Blackberry Smoothie Recipe For a Purple Power Boost

Blackberries might not be as popular as other berries such as strawberries or blueberries, but don’t overlook them when looking for smoothie inspiration. 

Similar to raspberries, but just a little bit tart, use blackberries the same way you would use other berries.  In fact they will go with almost any fruits, especially other berries.   But they can also be mixed with bananas, oranges, pears, mangos and peaches.

Why should you include blackberry smoothies in your repertoire?  Because they are a nutritional goldmine.   Their dark blue color is a sure signal of their high antioxidant content, in fact one of the highest of all the fruits.  They are also high in fiber, Vitamins C, A, E, K, and manganese.  They are also low in calories, so make an ideal snack or smoothie.

Blackberries are a seasonal fruit grown in summer and usually only available fresh from June through August.  Out of season you will need to resort to the frozen variety.  But these work just as well in smoothies.  Using frozen fruit thickens your smoothie and means you can leave out the ice.

When buying fresh blackberries look for fruit that is not bruised or squashed with a bright deep color.   Blackberries are very delicate and bruise easily. Store them covered in your refrigerator for 3 – 6 days.  Wash and pat dry just before using.

Blackberry Banana Smoothie

blackberry banana smoothie


2 cups frozen blackberries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
½ cup apple juice
1 cup Greek-style yogurt

How to Make

Place blackberries, banana, almond milk, apple juice and yogurt into a blender jug.  Blitz on high until blackberries are crushed and all ingredients are smooth and creamy.

Makes 2 glasses.

Blackberry and Raspberry Smoothie

blackberry and raspberry smoothie


1 cup frozen blackberries
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup almond milk
1 teaspoon honey

How to Make

Place blackberries, raspberries, yogurt and almond milk into a blender.  Blend until the frozen fruit is pulverised and your smoothie is creamy.  Taste your smoothie and if more sweetening is needed add the honey.   Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

Serves 1

Blackberry and Blueberry Smoothie

blackberry smoothie with blueberries


½ cup frozen blackberries
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup orange juice
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt

How to Make

Add blackberries, blueberries, orange juice and yogurt to a blender.  Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Pour into 2 glasses.

Blackberry Orange Smoothie

blackberry smoothie with orange and banana


1 cup frozen blackberries
1 orange
1 frozen banana
½ cup orange juice
1 cup yogurt

How to Make

Peel the orange and divide into segments.  Add the orange pieces to your blender along with the blackberries, banana, orange juice and yogurt.  Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Serves 2.

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