Saturday, July 24, 2021

Mixed Berry Smoothie

This Mixed Berry Smoothie is cooling and refreshing. Creamy, thick, and absolutely delicious. Packed with fruity freshness and wonderful flavors. It’s also very nutritious and has no added sugars. Great breakfast option or afternoon energizing drink.

When it comes to fresh fruits, I have two fussy eaters in the house. My husband, nor my kid are fans of eating fresh fruits especially berries. Feeding them healthy over the years transformed me into a very creative person.

I’ve found many ways how to sneak the fresh fruits into the food they actually like eating – like smoothies. It’s the perfect way to get them to have a huge boost from powerful berries in a form they love. And they both love my smoothies.

This Mixed Berry Smoothie is very popular in my house, especially during the summer. It’s thick and creamy, so refreshing and bursting with wonderful fruity flavors. It has an ice-cream-like texture and it’s absolutely amazing because of that.

It’s also super simple to make, and loaded with all the important nutrients that the body needs. Without excess calories. Without added sugars. This berry smoothie is so high on our favorite smoothie list.

Ingredients used

For this berry smoothie recipe, you will need only a few simple pantry ingredients.

  • Berries. I used a mix of frozen raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, and redcurrants. It’s a frozen fruit bag, sometimes called Summer berry mix. You can buy it in any store. You can use ANY type of berries here. See “Recipe tips” for more info.
  • Milk. Almond milk is the best option here. It has this lovely nutty flavor that pairs well with berries. But any milk will work, except coconut milk. It doesn’t pair well with berries.
  • Almond butter. It makes the smoothie more nutritious. Almond butter is loaded with healthy fats that keep our heart healthy, fibers, proteins, and many important minerals and vitamins.
  • Flaxseeds. They are an excellent source of heart-healthy Omega-3 and fiber.  I used ground flaxseeds.
  • Cinnamon. It’s a highly delicious spice with many health benefits. Cinnamon gave this frozen berry smoothie a wonderful flavor.
  • Sweetener (optional).
Berry Smoothie topped with cream served in a glass

How to make Mixed Berry Smoothie

Making this thick frozen berry smoothie is quite easy. It will take you 5 minutes and all you need is a good blender.

  • Start with preparing and measuring all the ingredients. I like to use measuring cups.
  • Take the blender and add all ingredients. Note: add wet ingredients first for easier blending. Also, add in ice cubes, if using.
  • Mix everything at high speed until you get a smooth silky texture.
  • If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more liquid – milk or water. Blend again until everything is well combined.
  • Taste the smoothie and add additional sweetener if the smoothie is not sweet enough to your taste.
  • Transfer the smoothie into a smoothie glass.
  • ADD TOPPINGS: I used whipped coconut cream and cacao nibs. Be creative here and add toppings you like.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Makes 1 serving that serves 1 person as a full meal, or 2 servings as a snack.
Mixed Berry Smoothie topped with cream served in a glass with a straw

Substitutions

  • You can substitute the almond milk with any plant-based milk except coconut milk. Coconut milk won’t work well here. Cow’s milk is fine.
  • You can substitute ground flax seeds with hemp seeds or chia seeds.
  • Substitute almond butter with any nut butter, or seed butter. Tahini is very delicious here, same as cashew butter. Peanut butter won’t work here.

Berry smoothie variations

  • Make it with a banana. If you’re bulking up or making this berry smoothie for kids. You can substitute banana with ½ avocado.
  • Make it keto-friendly. Add ½ avocado or 1 teaspoon of MCD oil.
  • Make it protein-packed: Add a scoop of protein powder. This will transfer smoothie into a great fruity protein-packed, post-workout shake.

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