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Here’s how to make the perfect raspberry smoothie! It’s got the best sweet tart flavor, frosty texture, and vibrant color.

Raspberry smoothie

Here’s one of the very best smoothie recipes out there…this perfect raspberry smoothie! This beautiful puree has it all: the best sweet tart flavor, creamy frosty texture, and stunning brilliant color. This one was an instant favorite in our house! It’s one of the most refreshing smoothies you’ll find. It doubles as a treat: like our creamy peach smoothie, it’s the perfect ending to a summer meal. Here’s how to make it: with a few variations!

Ingredients in this raspberry smoothie

Sure, you can throw raspberries in a blender with milk and ice. But want the perfect raspberry smoothie? Each one of these components are optimized to perfection. Here’s what you need:

  • Frozen raspberries: For the best icy texture, we recommend using frozen raspberries. If you’ve got fresh berries from the farmers market, consider freezing them (this is also a great way to preserve them). Or, see our variation below with fresh berries.
  • Banana: A banana amps up the sweetness and adds a beautiful creaminess.
  • Greek yogurt: Yogurt adds creaminess and a bit of protein. (For plant-based, see below.)
  • Water and milk: Using part water helps to intensify the pink flavor.
  • Maple syrup or honey: Add a little sweetener for just the right pop.
  • Ice: Ice adds the final frothy texture.
Raspberry smoothie

Variations: vegan or fresh berries

Want a vegan smoothie? We’ve got a few variations on this recipe. This one uses fresh berries and a frozen banana, so you can use all the beauty of fresh berries. Here’s what to do to make a vegan version of this smoothie:

  • Option 1: Substitute ½ banana for the Greek yogurt, or use vegan yogurt.
  • Option 2: Use fresh berries! Blend together 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup oat milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 cup ice.

Add protein to this raspberry smoothie

Want to add even more protein to this raspberry smoothie? Here are a few ideas:

  • Use more Greek yogurt: Yogurt adds quite a bit of protein. Use ½ cup instead of ¼ cup Greek yogurt. Note that the color will be lighter and less vibrant.
  • Add cashew butter or almond butter. A cashew flavor or almond flavor goes well with raspberries. Use about 1 tablespoon, 2 for a stronger flavor. This addition also dulls the flavor a bit.
Raspberry smoothie
The vegan variation with fresh berries

Flavor variations!

This raspberry smoothie tastes amazing as is. But if you’d like it mix it up even more, we’ve got answers! Here are some ideas for ways to make it even tastier:

  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Coconut. Throw in a handful of coconut to the mix (or toasted coconut).
  • Ginger. Add ½ teaspoon grated ginger to the mix for a spicy brightness.
  • Mango or pineapple. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen raspberries for 1 cup frozen mango or pineapple. This will vary the color a bit as well.
Raspberry smoothie

Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this raspberry smoothie can last for 1 day refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. If it starts to separate, simply shake it up before drinking!

This raspberry smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Raspberry smoothie

Perfect Raspberry Smoothie

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


Here’s how to make the perfect raspberry smoothie! It’s got the best sweet tart flavor, frosty texture, and vibrant color. 


  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt*
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • ½ cup ice
  • For the garnish: Frozen raspberry, mint leaf


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


*Vegan Variation with fresh berries: Blend 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup oat milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1 cup ice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Raspberry smoothie

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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    1. In this smoothie recipe, the banana adds a nice creamy texture and sweetness. However, you can remove the banana if desired — we would try using 1 cup frozen strawberries and another 1/4 cup more Greek yogurt. Adjust with more liquid and maple syrup if you need to. Good luck!

  1. Amazing! Pure raspberry flavor, the banana and maple do not overpower it at all. Thanks so much for the vegan version- I had run out of yogurt and the stores weren’t open yet. Fantastic, simple and easy will make again!

  2. Really appreciate & enjoy 90 % of the recipes u have!! I don’t care 4 spinach or kale in my smoothie!! .but thanks 4 all the variations you show!! Congrats & Good Luck 🤞

  3. Love the perfect raspberry smoothie. Tasted great. Thick and creamy. I have used a number of your smoothie recipes and they have all been great

  4. This smoothie tastes very, very close to raspberry sherbet….WOW! Go make this right now! I like that the Greek yogurt and banana don’t overpower the raspberries.

  5. I absolutely love this recipe! It’s my go-to when I’m craving a smoothie. It’s so filling. I actually substitute the maple syrup for vanilla and it still tastes amazing.

  6. Your “Perfect Raspberry Smoothie” is just that. Perfect. I have never been a fan of smoothies but now I am.