I’ve always been a big fan of smoothies. So much so that in high school I worked at a local Smoothie King shop. I’ve tried (and made) all kinds of smoothie recipes from my time there, but my favorite smoothie was their Angel Food Smoothie, featuring banana, strawberries, turbinado sugar, and the perfect ratio of nonfat milk to add a little creaminess. It’s not to love a creamy strawberry banana smoothie.
I’d drive to work at Smoothie King early in the morning, in my ’98 dark green boxy Jetta, windows down, singing to Pink at the top of my lungs. Singing lyrics that were far too raw for my fairly happy upbringing, minus the typical high school breakups that left me moodier than PMS, and my mom’s, thankfully, short stint with breast cancer.
I lived in a self-constructed utopian bubble, full of creamy strawberry banana Angel Food smoothies. It was pretty, false, yet oh so happy. The car rides to work at Smoothie King, Pink slowly began deconstructing my creamy, pink bubble, showing me a world outside my own—a world without $5 creamy pink Angel Food strawberry banana smoothies, cute straws, happy families, and white picket fences that kept my bubble standing.
It ain’t easy growin up in World War III Never knowin what love could be, you’ll see I don’t want love to destroy me like it has done my family
Smoothie King Angel Food Copycat Recipe
That creamy, pink bubble has thankfully long since been deconstructed through life experiences and just plain growing up. My world is a little more whole and a little less partial. Now I’m trying to figure out how to give my little girl copycat pink Angel Food smoothies, just like the ones from my Smoothie King days, with cute straws but in even cuter glasses. And love her more than tomorrow’s uncertainty. But also teach her there’s another shade of pink. A shade that’s just as real and important, if not more. A shade that probably needs a little extra love that she’ll hopefully have stored in her reserves.
I can’t remember Smoothie King’s recipe exactly. It’s been a good 10+ years since I worked there, but here’s my rendition. There’s no angel food cake in the smoothie. It should probably be renamed Strawberry Banana, but that would be boring. Ample ice and a little water is necessary for the proper smoothie consistency. And if your smoothie burps a bubble at the end of the blend, you’ll know it’s perfect.
To your high-powered blender or Vitamix, add in all ingredients in the order listed, beginning with water and ending with ice (water, fruit, powders, ice).
Begin blending on low speed for about 30 seconds to bring ice to the bottom of the blender to begin crushing. Slowly turn speed up to high and blend for about a minute or more. You shouldn’t be able to hear ice crushing and the smoothie should have a swirl pattern at the top, coming together and dipping in the middle.
Turn machine off. Smoothie should burp (or a bubble should pop). Sometimes it takes a stern rock of the blender container for this to happen. If your smoothie to too bubbly, add a bit more ice. If your smoothie is too thick, add a bit more water. Note, consistency will vary a bit based on the size of the fruit and ice cubes as well as the power of the blender.
Here’s a couple add-ins:
• Under the weather? Break open an echinacea tablet into your smoothie as you add the other powders.
• In need of extra folic acid? Add in a tablespoon of wheat germ.
• Protein lover? Add in a tablespoon of plain protein. Note, this will change the texture of the smoothie. Protein yields a fluffier, more airy smoothie.
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Smoothie King Angel Food Copycat Recipe Tips and Notes
• The focus on the strawberry and banana make this a great morning or breakfast smoothie option. The smoothie could also be used as an afternoon pick-me-up.
• If you have kids, have them help out by cutting up the fresh strawberry and banana slices and putting them into some freezer bags to make smoothie packs to save time when preparing the smoothie.
• Feel free to try adding in other fruit options (oranges, blueberries, raspberries) in addition to the banana and strawberry pieces.
• Feeling under the weather or fighting a cold? Try throwing in ginger or echinacea powder to supercharge your immune system.