Strawberry Tea Smoothies

Strawberry Tea Smoothies

Strawberry Tea Smoothies A light aromatic Strawberry Iced Tea paired with fresh and frozen (to make it thicker) strawberries, makes a nice refreshing frosty beverage for you to enjoy on a hot summer day.

I wasn’t sure if I should call my icy concoction a Smoothie or a Frosty or a Slushy? I decided, as I often do these days, to turn to Google for the answer. My search found, that when it comes to frozen drinks, people’s ideas on what makes up a smoothie versus a frosty versus a slushy (and even in some cases a milkshake versus a float) are totally undecided. It’s no wonder I was feeling unsure. According to my faithful Search Engine, the world is somewhat divided when it comes to the subject of frozen beverages.

Well, I figured there wasn’t much point mulling it over any longer…I dubbed my new drink “Strawberry Tea Smoothies”.

Strawberry is in the name obviously because the fruit is a feature ingredient in this cool and refreshing summer beverage but “Tea”? In a Smoothie? The inspiration for this frozen concoction came early Thursday morning while I was sipping a lovely cup of “Blazing Strawberries” loose leaf herbal Tea from DAVIDs TEA.

I became a tea drinker a few years ago, after giving up coffee because it upset my stomach. I am obsessed with high quality loose leaf (mostly herbal) teas and these days, DAVIDs TEA is feeding my obsession. I have to carefully avoid their Store whenever I’m in the Mall. I just know that if I step through the Store’s doors, I won’t be able to walk away without picking up an arm full of their lovely (but somewhat costly) teas.

One time when I was in the store, one of the staff members suggested I try Blazing Strawberries Tea. She said it is wonderful when served chilled. She was right. The light but aromatic tea I was sipping on Thursday morning, just screamed Iced Tea. I chilled what was left in my Teapot and wondering what it would taste like to add some fruit to the light but aromatic iced tea, I ran out to my local Produce Store and picked up some fresh juicy local BC Strawberries and the deal was on.

I dug out my blender, poured in the Iced Strawberry Tea, added some fresh and frozen (to make it thicker) strawberries and a handful of crushed ice…and I’m in love!

Strawberry Tea Smoothies

Look at these beautiful beverages. Doesn’t it make you want to run right out and get the ingredients? It does me. In fact, I made a second batch after my husband got home that evening. He added a splash of rum to his Strawberry Tea Smoothie and swore it was perfect. Then today, while out at Granville Island Public Market, we picked up some more fruit. I had to make another batch…I just had to, after all, I forgot to get the measurements the first two times I made them…hehe.

This time, I enjoyed my beverage in the late afternoon when the heat of the day was slowing me down. I sat for a long moment, outside on the back deck, sipping a nice frosty beverage on a hot summer afternoon.  I listened to the melody of the birds as their songs drowned out the noise of the traffic from the highway over across the way.  Urban bliss?  I smile. The flowers and herbs in my planters look so alive, so colourful, and so beautiful. I’m content, I’m in love.

Gluten Free info from DAVIDs TEA FAQ page “Are your teas gluten-free? Yes. All of our teas are completely gluten free”.

Are you interested in ways to include Tea in your baking? If so, have a look at what these fellow bloggers created… Stephanie at Lunges and Lunch uses blueberry tea in her Blueberry Coconut Bites. Her little scones look so yummy. Something I’m going to have to try my hand at. Alta over on Tasty Eats At Home posted a recipe calling for “leaves from 3 bags of Earl Grey tea, crushed fine” in her Lemon Earl Grey Cookies. I used Alta’s recipe earlier this year as a basis for my own Earl Grey Cookies. They are divine and make the Fox Kitchen smell oh so warm and cozy. More of a cool weather recipe, I’m going to have to share it with you in a future posting.

Have you ever used Tea in your baking? If so, please leave me a message in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you about your ideas and experiences.

Strawberry Tea Smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 12 ounces

Strawberry Tea Smoothies

Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Sugar Free | Vegan (option) | Vegetarian (option) | Paleo

Ingredients

    Strawberry Iced Tea:
  • 4 Tbsp good quality loose leaf Strawberry Tea (I used Blazing Strawberries from DAVIDs TEA)
  • 8 Cups hot (almost boiling) water
  • Smoothies:
  • 1 1/2 Cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries (to thicken the smoothie)
  • 1 1/2 Cups crushed ice
  • 3 Cups prepared Strawberry Iced Tea
  • 1 Tbsp Agave or alternate sweetener (if desired)

Instructions

  1. If you have a tea-pot with a built-in filter or infuser, use that. My Tea Pot has an infuser but my tea-pot isn’t as big as my iced tea jug, so I made 2 pots of tea. Earlier in the day or the day before, prepare Strawberry Tea by placing loose tea leaves in a filter and adding the hot water. Steep for about 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool, then place in refrigerator to chill.
  2. To make the smoothies; place the smoothie ingredients (except Agave or sweetener) in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Taste for sweetness. Add Agave syrup or sweetener of choice (if desired).
  4. Pour into drinking glasses and garnish with a whole strawberry (as pictured) or lime, mint leaves or whatever you have on hand. Cheers!

Notes

Spiked version ~ add a couple of ounces of chilled white Wine or 1 to 1 1/2 oz of your favourite Rum or Tequila.

Recipe by Laureen

http://www.foxinthekitchenblog.com/gluten-free/gf-egg-free/2011/07/strawberry-tea-smoothies/

This recipe is linked to:

Wellness Weekends. Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs host’s this event every weekend over the summer. Make sure to hop on over to Ricki’s Blog to view my recipe and check out all the other great entries.

Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free hosts this popular recipe sharing event every Tuesday. Check out my recipe and all the other great entries over on Amy’s SS&GF blog.

Gluten Free Wednesdays. Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker is the host for this weekly event. Linda has chosen Gluten-Free Beverages as the theme for July. Over on her blog, you will find many creative recipes including but not limited to beverage recipes like mine.

Enjoy! Laureen XO

The following two tabs change content below.
Dairy Free Egg Free Gluten Free Recipes Refined Sugar Free Vegan

16 comments

  1. Ricki says:

    Sucha a lovely idea! I enjoy chilled tea and enjoy smoothies–but never thought to combne the two! I used to bake a wonderful tea bread that actually contained tea–haven't thought of it in years! Thanks so much for this refreshing entry to the Wellness Weekend event!:)

  2. Laureen Fox says:

    RickiYou really should try it. One of these smoothies would be just the thing to refresh you on one of those hot and muggy Ontario afternoons.Let me know if you decide to publish your tea containing Tea Bread, I'd love to try it.Thank you for hosting the Wellness Weekend event and for helping this newbie blogger as she learns to use the LinkyToolsLaureen

  3. Laureen Fox says:

    KristinI've got a better idea, let's go berry picking. I'm sure your little guy would enjoy visiting a farm and then we can make some of these smoothies afterwards :-)(((hugs)))

  4. Jen Price says:

    Wow! What a great idea. Arrived here from Twitter :) Check out if you haven't the Chocolate Rocket cupcakes posted on the Facebook group. Not too sure if you could make them gluten free but definitely worth the look!

  5. Laureen Fox says:

    JenIsn't twitter great for connecting people with similar interests. I just joined a few days ago not sure what took me so longChocolate Rocket cupcakes sound good. If you copy the link here I might be up for the challenge of making GF.Thanks for stopping by. Laureen

  6. Laureen Fox says:

    Stephanie,I always enjoy reading your blog and I'm glad you noticed the mention on my blog…I'm new to blogging, wasn't sure about protocol, I'm thinking i should have sent you a note letting you know I'd linked to one of your recipes. Next time I will do that for sure.Laureen

  7. Linda says:

    They ARE beautiful beverages. I love your photo! What a great idea. I've never thought of putting tea in a smoothie. Thanks for linking to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  8. Laureen Fox says:

    Thanks Linda I've been enjoying your GF Event for sometime but this was my first time linking to Gluten-Free Wednesdays Event…I've enjoyed checking out the other submissions. What a nice variety you've got there

  9. Pingback: Weekly Gluten-Free Roundup – September 18, 2011 « Celiac Kitchen Witch

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *