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Blackberry and Yogurt Breakfast Smoothie

Blackberry and Yogurt Breakfast Smoothie

Tired of the same old yogurt for breakfast? This blackberry smoothie recipe keeps things interesting (yet healthy!).


  • 2 cups (packed) spinach leaves
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey or light agave syrup (nectar)

Recipe Preparation

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide between glasses; serve immediately.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen,Photos by Ashley Rodriguez

Nutritional Content

1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 290 Fat (g) 1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 5 Carbohydrates (g) 70 Dietary Fiber (g) 11 Total Sugars (g) 39 Protein (g) 9 Sodium (mg) 70Reviews Section

Blueberry & Grape Smoothie

Blueberry & Grape Smoothie is creamy, refreshing, healthy and filling. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack.Using greek yogurt or thick yogurt makes this smoothie protein rich. It is recommended that one has a protein rich breakfast for good health and also so that one feels full for a longer period of time.

Memories – Breakfast Time In Montreal with Blueberry & Grape Smoothie

Woke up a bit late after tossing and turning half the night as it was pretty humid. Suddenly it has become very hot in Montreal. After doing a bit of housework, it was time for breakfast. Didn’t want to have toast, cereal or anything hot. Out came the yogurt and fruit. Instead of having everything on its own I made a nice cool smoothie. Filling, cooling, satisfying, refreshing and delicious. Within seconds had the smoothie ready.


During our stay in Montreal, hubby and I go crazy after all the berries that available in abundance. Blueberries,Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries. We get excited if any of the berries are on offer. We don’t get berries in abundance in Kenya. So we make the best of them during our stay.

Blueberries contain anthocyanin antioxidants, are an excellent source of manganese and Vitamin C. Low in fat, and are said to help fight urinary tract infections. Blueberries also help in improving memory and are good for the skin.

What is a Smoothie?

A smoothie is as the name suggests, a smooth thick drink usually made from fresh fruit/ vegetables with milk, water, yogurt or ice cream. Smoothie is much thicker than a milkshake. One can find flavored milkshakes that may or may not be made with fresh fruits.

Here’s a rough guideline as to what you can use to make a healthy smoothie/smoothie bowl:

Liquids can be milk, soy milk, almond or cashew nut milk, yogurt, water, juices
Fruits and Vegetables – can have either or both, according to your choice.
Good fat – peanut or other nut butters, coconut oil, avocado.
Thickener – yogurt, chia seeds, oats, banana, avocado, mango, roasted flours, cereals, etc.
Protein – milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, protein powder, nut butters
Topping – chopped fruits, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, spices, dried fruits, cereals, crumbled cookies

Some More Smoothie Recipes:

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Fast forward from 15/05/2014 when I first posted this smoothie recipe, 2020 though a trying period for all of us, one advantage is that suddenly the Kenyan Fruit market is flooded with home grown strawberries and blueberries. When Renu who blogs at Cook With Renu suggested the theme Magic With Berries I had to take the advantage of redoing this post before the blueberries disappear.

A Healthy Breakfast Idea: Blackberry Smoothie Overnight Oats

Looking for a delicious, yet healthy breakfast idea? Make these blackberry smoothie overnight oats the night before, you’ll save a ton of time in the morning!

You know how tough it can be to get the kids out the door in the morning? No matter how early we wake up, something always happens – there’s a wardrobe malfunction, someone has to poop just before we leave, or an alarm doesn’t go off, and I just don’t have time to cook a fresh and healthy breakfast each morning. Smoothie overnight oats are the perfect solution!

I want to be sure my kids get a great start to their day, but who has time to throw down in the kitchen with eggs, bacon, toast, and fruit, or make a fresh pot of oatmeal every morning? Not this mom! Get your servings of protein, fresh fruit and whole grains in the morning the easy way with this breakfast idea. Try our blackberry smoothie overnight oats, it’s such a simple recipe and requires only 4 ingredients, make ahead, grab and go!

Blackberry Smoothie Overnight Oats Recipe


1 1⁄4 cup quick cooking oats

Fresh blackberries and almonds

To make blackberry smoothie overnight oats, combine the blackberries, almond milk and yogurt and blend. Pour half the smoothie mixture into a glass or jar. Add the oats. Top with remaining smoothie mixture.

Using a butter knife, poke several holes down through to the bottom of the glass so that the smoothie mixture will be able to penetrate all the way through the oats. Refrigerate 6 hours, or overnight. Top with fresh blackberries and almonds and serve.

Smoothie meets oatmeal. Easy. Healthy. Delicious!

I just love a n easy breakfast recipe. Give these smoothie overnight oats a try, they definitely make some of my mornings a little less hectic. Have you made something similar?

Blackberry Smoothie Recipe

Do you love blackberries as much as I do? There is nothing like a fresh blackberry snack or smoothie when it is berry season. This smoothie is one of my favorite breakfast drinks because it has so much flavor, and is seriously healthy.

As soon as blackberry season hits, you’ll find one of these smoothies in my hand almost every morning!

Variations to a Blackberry Smoothie

The key to any recipe is being able to make it your own. It is important that you can change a recipe to make it fit your tastes. When changing this recipe consider:

  • Adding more fruit. You can always add in more flavors by adding in more fruit. Strawberries are a great addition.
  • Try adding in some greens. It will change the color, which some people are not a fan of, but the strong flavors of the fruit will cover the greens.
  • Use different milk. While this recipe calls for vanilla almond milk, you can certainly use whatever milk you like.

How do you make a smoothie with strawberries and blackberries?

Making a smoothie with strawberries and blackberries is easy. Simply follow the ingredients for this blackberry smoothie and add in ½ cup of strawberries. You can choose to use frozen or fresh strawberries, whichever you have.

In fact, you can do this with almost any berry you prefer to add to the mix. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries all have unique flavor but work well when combined.

How do you make a blackberry smoothie without yogurt?

Many smoothie recipes call for adding yogurt. My blackberry smoothie recipe uses almond milk. It is a simple swap. I am replacing the yogurt with milk. It creates a slightly thinner smoothie, but the ice or frozen fruit will keep the consistency of a traditional smoothie with yogurt.

More Smoothie Recipes

If you can’t tell yet, I love making smoothies for breakfast, or even sometimes as a special snack or dessert. Using fresh fruit, almond milk, and yogurt, I have created some great options for your breakfast below.

If you want to sit down and savor your breakfast slowly, then this tutorial for how to make a smoothie bowl may be a good idea to check out!


  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Vanilla almond milk
  • Stevia or preferred sweetener
  • Chia seeds
  • Ice (optional)

How to make A Berry, Banana & Pomegranate Smoothie

Simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Depending on the type of blender you have and how powerful it is, you may need to stop and stir every once in a while to help it along.

That’s all there is to it. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Three Blackberry Smoothie Recipes

Though I’ve always been a fan of berries in general, blackberries are top on my list for health reasons. Plus I just love the deep rich color of blackberries and I especially love creating blackberry smoothie recipes so I can have a fun and bright colored healthy treat.

There are a multitude of reasons to add blackberries to your diet. Packed with a type of antioxidants called anthocyanins, blackberries help prevent inflammation and protect your immune system by destroying free radicals that lead to cancer. Blackberries have also been shown to benefit the heart, the eyes, skin/hair/nails, bones, cognitive function and the digestive tract.

My favorite way to include blackberries in my diet is by making healthy breakfast smoothies. You can add them to your milk based smoothies, add extra nutrients like oats or protein powder, or throw them in with your regular green smoothie. Blackberries add a depth of flavor and texture. Try one of these blackberry smoothie recipes below.

Blackberry and Oats Breakfast Smoothie

Get your fiber from oats and blackberries in this rich and filling smoothie.

1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey or agave

Soak oats in milk for five minutes. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix on high until well blended.

Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

The flavor of this smoothie is surprisingly unique and sweet. Need some extra protein in your day? Add a scoop to the mix and you’re good to go.

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
1/2 banana
1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger root
1 cup (8 oz) unsweetened coconut mil
2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Ice to taste

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix on high until well blended.

Blackberry Green Smoothie

The traditional green smoothie gets a bit of a vitamin c twist with blackberries and oranges.

1 cup blackberries
1 banana, peeled
1 small orange, peeled
2 cups of your favorite greens (spinach, kale, etc)
8 oz filtered water

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix on high until well blended.

Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie

Place yogurt, fruit, milk, a handful of ice and honey to taste all into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste it for sweetness and add more honey if needed.

Summer is finally in full swing here, after a late start marked by thunderstorms and cool nights. This did a number on my vegetable garden, which is still trying to find itself, but I have to say, I loved the temporary stay from the heat of our summers. That heat has now arrived, which means I&rsquom not leaving my house &rsquotil September.

I&rsquove really been enjoying plain, unflavored yogurt lately and have began buying two large cartons of the stuff every time I go to the grocery store. I made my homemade ranch dressing last week, substituting yogurt for sour cream (only because I&rsquod forgotten to buy the sour cream) and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was. Then I became obsessed with my Yogurt Cream, which I&rsquove basically slathered over everything in my house that will stand still&mdashblueberries, strawberries, grapes, and yes, even Marlboro Man&hellipbut that&rsquos another story for another time. My grandmother reads this site.

Since it&rsquos been so hot, I&rsquove been making smoothies using a plain yogurt and milk base. They&rsquore delicious. Creamy. Healthy. And so much more nutritious than Mountain Dew, which sometimes creeps in and establishes itself as my punks&rsquo default summer drink if I don&rsquot stand at the door and beat it away. I wasn&rsquot sure I&rsquod be able to convince my semi-picky eaters to embrace something with a yogurt base, but here&rsquos the thing: I don&rsquot tell them. When it comes to getting your kids to eat healthy foods, honesty doesn&rsquot always work.

Begin with 1 cup plain, unflavored yogurt (unflavored is best then you can build your own masterpiece) and 1 cup of your choice of fruit&hellipbananas, berries, peaches, pineapple&mdashanything works! I used blueberries. They&rsquore so darn good for you.

Have some milk nearby to get the smoothie to the consistency you wish. If you like your smoothie very thick, you can leave out the milk.

Also have a little honey or fruit juice for sweetness. I like honey because it adds only sweetness without competing with the purity of the fruit you chose. I&rsquom kind of a one-fruit smoothie girl. Actually, I&rsquom not. I just made that up. I also prefer honey to fruit juice because it doesn&rsquot thin the smoothie like juice does.

Also: Ice. Ice makes it yummy and more like a milkshake.

This is a blender. Aren&rsquot you glad you have me here to explain these things.

Tips for Making the BEST Blackberry Smoothie:

  • Use frozen blackberries and pineapple. They will help thicken the smoothie and keep it extra cold.
  • Use whatever type of milk you prefer. Almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk and dairy milk are all great options.
  • To make a vegan blackberry smoothie, swap out the dairy yogurt for vegan yogurt, and omit the honey.
  • Add flax seeds, hemp seeds, or protein powder to increase the nutritional value of this banana-free smoothie.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes:

Blackberry Recipes:

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Healthy Blackberry Smoothie Recipe:

Healthy carbs and protein make a sustaining meal replacement. I cut down the added sugars but fruit is naturally high in sugar. If you are on a strict low carb or low sugar diet smoothies may not be for you.

This smoothie is slightly sweet just from the fruits and vegetables I used. To lower the carbs and sugar somewhat omit the maple syrup.

Flax and steel cut oats are great carbs naturally designed to keep the glucose index down and the fiber up for sugar digestibility and blood sugar control. Blackberries and bananas are actually pretty good at blood sugar control too!

You may choose to add your favorite protein powder and sugar free sweetener. That is fine. Readjust the ingredients to suit your needs and tastes. It&rsquos a flexible recipe.

Fresh carrots, mandarin oranges (any orange variety will be fine) and the old faithful and incredibly good for you banana fill out this meal replacing smoothie. This combination of fruits gives you an array of nutrients.

Healthy Blackberry Smoothie is full of antioxidants, vitamins and protein. This filling high fiber gluten free breakfast is a meal replacer.

I used mandarin oranges because they are fresh in season right now and I have a ton of them (Thank you Costco)! The extra zing of sweet tart flavor of Mandarin oranges is well suited to this smoothie recipe.

Only use FRESH mandarins (or cuites). Not canned. if they are out of season when you want to make this recipe, use any fresh orange in season.

Healthy Blackberry Smoothie begins with an array of healthy greens and fruits

The carrots may seem counterintuitive for a smoothie. Do they blend up well raw? Yes! Do they give the smoothie body and a chunky texture? For sure they do.

You can leave out the carrots if you really want a finer textured morning drink. This smoothie is almost thick enough to chew with a TON of healthy fiber. That makes this a really satisfying breakfast drink. You will know you ingested something wonderful. I love it!

Healthy Blackberry Smoothie

Serve your chilled blackberry smoothie in tall glasses. (Little umbrellas are also a welcome addition!) Batidos are usually served at breakfast, and pair well with other traditional Costa Rican breakfast recipes such as gallo pinto and Costa Rican Pancakes (Arepas).

  1. Are blackberries good for your health? &ndash Yes! Blackberries are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They&rsquore also thought to aid in cancer prevention.
  2. Do blackberries aid in weight loss? &ndash Berries in general are great options for a weight-loss diet. They&rsquore packed with nutrients and contain natural sugars.