Monday, May 23, 2011

Blueberry Soup (aka Almost Ice Cream Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie)

Cheap Eat Challenge: Watch as our family of 6 tries to eat on $6/day.

Oh. My. Gosh.

I'll drink any healthy concoction you put in front of me (provided it's not, like, aloe vera juice or something). If it tastes great, I'll even post it to this blog. But some things. Some things are so good I'd happily skip ice cream or milk shakes or sundaes just so I can consume them. Some things are so good that I must insist you go buy blueberries and vanilla yogurt this instant so that you too can experience the chilled nirvana this soup/smoothie is. Some things are so good that some kids--even kids who turn their picky noses up at blueberry syrup, which for the record is boiled sugar with blueberries strained through--ran screaming from the yard shouting 'blueberry soup' when I announced that the second batch (because we weren't about to stop at one) was ready on Sunday.

That's right:

I scream, you scream
We all scream for blueberry soup.

Hmm. Let's try that again.

I scream, you scream
We all scream for blueberry yogurt almost ice cream.

There, that's better.

For the record, this can be drunk from a cup. But it was so pretty. And thick and creamy. And truly surprisingly like really soft ice cream in both texture and taste. That we put it in bowls. Just like the hip gourmet people that we are--dining on pretty soups before la main course. Except that, unlike those who get invited to fancy dinner parties, most of us had on bathing suits with mud up to our knees. Because that's how we roll around here.

Seriously though, although this is great for kids, it would also be great for a summer dinner party--either as the dessert or as the soup course. And it takes 3 minutes to make. Which as I understand it, is great for both mommies and hostesses alike. If you're not serving it to people who smell like dirt, you could garnish it with mint, lavender, or lemon balm.

And if you are serving to the sprinkler crowd, we made it into popsicles today. They were great too (though not as perfectly creamy as their soupy counterparts).

Blueberry Soup
Makes 3-4 cups
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cost: $1.58
(blueberries: .65, strawberries: .30, spinach: .10, yogurt: .45, milk: .08)

Note: I must insist that your blueberries (and preferably strawberries as well) be frozen. Otherwise, you won't get that amazing icecreamy quality.

1 C blueberries, frozen
1/2 C strawberries, frozen (if you haven't got them, add another 1/2 C blueberries)
1/2-3/4 C fresh spinach (just do it; you won't taste it at all and you'll feel pretty righteous when those kids come screaming for it)
1 C vanilla yogurt (alternately you could probably use 1 C plain yogurt with 6 Tbsp sugar, which is how I do my yogurt smoothie pops, though I haven't tried that with this recipe)
1/2 C milk (I used whole raw milk because I rage against the machine, but I bet 2 % would work just fine)

Blend it all in a smoothie. Serve in bowls or cups or as popsicles


Linked up with Amee's Savory and Sweets for a Saturday.


  1. Love the idea! Fruit "soups" are the best!I have made mine with ricotta cheese or cream cheese, which is totally yummy too!

  2. Oooh--cream cheese sounds dreamy.

  3. This is such a beautiful soup. I love that purple color from the blueberries! I'm sure my kids would love it too with that ice cream like taste and texture. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. That sounds like a soup I could slurp up with a smile. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.



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