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Make Ahead Smoothies

make ahead smoothie recipeMy husband became hooked on smoothies last year after we bought a Vitamix. He drinks one every single morning. I am thrilled about this because there was a time not so long ago when he would never dream of eating fruits or vegetables. He has graduated from straight fruit to fruits and vegetables, and now I can even get him to drink chia seeds. We have come a long way.

One day, I got the idea to make a big batch of smoothies and freeze them. I didn’t know if it would work, or if they would be good still after they thawed, but they are. Wes pulls one out of the freezer when he wakes up, leaves it on the counter, goes for a run, gets dressed, and hops into the car for a good DC commute. By that time, it has begun to thaw, and he drinks it on his way to work. This has made the mornings just a little easier. Less clean up, easy to grab and go.

This is the basic formula that we use for our smoothies, but we change out the fruit and make different variations. We have yet to find a protein powder that tastes really good, so I buy a different kind every time we run out. I sometimes add nut butters, coconut oil, a touch of honey, yogurt, or flax seed.

These smoothies are also great to pack in your child’s lunchbox. By lunchtime, the smoothie should be thawed enough for them to drink. A nice change from the normal peanut butter and jelly.

make ahead smoothie recipe1 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup frozen berries
1 handful spinach

make ahead smoothie recipeI like to make 2 or 3 smoothies at a time. If I make 5, it is too much for the blender.

make ahead smoothie recipeI use 2 cup mason jars.

make ahead smoothie recipePour the smoothie into the jars, leaving some room at the top. otherwise they will expand and the glass can break.

make ahead smoothie recipeKeep in the freezer until you need a quick breakfast on the go.



  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 handful spinach


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. I like to make 2 or 3 smoothies at a time. If I make 5, it is too much for the blender.
  2. Pour the smoothie into the 2-cup mason jars, leaving some room at the top. otherwise they will expand and the glass can break.
  3. Keep in the freezer until you need a quick breakfast on the go.
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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    September 10th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I could have a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! This is such a great post πŸ™‚

  2. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Then this is perfect for you Katrina!

  3. Kara

    September 10th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    A suggestion for the protein powder. I make a smoothie every morning, and I wound up ordering unflavored, unsweetened protein powder from trueprotein.com. I order 5lb at a time and it runs me about $7 a pound. Then I can just add whatever flavors, fruits, coco powder, etc., that I want and not worry about clashing flavors. I also like knowing that what’s in my protein powder is just whey protein, no chemicals or artificial sweeteners or flavors.

    (Btw, I have no affiliation with trueprotein, I just really really love their products)

  4. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks Kara! That is just what we were looking for.

  5. Michelle

    September 10th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Yay! Thank you Bree πŸ™‚ I live with roommates who work nights and so making a smoothie in the morning ins impossible for me when they have that schedule. This is perfect. Now to find some room in the freezer….

  6. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    It is worth moving some stuff around!

  7. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    September 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Bree I love this idea! My son loves smoothies and he would enjoy this as a treat at school!

  8. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    It is perfect for a lunch box. It will thaw just in time for lunch and still be cold.

  9. Andrea Fontaine

    February 8th, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    If you want it for breakfast should you pull it from the freezer and put it in the fridge the night before?

  10. bakedbree

    February 10th, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    No, I want it all frozen. I put everything right from freezer into the blender.

  11. Erin

    September 10th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I live in DC! You should have a meet and greet, or host a cooking class!

  12. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I would love to!

  13. Jen

    September 10th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    great idea! I will try that,but must first buy those cute 2 cup mason jars.I’m not being paid or told to push her protein powder,but George’s Restore by Kathleen DesMaison is hands down the best tasting powder I”ve had-and I”ve tried plenty of disgusting ones.Through Radiant Recovery-google if interested.

  14. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for the protein powder recommendation!

  15. KLKelley

    November 2nd, 2012 at 1:55 am

    If you’re looking for a great tasting protein powder, “Jay Robb’s” makes a Whey Protein Powder in vanilla, chocolate and a berry flavor. I like the vanilla the best. They’re sweetened with stevia. Very low in carbs, but the flavor is the best I’ve had so far. I blend frozen fruit in it, and 1% or 2% milk. Almost any health food store has it.

  16. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    thanks for the suggestion.

  17. Sara

    September 10th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Hi! I enjoy your blog πŸ™‚ I thought I would share that the 365 Whole Foods Chocolate or Vanilla protein podwers are pretty tasty πŸ™‚ I use them in my smoothies. I follow nearly the same method, but I add a little almond butter too. I need to try chia seeds! Are they nutty like flax?

  18. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Sara, thanks for the recommendation. We will have to try them. Chia doesn’t really taste like anything.

  19. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    September 10th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Great idea! I’ve been wondering lately if it would work to freeze smoothies in advance — this offers some good tips πŸ™‚

  20. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Yup! They freeze and thaw really well.

  21. jonathan

    April 9th, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    i really apreciate it if u can let me know how u get get your smoothie to thaw without compromising the consistency, especially with almond milk in it coz even the maker of almond milk says that is not recommended. thxxx

  22. bakedbree

    May 11th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    It hasn’t really been an issue, but I’d hit it with the stick blender if I needed to.

  23. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    September 11th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Uh yeah, that’s awesome!!

  24. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    thanks Rachael!

  25. Brandon

    September 11th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I am SO jealous that you have a Vitamix! I love that these can be made ahead, so easy as you stated above. Anything to reduce how much I need to do in the morning is a huge help. Thanks for sharing, Bree!

  26. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I love my Vitamix! I was very lucky to use my SIL’s Williams-Somoma discount to buy it. I use it all the time. Glad to make your morning just a little easier.

  27. Jennifer

    September 12th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    How do these do thawing out? How long does it take and are they still a good texture?

  28. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    An hour or so, they do just fine, they come back together with a quick mix of a straw.

  29. Deepa

    September 14th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    This is such an awesome idea.Im on the fence abt buying a blendtec..this post is the motivation i needed..;)

  30. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Get one! You will use it more than you even imagined.

  31. Chineka

    September 18th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Great recipe. I too love smoothies in the morning and will freeze one to see if it will come out tasty.

  32. bakedbree

    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I hope this worked for you!

  33. Jenna

    October 25th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I really liked this! Think we will try at home..there never seems to be enough time in the morning!

  34. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    These save us many a morning.

  35. Sarah

    November 18th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    What a great idea! I work at a bakery at 5am, so I’ve gotten into the bad habit of dragging myself out of bed, rushing to work, and eating scones and muffins every morning for breakfast. I’ve been looking for a delicious solution like this–thanks!!

  36. bakedbree

    November 18th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    This should work really well for you. My husband does this every morning.

  37. Dane

    December 8th, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I was wondering if the protein powder is rilly needed or if you would like something protein but a bit lighter and vegan could you suggest a subsitute? I just discovered your site. I am really loving it!

  38. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    It is needed for my husband because he needs the protein, but you can make these any way that you like.

  39. Walt

    April 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Can you completely remove the protein powder?

    I’m on a low-pro/no-pro diet (Polycystic Kidney Disease) as protein helps stimulate the growth of the cysts inside my kidneys.

    Thanks a bunch, Bree.

  40. bakedbree

    April 23rd, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Of course you can leave it out.

  41. Bella

    January 2nd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love my Green Smoothies, but I wasn’t sure how the spinach would do in the freezer. Does it turn brown (oxidize?). Do the nutrients remain after it’s been frozen?

  42. bakedbree

    January 14th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I don’t know about nutrients, but it doesn’t change color.

  43. Angie

    February 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    just a quick question, is the recipe posted for one smoothie? Or is that for three?

  44. bakedbree

    February 10th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    there are 3 separate recipes.

  45. Danielle Keenan

    February 25th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Bree, if you are looking for a great vegan, no-dairy protein powder, I love Amazing Greens! They have different flavors, and it’s all green proteins like wheatgrass, spirulina, and chlorella. I try to avoid anything with whey to cut down on anything mucus-building and animal based.

  46. bakedbree

    February 27th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  47. lauren

    March 5th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I also was trying every kind of protien powder i could get because of bad taste! i finally found one that fits every smoothie… lean shake! the vanilla, strawberry and chocolate are all just awesome i am so impressed! thank you for the tips i love my morning and post workout smoothies… now it will be even easier!

  48. bakedbree

    March 5th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I will give it a try. Thanks!

  49. Kelly

    April 10th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Hi there. I was wondering if there is any change to the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes with the freezing process? Just wondering if any of the health benefits are lost?

    Thanks Bree!

  50. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I really don’t know. I think that even if there were some loss, it is better to drink a smoothie for breakfast than not. πŸ™‚

  51. Heather Williams

    May 4th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I just love your website! I drink smoothies like this every single morning! I love freezing them, thawing for an hour and then eating them with a spoon, it’s like ice cream!:) You should try Vega One in French Vanilla- it is so tasty!! I also love Sunwarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend which is raw, and also Garden of LIfe Raw Meal which is a complete meal replacement with green foods like Vega One added in and only sweetened with stevia. All those are extremely tasty!!:) Thanks again for the great post and sharing!

  52. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Thank YOU for the suggestions. I will keep my eye out for those.

  53. farrah

    July 27th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Quick question! I want to add protein powder to my smoothies … but since the powder by itself is SO SWEET, that it just wouldn’t leave any room for any fruit to improve the flavor. What kind of protein powder do you use? Flavored, or unflavored? And which flavor did you use for this specific recipe?

  54. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I usually use vanilla of whatever brand I am using. I use whatever flavor I have in the house. I have never noticed them being too sweet. Make sure that you are using unsweetened milk. That can add to the sweetness.

  55. Cat

    December 31st, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This is brilliant! I would love to start having smoothies for breakfast but my work shift starts early and i dont have the time to blend a smoothie before i rush out the door. Now thanks to you, I can! I would need to get myself some of those jars. Thank you so much for sharing this! πŸ™‚

  56. bakedbree

    December 31st, 2013 at 11:27 am

    You are welcome. I do this all the time for husband. He leaves super early and this makes life even easier.

  57. Cat

    January 1st, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I made smoothies last night and froze them for work this week. Because i didnt have protein powder or chia seeds, I omitted them. The smoothies turned out tasty but the texture was a bit off. I will really need the seeds and powder as thickeners. Thanks again for your post!

  58. bakedbree

    January 5th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    You are welcome! Sometimes I prep them and freeze them before I blend. You can read about it here: https://breehester.com/make-a-green-smoothie

  59. Ann

    February 25th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I have been freezing my smoothies for breakfast and lunch for years. I figured most people did this or took a small blender to work. My small cheap blender does not chop or mix well, so the freezing idea was a last resort for me if I wanted to have smoothies for lunch.
    I also buy spinach by the extra large bags and freeze them, which causes them to blend better in the blender to me, because the crunchy texture tears easier.

    Anyway, great way to spread the knowledge.

  60. bakedbree

    February 26th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you Ann! I do that too. I cut and prep all of the fruit and put them in freezer bags. Then I just dump it into blender. I waste far less produce this way!

  61. Telina

    April 21st, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I’m curious if you have tried making them with greek yogurt and if that freezes well. I always put greek yogurt in mine for the protein (instead of protein powder), but I have never tried freezing them. Sure would be a huge time saver in the morning!

  62. bakedbree

    April 21st, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Well, lots of people make frozen yogurt pops. So I am going to assume that you can. I’d freeze one and see how it goes.

  63. Christina

    January 23rd, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Will be making! I’m having surgery that will require an 8 month recup, so I’m thinking I’ll make a bunch of these to last 2 months initially, and hopefully at that point, someone will be willing to make another 2 months supply and so forth. Do you think they will keep? Have you tried this? πŸ˜€ Hope I can afford even taller mason jars, I could do 4 cups and have for 2 days. πŸ˜€ Wish there was something premade in the store that I could get so others could pick it up for me, do you know of one? I can’t do fruit in mine (major candida, like insane w the meds they have me on)…

  64. bakedbree

    January 24th, 2015 at 11:51 am

    They last 2 months. Mine don’t normally stay in the freezer so long because we go through so many. I would try green juices. You can have them shipped to your house.

  65. Brian Cacciapouti

    February 13th, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    My son loves smoothies, but had a tree nut allergy and could not have one of these smoothies. Have you tried making these with something other than the almond milk?

  66. bakedbree

    February 17th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    You can sub any kind of milk you like. I always have almond milk in my house buy you could use coconut, hemp, rice, soy, anything…

  67. Michelle

    January 19th, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Great article! If using chia meal, vs chia seeds, would I use the same amount, or less? Also… For those who have allergies or are vegan, Growing Naturals makes an awesome rice protein powder! They also make a pea protein powder but I haven’t tried that one.

  68. bakedbree

    January 24th, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference if it is milled or not.

  69. Michelle Bray

    January 25th, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Helloo Bree,

    Is two months the max to store your ready made smoothies. If it is longer would you know the max.

    Regards you you Michelle

  70. bakedbree

    January 30th, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t really know, they never last that long. We go through a lot of them.

  71. Judith

    April 25th, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Smoothies always put a smile on my face! Love them! Plus you can be very creative with recipes…..

  72. bakedbree

    May 1st, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Yes you can!

  73. Tara

    July 5th, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I’ve been doing the same thing, but have been freezing in baggies without the liquid and then just adding liquid in the morning, but recently been trying to figure out the best way to freeze without the baggie expense. I love this idea, thanks . I do a whole weeks worth at a time, and it sounds like you do too, so I’m guessing freezing for a week or over in the glass jar has been fine.

  74. bakedbree

    July 8th, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    It has.

  75. Brandy

    August 16th, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Hi Bree,
    I’m so excited to make these and was wondering if you send them to school in the glass jars. I don’t think our school would let us do that so was wondering if you have any alternative ideas that would work in the freezer and then could safely transport to school. Thanks!

  76. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I don’t send them to school, do it in freezer bags and transfer it to a water bottle?

  77. jen

    January 26th, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Teras Whey protein powder is the best quality and our fav. only like 4 ingredients, grass fed and organic. i get the Tahitian vanilla bean and dark fair trade chocolate flavors and we love them. never went back to anything else.

  78. Kimberly

    April 22nd, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Going to try some this way.

  79. Alicia

    September 25th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    So how many smoothies does this recipe make at a time? Just 2-3?

  80. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2017 at 9:42 am

    You can make as many as you like. I do about 6-8 depending on how much room I have in my freezer.

  81. inky

    November 18th, 2017 at 1:25 am

    I freeze my smoothies also, but don’t put the lid on until they are frozen. I’ve had too many accidents. I also like to eat/drink them in their semi-frozen state.

  82. Desi Tillman

    February 26th, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Will freezing your smoothie recipe work if I use 4oz almond milk and 4oz water as my liquid base?

  83. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I assumer so. Give it a try and see.

  84. Allison

    March 12th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I made them and put them in the freezer and took one out the night before to unthaw and in the morning it tasted awful
    Any reason why?

  85. bakedbree

    March 25th, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    I really don’t know. Maybe you used something that wasn’t ripe?

  86. Amanda

    July 18th, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Can you substitute the almond milk for coconut milk?

  87. bakedbree

    July 26th, 2018 at 5:30 pm


  88. Bethany McGee

    August 5th, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I bet this would be super good with either chocolate protein powder, or using chocolate almond milk, and adding strawberries for the fruit. Like a chocolate covered strawberry! Yum!

  89. Brit

    January 15th, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I tried this last night and put them in the freezer. I added from greek yogurt and oats instead of protein powder and chia seeds. They still taste amazing.

    I stuck mine in the freezer overnight then have it in the fridge till lunch time. (I am just a coffee person for mornings.) I just looked to see if it is thawing out fine and my smoothie is looking green now instead of purpleish. Does that seem normal?

  90. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    It is. It’s like when you cut an apple, it will oxidize.

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