This blackberry smoothie recipe is the perfect way to start your day. Low in sugar, so you won’t feel any sugar crash, and yet also perfectly light + sweet.

One of my favorite memories with my kids is picking blackberries along Spring Lake Highway. A handmade sign scrawled “Blackberries” called to us and we immediately pulled in. Todd Blackberry gave us a tour and buckets then we got to work.

blackberry smoothie recipe

The large, juicy berries were calling to us and we did our best to avoid the thorns. I had no clue that blackberries grew on thorny bushes until I picked them that day.

picking fresh fruit

We definitely ate more than we took home that day! I still think of our blackberry picking day whenever I eat these beautiful summer berries.

making family memories over fresh fruit

How to Make a Blackberry Smoothie

I’m keepin’ it simple with this smoothie recipe. Only 4 ingredients to a super creamy and delicious creation. If you want a refreshingly cold smoothie, then either the blackberries or the bananas should be frozen.

To boost the protein and turn your blackberry smoothie into a filling breakfast, add in a scoop of plant based protein powder like Protein Smoothie Boost. This adds in 10 grams of protein as well as 4 grams of healthy fat which will help your body break down the natural sugar + fiber.

How to Pick the Right Coconut Milk for Smoothies

low sugar smoothie recipe

Did you know there are a few different kinds of coconut milk AND they all can be used in different ways? Let’s break them down:

Canned coconut milk: comes in full fat and low fat versions that usually have the least amount of additives.

Shelf stable coconut milk: these typically have the most amount of additives, yet are super convenient.

Refrigerated coconut milk: The newest player in the world of coconut milk, also may contain a lot of additives and sweeteners to be wary of. Just make sure to read the labels and pick an option that doesn’t have added sugars or a bunch of strange ingredients.

No matter what option you go with for this blackberry smoothie, you’ll be okay. Don’t stress out about messing up — the fact that you’re giving this a shot is a great step! If you want a new challenge, then try making your own coconut milk! It would be a delicious addition to this blackberry smoothie.

Fresh vs Frozen Blackberries

both fresh and frozen berries are great

I like using fresh blackberries in smoothies. Since they have seeds and can be a little gritty, they do seem to blend better when fresh. It’s also pretty hard to find frozen blackberries!

You can always freeze them yourself to make sure your smoothie will be cold when blended. To freeze your own berries, start by picking them at the peak of their growing season. Then flash freeze on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Once frozen, toss the berries in a freezer safe bag until you’re ready to blend a blackberry smoothie.

blackberry smoothie

FAQs

Are berry smoothies healthy?

Yes! Berry smoothies are a great low sugar smoothie ingredient. Just make sure you use whole foods and real ingredients in your smoothies. Fruit can naturally sweeten + cream and thicken smoothies without any extras needed.

How do you get the seeds out of blackberry smoothies?

If you’ve got a high powered blender like a Vitamix, then just blend away. Still have seeds? Then you probably need to blend a bit longer. If you’re blending this smoothie in a non high powered blender, then you might not get all the seeds, yet blending in stages like the recipe below helps more of your ingredients blend smoothly.

What should you not mix in a smoothie?

Avoid added sugar, as fruit is sweet enough on its own! Also avoid ‘smoothie packs’ with additives, thickeners, etc as these are not 100% whole foods. Stick to fruits, veggies, and leafy greens and you’re smoothie will be great.

Low Sugar Smoothie Recipes

If you’re looking for more low sugar smoothie options like this blackberry smoothie recipe, then I’ve got you covered:

Please let me know how this blackberry smoothie recipe turns out for you, in the comments. I love hearing from you, and hope this smoothie becomes one of your new favorites.

4.29 from 134 votes

Creamy Blackberry Smoothie

This Creamy Blackberry Smoothie is hearty enough to enjoy as breakfast and keep you full for hours. Made with coconut milk and banana to create an incredibly rich and satisfying smoothie.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Add the spinach and coconut milk to blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
    Blackberry smoothie

Notes

  • Use frozen blackberries or banana to chill the smoothie down.
  • Swap spinach with the leafy green of your choice.
  • For a thicker smoothie use canned coconut milk. For a thinner smoothie use carton coconut milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 192mg, Potassium: 612mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 3159IU, Vitamin C: 44mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 2mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 4 stars
    This was good, especially after I added ice. It was creamy but didn’t taste quite as good as I expected. I have lots of unsweetened almond milk, so I didn’t buy any coconut milk because your substitutions page said almond milk was a good substitute for coconut milk; and that’s what I used.

  2. 4 stars
    Loved the consistency of this one. Used full fat unsweetened canned coconut milk. Yikes! Kinda killed me on the calories and fat. But it was GOOD!

  3. 4 stars
    Soooo creamy! I’m amazed! I just need to get better blackberries next time for amped up blackberry flavor.

  4. The Blackberry smoothie was yummy. I prepared it the night before with a scoop of protein powder and stuck it in the freezer for the next day. I took it to work for lunch and it tasted delicious partially frozen!

  5. 2 stars
    Not a fan Didn’t hate it but blackberries are not my favorite fruit. Could taste the spinach a little too much.

  6. 4 stars
    Not my favorite. I thought it would be creamier. The color was like mud, found it off putting.

  7. 2 stars
    Didn’t care for the seeds in it and mine were much darker than the picture and not as creamy. It may have had something to do with the refrigerated coconut milk I used vs. canned. I will try canned next time it is called for.

  8. 5 stars
    Creamy and delicious! I used homegrown olallieberries that I had stored frozen. Thankful for my Vita-Mix which did a great job of breaking down the seeds from the berries.

  9. 5 stars
    I don’t usually buy blackberries or coconut milk so I was interested in the flavor of this smoothie. It’s not my favorite but I realize the coconut milk is a good fat and I need that. I still gave it 5 stars because the recipe has good nutritional value. Next time I’ll add a scoop of protein.