For the best blueberry smoothie, use frozen blueberries! Here we have recipes for all uses! It takes less than 5 minutes to make this easy blueberry smoothie. Go to Blueberry Smoothie Recipe.
Why You Should Make This Blueberry Smoothie
I’ve made more of this easy blueberry smoothie recipe than I can count. Frozen blueberries are a must when making them (I especially like to use them when I can find frozen wild blueberries).
Here are a few more reasons we like it:
- You need less than 5 minutes to do it.
- You can use frozen fruits. In fact, I prefer frozen blueberries to make this smoothie.
- This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or snacks.
- Kids love it!
- You can make smoothies in advance, freeze them, and save them for later. More details are below.
How to make the best blueberry smoothie.
A basic smoothie recipe requires four simple ingredients.
Frozen Blueberries — For the best blueberry smoothie, use frozen blueberries! Frozen berries make smoothies creamier. I especially like the frozen wild blueberries you find in the frozen section of most grocery stores.
Can I use fresh blueberries? Sure. Frozen blueberries blend into creamier smoothies, but fresh berries still work. Smoothies naturally contain pectin, a thickener, so leaving them slightly longer than usual with fresh berries may thicken them. (Sometimes added when making jams and jellies.) Freezing doesn’t happen often when making smoothies with frozen blueberries, as freezing can reduce the pectin’s natural gelling effect.
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Plantain — Use bananas to make one or two small smoothies (child-size). For the best smoothies, use ripe bananas. For the creamiest smoothies, use frozen banana slices (we’ve explained how to freeze bananas for smoothies below).
Half an orange — If you have an orange at home, you love to add it to your breakfast smoothie. It adds extra vitamin C and tropical flavor. If you don’t have an orange on hand, don’t worry. You can substitute other fruits like mango, pineapple or more berries.
Milk (dairy or non-dairy) — I like to add a little liquid to the blender to make sure the ingredients are well mixed. For smoothies without milk, use water. It still tastes amazing. For a creamier feel, use milk (both dairy and non-dairy products work).
To make a smoothie, place everything in a blender and blend until smooth. For a frozen smoothie, add a handful of ice or use frozen fruit.
I used to list too many ingredients when making smoothies, but now I like to keep it really simple. I love this smoothie with only the basic ingredients I shared above, but sometimes I add one or two ingredients. Here are some suggestions:
- Add more fruit (fresh or frozen). I like mango, pineapple, and strawberry.
- Add green vegetables such as spinach, kale, or chard. I add one or two cups.
- Add some healthy fats with a little avocado.
- Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.
- Add nutty flavor and stickiness with a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or other nut butter.
- Add chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or your favorite cocoa nibs.
- Add fresh ginger or turmeric, or dry spices like cinnamon or turmeric liver.
How to Freeze Fruits for Smoothies
To make smoothies easier, freeze fresh fruit in small portions. You can also make and freeze smoothie packs to use as a grab and mix smoothie option.
To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and cut fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat dry and lay in one layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until firm (2-3 hours). How to make bananas is no different. Simply peel, slice, and freeze on a baking sheet.
When the fruit is hard, put it in a freezer-safe bag and place it in the freezer for your next smoothie.
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More smoothie recipes
Easy Blueberry Smoothie
Our blueberry smoothies are creamier and fruity. Depending on the ripeness or sweetness of the fruit, you may need to add a little more honey, so add according to your taste. There are many things you can add here, so check out the article for suggestions. I prefer to use frozen blueberries over fresh ones when making smoothies. That said, feel free to use fresh strawberries!
Makes 2 children’s shakes or 1 large shake.
Watch us make recipes.
- 1 ¼ cup blueberries, preferably frozen
- Use 1 medium ripe banana or 1 cup frozen banana slices
- Peel the medium-sized orange halves and cut them into wedges.
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy products
- 1 tablespoon almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Place blueberries, bananas, oranges, and 3/4 cup milk in a blender. If you plan to add, add the optional ingredients to the blender.
Turn on the blender and blend until creamy and smooth. If your smoothie is too thick, add a little more milk.