Tuesday, October 21

Making Cranberry, Banana, and Honey Smoothies In My New Blender

cranberry smoothie

My blender broke the other morning as I was making a smoothie, and I couldn't be happier.

I bought the Black and Decker model last fall for $60 in part because it had an "ice crusher" button, which, in reality, merely "chipped" the ice. So for the last year, I have been drinking rather clumpy smoothies.

As my eyes glazed over the 20 or so blenders available at a local Walmart, I resisted my usual decision making process of reading every word on every single box and simple went with a GE model since I currently like my GE stove. And whadda ya know -- it's wonderful!

Here's what I like about this GE Digital Blender:
  1. It's lightweight and easy to clean.
  2. It has a button just for drinks. You hit it, and the blender does its thing for 50 seconds, slowing down and speeding up, until it creates the most frothy, luscious smoothie you've ever seen. And it positively disintegrates the ice, even though it doesn't have an ice crusher feature.
  3. It has a 600 power motor, which means it should be more durable.
Since I drink smoothies year round, I like to experiment with seasonal flavors. My current favorite is a Cranberry, Banana, and Honey Smoothie. Cranberries are a true super food. 1/4 cup of fresh cranberries contains only about 12 calories. Yet, they're high in vitamin C and fiber and contain health-promoting antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may help protect against heart disease and cancer.

This Cranberry, Banana, and Honey Smoothie strikes just the right balance between tart and sweet and is the pick-me-up you need on a sluggish morning. Made with soy milk or skim milk, it's also a great way to boost your calcium intake without adding lots of fat and calories.

I loved my new blender so much that I bought one for my mom who bought one for my brother. Then my mom's next door neighbor find out about it and bought one. Now, that I think of it, you'd better hurry up and buy one yourself before they're all gone.

Cranberry, Banana, and Honey Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
Print recipe only here.

1 cup vanilla soy milk or skim milk
1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 banana
1-2 teaspoons honey
3 tablespoons soy protein powder, optional
1/4 cup ice cubes, optional

Place all ingredients in a blender; blend on high for 15 seconds, or until thick and frothy. If you like it thinner, then simply add a little bit of water.

You might also like these healthy breakfasts:

Creamsicle Power Smoothie

Ginger-y Cranberry Walnut Scones (Heart Healthy & Low Fat!)

Breakfast Quinoa with Dried Cherries, Raisins, and Pecans

I'm sending my pretty pink antioxidant-rich smoothie to Beantown Baker for her event, The Power of Pink, which is designed to promote awareness of breast cancer and to highlight October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, it seems most of us, know someone who has breast cancer or have lost someone to the disease. This event is just one more way to remind us all of the importance of regular exams and early detection.

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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Love the smoothie Susan...I too get excited over kitchen gadgets. Glad you found one that performs the way you like it!

Deeba PAB said...

I love your new GE blender Susan, as I love new gadgets & reviews too. I'm trying to close in on one too, from the choice we get here. The smoothie looks GREAT!

Bunny Trails said...

Oh, this looks heavenly! I will be making it for breakfast. THANKS!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Love the sound of bananas and cranberries together! And you've nearly talked me into a new blender ...

Manggy said...

I haven't had a smoothie in for-evah. I should really take advantage of the bounty of fruits here and make one, instead of gorging on candy bars and chips ahoy. Ugh, I feel nauseated just thinking about it. I need a rehabilitation!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I love smoothies. This is nice to get a new blender. Nice color.

Vij said...

Tempting smoothie!! looks lovely.....

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A healthy and delicious smoothie! It's so nice to get a new blender..



Helene said...

Love the color of that smoothie! Gorgeous! I use the ice crush button of my blender/food processor to pulverize nuts for macarons, ahaha!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

oh yes smoothies are the way to go. I just bought myself a large tub of cranberries so i definitely will be trying this one!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Geeze Louise Susan I need me one of these blenders like yours. Couple of years ago I was out with my Dad and he wanted to buy me a present. Our blender had just gone out. We were in Williams Sonoma. We both of us really like a funky looking retro job but I thought it too$$$. He got us one. They don't call somethings new & improved for nothing!
Maybe I'll get lucky and this one will go out and they'll still be one like yours on my Walmart shelves.
Have to try your flavors but I'll use buttermilk in mine.
It's really fun when something works like you really want it to.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice smoothie, Susan! :)

Ivy said...

That looks so healthy and refreshing! Lovely gadget.

Finla said...

Yummy yumm, i like smoothies and my daughter love them.
This i am sure she will love it, when i make for her

Anonymous said...

Delicious smoothie!
I'm waiting for my foodprocessor to stop working :)

LyB said...

I wouldn't have thought to use cranberries in a smoothie. It sure gives it a gorgeous color! And loads of great taste too, I'm sure! :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

peter- Me too!

deeba-This blender's a winner!

bunny trails-Yay! You're welcome.

tw-Glad to hear it.

mark-This is just the refresher you need!


vij-Thank you!

rosa-It is.

helen-That's a good idea.

meeta-That's terrific!

tanna-How generous of your dad. I've never made a smoothie with buttermilk. It must be heavenly.

maryann-It really is!

ivy-it's a great pick-me-up.

happycook-I hope she likes it.

linda-Hah! :)

lyb-It's a deliciously tart change.

Darius T. Williams said...

Ohhh - I love a new blender! Congrats - and looks great!


Jen said...

Thanks so much for participating in my event! I love healthy smoothies for breakfast.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Terrific smoothie. Glad you like your new blender.

Anonymous said...

I may just get a new blender soon, too ... right after I toss our current model out the window! Who in the world ever thought that an easily removable bottom would be a great feature on a blender was surely one egg short of a dozen.

In the meantime, I may just try this smoothie for the color alone. :-)

Michelle said...

you know, i was looking to buy cranberries the other day and couldn't find any organic brands. they must exist! as far as blenders, I am all about using my magic bullet...it may not be the most powerful blender but it's the easiest to use and clean for sure!

Lynne Daley said...

Hi Susan,
Your smoothie looks very tasty. Re: "visiting my daughter in W-S". No, she graduated from UGA in Athens with a Biology degree, but works in medical research there. Winston is a lovely city and has beautiful Fall colors this year. Thanks for commenting.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I still have my Krups blender after 5 years and am still loving it!! Beofre that I blew up so many:D

Coffee and Vanilla said...

It looks really delicious Susan!! :)
Love the colour, and idea of adding cranberries, in season and very healthy!

Have a nice day, Margot

Rita said...

Hummm, my blender is also giving me signs of age....but I was thinking about getting a Kitchen Aid one to match my other apliances... I love smoothies too...

Anonymous said...

OH this looks perfect!!! I like to have "power" snacks for the kids since they are both doing athletics now (egad! So am I.... coaching 5 yr olds in soccer!!). Maybe I can break my blender too. I like the sound of your new one. The blender we have was a wedding gift 10 years ago.

xoxox Amy

Anonymous said...

I love the ease of having a smoothie for breakfast or a snack. I don't use soy milk, but almond milk works well. So does coconut water. Love the idea of frozen cranberries. That would definitely add some "zip" to a smoothie!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Very good to know about the blender. I have a piece of junk that needs replacing...I should just bump it off the countertop so I have an excuse. ;-) The smoothie sounds delicious--using cranberries raw never would have crossed my mind, so now I'm really curious to try this one out.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Beautiful smoothie -- that color is seductive! And good to know that you're happy with your blender; I've tried several but never fell in love with any of them.

Unknown said...

My kids love smoothies. When we went out to a cafe in Ubud, Bali banana lassie was the only semi-drink they would order. The trouble is it's quite filling and they won't touch any dinner. Since then, banana lassie will be ordered for after lunch-or dinner hehehe... lovely colour, Susan. Congrats for the new blender. I always use food processor because I burnt the blender. It got something wrong when the thing that I knew the rubber was burnt and it's not working anymore. I should put a new blender on my next Christmas shopping list, I guess hehehe

Culinary Wannabe said...

So funny - all I can think of is that commercial where the woman is dreaming of destroying her W/D so that she can buy a new one. Do we think this tactic would work on computers??? :)

Peter M said...

I don't understand how people skip brekkie when the smoothie is easily made and avaialble to them. I like the seasonal cranberry touch.

Heather said...

well lucky you with a great new blender :) this sounds tasty!! i love the cranberry! i'm always wondering what to do with my extra cranberries!

Elle said...

Thanks for the great smoothie recipe. Cranberries add such a nice tart contrast to the smooth banana flavor. Congrats on getting such a great new blender, too!

Anonymous said...

It’s good to know that I’m not alone when it comes to writing articles about quality, good food. And I love sharing good recipes too. Imagining the taste of the cranberry smoothie is just refreshing, id better try it later with my old model blender...
I’ll better check the archived posts from your site. Ciao!

Debbie said...

Thanks for reminding me how great smoothies are. Haven't made one in a long time and think I will try yours.

Nic said...

Great looking smoothie, good way to get an intake of fruit too.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Looks good. Smoothies are my go-to breakfast. I don't actually own a blender, but use a stick blender instead. The downside is that it doesn't crush ice.

I'm happy to hear you like your GE model. I have a GE refrigerator that is extremely noisy. You can't talk on the kitchen phone when the compressor is running. You can imagine that I'm not too sweet on GE appliances. I went to purchase a new one and the only model that would fit in my 8'x 8' kitchen was another GE. It's being installed tomorrow, so we'll see what happens. But it's nice to hear something positive about a GE appliance.

I babble way too much when I make blog comments.

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Annie said...

Susan, the smoothie sounds great. I love the flavor combo.
I currently do not own a regular blender, but I do have a submersion blender and I love it. But now I'm wondering if I should get one, like yours of course...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

darius-It's been fun using it.

jen-You're so welcome. It was my pleasure.

lisa-Me too!

louse-Go ahead. Toss it! ;)

michelle-Hmmm...I don't think mine are organic. If your magic bullet works, then keep it, for sure!

lynnylu-Oh, thanks for letting me know. I'm still glad you enjoyed the visit.

cal-I haven't ever had Krups products, so that's good to know.

margot-I like the pink too!

rita-KA is good!

amy-Coaching 5 yr olds in soccer! Honey, you need more than a power smoothie! ;) A 10 yr. old blender? That may be a record.

gffg-I like almond milk too, but I haven't tried coconut water.

mike-Go ahead, knock it off! ;)

lydia-This one is a winner.

arfi-Lassis are filling. That's why I have these drinks as a meal replacement. Definitely put it on your Santa list. It's great! :)

cwannabe-Go ahead and try it. Then let me know. ;)

peter-So true.

heather-I'm addicted to this combo now.

elle-It's really tasty.

bob-Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. Hey, if your old model works well, then I say hold on to it.

debbie-I'm glad to hear it.

nic-That's true.

sdoc-I've never had a blender stick. I'd be afraid I'd get it all over me and the counter. :)Good luck with the new fridge! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

3rdpig-Welcome! I'm so pleased you like my blog. I'll email you.

annie-Like I said earlier, I'd be afraid of making too big a mess with that type. But that's me. :)

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That sounds lovely! I must really get back into making smoothies again, especially now the winter is beckoning as is the cold virus season!

Anonymous said...

Smoothies are a great, fun and healthy way to consume your 5-a-day. There are many blenders out there to choose from, but I specifically looked for a glass (not plastic) one, because it will certainly last longer and doesn't look cheap and nasty.

Hah, it's nice to buy new things, isn't it? I wish my cranky, old, inefficient-spinning piece of crap of a washing machine will just die so that I can buy a sparkly Bosch one. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love smoothies too and make a lot of them. Surprisingly I've not worked very much with cranberries in them. I'm making this one, though, this weekend. Thanks!!