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How To Make Smoothies

Updated on April 21, 2014

Bullet Style

A few years ago I was up late watching absolutely nothing of importance when an infomercial for the Magic Bullet came on. I was literary glued to the screen for thirty minutes but did not succumb to making a purchase. This seemed to happen more than a few times until I was convinced I needed one.

I have always loved frozen fruit drinks but having to use the large blender for one drink was always a turn off. So I decided I would do some research. My research eventually led me to Canadian Tire where I purchased a Magic Bullet Platinum Pro. It does not look the same as the one on TV but it does the same job.

Unfortunately the recipe book that came with it had very little information about the smoothies I intended to make with it. What follows are the recipes that came out of many trials and errors. And the best ways to make them.

I hope you will find one or more that appeal to your taste buds.

Citation: images copyright M. E. Wood.

You Do Not Need a Bullet

If you do not have a Bullet, do not worry, the recipes should work with your regular blending device.

Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving

My husband is really picky about his watermelon. Even if we are eating the seedless, with the white seeds, he will pick out every one. With this smoothie I do not have to worry about the seeds.


  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen watermelon
  • 1/2 cup chilled water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 banana

Freeze chopped watermelon in portions the night before. I say in portions because if you do not it will freeze together and be impossible to separate to put into blender. I have divided them into Bullet mugs and frozen like that which is super convenient. You could also put them on a cookie sheet. About one quarter of a small seedless watermelon is enough for two drinks.

Add banana, water, juice from 1/2 a lemon, and watermelon. Blend. I have also doubled this recipe and put it in a blender and it works out fine.

If you do not have time to freeze watermelon you can still make this drink by adding 4 to 6 ice cubes but it is definitely better if the watermelon is frozen.

Party variation: add 1/2 an ounce of Bacardi.

Where to Get the Magic Bullet

There are a number of places to get a Magic Bullet. You can watch for the infomercial on television and call in or you can visit:

Papaya Smoothie
Papaya Smoothie

Papaya Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving

This is my new favorite fruit smoothie. Super creamy and sweet. And shockingly I did not use a banana.


  • 1 cup chopped papaya (about 1/4)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • juice from 1/2 a small lime
  • 8 ice cubes

This smoothie was made in my Bullet mug so worked out perfect. You may have to adjust the ingredients slightly depending on which unit you use. If you are using a blender then it does not matter.

When I made this smoothie the papaya was ripe but not mushy. Add the ingredients according to list above and blend. Enjoy the sweet smoothness.

Greening Up Your Smoothies

You can add a leaf or two of kale or swiss chard (or an handful of spinach) to any smoothie to green it up with some veggies. You will just have to add less liquid to make room (unless you are using a blender). Leave out the main center vein on chard and kale to reduce bitter taste.

Drink that Spinach!
Drink that Spinach!
Vegetable Smoothie
Vegetable Smoothie

Veggie Supreme

Makes about 2 Servings

This recipe makes approximately two 16oz glasses, share with a friend or cover and put in fridge for next day.


  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 a lime
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 8 ice cubes

This drink needs to be done in a blender and not a Bullet. Start off blending cold water and kale on low and add each veggie one at a time. Cut up carrot, celery, tomato, beet, and apple into manageable chunks and add through open slot in blender lid. Add banana, parsley and lime last.

The beet can be very strong but there is a nice apple/banana aftertaste. If you really dislike beet you can leave it out and add more greens. Beets are an acquired taste but I recommend drinking a few times before you decide you hate them altogether. If there is room in blender try adding another half of banana for sweetness (you can always reduce this later when you get accustomed to the taste.

Veggie Supreme Ingredients

Veggie Supreme Ingredients
Veggie Supreme Ingredients
super green smoothie
super green smoothie

Super Green Smoothie

Makes About 4 Servings

This smoothie is not for the faint of heart or anyone just starting out. This is a full fledged green smoothie that can be used for an occasional meal replacement (I have it for breakfast but it would be perfectly fine for lunch or supper). The ingredients for this recipe was initially inspired by Kimberly Snyder's "Glowing Green Smoothie".

This recipe makes about four servings. It is made with a blender and not with the Bullet. I divide it into four servings and cover each one and put in fridge so it is ready to go. I drink them over two days.


  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2.5 oz of baby spinach (1/2 a small container)
  • 1 small head of romaine lettuce (might not use all)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 organic green apple, cored and quartered
  • 1 organic green pear, cored and quartered
  • 1 banana
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon OR 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 a bunch of cilantro (stems too)
  • 1/3 a bunch of parsley (stems too)

Add water, spinach and ripped romaine to blender. I use the chop setting to break it up initially. If necessary I use a stalk of celery, through the hole in the lid, to push down the greens along the sides of the container until it is all blended (DO NOT USE A UTENSIL!!). I increase the speed to break down the greens a little more.

With the blender still going I break each stalk of celery into three pieces and quickly add one at a time through the open hole in lid. This is followed by the pear and apple pieces, the herbs, lemon or lime juice and finally the banana. If there is room I will add a few ice cubes and continue to blend until it is really smooth before dividing.

Initially I stored them in glasses with Saran Wrap over the top but lately I have been dividing the batch into my Bullet mugs and storing in fridge. Before I use i add a few more ice cubes and blend with the bullet to break up ice -- I prefer my veggie smoothies to be cooler -- I have also just poked in two ice cubes and let them melt while I am drinking.

Variation: Lately I have been dividing the end result into three Bullet mugs. Two get covered and go and the fridge and then the third I add 1/2 a banana and 4 to 6 ice cubes. If there is room I add a tablespoon or two of water then blend on the Bullet. The other two I do the same over the next few days.

Order is Important

Experience has taught me that the closer the ice to the blades the better they will be pulverized. So it is important that the ice cubes are the last thing added to the the cup (or the first thing put into the blender).

Kale and Banana Smoothie
Kale and Banana Smoothie

Sweet Kale Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving

There is so much sweetness in this one that even the most anti-green person could drink this.


  • 2 bananas
  • 2 to 3 leaves of Kale (more if using baby kale)
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 cup skim milk, almond milk, or water
  • 1 tbsp bran (optional)
  • 6 to 8 ice cubes

This is a nice sweet drink that is cool and refreshing. I made this in the large bullet container. Do not use green or half ripened bananas.

For some reason when I make this one in a blender it gets really frothy so I prefer to make it in the large Bullet container.

Red Wine Smoothie

Make one large or two small servings


  • 1/2 cup red wine (I used Cabernet)
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 banana
  • 1 yogurt cup (fruit bottom, up to you if you want to use fruit or not, I don't)
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup cranberry cocktail

Add ingredients to blender or Bullet mug and blend until smooth.

guava, passionfruit and kale smoothie
guava, passionfruit and kale smoothie

Guava & Chard Smoothie

A Sweet Treat


  • 1 cup guava, passionfruit, orange juice blend (Bolthouse has a great one that can be found in veggie isle.)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 large green chard leaves, stems removed
  • 6 to 8 ice cubes

I absolutely love the combination of this Bolthouse juice (the passionfruit makes it). It is a really sweet combination so I doubt if you will need sweetener. Feel free to change it up by substituting chard with kale or spinach or a combination of all three.

Mocha Iced Capp Smoothie
Mocha Iced Capp Smoothie

Mocha Refresher

Lighter Than an Iced Capp

This was one of the first smoothies I ever made. When Tim Horton's came out with the Iced Cappuccino I was in love but at over 20g of gat I needed to develop a lighter version. It definitely is not as sweet or as rich as an Iced Cap but it is just as cooling and soothing on a hot day.


  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 4 heaping teaspoons of Carnation Hot Chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon skim milk powder
  • 3 tsp splenda (or 2 tsp granulated sugar or 2 extra scoops of hot chocolate mix or option if you have a nice sweet banana)
  • 1 tablespoon of boiling water
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 banana (optional)
  • 8 to 10 icecubes

Add coffee, hot chocolate, optional sweetener to mug. Pour in about 1 to 2 tablespoons of boiling water to dissolve coffee and hot chocolate -- stir with spoon until mixed. Add a splash of milk to cool things off. Add remaining ingredients and blend.

Variation: Reduce milk and add 3 to 5 tablespoons of Bailey's Irish Cream.

The Original Infomercial That Sucked Me In

The Beauty of Kale

The Beauty of Kale
The Beauty of Kale
Kale and Pear Smoothie
Kale and Pear Smoothie

Kale and Pear Smoothie


  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear (can, 2 halves)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk powder
  • 1 teaspoons sugar substitute (optional)
  • 2 green kale leaves, center vein removed
  • 6 to 8 ice cubes

Add all ingredients and blend. If the banana is ripe you really do not need the sugar substitute.

Dessert in a Cup

Dessert in a Cup
Dessert in a Cup

Pineapple Smoothie

1 Serving

Only use ripe pineapple otherwise it will be very acidic.


  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 slices of fresh pineapple, cut in large chunks
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • splash of orange juice
  • 8 to 10 ice cubes

This smoothie seems to work best in a Bullet than a blender. In a blender it seems to add a lot of air and get frothy.


Once cup is loaded, blade attached and cup has been attached to moter:

Pulse until ice broken into smaller pieces.

Blend 10 seconds.


Blend 10 seconds.


Simple Strawberry

3/4 cup strawberries, frozen

1 banana

1 cup of orange juice

splash of milk

Magic Bullet Platinum Prom (same kind I have)

Magic Bullet Platinum Prom (same kind I have)
Magic Bullet Platinum Prom (same kind I have)
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

One Big Serving or Two Small


  • 2 kiwi, peeled
  • 3/4 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • splash of milk
  • splash of orange juice
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

Add ingredients to mug and blend. The ripe banana helps balance the tartness of the frozen berries (unless you have frozen your own).


The Issue of Sweeteners

When I first started drinking smoothies three+ years ago I required sweeteners, hence the sugar/sweetener option in the recipes. Some people will not need the added sweetness while others will.

Over time I have noticed I have used less and less to virtually none at all additional sweetener.

Another determinant of how much or little sweetener you use will be the ripeness of the fruit. Greener bananas may require sweetener while riper ones will not. Old frozen fruit tends to be less sweet too.

Experiement with the taste to find the route that is right for you. Also try each recipe at least two times before you make up your mind and to give your tastebuds a chance to adjust to the new flavors.

Raspberry Banana Smoothie
Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie

1 to 2 Servings


  • 1 cup plain low fat yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, frozen
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp of honey if raspberries are bitter)
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

I have also divided this one between two dessert bowls and put in freezer to share as a frozen fruit yogurt type of dessert.


If you are going to use fresh fruit instead of frozen then you will need to use more ice cubes.

Apple Banana Smoothie
Apple Banana Smoothie

Apple Banana Smoothie

The first few years that I drank this recipe I always peeled the apple and discarded the skins. Now that I am in to blending pretty much everything I leave the skin on (organic) and it has not affected the texture of this smoothie at all.


  • 1 apple, cored and chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 small banana
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

This is one of my favorite treat smoothies. I have also thrown in a handful of baby spinach on occasion.


In some of the recipes the cup will seem really full but when you attach the blending device and turn the mug over you'll see you have a 1/2" leeway of space.

Sweet Strawberry

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1 teaspoon skim milk powder

2 teaspoons sugar substitute

1 cup of milk

Necessary Ingredients - Keep On Hand

  • ice cubes
  • bananas
  • sweetener
  • skim milk powder
  • frozen strawberries (and other fruit)

Added Fiber

If you need a dose of added fiber add a couple tablespoons of bran which can be found at the bulk food store for a very reasonable price.

Blueberry and Greek Yogurt Smoothie
Blueberry and Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

This is one of my favorites. Sometimes I split it into two and serve the second to my husband along with a supper instead of giving him a fruit serving.


  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon skim milk powder
  • 2 teaspoon bran
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon of sugar substitute (optional if using ripe banana)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Evolution of a Smoothie Maker

I have had my Magic Bullet for three years and have used it faithfully every day. Unfortunately wear and tear is starting to take its toll. I lost one of the beaters (cracked right through the base) and used the flat blade for all my blending for a few months. I looked for replacement parts and found out my unit has been discontinued. To top it off the motor sounded like it could give out on me at any time. I started using my Cuisinart blender for heavy duty smoothies (green mixtures) while I shopped for a new smoothie maker. I considered buying a new Bullet set but I really think I have outgrown it and what it has to offer in terms of smoothie making.

Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)
Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)

After much hemming and hawing I decided on the Ninja Pro with single serve options. It allows me to make large batches of green smoothies or a quick singer serve. It has incredible power at 1100 watts for a $100 blender and fit within my budget. It has an interesting blade system that was a challenge to get used to but I am enjoying this machine.

Vitamix CIA Professional Series Blender, Red
Vitamix CIA Professional Series Blender, Red

My dream blender at the moment is a red Vita-Mix and as you can see from the price it involves real commitment. Unfortunately I cannot commit half a mortgage payment to a blender no matter how good it is or much I will use it. But if you can afford it this is the blender of choice for most die-hard smoothie makers.


For a Really Chilly Smoothie - Reduce the amount of ice if you do this.

I discovered freezing the banana (peeled) in a ziploc bag is not only a convenient way to store ripe bananas but also an excellent for chilling.
I discovered freezing the banana (peeled) in a ziploc bag is not only a convenient way to store ripe bananas but also an excellent for chilling.

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Nothing like a cool treat on a hot day (to tell the truth, I like them in winter too). Let me know if you try one and how it went for you!

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Corrinna-Johnson: Me too! I am going to need a replacement soon and am kind of disappointed that they don't make them with the same power and construction. Happy smoothie making!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      I love all your smoothie recipes! I too found myself completely mesmerized by the Magic Bullet infomercial one night and went to Walmart and bought myself one! I am glad I did because I love it! I use it for everything, including smoothies.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @paulahite: Thanks for letting me know, that's awesome!

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      AnonymousC831 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I can't wait to try some of these smoothie recipes. Yummy lens.

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Your lens was featured on our NEW Tumblr page today!

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      Love all these smoothie recipes!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I always appreciate new smoothie recipes. I've not yet tried papaya, so that is one I will definitely check out. So many interesting combinations to try. Thanks!

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      RangerMgr 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. I will check back in the summer when I drink more smoothies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think you got me at the Red Wine Smoothie. Thank you.

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      kinleymcfadden 5 years ago

      Awesome list of recipes! I'm going to try the Kale one.

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      paulgrossman 5 years ago

      Such mouthwatering recipes! I love coffee flavored drinks so I'm definitely going to try that mocha recipe...Thanks so much for sharing those smoothie recipes. So many options!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      colesbabyblues 5 years ago

      Great recipes! I can't wait to try the Mocha one. My husband is quite the fan of green smoothies and my 3 year old LOVES them! Nice lens.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I make a green smoothie in my vitamix most everyday, one of my favorite smoothies has spinach, green apple and kiwi. I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

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      applejacking 5 years ago

      I love your apple banana smoothie. it's sweet, fresh and easy to make it at home.

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      ghostJago 5 years ago

      Will try the mango and blueberry recipes :)

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      neverasbad 5 years ago

      awesome green smoothie recipes.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Okay, these look just awesome, well, I must admit, I'm not a fan of green smoothies. I think it is just the color that throws me but I plan on trying a few of these other ones. Blessed and merry Christmas to you!

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      EpicWidth14 5 years ago

      Mmm, I feel healthy already =) Great lense for anyone who likes to create original smoothies!

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      WOW! Love your selection of recipes & appreciate the pics..very colorful! I'll have to go dust off that Magic Bullet now that I know what to put in it! :) Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I cheat by using Instant Breakfast, a flavor powder, some Splenda, yogurt, ice and milk... if I have any fruit and/or veggies I toss them in and I have been know to use a bit of jam or preserves for flavoring. I am at my lowest weight in over 20 years and I largely attribute that to these smoothies in the morning.

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      AG 1984 6 years ago

      I love smoothies!!!

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      Snakesmom 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great info on making smoothies, I just got the bullet but had no idea how to make those fabulous smoothies! :)

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Smoothies are the best all around healthy fast food on the planet. Another great addition to Purple Star Pastiche voting plexo list. Welcome!

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      corinnemwestphal 7 years ago

      Hey, these are great! Love the idea of the red wine smoothie. I'll try this at the weekend!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      these are wonderful I am going to lens roll to my summer drinks lens thank you.

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      Spitfire70 8 years ago

      Great recipes! I'm off to make a smoothie right now!

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      semas 8 years ago

      Lip-smacking delicious recipes :)

      A great way to get have our fruits and vegetables.lensrolling to my colorful diet to defy aging lens.

      Congrats on your purple star!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star and for the delicious recipes. I would love to have one of these Magic Bullets. My son bought this for his gf for Christmas and I forgot to ask him how she likes it! Looks really great for individual servings! :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This really looks like a neat gadget. I watched the video and can see why you finally folded! The omelet and the muffins sort of reeled me in. I think I'll ask Santa for one :-).

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      My mom gave me a Magic Bullet for Christmas. It comes in handy for lots of things. Thanks for all the great smoothie recipes!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Wow, this looks good!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      My mouth is watering!


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