This easy blackberry smoothie can be made with fresh or frozen blackberries! It’s bright, refreshing and packed with protein.
It’s smoothie season! I love smoothies in the summer months. They’re so cool and refreshing and such an easy way to get a ton of nutrients in one drink!
As you can tell, this blackberry smoothie is the prettiest shade of purple! Sure there are lots of bright green smoothies, but this purple smoothie is extra gorgeous in my eyes.
I kept it simple with this smoothie recipe – just fruit, Greek yogurt, almond milk and a couple drops of stevia or another natural sweetener for added sweetness. You’re going to love how easy it is to whip up!
Added bonus: blackberries have impressive health benefits. They’re high in fiber and a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.
Blackberry Smoothie Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this smoothie:
fresh blackberries – look for bright, deep colored berries that aren’t crushed or moldy. Frozen blackberries also work!
frozen banana – frozen banana gives smoothies the best texture. Tip: peel the banana before you freeze it so you don’t have to try to scrape the peel off while frozen!
plain Greek yogurt – I like using full-fat Greek yogurt but you can use any percentage of fat you like. You can also use a dairy-free yogurt if needed.
ice – this makes the smoothie extra cold and an icy texture.
unsweetened almond milk – I prefer almond milk, but any milk will work here.
liquid stevia – you just need a few drops to sweeten this smoothie. You can also use another liquid sweetener like monkfruit, maple syrup or honey.
Flaxseeds or chia seeds – add healthy fats, protein and fiber with the addition of seeds!
Protein powder – I love adding protein powder for an extra protein boost… especially if I’m enjoying this smoothie on it’s own for a meal or snack. I use Nuzest vanilla protein in this smoothie!
No banana – I know some of you don’t like bananas! This smoothie is still delicious without a banana. I recommend adding in 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or frozen mango if you skip the banana.
Dairy-free – If you are looking for a dairy-free or vegan option, I recommend using a dairy-free yogurt! You should be able to find a variety of options at your local grocery store.
How to Prep in Advance
Did you know that you can prep smoothies in advance? I like to make pre-prepped smoothie packs (kind of like Daily Harvest does) so all you have to do is dump the smoothie ingredients into the blender along with a liquid and you’ve got a delicious meal or snack in seconds. Here’s what I would do:
Measure out blackberries and banana and place into an airtight container along with the ice cubes. I like using Stasher bags for this! Place in the freezer.
When you’re ready for your smoothie, dump the berries, banana and ice cubes into a blender along with the Greek yogurt and almond milk.