Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies

I can’t be certain that the Garden of Eden served up smoothies, but if so, Adam and Eve were totally sipping on Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies.

 Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies

Think about it. Why wouldn’t you want a smoothie in paradise? Smoothies are cool, refreshing, and can be instantly customized to suit your moods and whims. Loaded with the fruits of the earth, these super-food shakes practically make your skin beam, which I am sure Adam and Eve particularly appreciated since, well, you know. I bet Eve didn’t even have to wash the blender, which is just about the only non-heavenly aspect of smoothie making I can divine, aside from the blender noise.

(Note: Blender noise is only an issue if you wake up an hour before your husband and must carry your blender out into the apartment complex foyer to make your smoothie without waking him. Last week, one of my neighbors asked for a sip.)

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies with Apples and DatesOf the cornucopia of smoothies Adam and Eve could sip from their noiseless, self-cleaning blenders, Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies would be their favorite. An ideal balance of tart apple, moody blackberries, sweet vanilla, and spicy cinnamon, Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies are glasses of complex fruity utopia.

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One little secret ingredient clenches Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies’ Garden-of-Eden status: dates. In addition to reminding me of lost paradises and cool olive groves where I would like to hang out, dates give Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies a much-needed natural sweetness to offset the tart berries. Dates also add body to the smoothies, making them ultra lush, and lush is a mandatory characteristic for any self-respecting smoothie-in-paradise.

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie RecipeDates are flavor buddies with vanilla, so I added three types of vanilla to this healthy smoothie recipe: vanilla extract (be sure to use the real stuff—it’s worth it!), vanilla yogurt (I used non-fat vanilla Greek to make the smoothie extra thick), and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, which I find makes the creamiest smoothies (though you can use any kind of milk you like.) Cinnamon, vanilla, and dates form a trifecta of smoothie delight.

Holding it all together, we have our faithful smoothie standby: frozen banana. I slice overly ripe bananas, then freeze them in individual baggies to toss into my smoothies at will. Freezing the banana slices first makes the smoothies thick and rich—kind of like a milkshake, but gentler on your thighs.

I whipped this smoothie together using the Ninja blender Santa brought me for Christmas. Folks, I am obsessed with this blender. It creates a silky smooth puree in less than 30 seconds, crushes ice like a champ, and is considerably less expensive than competing brands. Plus, the single serve cup attachment is ideal for whipping up a single smoothie with less mess. No, this is not a sponsored post or advertisement—I just love my new Ninja and can’t help shouting all about it. (Thanks again Santa!)

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies. My new favorite breakfast!

Fruit, spice, and vanilla unite into a tall glass of Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothie bliss. Pour yourself a generous serving and sip deeply. This healthy smoothie euphoria is so worth washing the blender.

This is my favorite blender: It blends like a dream, is a breeze to clean, and costs much less than other high powered blenders too.

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies

A healthy smoothie made with blackberries, apple, banana, dates, and vanilla. Cinnamon adds flavor and yogurt makes these smoothies extra creamy and thick!

Yield: 2 smoothies

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 small apple, diced (do not peel)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I use non-fat Greek)
  • 2 dried dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Add the banana, blackberries, and apple to a blender; top with milk. Add yogurt, dates, flaxseed, cinnamon, and vanilla. Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

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72 Responses to “Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies”

  1. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 13, 2014 @ 6:27 am (#)

    I LOVE the use of dates here girl! That is genius and I would have never thought to put something big and clunky and sticky in a smoothie. But, why not!?
    I really need to try this whole “frozen banana smoothie” thang that everyone is doing. I have always used ice. Andddd then I feel like my smoothies are just flavorful water. Ya, not into that.
    Question, do you like the ninja? I am using a magic bullet blender attachment as a blender right now (judge me) and I am not feeling it. Me and the hubs are eyeballin’ that Ninja!

    • Erin Clarke — January 13th, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

      Taylor, you definitely need to jump on the frozen banana train! Not to be dramatic or anything, but seriously…frozen banana may change the world! As I mentioned in my post, I’m totally in love with the Ninja. I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s powerful, easy to clean and use, and it has different attachments that allow you to blend things in both small and large batches. If you make smoothies, hummus, nut butters or really any kind of puree on a regular basis, you would absolutely get your money’s worth for the purchase. Belated Christmas present (or early Valentine’s present) to yourself perhaps?

  2. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — January 13, 2014 @ 6:39 am (#)

    Oh, Erin (and Taylor!) – Gretchen and I TOTALLY LOVE our Ninjas, too! I’ve had mine since back before we even launched THK, and when we started testing recipes together, it wasn’t long at all before Gretchen went out and got herself one, too! We use them for smoothies, def – but also for our hummus recipes, the nut butters that are the basis of our Snack Bite recipes and our Pistachio-White Chocolate Butter cookies … the list goes on and on! Mine is almost constantly on my counter – either in use, waiting to be cleaned (ummmmm … clean-up isn’t always my strong point!!!), or drying and waiting to go back to its hallowed spot in the cupboard! Oh! And, love, love this smoothie – pinning super-fast!!!! :D

    • Erin Clarke — January 13th, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

      Isn’t it amazing??!!! I just got it, so I haen’t had a chance to fully explore the possibilties. Thanks for the suggestions Shelley! I’m going to be blending everything before too long :)

  3. liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 13, 2014 @ 7:20 am (#)

    First pump for cinnamon smoothie mondays!!

  4. DessertForTwo — January 13, 2014 @ 7:22 am (#)

    I need new smoothie recipes! This one sounds awesome!

  5. shashi @ — January 13, 2014 @ 7:34 am (#)

    Love how chock full of fruits your smoothie is Erin!
    So am curious – did you share a sip with your neighbor? :)

  6. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 13, 2014 @ 7:54 am (#)

    I love adding dates to smoothies. I will copy your triple vanilla mix next time!

  7. Mary Frances — January 13, 2014 @ 8:15 am (#)

    I love my Ninja blender! I got it as a birthday gift and use it almost every day. This whole post was so good, Erin! Got my morning smiles in ;) Between the dates, bananas, blackberries, and cinnamon, I think this would get me pretty close to paradise! Haha, I had to take our blender to our garage several times … no neighbors though!

  8. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — January 13, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    I would have never thought to add cinnamon to blackberries, but it sounds like a great combo! Your photos are gorgeous, I wish I could reach into the screen and have one of those smoothies!!

  9. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — January 13, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    Loving this smoothie recipe-and the fact you go in the hallway to make them :) How sweet of you not to wake Ben! Pinning now!

  10. Elizabeth Devaney — January 13, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    hahaha hilarious writing!!! I am getting a great mental picture of you gingerly walking your nija into the hallway while Ben is asleep.

    • Erin & Elizabeth's Mom — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:23 am

      Haha! That’s what I pictured too! :) Great story (and smoothie), Honey!

      • Erin Clarke — January 13th, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

        Thanks for the blender Santa!! :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 13th, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

      You’ve got it Elizabeth. Except it’s even more ridiculous because I have to go out to the foyer where he mailboxes are so that I don’t bother others. At least it’s right outside my door!

  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 13, 2014 @ 9:26 am (#)

    I just drank one green smoothie :-) Tomorrow gotta blend a berry one too. Thanks for sharing, Erin.

  12. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies — January 13, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    Santa brought me a Ninja too! Apparently he wants smoothies left out on Christmas eve next year ;-) I think I’d get lots of extra presents if I left him this lasty concoction

  13. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd — January 13, 2014 @ 10:53 am (#)

    i love berries + dates combo. I make something similar and sneak in handful of babyspinach too. I am glad Santa got you Ninja :)

  14. Sarah — January 13, 2014 @ 10:53 am (#)

    what a pretty smoothie! i love adding cinnamon to smoothies…ginger is another good addition. :)

  15. Erin | The Emerging Foodie — January 13, 2014 @ 10:59 am (#)

    Dates and three types of vanilla?? Brilliant! This flavor combination is so unique. And sassy. I don’t know why that describes it but sassy = delicious. :) These are awesome, Erin! Love the color!

  16. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — January 13, 2014 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    Your post is the whole reason why I made a smoothie this morning. I’m gonna have to try this one next!

  17. teffysperks — January 13, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    I love smoothies! Something about them just makes me feel so happy.
    I’ve never thought to add dates though! Don’t have much experience with them, but it sounds great.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  18. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 13, 2014 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    This is my kind of smoothie! I love adding cinnamon to smoothies!

  19. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 13, 2014 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    I love the addition of cinnamon, never thought to add that!

  20. Danae @ reciperunner — January 13, 2014 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    Awesome looking smoothie Erin! I love all of the vanilla and cinnamon in it, can’t go wrong with that!

  21. Amy (Savory Moments) — January 13, 2014 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    These smoothies look so good! I love the color. Adding dates is a great idea – they are so sweet and yummy. Plus the cinnamon makes them sound so warming — I’m currently giving away Ceylon cinnamon on my blog if you are interested.

    • Erin Clarke — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

      Oooooo that sounds just delicious Amy. I’m going to have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

  22. Anna (Hidden Ponies) — January 13, 2014 @ 8:05 pm (#)

    I’ve never done an apple in my smoothie – now I’m wondering why not! Love this, Erin – and I’m so glad it’s not green, I feel smoothies should always be this kind of gorgeous colour :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

      Thanks Anna! Those blackberries are beauties. If you’ve never tried an apple, it’s definitely going for–it makes the smoothie so juicy and sweet!

  23. Trisha — January 14, 2014 @ 6:05 am (#)

    Yum, this looks so healthy! I love that the dates replace any added sugar. I’ve also gotten obsessed with Maine wild blueberries lately. I will have to try them in this!

    • Erin Clarke — January 14th, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

      Maine blueberries are just amazing Trisha! I’ve had them frozen but am dying to try them fresh. I bet they’d be soooo good a smoothie.

  24. Kelly — January 14, 2014 @ 6:21 am (#)

    Hehe, that is too cute about the hallway story Erin!
    Our old little blender has started acting up over the holidays too and we are looking into getting a new one so thanks for recommending the Ninja – it sounds awesome! This blackberry smoothie would definitely be the one of the first smoothies I would make in it – it looks incredible! Love that you used dates to sweeten it up along with all the vanilla and cinnamon too – sounds delicious:) Pinning and hope you have a great week!

  25. Erika — January 14, 2014 @ 8:31 am (#)

    I wish I was sipping on some Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies. Seriously yum!

  26. Graham @ Glazed & Confused — January 14, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#)

    Looks absolutely delicious! I spy vietnamese cinnamon!

  27. consuelohoneyandfigs — January 14, 2014 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    Greek yogurt? Three kinds of vanilla? Dates? Blackberries? Now, girl, this IS smoothie paradise. What a perfect combo! And the color is gorgeous too ;–) Have a nice week! x

  28. Shayla — January 14, 2014 @ 3:47 pm (#)

    This recipe sounds awesome. I am going to make it tonight after my workout. I really wanted a Ninga, but totally lucked out with a VERY generous friend who combined the gift with my birthday. I got the Vitamix. AND yes I love it. I would not have spent that much on myself, but I love it. I am also incorporating dates into my smoothies. They have so many benefits besides the fantastic flavor. Thank you for the recipe. great job

    • Erin Clarke — January 14th, 2014 @ 11:46 pm

      Shayla, I’ve heard such amazing things about the Vitamix too. Yay for dates in smoothies! This was my first time trying it, and I’m never going back. Thanks so much for your kind words, and I hope this smoothie is the perfect post-workout snack.

  29. anecdotesandapples — January 14, 2014 @ 9:32 pm (#)

    Hi Erin! I add dates to all sorts of baked goodies, but I’ve never thought of doing so with a smoothie. You are brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

    • Erin Clarke — January 14th, 2014 @ 11:48 pm

      Monet, if you are a fan of dates in baking, I think you’d love them in a smoothie. Thanks so much!

  30. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — January 15, 2014 @ 12:52 am (#)

    I think I have everything in the fridge!!! I think I know what I’ll be having for breakfast!

  31. Alyssa — January 15, 2014 @ 12:55 am (#)

    THIS is what I need in the mornings! Especially when start to finish takes five minutes or less :)

    I so hear you on noisy breakfast appliances. Back in college I had a Keurig coffee maker of which its plug could only reach the wall outlet by being stacked on top of the microwave (…which was on top of the fridge). Talk about rattling the whole room when that thing would heat up! To this day I never know how my roommate slept through it!

    • Erin Clarke — January 15th, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

      Alyssa, I have the funniest mental picture of your kitchen! I used to have a bunch of stuff on top of my fridge too, and I had to use a step stool to reach it. Whatever we have to do for a good breakfast, right? :)

      • Alyssa — January 16th, 2014 @ 12:43 am

        Absolutely! Thankfully our fridge wasn’t full size, although our leaning tower of appliances topped out pretty high. The joys of living in a really small, really old house!

  32. Layla @BrunchTimeBaker — January 15, 2014 @ 7:05 am (#)

    I can’t say I’ve ever tried cinnamon in a smoothie before! will def be trying this soon Erin, it looks fantastic!

  33. bakerbynature — January 15, 2014 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    I’m all together smitten with this cinnamon spiced up blueberry smoothie!!!

  34. bakerbynature — January 15, 2014 @ 2:56 pm (#)


    … derrrr!

    • Erin Clarke — January 16th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

      Thanks pretty lady! And black or blueberry, I’ll still drink it :-)

  35. Rachel @the dessert chronicles — January 15, 2014 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    This sounds like such a fun combination!! I will definitely have to try this one of these mornings :-).

  36. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — January 16, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    I love berry smoothies, but this one takes it up a notch! Love all these healthy ingredients. :)

    • Erin Clarke — January 16th, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

      Thanks Tina!!! It’s a superfood party in a glass.

  37. Rachel — January 17, 2014 @ 8:14 am (#)

    These look simply delicious, especially as I am not too good with breakfasts!

  38. BruCrew Life — January 17, 2014 @ 3:03 pm (#)

    Noiseless, self cleaning blenders-I love that!! :) Almost as much as I love this smoothie!!! Yummy!!

  39. cats_2_catsjl — January 21, 2014 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    all these recipes look amazing i hope to win so i can make these

    • Erin Clarke — January 21st, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

      Ahhh thanks so much! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  40. Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 22, 2014 @ 10:13 am (#)

    This is a mix of healthy heaven!! I’m so in heart with blackberries and cinnamon. Home run girlfriend!

    • Erin Clarke — January 22nd, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

      Thank doll! Drink up :-)

  41. longdistancebaking — January 22, 2014 @ 11:33 am (#)

    Just got a Ninja blender for Christmas too and I love it!! I’ve been making smoothies after my workouts ever since and I’m always looking for new recipes! Lately I’ve been on a huge Acai smoothie kick but I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks for sharing :)

  42. Strats — March 9, 2014 @ 7:17 am (#)

    It’s delicious! I’m having this smoothie right now! Any idea on the calories?

    • Erin Clarke — March 9th, 2014 @ 9:09 am

      Hi! First of all, I’m so excited that you tried this recipe and enjoyed it! It is one of our absolute favorites too. In terms of nutritional information, I’m afraid I can’t help you there. Because I’m not a registered dietitian, I don’t feel comfortable giving out specific nutritional info, such as calorie counts. Instead, I try to focus on using a lot healthy ingredients, and trust that this is what is right for my diet overall. If you’d like a specific calorie count, I know that there are many free calculators available online. I’m sorry that I can’t answer the specific question that you asked, but I hope this at least helps to explain some of my reasoning. Again, so so glad you like the smoothie! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  44. Julie @ This Gal Cooks — April 26, 2014 @ 6:19 pm (#)

    I don’t recall ever coming across a smoothie made with dates but I’m intrigued and must try them in a smoothie now! Great smoothie, Erin. LOVE the color too!

    • Erin Clarke — April 26th, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks so much Julie! I’m totally hooked to adding dates now–they make the smoothie so rich and thick, while keeping it healthy. Triple win!

  45. Kentucky Lady 717 — June 26, 2014 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    Sounds good, do you have to cut the dates up or do anything to them at all ? Never used dates in a smoothie…..I have cut them up and used them in muffins tho.

    • Erin Clarke — June 27th, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

      Hi! I don’t cut up the dates at all and haven’t had any issues. As long as your blender is powerful (and the dates are pitted), it should be able to handle it. If you want to be 100% safe, you could cut them into fourths. I hope you enjoy it! This smoothie is one of my faves :)

  46. Kentucky Lady 717 — June 27, 2014 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    Thank you Erin :)

  47. laurasmess — October 21, 2014 @ 11:41 am (#)

    What a stunning colour. It’s almost too pretty to drink (but I’d soon get over that problem!!) A delish nutritional boost. I’ve heard lots of good things about the Ninja blender, nice to see that you’ve had a positive experience with it too! x

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