This sweet and creamy plant based smoothie is light and refreshing. It takes five minutes to make and uses only four simple ingredients.
I love making this smoothie for a quick and easy breakfast but it's sweet enough to enjoy as a light dessert.
This berry banana smoothie is made with frozen fruit and creamy oat milk. It has a beautiful deep purple color from the blackberries and is naturally sweetened from the fruit.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Sweet & Refreshing: Though smoothies are typically enjoyed as a breakfast food, this smoothie is sweet enough to have at breakfast time, as a snack, or a lighter dessert.
- Easy to Make: This is a beginner level recipe due to the time it takes and complexity of the recipe. It will only take you five minutes at most to make this smoothie and it only uses four ingredients.
- Vegan & Gluten-Free: This smoothie is free of gluten and all animal products making it a great choice for a variety of dietary needs.
Banana: I always like to use frozen bananas rather than fresh bananas in my smoothies. This will help give your smoothie the creamiest, frosty consistency.
Oat Milk: I used unsweetened oat milk in this recipe but if you want a little extra flavor you can use a vanilla oat milk instead.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
Liquid base: the liquid base in the original recipe calls for plain oat milk. You can switch things up by using a base of almond milk, coconut milk, or a juice.
Eliminate the banana: You can opt out of using the banana in this smoothie. If you do so I recommend doubling the strawberries and blackberries or adding ½ a cup of vanilla plant based yogurt in its place.
Use different berries: This recipe calls for blackberries and strawberries but you can use any variation of berries that you have on hand. You can use a total of 1 ½ cups of a combination of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
Step by Step Instructions
It's super easy to make this vegan blackberry strawberry banana smoothie or smoothie bowl!
Image One: Freeze the fruit if you don't already have frozen fruit on hand. If you don't have time to freeze fruit you can add one cup of ice to the blender with the fresh fruits. Combine everything into a blender and securely cover the top.
Image Two: Blend for at least 30 seconds or until your smoothie is well combined and creamy. You can adjust the smoothie if necessary.
You can add an additional ½ cup oat milk at a time to thin it, or add extra frozen banana or ice to make it thicker.
- Use frozen fruit. By using frozen rather than fresh fruit you won't need to add ice to your smoothie. This will give you a creamier consistency and won't get watered down.
- Keep a bag of peeled bananas in your freezer. Once a month I buy a big bunch or two of bananas. I peel them, break them in half, and freeze them. This way I always have one to toss into my smoothies.
- Freeze your fruit at peak ripeness. If you're freezing your own fruit in advance make sure you're freezing them when they are at the perfect level of ripeness. This will give you the best possible flavors in your smoothie.
Frequently Asked Questions
I typically prefer using oat milk as the liquid base in my smoothies. The flavor is light and sweet and it gives the smoothie a creamy texture and consistency.
The good news when it comes to making smoothies is that almost any combination goes well together. If you don't want to take any flavor risks I recommend grouping by type of fruit. For example mixing different berries together, or mixing tropical fruits together.
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Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup blackberries frozen
- ½ cup strawberries frozen
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 cup oat milk
- Combine the fruit and oat milk in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.