This healthy blackberry smoothie is perfectly creamy and yogurt-free! It is the perfect vegan smoothie for blackberry season (obviously). This blackberry banana smoothie is the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
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Are berry smoothies healthy?
The short answer is yes, berry smoothies are healthy. Fresh berries are packed with antioxidants which help keep free radicals under control. Berry smoothies are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Berries are also known to improve heart health. Does it get better than that? Be sure to add this delicious smoothie to your list of healthy breakfasts to rotate through your meal plans.
Blackberries specifically are often overlooked in favor of more popular berries, such as blueberries or strawberries. But these little berries are amazingly nutritious! Blackberries are an excellent source of fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and K. So excuse me while I run to my local grocery store to get some blackberries so I can make this simple smoothie again.
How many calories does a blackberry smoothie have?
This vegan blackberry smoothie has 109 calories per serving. A serving of this blackberry smoothie without yogurt is one and a third cups or 317ml.
Ingredients + Notes
This healthy smoothie recipe uses simple ingredients.
Almond milk – Almond milk or oat milk are usually my go-to plant-based milks for making a good smoothie.
Banana – Using a frozen banana is ideal because it makes it cold without the use of ice cubes.
Blackberries – These juicy berries can be added to this refreshing drink fresh or frozen. I do tend to opt for frozen berries in smoothies though so it maintains a thicker texture.
Mint – This isn’t a green smoothie, however adding leafy greens like mint to the top of your smoothie is a great way to add dimension. In addition, you could add half a cup of spinach or baby kale to get some veggies in.
How to Make a Blackberry Smoothie Without Yogurt
This vegan blackberry smoothie recipe is so simple that I almost feel like it’s void of the word recipe.
1.) Add the plant milk, banana, and blackberries into a blender* and blend until nice and smooth.
2.) Pour into a glass or jar and top with mint.
Tips For A Pro Blackberry Smoothie:
- Use frozen fruit to achieve a thick, creamy smoothie. Plus, a cold smoothie is always best. That being said, fresh blackberries are delicious too!
- If you have a high-power blender, add chia, hemp, or flax seeds to increase the nutritional content of this blackberry banana smoothie.
- This blackberry smoothie with banana should be sweet enough from the fresh fruit, but if you prefer an extra sweet drink, try adding two to three dates.
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 sliced ripe banana, fresh blackberries, or a few fresh mint leaves for a refreshing finish. Other topping ideas include:
- Coconut flakes
- Your favorite berries such as raspberries or strawberries
- Healthy fats such as vegan greek yogurt, almond butter, cashew butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax meal
- Drizzle maple syrup or agave nectar (or another vegan alternative to a little honey)
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 can use a fresh banana. However, the frozen banana will add a lovely thick texture to your smoothie, so you may find that using fresh banana results in a runnier consistency.
Your smoothie may also not be cold enough, so feel free to add a few ice cubes to the recipe.
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 blackberry smoothie without yogurt 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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