A breakfast smoothie is always a perfect idea for busy days or when you want to go out early. You don’t need more than five minutes to add the smoothie ingredients to a blender or food processor and have a healthy breakfast ready to go. This blueberry smoothie recipe is similar to my smoothie bowl recipe with blackberries but the pictures turned out so good that I couldn’t resist publishing this recipe too.
Blueberries are powerful antioxidants, rich in vitamins C and K. They are good food for your brain and eyes, so why not start a day with a cup of blueberries?
Frozen or fresh blueberries?
Both choices are good. Fresh blueberries cannot make your smoothie cold like frozen ones. So if you prefer to drink cold smoothies, you should definitely choose frozen blueberries. On the other side, the texture of smoothie with fresh blueberries is more acceptable. It also depends on the amount of blueberries. I sometimes add so much frozen blueberries that the smoothie becomes a freezer.
What to put in a blueberry smoothie?
Aside from blueberries, you can add other berries. Banana gives that thick texture but you can replace banana with pumpkin, melon, avocado or sweet potato. As this is a blueberry smoothie, I wouldn’t mix blueberries with pumpkin or sweet potatoes but avocado and melon have a more neutral flavor.
Chia seeds or ground flaxseed are always in a smoothie. You don’t need to use both. A few almonds or cashews don’t change the flavor of this blueberry smoothie but they definitely add some calories. You need something to keep you full for a few hours.
If you have a smoothie for breakfast, you need oats as well. A source of fiber is necessary to keep you full until lunch. On the other hand, if you want a low calorie smoothie, as a snack, no need to use oats.
Finally, you need a liquid ingredient. Yogurt is the best option to use in breakfast smoothies but you can use both milk and yogurt. I wouldn’t use milk only because yogurt is better for the gut. If you are on a dairy free diet, you can use oat yogurt or oat milk.
How to make blueberry smoothie in different ways
I have already told you what ingredients I put in my smoothie but the thing is, you can change some ingredients and have different versions of blueberry smoothie.
Blueberry smoothie without milk– this is my usual version of blueberry smoothie. Instead of milk I use yogurt.
Blueberry smoothie without dairy– add plant-based milk or vegan yogurt.
Blueberry smoothie without yogurt – to skip yogurt, use any type of milk, water or ice cream. If you are on a dairy free diet, use dairy free ice cream, aquafaba mousse, aquafaba whipped cream.
There you go! With all these alternatives you don’t have an excuse not to drink a smoothie with blueberries.
Blueberry Smoothie Recipe with Banana and Yogurt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 banana (or avocado)
- 200 ml yogurt or vegan yogurt
- 50 ml milk (optional)
- a few almonds or cashews
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Put all the ingredients in a blender.
- Mix it for a minute or two. Stir with a wooden spatula if necessary.