Blueberry Smoothie

Learn how to make the BEST blueberry smoothie with this simple recipe! Easy, fresh & healthy, it's a yummy, antioxidant-loaded breakfast or snack.

Blueberry smoothie

Today I’d (and this is Jack again, by the way) like to bring you another one of my favorite recipes for a hot summer day – a great, fruity smoothie. You see, Jeanine likes smoothies, but I really, really love berry smoothies. And I don’t need them for a workout, or to wake up, or any regimen – we’ll be walking down the street randomly, and I’ll just decide that it’s smoothie time. I have no smoothie shame.

Blueberry smoothie with blueberries on the side

Blueberry Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

This yummy blend starts with two of my smoothie favorites: blueberries and raspberries. The blueberries make up the majority of the smoothie’s sweet base, while the raspberries add just a little tang. I use frozen berries here to create an extra-refreshing cold drink.

Then, I add in a squeeze of lemon for extra brightness, almond milk to get the blender going, and almonds, cashews, or banana for creamy texture. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, I recommend the banana, but I really love how creamy the nuts make this drink, and they also add healthy fats & protein, which is great if you’re making this smoothie a meal.

I like to finish mine with some honey for sweetness, as well as a boost of AIYA’s Rooibos Tea. Similar to matcha, it’s powdered tea, so it doesn’t need to be steeped. This means that it is perfect for sprinkling into things like smoothies. The mild red tea adds a delicious depth to the flavor of the berries that you normally don’t get in a smoothie. Plus, because it’s made from the whole tea leaf, it has (around) 10x the health benefits and antioxidants of regular steeped tea.

Both the honey and the tea are totally optional, but they really perfect the flavor of this bright & healthy smoothie recipe.

Blueberry smoothie recipe ingredients

Blueberry Smoothie Variations

If you’re new to making smoothies, you’ll learn pretty quickly that they’re some of the most flexible recipes out there, so feel free to customize this one to your heart’s content with your favorite fruits, protein powder, or superfood boosts! Here are just a few ideas to change it up:

  • Use a tablespoon of nut butter in place of the almonds or cashews.
  • Use a different berry blend. A combination of berries & cherries would be delicious, and strawberries would definitely be at home here.
  • Add a handful of spinach. You won’t taste it, so why not get some extra green power in your morning drink?
  • Use coconut milk instead of almond milk for an extra-rich drink.
  • Add some basil! I love berries and basil – see here, here, and here – so I think its flavor would be perfect in this healthy blueberry smoothie.

For more smoothie ideas, try this berry superfood smoothie bowl, this strawberry banana smoothie, this avocado smoothie, or this kale smoothie!


Blueberry Smoothie

 
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Raspberries and lemon give this blueberry smoothie the perfect amount of tang. A yummy, healthy breakfast or snack!
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Recipe type: Beverage, breakfast
Serves: 2 to 3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup blanched & peeled almonds, raw cashews or ½ frozen banana
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon AIYA Rooibos Zen Cafe Blend, optional
  • ½ tablespoon honey or maple syrup, optional
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Add more almond milk to thin the consistency, if necessary.
Notes
Yogurt version: instead of almond or cashews, use one 7 oz. container of greek yogurt and ½ cup less almond milk.

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  1. Ileana from alittlesaffron.com
    05.27.2014

    Rooberry! What a great word mashup. I love the idea of adding tea to a smoothie this way.

  2. I have no smoothie shame either. Any time, any place. This one is AWESOME, Jack. Love all of the ingredients.

  3. Anna from vintageveggie.blogspot.com
    05.27.2014

    YUM. This is my kind of smoothie.

  4. dana from minimalistbaker.com
    05.27.2014

    Love it! Brilliant recipe, Jack! So happy to see you popping into this space AND sharing about your affection for smoothies. I agree, anytime is smoothie time.

  5. This sounds and looks amazing! I only started experimenting with matcha this year, but I didn’t know that powdered tea exists in other forms and I’m loving the whole not having to steep thing. I’m going to have to check to see if this brand is available in Canada!

  6. I’m with you…never a bad time for a cool, sweet and sour thick smoothie!
    This one looks delectable and I love the addition of a few nuts, always a great thickener.
    Beautiful pics as always 😉

  7. With summer heat around the corner, I’m with you! Smoothies anytime, anywhere. Nuts and nut butters pair perfectly with berries, too.

  8. Kristin from blog.kristinfleming.com
    05.27.2014

    Mmmm…this looks so good. What a great summer snack.

  9. Lauren from gourmetveggiemama.com
    05.27.2014

    Love this! It’s so rare to find a smoothie recipe without bananas (which I detest), so kudos. This sounds delicious.

  10. No smoothie shame here too! When you crave a smoothie, you make a smoothie and I’m craving one now! So for obvious reasons, this smoothie is what I am making now! 😀 *-*

  11. Rooibos is my all-time favorite tea, but I never knew you could get it in powder form! Ordering some right this second!

  12. Yummy Yummy Yummy!!! Want one now!! <3

  13. Oh you won my heart! Rooibos tea is one of my summer favorite and I love it paired with fruits. I know this sounds so weird, but I used to add a touch of strawberry milk to my rooibos tea when I needed a non-caffinated pick me up in grad school.

  14. Brittany from eatingbirdfood.com
    05.28.2014

    This smoothie looks amazing. I haven’t ever tried Roobios tea but I’m intrigued now. Pinning and sharing this. 🙂

  15. OMG this is just soo beautiful. I bet it tastes amazing, too. I just love the name 😉

  16. I wonder how this would be with sunflower seeds instead of nuts??????
    What do you think?

    • jeanine
      05.31.2014

      you probably could (I might soak them overnight first so they’re soft enough).

  17. Riitta from masutoaitemu.wordpress.com
    05.29.2014

    No smoothie shame here either! Nor in the fact that I´ll steal your idea of flavouring smoothies with tea. 😉

  18. Julie from savvyeat.com
    05.29.2014

    I hadn’t heard of ground rooibos, but I love baking and cooking with tea, so I will have to check it out!

  19. Nice to see the man taking control in the kitchen. 🙂 Digging the rooibos, I used to design a health food magazine and it seems like it’s been hidden under the rug for way too long!

  20. Pang from circahappy.com
    05.29.2014

    What the heck is ROOBERRY? Never mind, I now know 🙂
    I love love love the photos & recipe, Jack.

  21. Veronica from confessions-of-a-nomad.com
    05.29.2014

    Thanks for this smoothie inspiration. I’ve been trying to eat super healthy, and this looks like the perfect breakfast/snack. You take such gorgeous food photos I can’t get enough of it! x

  22. Elyse from lwlelyse.blogspot.ca
    05.30.2014

    Just discovered this blog- very pleased I did! Such a great name for a smoothie.

  23. I will try soaking them first!! Thank you!

  24. Maureen
    06.02.2014

    So glad to see you using rooibos/rooibosch tea. A u probably know, it is indigenous to sout africa (my homeland) and I grew up on it – and still spend lots of time on a farm where family grow rooibos. There’s so much I can tell you about it. Too much for a short space like that – and many, many recipes in which it is used. Thanx for lovely blog. Maureen.

  25. Linh
    06.14.2014

    Do you make your almond milk or is there a particular brand you like? I am assuming you are referencing the unsweetened type. LOVE your blog btw!!

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