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Blueberry smoothies start with frozen blueberries, but beyond that, the flavor combinations are endless. All you need is a blender and your imagination to make a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack. From a classic Blueberry Banana Smoothie to a Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie, here are more than 20 of the best blueberry smoothie recipes to try!
What Goes into a Blueberry Smoothie?
Blueberry smoothies typically start with frozen berries. Frozen blueberries are available year-round in the grocery store, so you can blend up some blueberry smoothies any time of the year.
But if you do go blueberry picking in the summer, make sure you pick some extra blueberries and freeze them so you can make these healthy breakfast or snack recipes right away or months from now. A blueberry smoothie may taste like a decadent dessert, but it’s actually full of nutrition.
You can come up with so many flavor combinations. Pair your blueberries with other fruits like peaches or watermelon or kiwi or even other berries. Make your blueberry smoothie a little richer by adding almond butter or avocado. You can even make a blueberry smoothie recipe that tastes like pie or muffins.
Common Smoothie Ingredients
Beyond the blueberries, here are some of the other things you may want to add to your smoothie. You typically want to add your ingredients to your blender in the following order:
- Liquid – dairy or non-dairy milk, juice, etc.
- Powders and other dry ingredients – protein powder, flax or chia or hemp seeds, powdered sweeteners, collagen powder.
- Greens – spinach, kale, or other dark leafy greens, if using.
- Soft ingredients – yogurt, cottage cheese, nut butters.
- Fresh fruit – this would be the blueberries, plus any other favorite fruits.
- Frozen fruit – you can also use frozen blueberries, combining them with frozen peaches, cherries, you name it.
- Ice – to chill your smoothie, though you may not need much ice if you are using frozen fruit.
Then just blend until smooth.
What Can I Add to Thicken Smoothies?
If you would like to thicken your smoothie, there are a few things you can do:
- Using frozen fruit versus fresh fruit makes your smoothies thicker, especially frozen banana
- Add chia seeds – be sure to grind them up with the other ingredients
- Certain protein powders
- Ice, though this can water it down, so you may want to consider using frozen milk or juice cubes
BRIANNE’S FAVORITE BLENDER
I always recommend a high-powered blender like the Blendtec for the smoothest, most creamy smoothies. The Mini Wildside+ Jar is the perfect size for one or two smoothies. You can even use the “Smoothie” setting to have it gradually increase the speed to perfectly incorporate the liquids and frozen ingredients. Note, I do usually stop it a little before the cycle is over because I prefer an extra thick smoothie.
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Tips for Freezing Blueberries for the Best Berry Smoothies
- Wash your berries well and dry them thoroughly, either by letting them air dry or using a kitchen towel or paper towels.
- Spread the blueberries out in a single layer on a sheet pan and place in the freezer for several hours until they are completely frozen.
- Transfer the berries to a high-quality freezer bag or another airtight container. Return the berries to the freezer and keep frozen until needed for smoothies.
- The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council says frozen berries are best used within 10 months.