Perfect Berry Smoothie
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 banana (room temperature)
½ cup Greek yogurt*
1 ¼ cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
½ cup ice
Optional add-ins: 1 tablespoon almond butter, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, fresh mint leaves or basil leaves
Photo and recipe are courtesy of A Couple Cooks
Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces.
Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. If desired, garnish with a frozen strawberry and mint sprig.
Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days.
How to make it plant based / vegan!
You can make this berry smoothie plant-based or vegan by doing two swaps:
Use vegan yogurt or another ½ banana. This helps to keep right the right smoothie texture.
Substitute non-dairy milk for the milk (1 for 1). Try oat milk, almond milk, or light coconut milk. (Regular coconut milk can be rather thick and have a strong flavor. If that’s all you have, dilute it with a little water.)
Add-ins & variations
This healthy berry smoothie is pretty perfect as is: but you can always mix it up with tasty additions! Here are a few options:
Almond butter. Use 1 tablespoon or 2 for a stronger almond flavor (it will also dull the color a bit).
Vanilla. Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon vanilla to heighten the flavors.
Cinnamon: Add ⅛ teaspoon to give a hint of spice.
Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
Pineapple or mango. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen berries for 1 cup frozen pineapple or mango.