For those days when you want an easy breakfast that is quick to prepare, a berry smoothie makes the perfect choice. Just whizz up the ingredients in your blender and go. I use frozen berries as they are cheap to buy in a large bag, in the summer you could use fresh berries when they are plentiful and at their cheapest.
Frozen Berry Smoothie
For me I love the simplicity of simply grabbing a bag of frozen mixed berries from the freezer and blending along with some milk of choice. This makes the basis of a lovely thick smoothie, since the frozen berries give a great thick texture.
If you have frozen home-grown blackberries, raspberries or strawberries from previous harvests or a bag of a single kind of frozen berries then you can use these instead. No need to defrost them, just make sure your blender is powerful enough to cope.
Frozen berries are so handy to have in the freezer as you can use them for crumbles, fruit compote, jam or over pancakes. This berry smoothie is ideal as part of your breakfast when you have more time or enjoyed alone if you are on the go and need to make something and go.
How to Ensure Your Smoothie is Thick
Blending frozen berries into the mix gives this smoothie a lovely thick texture. You can make it even thicker by adding in half a banana or some yoghurt.
Or a tablespoon of peanut or your preferred nut butter (almond butter is good because it has such a mild flavour) is another good thickener, that will also up the protein content at the same time.
If you are using fresh berries instead of frozen, if your blender if powerful enough to handle it you can add in some ice cubes to compensate for the softer berries.
Avoid blending for too long, just blend for long enough that your berry smoothie is nice and thick.
Vivid Berry Smoothie
Isn’t the colour of this just amazing! The fruit I used was a mixture of blackberries, morello cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrant. I think it is the deep colour of the blackberries and blackcurrants that makes the colour of the smoothie so vivid.
My children love sipping on a small glass of a chilled smoothie before school in the summer months alongside their breakfast, I can make this in minutes so there is no need to think there is not enough time for something homemade. They just love the bright colour and of course the taste!
Other Breakfast Ideas with Berries
- Pink gooseberry baked oats
- frozen mixed berry jam from Fuss Free Flavours
- american pancakes with pomegranate and blueberries from The Hedge Combers
- 5 minute frozen yoghurt from Hungry Healthy Happy
Make It Your Own
Swap the almond milk for your preferred dairy or plant milk – oat milk, semi-skimmed, rice milk, soya milk.
Use Greek or natural yoghurt for a richer thicker taste.
Add in any fresh fruit you have in the fridge that needs to be used up.
Add in your favourite smoothie additions – flax seeds, linseed, vegetable or protein powders.
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- 400 g mixed frozen berries
- 500 ml unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- Place all of the ingredients in your blender.
- Blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and thick.