Summer is the perfect time for smoothies. Not only are they a refreshing treat, but they're also a great way to pack lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. This strawberry banana blackberry smoothie is a summertime must but can be easily made year-round as the ingredients are always available on the grocery frozen produce aisle. Plus, it's loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that are good for you.
We love zipping smoothies for breakfast, as they are the perfect way to pack as many veggies and fruits nutrients as you like in a meal in less than 5 minutes. You can build them to adapt to any season and are as functional as you want them to be.
Berries, pineapples, and cucumbers are often present in our summer recipes; while chocolate, oats, and pumpkin make their way to our blenders when the fall season brings the cozy vibes. There is always a smoothie that you can build to satisfy your needs.
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Make this healthy smoothie without yogurt with a few staple ingredients. We use frozen fruit to make this yummy treat fast and extra creamy, but fresh or frozen is the same. Simply add some ice cubes if using fresh fruit.
- Frozen blackberries
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Frozen strawberries
- Pitted dates
- Frozen banana
- Hemp hearts (optional)
See the recipe card for quantities.
Make this frozen fruit blackberry banana smoothie in one go; you don't even need a chopping board.
Add the frozen banana chunks and berries to the blender, starting with the plant-based milk.
Top with frozen fruit and hemp seeds, or your seeds or protein of choice.
Blend on high speed until you reach the desired consistency. About 40 seconds.
Serve and top with fresh fruit or hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
Hint: if you use a fresh banana, fresh berries, fresh blackberries, or strawberries, instead of frozen berries, add 4-6 ice cubes per portion. You can also add almond yogurt or mix fresh and frozen fruit to make up for the creamy texture.
- Hemp hearts - instead of these creamy protein-packed buddies, you can use chia seeds or flax meal for a smoothie containing healthy fats.
- Bananas - are easily replaced with creamy peaches.
- Blackberries - can be replaced with blueberries.
- Strawberries - go with raspberries for a change.
- Almond milk - use any non-dairy milk, such as oat milk or coconut milk which pairs beautifully with berries. Homemade soy milk is our dairy-free milk of choice to elevate the protein content of our smoothies.
- Pitted dates - we always have a pack of pitted dates in the fridge, but we also use homemade date paste, maple syrup, or agave nectar to add some natural sweetness.
- More protein - add your favorite protein powder to your smoothie. We like complement clean protein-powder (affiliate link) made with organic plant-based ingredients. You can also add a tablespoon of almond butter or nut butter of your choice.
- No banana - use peaches instead for an equally creamy version.
- Green smoothie - add a bunch of leafy greens like baby spinach or kale.
- Extra heart health - add a scoop of gluten-free rolled oats.
These strawberry blackberry banana smoothie leftovers will keep in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to two days, though best when fresh.
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We also love this simple green smoothie made with spinach, pear, and bananas, because it is packed with protein making it the perfect smoothie to drink after exercising.
If you try this strawberry blackberry banana smoothie recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Strawberry Banana Blackberry Smoothie
- Prepare and measure your ingredients, then add them into a blender, and blend on high until smooth.
- Adjust. For a thicker smoothie, frozen banana and blackberries. For a thinner smoothie, add more plant milk or water (it will affect sweetness). Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
- Serve immediately. Smoothie leftovers will keep in a covered mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 day, though best when fresh.
Blackberries are low on the glycemic index, meaning they won't cause wild blood sugar spikes like some other fruits. This is because their fiber content slows down the absorption of their natural sugars. Plus, they've got a pleasant tart taste that makes them perfect for snacking on or adding to vegan yogurt or cereal.
That makes this smoothie perfect for people with diabetes; combine alternate it with our diabetic-friendly juice.
The best time to pick blackberries is from late June through early August. However, some cultivars are available earlier or later in the season. The taste of blackberry can vary depending on the cultivar, but they are generally tart and juicy. They can also be eaten fresh or frozen for later use.
The best time to pick blackberries is when they are ripe and have a dark color. You can tell if blackberry is ripe by tasting it. If it is sweet and juicy, it is ready to be picked! Check the bushes for ripeness before picking, as there can be ripe and unripe berries on the same bush.
Also, try to avoid picking any berries that look moldy or have been eaten by insects.
Once you have collected your berries, store them in a cool, dry place until you are ready to eat them!
To wash freshly picked blackberries, place them in a large colander and rinse them with cold water. Make sure to remove any debris or stems. Gently pat the berries dry with a paper towel.
When freezing blackberries, it's important to note that they will not retain their taste or texture as well as when fresh. That said, if you want to extend your blackberries' shelf life for a later date, freezing them is possible.
To freeze blackberries, rinse them under cool water and then pat them dry. Next, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for about two hours. Once they are frozen solid, you can transfer them to a zip-log bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months.
Mulberries and blackberries are both delicious fruits with their unique flavors. While mulberries tend to be tart and slightly sweet, blackberries are often sweeter with a hint of bitterness.
Both fruits are great in pies, cobblers, and jams, but Mulberry pie is typically made with just the berries and no added sugar, while Blackberry pie generally has a little sugar added.
And finally, if you're looking for antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, both fruits are excellent sources - but blackberries have more vitamin C and B.
🌡️ Food safety
We sometimes take for granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience that the average visitor may not. Add to, or remove from, the list below with health and safety tips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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