Blackberry Smoothie Recipes

Looking for some mouth-watering good blackberry smoothie recipes? You’ve come to the right place...

Blackberries are one of my favorite summertime fruits.

I enjoy mashing fresh blackberries into peanut butter toast, to make my own jam (no sugar needed).

I like tossing them on top of my cereal, when I get tired of bananas.

But most of all, I love adding blackberries to my smoothies.

Sure, I toss in frozen mixed berries all year round. But nothing beats the pure, natural, delicious taste of fresh blackberries in the summer.

The intense yet sweet flavor makes a great addition to these blackberry smoothie recipes.

Below is one of my favorite blackberry smoothie recipes, with more to follow...

Simple Banana Blackberry Smoothie
for Chocolate Lovers

If you love chocolate but don't love all the extra pounds, you'll love this simple banana blackberry smoothie recipe.

Do you ever get the sudden urges for something sweet? You know where you just want to run to the kitchen and grab the first carton of ice cream you can get your hands on?

We all go through moments like that.

But that doesn’t mean you have to scarf down that full pint of ice cream, or two or three. There’s another option.

So what to do when that sweet tooth kicks in?

That's where this delectable chocolate blackberry smoothie comes in-one of my absolute favorite blackberry smoothie recipes...

The Recipe

    Two fresh bananas (medium-sized)

    1 cup fresh blackberries

    1/2 cup chocolate almond milk

    1 tbsp. chocolate brown rice protein powder

    1 cup ice

    Optional but highly recommended: 1 tbsp. chia seeds

    Optional: 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao nibs or 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder


How To Make This Smoothie

First I break the banana into chunks and add that, then toss in the blackberries.

Next I add the milk, protein powder and other (optional) ingredients) plus the ice.

For this smoothie it’s very important that you blend it thoroughly to break all the ingredients down.

*If you are in a hurry or if you have a weak blender, I would recommend NOT adding the cacao nibs, as these are especially difficult to break down.

In fact, I now use raw cacao powder for that very reason.  If you have a strong blender or extra time on your hands to run the nibs through a grinder, you'll get more nutrition out of it as you'll get a fresher powder.

Experiment with your blender and see if those ingredients are compatible with your blender’s power. If not, don’t worry. You still get lots of vitamins and nutrients from the other ingredients in this healthy smoothie. Those are just some extra add-ons, like a bonus.

Visit the how to make a smoothie section of this site for more tips on making your smoothie just right, including how to make smoothies the right texture.


Nutrition Facts for This Blackberry Smoothie

This smoothie recipe makes approximately 3 1/2 to 4 cups, enough for two large servings.

With that in mind, each serving has the following nutritional information:

    239 calories

    3 g fat

    0 g cholesterol

    43 mg sodium

    43 g carbs

    10 g fiber

    23 g sugar (over half of it comes from the fruit itself)

    9 g protein

    Vitamin A: 8% daily value

    Vitamin C: 43% daily value

    Calcium: 18% daily value

    Iron: 14% daily value

    Vitamin D: 6% daily value

    Vitamin E: 13% daily value

    Phosphorus: 5% daily value

    Magnesium: 7% daily value

    Potassium: 1% daily value

    Omega-3: 75% daily value


Please note that this nutrition information is based upon the original recipe above, including the Chia seeds but not including the cacao nibs. If you add in any of the other optional ingredients, such as peanut butter or ice cream, it will definitely add to these numbers.

For a yummy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth, the nutrition data for this blackberry smoothie really isn't that bad!

It's one of the more indulgent, downright delicious blackberry smoothie recipes.

But the best part is that it's a healthy indulgence that you can actually feel good about...both while you're drinking it, and after the fact :-)


About These Smoothie Ingredients

Banana

I pretty much always add at least 1 or 2 bananas to my smoothies. It forms the base of my smoothie recipes, what pulls it all together, balances out the ingredients and gives it a nice texture. Learn more about banana nutrition.

Blackberries

I love berries, and nothing says summer to me more than when I finally start seeing the berries come on sale in my local supermarket.

It’s true, I do add frozen mixed berries to my smoothies all year round. But nothing beats fresh berries. And sometimes those berry mixes can be a bit too overwhelming and overpowering...too many flavors going on at once.

That’s why I chose to just stick with fresh blackberries in this smoothie recipe. I particularly like the way the blackberry flavor mixes with the chocolate...like one of the frozen yogurt flavors at my favorite frozen yogurt place in college.

Almond Milk

Whoever invented almond milk was a genius. Actually, I did my research and found out that almond milk has actually been around for a long time, almost since the beginning of time...as my almond milk page explains.

But I have a feeling chocolate almond milk was a more recent invention, and a good one too. What could be more perfect for making delicious healthy smoothie recipes? I love it!

Note that if you want to reduce the sugar content in this smoothie recipe, you can use plain unsweetened almond milk.  The cacao nibs/powder give it a nice chocolatey flavor without the sugar!

Protein Powder

There are many different types of protein powder to choose from. I like this brown rice protein powder mostly because of its delicious chocolate flavor. It makes great healthy chocolate milk shakes.

And the best part about it is that it’s completely vegan...unlike whey protein powder, which comes from animals.

Chia Seeds

My endurance athlete friend Bonom was the one who introduced me to chia seeds, as he explains in his superfood smoothie recipes page. And I’m sooo glad I discovered them!

Now I add them to almost all my smoothies. Such an easy addition...and a great way to get my Omega 3’s without eating fish.  Chia is also a natural way to reduce inflammation...important for me as I’m recovering from a long-term injury.

Raw Cacao

Many people don't know this, but cacao is the raw source underlying our favorite snacks.  Think Hershey's and Snickers, before all the processing and added sugar.

This Mayan superfood is a natural source of chocolate flavor, without added sugar. It also provides a nice energy boost, making it a healthy alternative to coffee.

Cacao nibs are fresher and more raw, but you either need a high powered blender to break them down, or you need to run them through your coffee grinder/food processor first.

I say who has time for that?  And it also creates more dirty dishes.  So for now, I'm sticking to raw cacao powder.  It's pre-ground, which means it's easier to use in your smoothies, but also slightly less nutritious as it's not quite as fresh.

Maybe one of these days I'll be one of those people who has time to grind fresh raw cacao nibs on a daily basis, but until then the powder works :)


Other Possible Ingredients & Variations

Depending on what you have in your kitchen and which of the above ingredients you have or don’t have, you might also want to consider adding one or more of the following to your blackberry smoothie recipes:

  • Peanut Butter – Can give the smoothie more protein (but also more fat), a thicker texture and improve taste. I have been adding peanut butter to my smoothies for a long time. Do you live in a place where it’s hard to find peanut butter? Try nutella instead!
  • Yogurt – I don’t usually add yogurt to my smoothies anymore these days, but I definitely used to all the time. If you like yogurt in your smoothies, feel free to add a little bit this smoothie too for texture.
  • Ice cream – Okay, so while adding ice cream to your smoothie may no longer classify it in the “healthy” category, it's not necessarily the worst idea in the world. Why? By tossing in just one spoonful of ice cream, you can make your smoothie more satisfying, and more like a dessert. It can satisfy that sweet tooth of yours, and it's a lot healthier than eating the whole carton ;-)

By adding one or more of these ingredients in various combinations, you can create a variety of different blackberry smoothie recipes of your own!


Questions About This Smoothie Recipe?

Do you have any questions about how to make this smoothie? Anything you’re confused about?

Or maybe you have a great tip to share, or you found a way to make this smoothie even better.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have or share your best tips and tricks for this smoothie recipe in the box below.

I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, so don’t be shy!


Related Links

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie - a similar healthy dessert smoothie, this one uses cherries as the main fruit instead of blackberries.

Easy Homemade Smoothie – another chocolate smoothie recipe for you to enjoy!

Green Banana Smoothie – if you love bananas and berries, but are craving a healthier recipe, give this green smoothie recipe a try. It's super simple, and I'm sure you'll love it.



Back from Blackberry Smoothie Recipes to Fruit Smoothie Recipes

Back from Blackberry Smoothie Recipes to Joy of Smoothies Home


If you enjoyed this article, you'll love my "Smoothie Scoop" newsletter: brand new recipes, tips, motivation and more. Click here to subscribe now.



New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.