil (or by banging the bag against the counter) and add them to your blender along with 2 fresh bananas and 1 cup of milk or water (or a combination).
  • Blend, serve and enjoy.


* For a dairy-free smoothie, sub water for the milk.
* For a nut-free smoothie, sub sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 225mg10%
Potassium 1312mg37%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3985IU80%
Vitamin C 94.5mg115%
Calcium 201mg20%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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137 thoughts on “Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)”

  1. What am I doing wrong? I purchased those kid tubes to freeze smoothies in for lunch. I love the way they work but no one wants to eat them after they have been frozen. The texture and the taste changes. I usually use a little oj, banana, frozen fruit, sometimes yogurt and a little honey as well. Any suggestions?

  2. 5 stars
    This is a great idea. I was wondering how long they would last just in the fridge. I was thinking of alternating these with my overnight oatmeals. Do you think I could make them on Sunday and they would still be good for wednesday and friday? Thank you!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Leslie. I wouldn’t store them in the fridge. They are best enjoyed freshly blended otherwise the texture can become unpleasant.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hello. I’ve never tried freezing yogurt for a smoothie. You do need to have some wet/unfrozen ingredients to get a drinkable smoothie consistency. :)

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