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This blackberry smoothie is creamy, refreshing, and bursting with bright berry flavor. It's frozen blackberries, banana, and Greek yogurt blended up until smooth. It makes a great breakfast for busy mornings, and it's ready in just 5 minutes!
If you were wondering if blackberries are good in smoothies, the answer is one-hundred percent yes. Not only is this blackberry smoothie stunning but it's packed with fiber and antioxidants, too.
We love smoothies because they're so easy to make and they pack a nutritional punch. They're great for getting nutrients into both kids and grown-ups, and they keep us feeling full without weighing us down.
We use yogurt in this smoothie but you can easily swap it for dairy-free yogurt. You can also add a bit of honey or maple syrup to make it as sweet as you like. Pour it into a glass or serve as a smoothie bowl with some granola, shredded coconut, and fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast or snack.
How to make a blackberry smoothie
This blackberry banana smoothie is what we make when blackberries are abundant and in season. It's great as a healthy breakfast or snack on the go, and it's super easy to make. Let's make one!
- Add the frozen blackberries, banana, yogurt, and water to your blender.
- Blend on high until smooth, taste, and add honey or maple syrup to sweeten it if you'd like. Pour it into a glass and enjoy!
You only need five simple ingredients to make this refreshing blackberry banana smoothie recipe. Here's what you need:
- Frozen blackberries – frozen blackberries give this smoothie a richer thicker texture than fresh blackberries.
- Banana – banana adds natural sweetness and creaminess. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is! You can also use a frozen banana.
- Yogurt – we usually go for Greek yogurt because it's thicker and higher in protein, but any yogurt will work. You can also use dairy-free yogurt if needed. We find coconut yogurt tastes especially good alongside the blackberries and bananas.
- Water – water helps to thin out this smoothie to a drinkable consistency. You can also use milk or a non-dairy milk alternative like coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk for more creaminess.
- Honey or maple syrup – if you like a sweeter smoothie, a bit of honey or maple syrup will do the trick. If not, feel free to skip it.
Blackberry smoothie add-ins
We kept it simple with this berry smoothie, but you can easily load it up with your favorite add-ins to suit your taste. Here are a few of our favorite add-ins:
- A scoop of your favorite protein powder will give this smoothie a major protein boost.
- Ground flaxseeds and hemp seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, plus they're a great source of fiber. Add a tablespoon or two for your daily dose!
- Any nut butter will add creaminess and some healthy fat which will help you feel fuller longer. You can use almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or even pumpkin seed butter.
- A handful of spinach or kale (or other leafy green) will help you get your daily dose of greens. It will alter the bright purple color, but you won't taste it at all!
How to get rid of blackberry seeds in smoothies
We love blackberry smoothies, but blackberry seeds are small and hard which can make them unpleasant to eat. The simplest way to deal with blackberry seeds in smoothies is to use a high-speed blender (we love our Vitamix). Blend it on high for a little bit longer than you normally would, and this will pulverize the seeds.
The other way to get rid of them is to use a cheesecloth or strainer, but this can get messy. Place the cheesecloth or strainer over a wide-mouth jar or a small bowl, then carefully pour the blended smoothie over it to remove the seeds. If your smoothie is thick, try pressing it with the back of a spoon to help it pass.
Can I make this smoothie ahead of time?
Like all smoothies, they're best enjoyed soon after they're made. If you're taking it to go, it will keep at room temperature for up to 2 hours. It can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to a day, but the texture will change.
Can I use fresh blackberries?
Yep can, but the smoothie's texture won't be as thick and you may not need to add any water.
Can I make this with frozen bananas?
Sure! Just remember that the more frozen fruit you add, the more liquid you'll need to blend the smoothie.
- 2 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 medium banana
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional – to sweeten)
- Add the blackberries, banana, yogurt, and water to your blender.2 cup frozen blackberries, 1 medium banana, ½ cup yogurt, ½ cup cold water
- Blend on high speed until smooth, adding more water if you like a thinner smoothie. Taste and if you'd like it sweeter, add the honey.1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
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