Easy blackberry smoothie that is vegan and gluten-free! It is the perfect vegan smoothie for blackberry season (obviously) and is wonderfully refreshing. Did you know that blackberries are a great source of vitamin C?
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How to Make a Blackberry Smoothie
This blackberry smoothie recipe is so simple I almost feel like it’s void of the word recipe. To make this delicious drink, all you need to do is add the four ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.
Tips For A Pro Blackberry Smoothie:
- Use frozen fruit to achieve a thick, creamy smoothie. Plus, a cold smoothie is always best.
- If you have a high-power blender, add chia or flax seeds to increase the nutritional content of this blackberry banana smoothie.
- This blackberry smoothie with banana should be sweet enough from the fruit, but if you prefer a really sweet drink, try adding two to three dates.
Blackberry Nutritional Info
Blackberries are often overlooked in recipes in favor of more popular fruits, such as blueberries or strawberries. But these little fruits are amazingly nutritious and are packed with vitamins C and K, manganese, and aid gut health as they are an excellent source of fiber.
In just this smoothie recipe, you can get almost your entire daily recommended intake of vitamin C! This essential vitamin can help heal wounds, fight the common cold and act as an antioxidant. So excuse me while I run to add blackberries onto my weekly food shop list!
Blackberry Smoothie Topping Ideas
A rule I use a lot is ‘if it’s in the ingredients list, it can go on top of the final result’. So feel free to add freshly sliced banana, additional frozen blackberries, or a few fresh mint leaves for a refreshing finish. Other topping ideas include:
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Other red or black fruit such as raspberries or strawberries
- Flaked almonds
- Drizzle of honey or agave nectar (or another vegan alternative to honey)
(Some of these toppings may sink if your smoothie is very liquidy, so feel free to use slightly less almond milk and serve this vegan blackberry smoothie as a smoothie bowl)
1. Peel and chop your banana into 1 inch/2cm chunks.
2. Freeze for a minimum of 3 hours (preferably 12+ hours) in a freezer bag or container.
For best results and to prevent your bananas from browning do a ‘flash freeze’. This is where you freeze your banana chunks spaced out on a baking sheet covered in parchment for 2 hours, then transfer the pieces to a bag.
If you haven’t had time to freeze your banana, you may use a fresh banana. However, the frozen banana will add a lovely thick texture to your smoothie, so you may find using fresh banana results in a runnier consistency.
Your smoothie may also not be as cold, so feel free to add a couple of ice cubes to the recipe. However, this may result in the smoothie being a little icy tasting rather than creamy, but the overall flavor will be similar.
Yes, of course! The almond milk adds a very slight nutty flavor and a creaminess that you won’t get with water or juice. However, feel free to use another plant-based milk such as flax, oat, or soy milk for a similar consistency. You could also use coconut milk for a hint of sweet coconut in the smoothie.
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I hope you LOVE this blackberry banana smoothie! It’s:
& SO nutritious!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and remember to take a pic and tag it #raepublic on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.
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