This easy and creamy blackberry smoothie, bursting with bright berry flavor, is a refreshing treat for busy mornings. It combines the tart taste of blackberries with the sweetness of banana and maple syrup; all blended up with Greek yogurt for added protein. Ready in just 5 minutes, this smoothie is an ideal breakfast choice, offering a delightful balance of flavor and nutrition to kickstart your day.

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If the appearance of food influences your desire to eat it, this blackberry smoothie with its striking purple-pink color will be on your list. It’s the same reason I can never pass up a dragonfruit smoothie. The vibrancy draws you in, but the flavor will keep you hooked.

Smoothies (and smoothie bowls) can go one of two ways: super simple like this 3-ingredient mango pineapple smoothie or the kind where you dump all the contents of the fridge and pantry into the blender like this gut healing smoothie.

I often find it hard to keep things simple, wanting to get every nutritious element (this how to make a smoothie guide highlights all the options) I can into the glass, but with this recipe, I decided to let the berries shine and keep it to a minimum with other ingredients.

The result is a healthy blackberry smoothie with just a handful of simple ingredients that’s great for starting any busy day or an easy way to refuel after a workout. It also makes the perfect afternoon snack, especially in the summer when blackberries are abundant. 

Frozen blackberries with sliced banana, honey, milk, yogurt, hemp seeds, flax and chia in bowls.

Blackberry smoothie ingredients

Blackberries — I love to use fresh blackberries in season, but frozen blackberries work just as well outside of summertime.

Banana — Frozen banana is the secret ingredient in many smoothie recipes. It creates the perfect creamy texture and helps add to the smoothie’s thickness without adding ice.

Greek yogurt — The thickness and high protein content of Greek yogurt makes this smoothie super decadent with a crave-worthy creamy consistency. Greek yogurt is a great way to increase the protein content of any smoothie without needing to use protein powder. 

Unsweetened almond milk — Any milk (even regular dairy milk) will work. I prefer almond milk, and I like to use the plain, unsweetened version and add sweetness or flavor if desired. Oat milk, coconut milk or soy milk are excellent alternatives.

Maple syrup — Just a tablespoon is needed to add some sweetness to the smoothie. If your berries are super sweet, this may not even be required. Adjust to your taste preferences. Honey can also be used in place of maple syrup.

Hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax — I call these three ingredients the smoothie trifecta. Together, they add a nutritious boost of omega-3 fats and protein. Keeping these on hand is a great way to boost the nutrition of any smoothie, yogurt bowl or oatmeal recipe.

Different variations

There are a variety of ways to make this blackberry smoothie your own. A few popular options include:

  • Omit the banana — I know many people don’t like bananas. I get this comment all the time on this popular pear smoothie recipe. The blackberry smoothie will be slightly more tart without banana, but it still tastes delicious. You may want additional maple syrup without the banana.
  • Add some baby greens — Adding a handful of baby greens like spinach, kale or arugula will alter the color, but you won’t even be able to taste them. This is an easy way to get another serving of veggies in your day!
  • Use protein powder — Including protein powder in the smoothie is a simple way to boost the protein content. Combined with the Greek yogurt, you can easily get a whole serving of protein in this drink. I use two high-quality protein powders consistently: Nuzest and Paleo Valley. Both those links will get you 15% off your order.
  • Make it dairy-free — Switch out the Greek yogurt for your favorite plant-based vegan yogurt to easily make the blackberry smoothie vegan.
  • Nut butter — Adding nut butter to the smoothie adds extra creaminess to the smoothie’s texture, along with healthy fats and calories, to help you stay full longer. Almond butter, cashew butter, macadamia nut butter or even pumpkin seed butter are great choices. I would avoid using peanut butter as the flavor overwhelms the delicate taste of the blackberries.
A blackberry smoothie in a glass with a metal straw.

How to make the smoothie

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you’re using Greek yogurt, the smoothie will have a thicker texture than with a plant-based yogurt. Thin out with more milk as needed.

Using a high-powered blender like a Vitamix makes quick work of frozen fruit, and you’ll have a creamy smoothie in seconds. A high-quality blender like this is also the simplest way to pulverize the tiny seeds in blackberries. 

Pour the smoothie into a glass to drink with a straw, or turn it into a smoothie bowl and garnish with your favorite toppings.

How to prep ahead of time

Smoothies are best enjoyed when they’re made, but there are a few ways to prep ahead of time if needed:

  • Make the smoothie, then store it in the refrigerator if you plan to drink it within two hours.
  • Measure out the blackberries, bananas, chia, hemp and flax and store them in a freezer-safe bag. Stasher bags are great for this. When ready to make the smoothie, add the ingredients to a blender and blend with the milk, Greek yogurt and maple syrup.
  • Smoothies can also be poured into large ice cube trays or Souper cubes and frozen. Put them in a glass a couple of hours before you want to drink it, and let them thaw. When half melted, they can be added to a blender to speed up the process. This method is great for storing any leftover blackberry smoothie you may have.
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Why you’ll love this smoothie

  • Quick and easy —Start to finish, this blackberry smoothie recipe takes just five minutes.
  • Healthy and nutritious — Blackberries are high in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. With the protein of Greek yogurt and the omega-3s of chia, flaxseeds and hemp, this smoothie is an easy way to amp up your daily nutrition.
  • Kid-friendly — Smoothie recipes like this one are super simple ways to encourage kids to eat healthy in a way they’ll be more inclined to eat a plate of vegetables.
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5 from 51 votes

Easy Blackberry Smoothie

Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A smoothie with blackberries and bananas in a glass.
This creamy blackberry smoothie is bursting with bright berry flavor, is a refreshing treat perfect for busy mornings. It combines the sweetness of banana and maple syrup with the tartness of blackberries, all blended up with Greek yogurt for added protein.

Equipment

  • Vitamix high-speed blender

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 22gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 736mgFiber: 16gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 434IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 442mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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22 Comments

  1. LOVE that Tina’s intervals got you out of your slump! Sometimes the allure of a new workout is all it takes to get re-motivated again! I’m taking some of her intervals on the road with me next week for my second week on the job – going to Cali for the week and need something to keep me from dying of boredom on the treadmill! :)

  2. I wish I had 6 million pounds of blackberries….I saw some at the store yesterday but they were overpriced so I didn’t buy them. I love them though!

    Glad you’re feeling on track with things and outta the slump.

  3. I am all about blackberries right now. I haven’t used them in a smoothie in a long time…if at all come to think of it. Sounds so good, though! So why haven’t I?

    And thanks for the love! Glad you liked it. Sounds like a killer workout. :)

  4. That smoothie looks so refreshing! I bet coconut milk tastes awesome with the blackberries. I love the feeling after a good workout!

  5. I bet you felt great though once you got going, I find taking a couple days off actually sets me up to have a great workout… usually.
    And the smoothie sounds awesome, coconut milk makes them so decadent.

  6. yum yum yum I’m on a smoothie kick right now & bought a huge back of frozen blackberries last night after seeing your instagram photo!

  7. I love those type of interval workouts. I did one Thursday! They are a great total body workout and cardio combined!

  8. I haven’t work out since my half a week ago – I’m getting antsy. I’m actually going to go to hot yoga today and get into a new strength routine next week. I can’t wait!!!

    1. I love hot yoga. It is the perfect workout when you are trying to recovery but just can’t quite sit still any longer. And, I just started a new strength workout. It is fun and so different than cardio or anything else I have done.

  9. Way to get back into the groove. Restarting is always hard for me, but after a good sweat, I’m *usually* ready for more.

    Blackberries = Best Berries (IMO)