Rooberry Smoothie

rooberry smoothie /

Today I’d (and this is Jack again, by the way) like to bring you another one of my favorites – 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.

rooberry smoothie / rooberry smoothie /

This smoothie brings in my two favorite smoothie berries – blueberries and raspberries – and adds another favorite to the mix. Tea. We’ve been experimenting with AIYA’s Rooibos Tea blend. Similar to the way matcha is made, 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.

Jeanine wanted me to make sure I mentioned the health benefits (since this is a healthy blog after all). Since this tea (like matcha) is made from the whole tea leaf, it has (around) 10x the health benefits and antioxidants of regular steeped tea.

rooberry smoothie
Serves: 2 large or 3 small smoothies
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup blanched & peeled almonds, or raw cashews
  • 1.5 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon AIYA Rooibos Zen Cafe Blend
  • squeeze of lemon
  • optional: ½ tablespoon honey (or agave syrup if vegan)
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Add more almond milk to thin the consistency, if necessary.
Yogurt version: instead of almond or cashews, use one 7 oz. container of greek yogurt and ½ cup less almond milk.

This recipe was developed for AIYA America, all opinions are our own.


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  1. Ileana from

    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

    YUM. This is my kind of smoothie.

  4. dana from

    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

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

  9. Lauren from

    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. Anna-Rosa from

    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

    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

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

  17. Riitta from

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

  18. Julie from

    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

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

  21. Veronica from

    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

    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

    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

    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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