It is so hard for me to make a thick rich smoothie as I am unable to use a lot of fruit. Bananas are especially bad.... but oh soooo good, as are all fruits. I usually use frozen strawberries, non-fat milk, vanilla, some homemade yogurt and Splenda and a few ice cubes.
My old Braun blender which made them exactly the way I love them, is finally kaput. After doing A LOT of research, I decided to buy a very powerful Breville 600XL. I have been using the same measurements and ingredients and using the smoothie setting but I think that it makes them too watery and not very flavorful. I eliminated the ice cubes and it was a little thicker, but still not what I want. I like them very thick and icey (but not with ice chips floating around). Tomorrow I'll try using just the pulse setting and hopefully that should help some.
I was thinking about adding strawberry extract, can you recommend a good brand that doesn't taste artificial. Hopefully one that can be bought in local stores and not online. I tried one from Rainbow (S.F.) - Frontier Strawberry Flavor, which contains no actual strawberry, but I don't think it adds any flavor.
Any suggestions or recipes (sugar free and minimal fruit). I make one a day and miss the kind that plops into my glass, not pours like a very thin milkshake. Blueberry recipes need not apply!