Perfect Berry Smoothie

Here’s the perfect berry smoothie: tart, creamy, and full of sweet fruity flavor! It’s easy to blend up and has the best creamy texture.

Berry smoothie

When you go to make a smoothie: does it turn out too icy and thick? Or too frothy and thin? Or bitter and tasteless? Maybe it’s just us. But we are smoothie-challenged, over here! Meet the perfect berry smoothie: the answer to bad, made-on-the-fly blender creations. This one has just the right frosty yet creamy consistency and juicy berry flavor. There’s a little Greek yogurt for some protein to make it a filling breakfast or snack. Finally: we’ve met our perfect berry match.

Ingredients for a berry smoothie

Here’s what you’ll need to make this berry smoothie! We were intentional in our ingredient selection to use healthy ingredients and no overly sugary juices. You’ll also notice banana and yogurt: they’re essential to getting just the right creamy texture for a smoothie. (Trust us, we’ve tried all the variations!) Here’s what you need:

  1. Frozen mixed berries: You can use berries of any kind: we used that mix of blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries that’s easy to find in the frozen section.
  2. Banana: While banana is not a berry (nope!), it’s the perfect fruit for adding creaminess to the body of a smoothie.
  3. Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt gives this recipe a protein boost and helpful probiotics, and adds to that creamy texture. You can also use your favorite vegan yogurt.
  4. Ice: You’ve got to throw in a little ice for the perfect smoothie texture. This makes it fluffier, if that makes any sense.
  5. Milk: Use either standard milk or non-dairy milk: whatever you prefer.
  6. Maple syrup, honey or agave syrup: You definitely need sweetness to make the berry flavor sing.
How to make a berry smoothie

How to make it plant based / vegan!

You can make this berry smoothie plant-based or vegan by doing two swaps:

  • Use vegan yogurt or another 1/2 banana. This helps to keep right the right smoothie texture.
  • Substitute non-dairy milk for the milk (1 for 1). Try oat milk, almond milk, or light coconut milk. (Regular coconut milk can be rather thick and have a strong flavor. If that’s all you have, dilute it with a little water.)

Can you store this berry smoothie?

Actually, you can! Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this berry smoothie actually lasts 1 to 2 days refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. If it separates (which is perfectly normal), just shake it up and you’re good to go.

Why would you store it? It’s actually perfect for breakfast on the good. Mix up a smoothie the night before, and you can enjoy it for breakfast the next day.

Frozen berries

Add-ins & variations

This healthy berry smoothie is pretty perfect as is: but you can always mix it up with tasty additions! Here are a few options:

  • Almond butter. Use 1 tablespoon or 2 for a stronger almond flavor (it will also dull the color a bit).
  • Vanilla. Use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to heighten the flavors.
  • Cinnamon: Add 1/8 teaspoon to give a hint of spice.
  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Pineapple or mango. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen berries for 1 cup frozen pineapple or mango.
Berry smoothie

This berry smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, see the recipe for variations.

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Berry smoothie

Perfect Berry Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s the perfect berry smoothie: tart, creamy, and full of sweet fruity flavor! It’s easy to blend up and has the best creamy texture.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1 1/4 cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • Optional add-ins: 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, fresh mint leaves or basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. If desired, garnish with a frozen strawberry and mint sprig. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Notes

*For vegan, use vegan yogurt or another 1/2 banana.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Berry smoothie

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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