Thursday, June 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge-Strawberry Rhubarb Banana Smoothie


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Before we went on our road trip, I was lucky enough to find very reasonably priced rhubarb at the produce stand where I buy my asparagus.  I bought all they had that day and cut most of it up for the freezer.  Although I love rhubarb, I don’t use it much since I can't get it for free anymore.  It is always expensive in the stores here.

I thought that I would look for some new recipes.  In doing so I came across a recipe for a Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie over at A Veggie Venture.  I cannot begin to tell you how glad I am that I found this blog.  She has wonderful recipes for all kinds of fruits and veggies.  If you are looking to expand you fruit and veggie recipe arsenal, be sure to spend some time there.

She had two recipe for smoothies, one using raw rhubarb and one using cooked.  I choose to make the cooked recipe, but in true “Grandma Loy fashion” I had to change it up a bit.  I decided I wanted to add a banana so I reduced the amount of strawberry rhubarb sauce and also used 6 oz. of plain Greek yogurt instead of just milk.  I thought the result was absolutely delicious.

I am going to make up a double batch of the sauce, put 1/2 to 3/4 c. amounts in freezer bags and freeze it.  I keep frozen bananas in the freezer all the time, so by freezing the sauce, I can just make a smoothie whenever I want.  I can have spring in the middle of winter.

As an added bonus, Alanna says that the sauce makes a great topping for ice cream.  I bet it would be wonderful on cake or vanilla pudding also.

The original recipe used an egg white.  I left that out.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb-Banana Smoothie
Adapted from A Veggie Venture

1 1/2 c. chopped fresh or frozen raw rhubarb
1 1/2 c. chopped fresh or frozen non-sweetened strawberries
1/4 c. sugar

In a small saucepan, combine the rhubarb, strawberries and sugar.  Cook over medium heat until just soft.  Let cool and refrigerate until cold.

For Smoothie:
1/2 to 3/4 c. strawberry-rhubarb sauce
1 frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1 (6 oz.) cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 c. milk

Combine sauce, banana, yogurt and milk in a blender.  Blend until smooth and no chunks of banana remain.  Pour into a large glass.  Stir in a bit more milk if the smoothie is thicker than you like.  Makes 1 serving.

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10 comments:

  1. I've never thought to put rhubarb in a smoothie! What a good idea. Could you taste the rhubarb? Just bought a rhubarb plant the over the weekend, but it's super tiny still. Can't wait until it gets bigger, I will have to try a strawberry rhubarb smoothie :)

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  2. Always looking for new ways to try rhubarb! Thanks for the great idea! Check out my smoothie- I'm CCC #43!

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  3. My german grandmother used to cook rhubarb and strawberrys together and make a custard like desert from it. Your smoothie makes me think of that. By the way, your photos are lovely!

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  4. I love strawberry and rhubarb together! I bet this is amazing!

    #31

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  5. I love the idea of rhubarb in a smoothie! And, as a bonus you've given us 2 recipes--the sauce looks delicious as well!

    I'm CCC #5

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  6. I have vowed to make smoothies once a day all summer long, breakfast or a dinner substitute on hot summer days and I can't wait to try ALL of the Crazy Cooking Challenge recipes from this month. Thanks so much for participating.

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  7. I adore rhubarb and never thought to use it in a smoothie, sounds delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  8. I have never had rhubarb in a smoothie, but it sounds like something I must try. I love your idea to freeze the sauce and bananas and have a smoothie whenever you want!

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  9. This is nice. It's always good to find new ways of using rhubarb!

    Jen #59

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  10. This romantic beverage simply awesome..So beautiful combination of fruits.

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