This berry purple power smoothie is pure berry goodness. With yogurt, coconut water, and tons of juicy berries, this drink is thick, refreshing, and extra creamy. No bananas present in this power combo –the berries are front and center.
Nothing brilliant or fancy here, just 6 easy ingredients. And – surprise – a banana is not one of them! Bananas are pretty common in smoothies so if you’re not a fan OR are allergic to bananas, this is your power smoothie.
Tell Me About this Berry Purple Power Smoothie
- Texture: Thick and creamy.
- Flavor: The berries are bold and center. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, with a subtle hint of coconut.
- Ease: You’re simply going to blend, taste, then blend again.
- Time: Smoothies are always pretty quick. Set aside about 5-10 to gather your ingredients and make the smoothie.
Choosing the Right Ingredients
This berry smoothie recipe is forgiving – you can mix up frozen and fresh berries, choose a flavored yogurt, add honey if desired, and substitute milk (dairy or nondairy) for coconut water. Play around with the ingredients and get it exactly to your liking.
- Berries/Fresh Strawberries. I use all frozen berries except for the strawberries – those are fresh. Use all fresh or all frozen or some fresh/some frozen. Really, do whatever is most convenient for you. I will suggest, though, if you use all fresh berries, you’ll need to add a little ice to thicken the smoothie up.
- Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt also creates a thick, creamy texture. Besides bananas (again, not present in this smoothie!), Greek yogurt is one of my favorite ingredients in smoothies. I use vanilla flavored (just like I do in my orange creamsicle smoothie), but any flavor is fine. Plain, strawberry, blueberry, honey, whatever. Maybe even a peach flavor? Get creative.
- Coconut water. Add coconut water to thin things out. If you do not like coconut water or don’t have any, use milk instead. I tried this with vanilla almond milk and it’s just as tasty.
- Honey. Outside of peak season, strawberries aren’t very sweet. Even when I use frozen strawberries (which are often frozen in season), the smoothie tastes quite tart. A little honey sweetens up the whole glass, but it’s optional. Taste test the smoothie after blending everything up. Then add the honey if you see fit or leave it out– totally your preference.
Best Blender to Use
To process frozen fruits (berries) into a smooth consistency, you need something high-powered. This blender is a favorite option for smoothies. And if you have a Ninja Chopper, which also works as a blender, that works too.Print
This Berry Purple Power Smoothie is pure berry goodness. With a little yogurt and tons of juicy berries, you’ll instantly feel energized.
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 6 large strawberries (fresh preferred; frozen is OK)
- 1/2 cup coconut water*
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt*
- optional: 1 Tablespoon honey, or to taste
- Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen berries. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick. Taste; then add 1 Tablespoon of honey (or a little more as needed) if the smoothie is too tart. I usually add 1 Tablespoon.
- Serve and enjoy. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 hours.
- For Thick Smoothies: If using ALL fresh fruit (instead of frozen), I suggest adding a handful of ice to keep the smoothie nice and thick. Frozen raspberries and blueberries are preferred because they lend a lovely thick texture that isn’t icy.
- Coconut Water: If you don’t want to use coconut water or don’t have any, use milk (dairy or nondairy) instead. Coconut milk is tasty here as well.
- Yogurt: I prefer nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt, but low fat or full fat are fine too. Use any flavor you like best with these berries or you can use plain.
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