Berry Purple Power Smoothie

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.

berry smoothies in glasses with straws

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.

berry smoothies in glasses with straws

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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, but any flavor is fine. Plain, strawberry, blueberry, honey, whatever. Maybe even a peach flavor? Get creative.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

berry smoothies in glasses with straws

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.

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berry smoothies in glasses with straws

Berry Purple Power Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Berry Purple Power Smoothie is pure berry goodness. With a little yogurt and tons of juicy berries, you’ll instantly feel energized.


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Serve and enjoy. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 hours.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    This is gorgeous, Sally! The color is just so enticing! And I cannot believe you made 11 recipes in 2 days for your cookbook. And I know they’re not ‘easy, little recipes’…wow. At my peak, I think 4 a day was my absolute max and that wasn’t often. My hat is off to you!!!

    1. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

      I’m lucky if I get dinner done a daily basis! My kids want not 3 but 4 meals a day, they are so hungry all the time. And this might sound strange, but sometimes I make smoothies for their afternoon snack! They love them, they’re nutritious and are boosting tons of flavor. No complaints here. But I usually put one or several bananas in so I’m going to try without and see how it goes. Love my Ninja for smoothie making bliss. It’s the best.

  2. Sounds like a fun weekend for anyone who got to take part in the taste testing! I can only imagine what delicious treats you’re coming up with. You’re right though – this is a great morning for a fresh smoothie for just about anyone!

  3. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls says:

    I love berry smoothies, and this one is just so simple and fresh! Lovely! One of my favourite smoothie combinations is called an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. It’s a combination of frozen bananas, ground oats (or whole if you prefer that texture), raisins, honey, a bit of Greek yogurt or peanut butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s delicious! Thanks for recipe, Sally!

    1. Amanda, that sounds RIGHT up my alley. I have to try it this week!

  4. I don’t really want to take on Monday, but I guess if I have to, this is how to do it. Especially after Super Bowl food madness.
    Hope your cookbook baking/candy prep binge went well! I do love this smoothie, but let’s talk about that fudge…

  5. This is (almost) too pretty to drink! 🙂

  6. Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} says:

    SO pretty 🙂 And perfect for fighting off those winter colds!

  7. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    I usually make my smoothies into a bowl, and then pile on all sorts of nuts and texturey-goodness! BUT, sometimes I just want a simple smoothie…and this is perfectly that!
    And that color! It’s makin’ my eyes very happy. Pinned!

    1. Smoothie bowls… my favorite! Depending on the flavor, I like to add chopped green apple and granola.

  8. Jen @ One More Cookie Blog says:

    Love this! I see many smoothies in my future after all the Super Bowl weekend snacking. This morning its a banana-avocado smoothie for me, but tomorrow I will make this one!

  9. Love your blog. Here is one of my favorite smoothie recipes.

    Sun-Kissed Smoothie

    ¼ cup toasted coconut
    ½ cup coconut water
    1 ripe mango, pitted, peeled, coarsely chopped
    1 fresh lime, peel and pith removed
    1 package Nasoya organic silken tofu
    3 tablespoons agave nectar or sweeten to your taste
    6 ice cubes

    Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute. Pour into glasses. Garnish as desired. Serves 4

    1. Tofu… I’m intrigued! Must be so creamy. I love this combo of flavors. Thanks for sharing Lisa!

  10. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says:

    Wow! Gorgeous!
    This one is going to be make soon!

  11. Ohh man. I am so planning on eating “healthy foods to erase all the unhealthy foods” I ate yesterday! I love love love smoothies. I like using frozen berries mixed with fresh ones so that I don’t have to use ice. Have you ever tried Aloe water? It’s delicious and so good for you. I found it in this local Mexican grocery store. They come in many different flavors too, my favorite is pineapple. I think I’ll try that in my smoothies! (I agree about coconut water, although I can usually take the pineapple ones).

    1. I have not! I’ve heard of it but haven’t tried it yet. Now I have to. Thanks for the suggestion Heather!

  12. Wow, this looks scrumptious, Sally. My little ones would love it. We are making smoothies every day here at the moment. I bought a Vitamix in December. That machine is amazing! x

    1. I know, I love my Vitamix. I resisted one for so long but I got mine as a wedding gift from a bunch of my friends. I am now understanding WHY they are so pricy! They make the thickest, creamiest, smoothest drinks.

  13. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] says:

    You are Wonder Woman! 11 recipes…no wonder you needed this beautiful, nutrient-packed smoothie! Can’t wait to try!

  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Total smoothie goodness!! Looks awesome girl!

  15. Eve @ Baking the Day says:

    Same, Sally, I wish I like coconut water but there is just something about it that is not for me. This smoothie looks amazing – power smoothies are the best as they give you that little “oomph” you need to get through the day.!

  16. I have been drinking your tropikale smoothie almost daily. So easy and so delicious. Can’t wait to try this one!!

  17. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker says:

    I always add a banana to my smoothie like it’s mandatory. Thanks for the reminder that it’s not! I’m with ya on coconut water (bleh). But, I’ll definitely try it IN the smoothie. Thanks for expanding my smoothie horizons!

  18. Arman @ thebigmansworld says:

    Wow, those colours are insane! I am a huge fan of smoothies lately, but tend to add way too many bananas (and vanilla ice cream) which requires a bowl. My bad…

  19. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says:

    These smoothies are gorgeous! I’ve been into raspberry and blueberry smoothies lately, and Mum and Dad’s mango tree has provided enough mangoes to last us through winter! Sometimes it’s great to be reminded that bananas aren’t the be all and end all of smoothies. This is perfect for sipping in the summer sunshine after a run. Thanks Sally! Good luck with all the confectionery tasting!

  20. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says:

    I could use one of these right now! Looks delicious!!!

  21. Yum! This looks very refreshing! I’m with you on the coconut water. Maybe try a mango or pineapple flavor. Vita Coco has some great flavored varieties. I love fresh coconut water though, it’s the best! Thanks!

  22. Yum, I love a good berry smoothie.

  23. I’m pretty sure the entire time I would be drinking this I would be thinking, “Thankfully, I can now eat one of those brownies and a cookie. This is SO good and SO healthy…. Where is my chocolate bar”? 😛

    And I didn’t like coconut water until I drank it not room temperature, but between refrigerator cold and room temperature. It took me a WHILE, but then I started craving it. It seems like that with a lot of things, though!

  24. I absolutely love smoothies and think that this would be a great morning treat. I’m a big fan of coconut water, and just recently bought a lot from my local Costco. I am about to buy myself another blender just so I can make smoothies for my family.

  25. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen says:

    Always looking for new smoothie recipes to try. Love this colorful one. 🙂

  26. This looks simply scrumptious! Adds a fresh touch to my day. 🙂

  27. Linda @ Veganosity says:

    I’m drinking my morning smoothie as I read this, only mine’s green. 🙂 That color is gorgeous sally, and I agree, a banana would have competed with the taste of those lovely berries. I hope you’re over your Super Bowl hangover. I’m not sure that I’d be yet if i made 11 recipes in one day. Props to you!

  28. Is there something I can use instead of Greek yogurt? These smoothies all seem delicious but I hate the taste of Greek yogurt and it just ruins the whole thing for me

    1. Regular yogurt works.

  29. hi Sally, really love your blog and recipes. I was wondering if you ever use chia seed in smoothies.

    1. I haven’t– but you can add them if you like them in smoothies.

  30. Taylor @ BlenderBase says:

    I will definitely be blending this up in my Ninja tomorrow morning 😀 😀 

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