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Healthy, Cheap and Easy Smoothie Recipe

Updated on August 4, 2012
Healthy, cheap and easy smoothie for less than 30 pence (50 cents)!
Healthy, cheap and easy smoothie for less than 30 pence (50 cents)!

Ingredients for a healthy, cheap and easy smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 300ml apple juice
  • 1 handful frozen berries

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Ready in: 3 min
Yields: 1 person

What is a smoothie?

Smoothies are blended ingredients that are usually chilled or frozen. For example, fruit smoothies, are blended combinations of fruits that also contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Smoothies can also be made up of vegetables (spinach being a popular choice of ingredient, for example).

What are smoothies made of?

Fruit smoothies can be made from a variety of different ingredients, but most smoothies will be made up of the same core ingredients.

  • Fruit juice or liquid (such as soya milk, yoghurt)
  • A mixture of frozen or fresh fruit (pineapples and berries are popular choices)
  • Bananas are often used as a base ingredient

When to have a smoothie?

Smoothies are a tasty and healthy beverage which can be filling too and can be a great snack or small meal.


You can get a good portion of your recommended daily fruit and vegetables intake through smoothies and there are endless combinations that you can make.

Smoothies don't have to be expensive...

Smoothies don’t have to be expensive either; it is possible to make tasty and satisfying smoothies on a very small budget. It obviously depends on what type of smoothie you decide to make and the ingredients you decide to use. It is worth experimenting and trying different ingredients to see what you like and if you are on a budget, which are the cheapest.

If you want to make a cheap smoothie, I have found that it is possible to make a great tasting smoothie for less than 30 pence (or 50 cents) per person, which I will share below.

A handblender and measuring jug is all that is needed to make a smoothie!
A handblender and measuring jug is all that is needed to make a smoothie!


I used to think that I needed an expensive smoothie making machine to make the best smoothies, but in my experience a hand blender and a plastic measuring jug is all that is needed to make a good smoothie, and actually a lot easier.

I have found that a hand blender is really easy to clean in comparison with most smoothie making machines; you can literally wash a hand blender and measuring jug out under the tap after use. In comparison I have found the more expensive smoothie blenders are often fiddly and difficult to clean.

My hand blender cost £5.00 and my plastic measuring jug was about 50p so it is very cheap to buy the equipment for smoothies!

Cheap and healthy smoothie ingredients
Cheap and healthy smoothie ingredients

How to make a smoothie for less approx 30 pence (or 50 cents)!

This is my favourite smoothie and one that I make every day.

1. Pour 300ml of apple juice into the measuring jug

2. Peel a banana and break into pieces and add to the juice in the jug

3. Grab a handful of frozen berries and add to the banana and juice in the jug

4. Keeping the hand blender head underneath the ingredients (to avoid splashing!) liquidize the juice, banana and fruit using a hand blender until fully blended

5. Hey presto! Your smoothie is ready to drink.

Why make your own?

Making your own smoothies gives you control over the price of ingredients as well as the combination and taste of the smoothie.

In comparison with the cost and nutritional value of buying (usually pasteurised and treated) pre-bottled smoothies, making your own smoothies comes out on top.

It is also often expensive to buy smoothies from fresh smoothie bars. Though they are are often very good, you can make your own at the fraction of the price, to suit your own tastes.

Try different combinations. Experiment with the tastes.

Why not give it a try?

Cost of ingredients for one smoothie

Approx Cost
1 banana
10 pence
Apple juice (300 ml)
10 pence
1 handful of frozen fruit
10 pence
Prices are approximate based on basic range from Sainsbury's

Popular Smoothie Ingredients

Fruit juice (apple, orange etc)
Peanut butter
Soya milk
Frozen yoghurt
Cherries (pitted)
5 stars from 2 ratings of Smoothie


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe for making easy smoothies. I just got mine for Christmas--not a hand one--and will try to experiment it out for a test run. I've copied and pasted your smoothie recipe on a WP to try real soon. Thx!

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I have one of those hand blenders, so I'm very au fait with squidging up stuff in a plastic jug. However, I've never used frozen fruit before - always assumed they would be a bit rubbish (in terms of quality). Will give it a try, though. Cheers, great Hub, voted up.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Glad you liked it, and enjoy all your healthy, cheap smoothies! I also find hand blenders more fun to use :-), and they are easier to clean as well. Plus, they are inexpensive to buy, compared to food processors.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub. I never thought of using a hand blender. I also like being able to control the ingredients and saving money. Fifty cents is much better than spending five to eight bucks for the same smoothie.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      How to - Answers - I love bananas too (I haven't had a banana sandwich for ages, I'll have to have one now!!). I'm glad this was useful and thank you for the twitter share and vote! :)

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Redberry Sky - Fruit smoothies are such a great invention aren't they?!! I like your idea of picking up discounted fruit. I often find they are perfectly fine, but that the supermarkets have to dicsount them because of the dates. I have found the frozen fruit handy for the chilled effect and storage, but it is also nice to mix it up with different things too isn't it?

      Denise Handlon - haha! I am glad you liked that! It seemed a little tongue in cheek. ;-) You raise a good point - smoothies are a great way to consume fruit easily too.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      I'm addicted to fruit smoothies, I try to get hold of the cheap fruit that's on the discount shelf because it's a few days old - it still tastes great once it's all blended up with some fruit juice :) Great idea with the frozen berries, they'll make lovely chilled smoothies for the hot weather, and you're right, it's quite a bit cheaper to get a big lot of frozen ones.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Love the recipe and 'prep-cook time' LOL 3 minutes? Oh yeah! I love smoothies and they are very beneficial for someone who cannot tolerate food for medical reasons. :)

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Me too! I am a big fan of smoothies - it's a great way to eat/drink a lot of fruit in one go. I really appreciate your support and sharing it on Twitter - thanks!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I love eating bananas in desserts and sandwiches. But my favourite way of having them is in smoothies. A quick and easy recipe for a nice cooling drink.

      Shared on Twitter and voted 5 stars


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