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How to Blanch and Freeze Cauliflower for Smoothies

If you're looking for an alternative to frozen bananas or avocados to thicken up your smoothies, try blanched and frozen cauliflower!

It doesn't add any flavor, but it does provide a frozen, creamy thickness to smoothies akin to your favorite milkshake.

It adds bulk and creaminess making it a great alternative to bananas or avocados – It's low in caloriesIt's nutrient-dense. While it adds minimal protein, it adds fiber, potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C and calcium. – Cauliflower is high in antioxidantsCauliflower doesn't add any flavor or color to smoothies, unlike the distinct flavor from bananas add and the color from avocados.

Clean, cut and core a head of cauliflower and cut into florets.

Carefully add the cauliflower florets to a large pot of boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes.

Use a large slotted spoon or long-handled mesh sieve to remove the cauliflower from the pot and immediately transfer to a large bowl of ice water, pushing them under the surface of the water to ensure they're all submerged in the cold water for 3 minutes.

Transfer the cauliflower to a colander to drain the water, then use clean kitchen towels to gently dry the florets.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the blanched cauliflower florets in a single layer. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour to allow them to freeze solid.

Transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container and store in your freezer for up to 3 months, pulling out 1/4-1/2 cup of cauliflower florets to add to your smoothies as needed. Enjoy!

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