A creamy dessert like smoothie that’s good for you too! This Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie has the bright vibrant flavors of fresh berries, paired with the ultra creamy sweetness of banana! It’s the perfect healthy breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, or a healthy dessert! Enjoy this smoothie anytime of day for a healthy treat!
Creating fruit smoothie recipes is one of my new favorite things to do! Smoothies are so easy, and you can really use whatever you have in your kitchen to create something spectacular! Some of my favorites include my blueberry banana smoothie, and spinach apple smoothie.
Fresh fruit is such a summertime treat! But what about during the winter months? How do you enjoy the flavors of summer without burning through your wallet? Fresh berries can be very expensive during the winter.
That’s why it’s such a great idea to go berry picking in the summer and freeze those berries to enjoy throughout the year. Frozen berries are cost effective, fresh, and delicious!
One of our favorite summer activities is going to the strawberry field, and picking as many berries as we can get our hands on.
It’s way too much to eat all at once, so we freeze them. Same goes with blackberries in the later summer.
While you can also buy frozen fruit from your grocery store, it really is a special tradition to go to the berry farm close to your home if that’s available to you.
For my kids and I, it has become a yearly tradition.
This strawberry blackberry banana smoothie was created using the fresh berries we had in our freezer paired with a frozen banana for natural sweetness, almond milk, and non-dairy yogurt for this ultra thick and creamy sweet treat!
Why you’ll love this Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie…
- Naturally sweetened
- Simple ingredients
- High in fiber
- Whole Food Plant-Based Ingredients
- A healthy dessert, snack, or breakfast!
How to Make a Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie
Recipe Ingredients and Notes
Frozen Strawberries: Use fresh or frozen berries. I like using frozen fruit in my smoothies because I don’t need to add ice cubes to make it thick, cold and creamy.
Frozen Blackberries: I use about ¼ cup of frozen blackberries. Use fresh if that’s what you have.
Frozen Small Banana: Chop your banana into slices, place in the freezer overnight, and add to your smoothie in the morning. I always put my browning bananas in my freezer so that I have them ready whenever the mood strikes for a smoothie.
Almond Milk: I recommend using unsweetened almond milk so that you have control over the added sugar. You can also substitute almond milk for your favorite non-dairy milk such as soy, coconut, rice, or oat milk.
Non-Dairy Plain Yogurt: You can find non-dairy yogurt in the yogurt section of your grocery store. I buy a large tub, of plain non-dairy yogurt to have on hand. It makes for a delicious and healthy snack! You can find almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and oat milk based yogurts. Just be sure to get plain, unsweetened!
Maple Syrup: If you feel like this smoothie needs a touch more sweetness, add a tablespoon of maple syrup, but this is completely optional. The natural sweetness of the fruit is really all you need.
Chia Seeds: After you pour your smoothie into a glass sprinkle it with a ¼ teaspoon of chia seeds for added fiber, and omega-3s!
Tools and Equipment
Step by Step Instructions
Add milk, yogurt, and maple syrup to the bottom of a blender.
Then add the blackberries, followed by the frozen strawberries and banana chunks.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Serve sprinkled with chia seeds, and top with a fresh strawberry and blackberry.
Top Tips for a Simple Smoothie with Mixed Berries
- Using frozen fruit is the best way to create a cold, thick, and creamy texture without the need for ice.
- If using fresh fruit, add a ½ cup of ice, but consume right away. The ice will melt quickly.
- Make sure to use a frozen banana, rather than a fresh banana. This really helps create a creamy thick texture.
- If you are using fresh fruit, you won’t need as much milk. You can cut the milk in half. This ensures you still get a nice thick smoothie. See recipe notes for exact measurements.
- Place the milk and yogurt in the blender first. This helps to blend all the ingredients together without the frozen fruit getting stuck in the blade.
- Feel free to use a different non-dairy milk or yogurt based on your preference. Coconut milks and yogurts have a coconut flavor that you will be able to taste in your smoothie. Whereas almond milk, and almond yogurt do not, so more of the fruit flavors will shine through.
- If you prefer some more protein add your favorite protein powder, or a tablespoon of almond butter, or peanut butter.
A Healthy and Nutritious Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Berries have numerous health benefits, and this recipe has 10 ounces of berries total! It has 3 grams of total fat, 175 calories, the total carbohydrate count is 35 grams.
- Rich in antioxidants: Berries are rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and resveratrol. These antioxidants may protect your cells from damage from free radicals.
- Helps improve blood sugar: Berries are known to help improve blood sugar when consumed with high carb foods or included in smoothies.
- Good Source of Fiber: Strawberries have 2 grams of fiber, and blackberries have nearly 6 grams of fiber per 3.5 ounce serving. The total amount of fiber in this recipe is 12 grams. Fiber helps with digestion and helps you feel fuller longer!
- Good Source of Vitamin C: Among other vitamins and nutrients, berries are particularly high in vitamin C, containing 35% of your daily intake in a 3.5 ounce serving.
- Berries Reduce Inflammation: Reducing inflammation helps to fight chronic conditions such as heart disease.
- Added Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The added chia seeds provide a boost of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain health.
Whether or not a strawberry banana smoothie is good or bad for you depends on the ingredients that are going into it. If those ingredients include fresh or frozen fruit without added sugar, along with sugar free non-dairy milks, or yogurts, than yes, it is healthy!
However, if it includes tons of added sugar, or processed ingredients that hardly resemble real fruit, then no, it is not. For example the Strawberry Banana Smoothie from McDonald’s contains fruit purees, and juice concentrates, added, sugar, artificial flavors, and a yogurt that contains corn starch and gelatin. A 12 oz McDonald’s smoothie has 39 grams of sugar, and 190 calories. While the calorie count isn’t particularly high, there is no nutritional value in this particular smoothie, and the sugars are not natural.
Berries are my favorite fruits to use to make a healthy vegan smoothie. I suggest adding strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Berries are naturally low in sugar, and high in nutrients.
Fruits that are higher in natural sugar, but still taste great in smoothies include, mango, banana, cherries, peaches, and pineapple.
Pour your smoothie into a large glass if serving for one, or two smaller glasses if serving for two. Sprinkle a pinch of chia seeds, and top with a fresh blackberry, strawberry, or banana slice for an extra gorgeous finish! Drink with a paper straw, or sip and enjoy!
I almost never have smoothie leftovers. However, if you don’t finish your smoothie, simply cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator. The frozen fruit will melt a bit, but it should remain thick for the rest of the day. I recommend finishing the smoothie before the end of the day for the best texture!
Check out these other healthy smoothie recipes!
- Broccoli Smoothie
- Banana Peach Smoothie
- Favorite Plant-Based Smoothie Recipes
- Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- Mango Banana Smoothie
Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie
- Add milk, yogurt, and maple syrup to the bottom of a blender.
- Then add the blackberries, followed by the frozen strawberries and banana chunks.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Serve sprinkled with chia seeds, and top with a fresh strawberry and blackberry.