For a nourishing yet delicious cold treat, this blackberry strawberry banana smoothie is the answer! Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or a quick afternoon snack, this vibrant smoothie is quick to make and full of nutrients to fuel your day!
Why you'll love this Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This easy smoothie is ready in just a few minutes and can be enjoyed as a quick breakfast or snack! Here are more reasons to love this smoothie:
- Only 5 simple ingredients
- No added sugar—This recipe is naturally sweet thanks to the ripe banana and sweet berries.
- Full of fiber—This recipe has 9 grams of fiber.
- Antioxidant boost—Blackberries and strawberries are loaded with antioxidants.
- Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and low calorie
Benefits of Berries
This smoothie is loaded with berries, making it a healthy and delicious choice. Here are several reasons to eat more berries.
1. High in Antioxidants: Berries are packed with antioxidants, which help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that can cause oxidative stress, which is linked to many chronic diseases. Studies have shown that people who eat more berries have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer and colon cancer.
2. Low in Calories: Berries are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a great snack for weight loss.
3. May Help Lower Blood Pressure: Berries are rich in potassium, which helps balance out the negative effects of sodium on blood pressure. Eating more berries may help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of hypertension.
4. High in Fiber: Berries are a great source of dietary fiber, which helps keep you regular and can help lower cholesterol levels.
5. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Berries are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate, and potassium.
With a few simple whole food plant-based ingredients, you can have a healthy drink that's perfect for breakfast, snack, or even dessert! Check out the printable recipe card below for exact measurements.
Strawberries: Fresh or frozen both work! For a thicker smoothie, use frozen.
Blackberries: Either fresh or frozen are great options!
Non-dairy milk: I used oat milk but any will work. For extra protein, soy milk or pea milk are great choices. For lower calorie, almond milk is a good option. If you're using frozen fruit, you may need to increase the amount of liquids you use.
Ground flaxseeds: These little seeds help to thicken, add protein, and a boost of omega 3s. You can also use hemp hearts or chia seeds.
Ripe banana: One that's a little spotty will be best for sweetness but I've also made it with bright yellow bananas. For more creaminess, slice up the banana and store it in the freezer overnight. Blended frozen bananas add so much creamy texture without needing to add ice!
Non-dairy yogurt: This is optional but does add even more creaminess to this smoothie recipe. For extra protein, use a non-dairy greek yogurt or even some almond butter or peanut butter.
How to make this blackberry strawberry banana smoothie recipe
For a truly creamy smoothie, use a frozen banana. Slice a ripe banana and add it to a food safe bag or container and freeze it for at least a couple hours.
In a high-speed blender add the milk, followed by the berries, frozen banana slices, and ground flax. If you chose not to freeze your banana and you aren't using frozen berries, add a handful of ice to help thicken the smoothie.
Blend well until smooth. Pour into a large glass or mason jar and enjoy this refreshing blackberry strawberry banana smoothie!
- Use frozen berries if you want it to be extra thick and creamy. If you only have fresh berries, add a handful of ice to the blender last, right before blending, for a thicker consistency.
- If using fresh fruit, reduce the liquid, otherwise the smoothie won't be as thick. You can also add some non-dairy yogurt in place of half the milk to help thicken.
- Want more protein? Add a scoop of protein powder, or a tablespoon of hemp seeds or nut butters (or both!) before blending. Hemp seeds are great because they don't affect the flavor and you get extra fiber and omega-3s.
This fruit smoothie is really versatile. Here are some ideas to mix it up!
- Leafy greens - For a green smoothie, add a handful of spinach or kale leaves before blending. The berries hide the flavor so you can enjoy the benefit of leafy greens without eating a salad.
- Make it mixed berry - You can't go wrong with any berry. If you're out of fresh blackberries or fresh strawberries you can easily swap them with blueberries and raspberries.
- Up your Omega 3's - Add 1-2 tablespoons of hemp, chia or flaxseeds.
- More sweetness - If your berries weren't ripe enough or you just prefer a sweeter smoothie, add dates, maple syrup, or agave syrup to help sweeten.
- Sneak in veggies - Add ¼ cup of frozen cauliflower to sneak some extra fiber and nutrients into your smoothie! Frozen cauliflower goes undetected in fruity smoothies like this one!
- Smoothie bowl - Essentially an extra thick smoothie that you can eat with a spoon, this fun variation of this strawberry banana blackberry smoothie just requires adding extra ice to thicken. Make sure you have a good blender that can handle extra ice.
How to store
Smoothies are best enjoyed fresh as soon as they're made. This is because the frozen fruit or ice will start to melt and change the texture of the smoothie. Additionally, over time some vitamins lose their potency when exposed to light and air so for maximum health benefits, try to enjoy the smoothie within 24 hours.
If you must store it, cover if with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to drink. Alternatively, you can pour into an ice cube tray and freeze to create smoothie ice cubes. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag and store frozen, then add them to future smoothies or reblend with some liquid.
Yes, strawberry banana smoothies are a great healthy snack. Fresh fruit is full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Any berry is a great choice for smoothies. For a sweet smoothie, go with strawberries. For something more tart, go with blackberries or raspberries. For variety, try a mixed berry smoothie with several different types of berries.
If your smoothie comes out too thin and watery, adding some dairy-free yogurt can help to thicken. Coconut yogurt or soy yogurt are both great options. For the creamiest smoothies, frozen fruit works best whether that's using a frozen banana or adding frozen berries to the mix. As a last resort you can add ice cubes. Just keep in mind that as they melt, the smoothie will return to a more watery consistency.
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Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
- ½ cup non-dairy yogurt, optional
If using frozen fruit:
- Slice a ripe banana and store it in a freezer-safe container in the freeze for at least a couple hours.1 banana
- In a high-speed blender add the milk, followed by the yogurt (if using), frozen berries, frozen banana slices, and ground flax.1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup blackberries, ½ cup non-dairy yogurt, 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
- Blend until completely smoothie. If it's too thick, add a little milk and blend again. Divide into glasses and enjoy!
If using fresh fruit:
- If you chose not to freeze your banana and you aren't using frozen berries, add all ingredients into your blender pitcher first, then add a handful of ice on top to help thicken the smoothie.1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup blackberries, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, ½ cup non-dairy yogurt
- Blend until completely smoothie.