These Red, White, and Blue Smoothies are a great layered drink for the fourth of July! The layers are created with blueberry puree, vanilla Greek yogurt, and strawberry puree. There is not much work involved, but each layer needs to be frozen before the next addition so allow yourself enough time. I made these in the morning and froze them until Chad got home from work so we all enjoyed them as a pre-dinner snack. The amount of time they need to be defrosted depends on how large your glasses are. The mini glasses I used for the photos only needed about 15 minutes. Some larger glasses I used needed closer to 30. The consistency is similar to a slushy. So delicious.
I used plain Greek yogurt and mixed in some honey and vanilla extract for flavoring. You can also just use vanilla Greek yogurt and forget about the flavoring additions.
If you don’t have fresh berries available, you can substitute with defrosted frozen berries. Defrost the bags in a bowl in the refrigerator. A few years ago, I just placed a bag of blueberries on the shelf in the refrigerator. I didn’t realize there was a tiny hole in the bag and ended up with blueberry juice everywhere.
You can also use raspberries instead of strawberries.
Red, White, and Blue Smoothies
Adapted from Very Culinary
6 ounces (1 heaping cup) fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar or honey, divided
1/4 cup milk, divided
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces (1 heaping cup) fresh strawberries
In a blender, combine blueberries with sugar and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Blend until smooth, then fill each of the serving glasses 1/3rd full. Freeze until completely frozen, about 40 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk the 1 tablespoon honey and vanilla extract into the yogurt. Divide among the glasses until they are 2/3rds full. Freeze again until solid, about 40 minutes.
In a blender, combine strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons milk. Blend until smooth and fill glasses. Freeze until ready to serve.
Allow to defrost for a few minutes before serving.