Making These Popular Smoothies At Home Saved More Money Than We Expected

What's one of our biggest budget weaknesses? Fancy smoothies. Whether it's Juice Generation, Liquiteria, Juice Press, or Jamba Juice, we sometimes find ourselves dropping a chunk of change for a cool cup of fruity-frosty beverage bliss. Picking up our favorite blend from our favorite chain is fast, easy, and dependable — so we forget to consider how much those prices can actually start to add up (and fast). Ranging anywhere from $6 to $10 a pop, these sweet sips can end up running you a whopping total of $70 a week (if you're a smoothie a day type of person). But instead of quitting cold turkey, we decided to try an alternative method: making copycat versions at home.
Lucky for us, most of our favorite smoothie shops list their ingredients — so we were able to guesstimate ratios and take a bit of creative license with ingredient replacements and additions for an at-home attempt. Scroll on to see how much we were able to save — and more importantly, for some tasty morning recipe inspiration. Who knows, you may just find yourself pocketing an extra $21 to $24 dollars a week.
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Photo: Courtesy of Liquiteria.
Liquiteria's Coffee & Cacao ($9)
Fair-trade coffee, raw cacao, almond butter, bananas, chocolate almond milk, chocolate whey protein, and raw coconut sugar.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
Copycat Coffee & Cacao
Serves 1

Ingredients
2-3 coffee ice cubes
1-2 tsp cacao powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1 frozen banana
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1 tsp coconut sugar

Instructions
Pour ingredients into blender and pulse until well incorporated and liquified.

Cost Breakdown ($30.27)
13 oz of coffee ($6.99)
4 oz bag of cacao powder ($5.99)
16 fl oz jar of almond butter ($7.99)
7 bananas ($1.33)
2 32 fl oz containers of chocolate almond milk ($3.98)
16 oz bag coconut sugar ($3.99)

Using this copycat recipe, we were able to make over a week's worth of smoothies for $4.32 each. That's nearly $5 less than if purchased in store.

Note: Ingredients and ratios are not directly affiliated with smoothie company's actual recipes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Juice Press.
Juice Press's Green Light ($10)
Banana, kale, spinach, date, vanilla, and maple water.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
Copycat Green Light
Serves 1

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup kale
1/4 cup spinach
1 date
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut water

Instructions
Pour ingredients into blender and pulse until well incorporated and liquified.

Cost Breakdown ($18.23)
7 bananas ($1.33)
10 oz bag of kale ($1.99)
12 oz bag of spinach ($1.99)
1 lb container of dates ($4.49)
4 fl oz vanilla extract ($2.95)
2 34 fl oz cartons of coconut water ($4.98)

Using this copycat recipe, we were able to make over a week's worth of smoothies for $2.60 each. That's nearly $8 less than if purchased in store.

Note: Ingredients and ratios are not directly affiliated with smoothie company's actual recipes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Juice Generation.
Juice Generation's Mucho Mango ($5.45)
Coconut oil, frozen coconut milk, mango, orange, and strawberries.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
Copycat Mucho Mango
Serves 1

Ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup frozen mango
1 navel orange
1/4 cup frozen strawberries

Instructions
Pour ingredients into blender and pulse until well incorporated and liquified.

*Note: Ingredients and ratios are not directly affiliated with smoothie company's actual recipes.

Cost Breakdown ($19.63)
16 oz jar of coconut oil ($5.99)
4 13.5 oz cans of coconut milk ($5.16)
1 24 oz bag of frozen mango chunks ($3)
3 lb bag of navel oranges ($3.49)
1 16 oz bag of frozen strawberries ($1.99)

Using this copycat recipe, we were able to make over a week's worth of smoothies for $2.80 each. That's nearly $3 less than if purchased in store.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jamba Juice.
Jamba Juice's Banana Berry ($6.89)
Apple-strawberry juice blend, bananas, nonfat frozen yogurt, blueberries, ice, and raspberry sherbet.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.
Copycat Banana Berry
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/2 cup strawberry-lime juice blend
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen greek yogurt
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen raspberries

Instructions
Pour ingredients into blender and pulse until well incorporated and liquified.

Cost Breakdown ($13.39)
1 32 fl oz carton of Strawberry-lime juice blend ($2.29)
7 bananas ($1.33)
1 32 oz tub of non-fat greek yogurt ($4.99)
1 16 oz bag of frozen blueberries ($1.99)
1 16 oz bag of frozen raspberries ($2.79)

Using this copycat recipe, we were able to make over a week's worth of smoothies for $1.91 each. That's nearly $5 less than if purchased in store.
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