Nothing says summer like a gorgeously bright fruity smoothie, and with the weather so wintry and dismal this week, I thought it was about time I injected a bit of extra colour into our diets! This pretty layered smoothie was inspired by the new frozen fruit packs from Dole which I had the opportunity to try recently. I already love Dole’s canned fruit – it always seems to have so much more flavour than other brands, so I was excited to see whether their new frozen range would live up to my high expectations too.
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I was very impressed with the range of frozen fruits available from Dole – there are 6 delicious varieties to choose from. From raspberries, pineapple chunks and blueberries to sliced strawberries, a triple berry mix and a tropical mix, there really is a frozen fruit pack to suit everyone, and just like their other products, Dole has come up trumps with their usual high quality fruit that’s bursting with flavour. The beauty of these frozen fruit packs is that you can have seasonal fruits in your freezer all the year around, so you can pretend it’s summer even when the winter rain is pouring down outside!
I was challenged to design my own smoothie made using a Dole frozen fruit pack, but I found it so difficult to choose just one that I went for two yummy flavours. Sliced strawberries and a tropical fruit mix make for a gorgeously bright and colourful smoothie, and the frozen fruit packs make it easy to create a really impressive looking (not to mention delicious) layered smoothie in a matter of minutes. If you close your eyes while you’re sipping at this smoothie, you could easily pretend to be sitting on a beach somewhere!
This smoothie really brought a smile to my face so I named it my ‘sunshine smoothie’, it felt like a real treat! The rest of the family agreed that it was a seriously delicious smoothie combination so I’ll definitely be making another one soon!
Layered Sunshine Fruit Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 4):
For the red layer:
- 250g Dole frozen sliced strawberries
- 200ml apple juice
- 1 Tbs honey or maple syrup
For the yellow layer:
- 250g Dole Tropical Mix frozen fruit
- 200ml orange juice
- 1 Tbs honey or maple syrup
To start, get your glasses ready for serving, as you’ll need to work quite fast once the smoothie is made.
First make the red layer. Place the Dole frozen sliced strawberries, apple juice and honey or maple syrup (to taste) into a high speed blender.
Whizz together until smooth, then quickly tip into a clean jug or bowl and place it in the freezer to keep cold.
Working quickly, give the blender jug a quick rinse then place the Dole tropical mix frozen fruit, orange juice and honey or maple syrup (to taste) into the blender.
Whizz together until smooth.
To serve, take the red mixture from the freezer and split between four glasses (it should fill them each to around the half way mark), then carefully top with the yellow mixture, spooning it into the glass if necessary.
Add straws and sparkles if wanted and serve immediately.
NOTES: This recipe serves 4 but can be easily halved – just use half the ingredient amounts when preparing the two smoothie mixtures.
Do you like to make your own smoothies? You can use your smoothie making skills to be in with the chance of winning a NutriBullet! All you need to do is use Dole frozen fruit to create an easy smoothie that makes you feel happy, pop a photo of it on Insgtagram, tag @eatsamazing and @dolepackagedfoodseurope, and add the hashtag #MYDOLESMOOTHIE to your photo. It can be as simple as you like, as long as it makes you smile!
The winner will be chosen based on a combination of creativity, quality of photography and the story behind the recipe. The competition will close at midnight on the 29th January, so you should have plenty of time to get creative, but don’t hang about – go get whizzing up those smoothies!
I hope to see you over on Instagram very soon – I can’t wait to see your creations!
Disclosure: This blog post and recipe video was commissioned by Dole to support the launch of the new Dole frozen fruit packs. I was compensated for my time and the cost of ingredients, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Please read the following competition terms and conditions:
To enter the competition, you must post a photo on Instagram of your smoothie that includes the hashtag #MYDOLESMOOTHIE and tags @dolepackagedfoodseurope and @eatsamazing.
The winner will be notified via private message on Instagram within 7 days of the competition ending, and must respond within 30 days with their name and a mainland UK address for the prize to be delivered to. If no response is received from the winner within 30 days then a new winner will be selected.
Prize is one NutriBullet and Dole will arrange for the Prize to be delivered to you at the address provided, at their cost.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only.