My first attempt to rehydrate strawberries was a mixed success. This smoothie tasted great, but it simply didn't look at all like what I am used to when blending strawberries. I soaked the berries in milk for 20 minutes first, the same way I did with the dehydrated bananas. Unlike the bananas though, the strawberries did not have nearly the same amount of flavor for the amount of fruit used in the smoothie. They also did not puree completely smooth (you can see little flecks of pink in the photo). It was also a very frothy smoothie. Overall, this was quite different from our usual blends in many ways, but the kids still loved it and I thought it tasted great.
If I make this again, I'll probably double the amount of strawberries in order to increase the strawberry flavor. I definitely prefer the taste of the frozen strawberries in a smoothie to the dehydrated ones, but in a pinch, these would be a completely acceptable substitute.
Frothy Banana Smoothie with Dehydrated Strawberries
Yield: (3) 12 ounce smoothies
2 cups milk
1/2 cup dehydrated strawberry pieces
2 frozen banans
2 tablespoons honey
Soak the strawberries in the milk for at least 20 minutes. When they are soft, pour that mixture into the blender. Add the bananas and the honey. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!