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How to Make a Jamba Juice

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Today’s dilemma:
You have rapidly-browning bananas, but you’re on a diet (meaning no delicious banana bread!)  What to do with those bananas?  

I have had a total of 13 jobs in my life, from the ages of 15 to 23.  One of the best jobs I had was working at Jamba Juice in high school.  The best part was that I memorized all the recipes and still remember most of them!  I still make smoothies all the time, even though I don’t have a fancy blender that cost roughly the same as your kid’s college tuition.  I guess it’s worth it though if you need to blend up some rubber tires or PVC pipe.

Anyway, the way I usually make smoothies is by combining juice and frozen fruit.  That’s it.  But I hate adding fresh banana to smoothies also because they seem to overpower the smoothie and give it this weird texture.  So how do you get the sweet sweet banana flavor to be like Jambas?  Freeze ’em!

Seriously, I’m not eating those.  Sorry Mom.
Cut em up
Place them individually on a foil-lined tray.  Then put the tray in the freezer for several hours.
Frozen bananas!  Transfer them to a tupperware or baggy or something to keep in the freezer.  

Now we can make a healthy version of Jamba’s Orange-A-Peel.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 12 oz of Orange Juice (freshly squeezed is awesome, but you know, whatever.)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen bananas
  • 1 cup crushed ice (or ice cube equivalent.)

Blend and serve!

I actually don’t even put ice in mine, just more frozen fruit.  But the ice gives it that smoothie consistency.

The only difference between this recipe and the original Jamba Juice recipe is that it calls for two scoops of orange sherbet.  But who needs the extra calories when this version tastes the same?  You can also substitute apple juice in for the orange if you want it to be like Strawberries Wild.  Or raspberry juice to make Razzmatazz.  Is Jamba gonna come after me for giving out recipes?

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  1. abby and paxton says:

    YUMMMM!! Good choice- Orange A Peel is my favorite!! I used to work at Jamba during college. It was SUCH a FUN place to work… probably my fave job too! Probably because you got a free smoothie every time you worked. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I was JUST making a smoothie this morning and was so frustrated because the consistency was so weird. This will fix it, thanks!

  3. can't wait to try it out…thanks!

  4. "You're on a diet, so no delicious banana bread."

    Ha! We really are the same person! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for your comment. It was nice. And reading that you feel a need to keep the banana bread temptations at bay made me laugh. Have a nice day!s

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  6. So funny, I always make banana bread when the bananas start to turn…..

  7. Kathy Haynie says:

    Love the recipe – I've bookmarked it. I'm Katie's mom, Kathy, from over at The Skinny. I'd like to link to this recipe when I post on Saturday. Thanks for a great idea!

  8. posidanielle says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe! The hubs has been into a smoothie making mood and he makes one every morning, but its the same flavor every morning. I will have to give him this recipe. I, however, am not a huge fan of smoothies. But I will have a small glass just to be polite. haha.


  9. Chad, Kendra, Eva and Kara says:

    Ooh! I worked at Jamba too…so yummy!

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