A blackberry smoothie is a delicious way to start the day and just look at the colour of it! A vibrant smoothie that is easy to adapt and packed full of flavour. Bright and refreshing and some added protein too.
It's smoothie season and this blackberry smoothie recipe is one of our go-tos. The kids LOVE it, because of the colour and the addition of Greek yogurt makes it filling too. Make it with fresh or frozen blackberries, it has the most beautiful purple colour.
If you are looking for more blackberry recipes, why not try our Apple and Blackberry Crumble? Total comfort food.
Why you will love it
- Quick and easy - This takes just a couple of minutes to throw together and then let your blender do all the hard work.
- Adaptable - Use this blackberry smoothie recipe as a base and then adapt it with our suggestions below. You could also add spinach for a green veggie boost.
- A delicious way to use blackberries - If you love blackberries or maybe you have managed to forage a lot, then this is a good way to use it up so nothing goes to waste.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Blackberries - The star of the smoothie and what gives it that incredible colour. You can use frozen or fresh. When picking fresh blackberries, look for bright deep coloured berries.
- Banana - An easy way to thicken a smoothie and add some sweetness too. If you really don't like banana, you could add some frozen mango instead.
- Yogurt - This helps to thicken the smoothie and make it extra creamy too and also gives it a protein boost.
- Milk - This is the majority of the liquid for the smoothie. You could use any milk, or even swap it for water if you prefer. Coconut water adds a lovely flavour.
- Honey - This is optional, but if your banana is not very ripe, then you might want to add some extra sweetness as blackberries are quite tart. You could swap it for maple syrup or another liquid sweetener or blend in some dates for more natural sweetness.
- Chia seeds - Another way to add a little protein boost. You could add flax seeds too.
- Ice - This adds some liquid and also makes it extra refreshing.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make a blackberry smoothie - Step by step
One: Put all of the ingredients into a blender jug.
Two: Blend until smooth.
Health benefits of blackberries
Blackberries are a good source of vitamin C, with one cup of raw blackberries has containing 30 milligrams, which is half your recommended daily amount. Vitamin C is integral to collagen formation in bones, connective tissue, and blood vessels and can help wounds to heal. They are also high in fibre and a good source of Vitamin K too.
We should all be trying to include more purples foods like blackberries, aubergines and red cabbage into our diet because they are high in anthocyanins, which are natural plant pigments that provide foods with their unique colour. Studies have shown that anthocyanins may benefit brain health, help to lower inflammation, and fight cancer and heart disease.
What we love about smoothies is how easy to adapt they are. Firstly, you can use frozen banana and frozen blackberries instead of fresh, which will make this blackberry smoothie super refreshing - perfect for hot summer mornings. If you do use frozen fruit, you can leave out the ice cubes.
You can add a whole mixture of berries to this smoothie, like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, but you won't have the same vibrant colour.
We added some Greek yogurt for a protein boost and to thicken it a little, but you could use some protein powder if you wanted to make it more filling.
You can also make blackberry smoothie bowls with this recipe by making it a bit thicker with more yogurt and less milk and pouring it into a bowl and adding toppings like granola, seeds, nuts, and fresh fruits.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any leftovers, then you can keep it in mason jars or a glass container with an airtight lid in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Try to fill the container to the top to avoid extra air which will cause the smoothie to oxidise. We wouldn't recommend freezing this.
For a vegan version of this, use a plant based milk and yogurt and swap the honey for maple syrup.
We LOVE our Ninja 3-in-1 blender. It is fast, powerful and has a whole host of features.
Yes, you can by following our instructions for Make Ahead Smoothie Packs.
More smoothie recipes
- 200 g (2 cups) Blackberries
- 1 Banana
- 100 g (0.5 cups) Yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 300 ml (1.25 cups) Milk
- 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender jug.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar to bring out all the sweetness of the fruit.
- For some added healthy fats, you can either add some avocado, or nut butter. It adds some creaminess too.
- If you looking for some extra flavour, why not add a little grated ginger to this smoothie?
- If storing leftovers of the smoothie, give it a good shake or a little blend again before serving.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.