Best Blueberry Smoothie

The BEST blueberry smoothie? Yes, we promise it’s this one. This smooth purple puree is full of healthy ingredients and tastes like heaven.

Best blueberry smoothie

Yes, we’re ready to stand behind it. This here is really the best blueberry smoothie recipe! Seriously good smoothies are deceptively difficult to whip up: but this one hits all the right notes. It’s got the perfect creamy texture, tastes like pure blueberry, has no added sugar, and is full of real, whole food ingredients. (No fruit juice here.) And the best part? It’s got a hint of cinnamon, too. Ready to get started?

Best blueberry smoothie

What makes this the best blueberry smoothie?

This “best” smoothie recipe came from a smoothie challenge. You see, I tried to make a tasty blueberry smoothie recipe by throwing a few things into a blender. It needed a lot of milk to come together, and the flavor tasted kind of “meh”. So Alex challenged me: he said he could make a better blueberry smoothie, with healthier ingredients. He went to work, and came up with a perfect blend of ingredients.

Here’s what makes this the best blueberry smoothie:

  • Healthy ingredients. The ingredients had to be healthy, whole food ingredients that were heavy on the nutrients but big on flavor. No fruit juice, no added sugar!
  • Sweet tart texture and thick texture. The flavor is perfect: pure blueberry, just sweet enough, with a frosty, creamy texture. Truly the best.

How to make a blueberry smoothie

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to blend together make this blueberry smoothie:

  • Frozen blueberries*
  • Carrot
  • Banana
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cinnamon

Simply blend in a blender and enjoy! A few tips on easy blending are below…

*Tip: If you have lots of fresh blueberries, see How to Freeze Blueberries.

Blueberry banana smoothie

How to properly blend smoothies: some tips!

It might sound deceptively simple to blend smoothies. Don’t you just throw it all in the blender and press go? There are actually some nuances to this process. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Use a high speed blender if you have it. This best blueberry banana smoothie is easiest to make with a high speed or powerful blender.
  • If you’re working with a blender that’s not top shape: Dice the carrot very small. Also, place the liquid items in the smoothie toward the bottom of the blender. If you put the frozen items towards the bottom, they can easily freeze solid and make it hard for the blender blades to turn.
  • Add slightly more liquid if necessary. Liquid helps to blend a smoothie, so we’ve added a range for the liquid here (water). Scrape down the bowl of the blender and add a little bit of water at a time until you get the desired texture.
How to make a blueberry smoothie

Blueberry smoothie variations

Alex and I like this blueberry smoothie as written: but of course you’re welcome to add your unique spin on it! Here are a few variations:

  • Can you use fresh blueberries in this smoothie? Frozen blueberries make up most of the icy texture here; you could use fresh blueberries, but we’d do that with a frozen banana.
  • Can you make it vegan? Sure can! We like the thickness that Greek yogurt brings, so the best substitute would be vegan yogurt. Or you could use just enough almond milk to bring it together.
  • Do you need the carrot? Not necessarily, but we liked the added nutrients and sweetness.
  • Can you make it a chocolate smoothie? Of course. Here’s our Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie.
Best blueberry smoothie

This blueberry smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use vegan yogurt or almond milk.

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Best blueberry smoothie

Best Blueberry Smoothie

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


The BEST blueberry smoothie? Yes, we promise it’s this one. This smooth purple puree is full of healthy ingredients and tastes like heaven.


  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large ripe banana, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Dice the carrot. Place the Greek yogurt and water in the bottom of the blender, followed by the carrot, banana, frozen blueberries, and cinnamon.
  2. Blend on high until a smooth purple puree forms, scraping and adding a bit of additional water as needed. Serve immediately.


*For vegan, use vegan yogurt. Or omit the yogurt and water and substitute with enough almond milk to bring it all together.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blueberry smoothie, Blueberry banana smoothie, How to make a blueberry smoothie

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Last updated: March 2020

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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.


  • Reply
    January 9, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    So, so good!! Added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and ironically tasted the apple but not the vinegar! Definitely is a keeper!! Have you made a big batch of it to have over a couple of days? Would like to be able to do that.

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      January 9, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Hi! We haven’t tried storing it, let us know if you do!

  • Reply
    Josh Woodruff
    March 24, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    The recipe at the top states 1 cup of yogurt but the bottom one states 1/2 cup? Which one is correct?

    • Reply
      Sonja Overhiser
      March 24, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      It should be 1/2 cup. Updated: sorry for the confusion!

  • Reply
    February 13, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Tried this and it came out very liquidy. Was very good but not the consistency of a smoothie. What can be added or changed to make it thicker?

    • Reply
      Sonja Overhiser
      February 18, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Hi there! This should come out pretty thick — did you use the 2 tablespoons water, or 1/4 cup? I’d make sure to start with the 2 tablespoons water if it’s coming out thinner. Also Greek yogurt should provide a very thick consistency. Did you use Greek yogurt (not plain yogurt)?

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