This eye-catching two tone Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie can be enjoyed in two delicious ways that don’t require sipping. First as a nourishing breakfast smoothie bowl and also as refreshing popsicles.
It’s no secret that I need my (green) smoothie on pretty much a daily basis. And Olivia, my crazy fun toddler who just turned 2 over the weekend (woaahh!!) is no different. I always share my smoothies with her and if I don’t watch out to get my half, she could sip it all by herself – even the meanest and greenest smoothies!
When I was asked to create a new and fun recipe using Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit, I knew it had to be a smoothie. Well, just a smoothie with kiwi wouldn’t be all that new or exciting so I came up with a few twists:
- This is a two tone smoothie with a red strawberry layer and a green kiwi layer.
- You don’t have to sip this smoothie – it makes a delicious breakfast smoothie bowl or fantastic popsicles.
One of my favorite pairings with kiwi is strawberry. Unfortunately, strawberries (or any red fruit for that matter) usually turn my green smoothies into an unappealing shade of grey-brown. Basic colour mixing principles right here in the kitchen!
So for this kiwi strawberry smoothie I blended the ingredients in two batches. There is a simple and pure layer of strawberry and banana with just enough brewed green tea to make it all go round in the blender. Then there is the green layer with delicious Sungold Kiwifruit, avocado, baby spinach, more banana (for sweetness), and green tea as well.
Of course, you could just serve this as a two-layer smoothie in a large glass (you could even blend everything together, if smoothie colour doesn’t matter to you). But smoothie bowls and popsicles are just a little more fun!
To serve the two layers of kiwi and strawberry smoothie in a bowl, I held a little saucer vertically in the center of the bowl and poured the strawberry and kiwi smoothie layers on either side of the saucer.
There may not be a perfect line between the layers, but that doesn’t even matter since I love my smoothie bowls with lots of toppings anyway. This time I used sliced fresh fruit, berries and a sprinkling of hemp hearts.
How to make kiwi smoothies
I learnt the hard way that, while fresh kiwifruit it super easy to snack on (just cut in half and scoop out the juicy flesh), there are a few things to consider when making kiwi smoothies. In my first attempt I made the kiwi smoothie with yogurt, which turned out to be not such a great idea – especially for the popsicles.
From the Zespri website I learnt that kiwifruit contains wonderful things like Vitamin C, E, potassium, fibre and also an enzyme called actinidin, which helps breaks down protein and is great for digestion.
Because of this enzyme kiwi recipes with dairy (protein) should be served soon after preparation. Well, my first popsicle test with Greek yogurt went into the freezer for over 24 hours and I noticed the green layer with kiwi having a somewhat astringent taste to it.
Once I figured out the reason for it, I switched out the Greek yogurt for avocado to still get some creaminess without the dairy protein.
I further learnt that blending the kiwi seeds until they are crushed may also impart a slightly bitter flavor. So then I made sure to cut the kiwifruit in a way to separate the seeds and added them to the blender once the green smoothie was finished and only pulsed a few more times to incorporate them.
Since I’ve already fallen into all the kiwi smoothie pitfalls for you, I’ll leave you with this recipe so you can avoid them and enjoy this fun and vibrant Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie to the fullest!
- 1 frozen banana, divided
- ½ - ¾ cup brewed green tea (decaffeinated for kids), cold, divided
- sweetener of choice (raw honey, maple syrup, agave), if desired
- ⅔ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit, peeled and cut to separate seeds
- 1 cup baby spinach (or other tender greens), lightly packed
- ¼ avocado
- thick slices of Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit
- For the strawberry smoothie layer, blend ½ frozen banana, frozen strawberries and enough green tea to make the blender whirl smoothly. Taste and add sweetener, if desired. Set aside (in fridge or freezer).
- To make the kiwi smoothie layer, blend the other ½ frozen banana, 1 Zespri Sungold Kiwifruit (without seeds), baby spinach, avocado with as much green tea as needed and sweetener, if desired. Once smooth, add the kiwifruit seeds and pulse only a few times to incorporate (you don't want to crush the seeds).
- To serve as two tone smoothie bowl, hold a small saucer as a divider in the center of a bowl. Pour or spoon the strawberry and kiwi smoothie layers on either side of the saucer, then lift out the saucer carefully. Add toppings of choice like fruit slices, berries, edible flowers, seeds (hemp hearts, chia), granola etc.
- To make layered popsicles, place a slice of Sungold Kiwifruit at the bottom of each popsicle mold cavity. Make sure the slice is firmly touching one side of the mold's wall, so that no smoothie mixture will run in front of it.
- Now carefully spoon first the green smoothie, then the strawberry smoothie into the mold. Freeze overnight or better yet for 24 hours. To unmold, run under luke warm water before pulling out the popsicles.
If you are shopping around for the best blender for smoothies, check out my guide to choosing the best smoothie blender for you. I also included a detailed review of my personal favorites.
Tell me, what are your favorite ways to enjoy kiwifruit?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit, who compensated me for my time and provided me with delicious Sungold Kiwifruit. Look out for Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit at your local supermarket from May to October.