Blueberry Pie Smoothie
“Pleasantly plump” isn’t typically considered a compliment, unless one is referring to a blueberry, in which case, give me all the fatties in the land, then let me blend them into a dreamy Blueberry Pie Smoothie!
Has anyone else been on a big ol’ blueberry binge? I can’t seem to stop myself from tossing a carton of these cuties into my cart every time I enter the grocery store. Some meet a respectable end—a topping for my cereal; mixed into Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad—but half of the time, I end up loading them into my mouth like an industrious chipmunk stuffing her cheeks. We run a very classy, well-mannered household.
In addition to the blueberries in my fridge, I’ve also started keeping an economy-sized bag in the freezer for my smoothie needs. (Someone please stop me if I hint at a blueberry tattoo.) As I shared a few weeks ago, I recently learned that my diet’s been too low in protein, and since the idea of snacking on a pork chop at 3 p.m. doesn’t exactly appeal to me, I’ve been finding new, healthy ways to incorporate protein throughout the day. My quest lead me to these scrumptious blueberry banana smoothies, which taste gloriously similar to fresh blueberry pie.
Whether you’re looking for a tasty way to squeeze in a few extra servings of fruits and veggies, to up your protein intake like me, or are simply a fan of things that taste wonderful, these Blueberry Pie Smoothies are sure to please.
I have been making a lot of smoothies as of late (as in one almost every single afternoon for the past six weeks), and this Blueberry Pie Smoothie is my favorite so far. It’s bursting with fresh blueberry flavor, yes, but what really sets it apart is the “pie” aspect. Its flavor reminds me of a slice of fresh blueberry pie with a creamy scoop of ice cream! Two tablespoons of oatmeal and a dollop of almond butter give it true dessert richness. The oatmeal also adds a subtle “crust” vibe and makes the smoothie more filling. Banana is on hand for sweetness and super smoothie body. This blueberry banana smoothie is thick and luxurious, as any self-respecting pie imitator should be.
As I shared Wednesday when I spilled my guts about going 67 days without refined sugar, I’ve been keeping the added sweeteners in my diet to a minimum, so now when I make this Blueberry Pie Smoothie, I actually omit the maple syrup called for in the recipe all together. I suggest making it first without, then tasting it to see if you’d like to add a little. For me, the frozen banana provides plenty of naturally sweet goodness on its own.
The scoop of protein powder in the recipe is completely optional. At the moment, I’m adding a 1/2 scoop of this unsweetened whey protein to mine (FYI, this brand is similar and comes in a smaller container), but if you prefer a flavored powder, I imagine vanilla would be delicious.
Finally, if you’d like to see this Blueberry Pie Smoothie (and the many other smoothie concoctions I’m blending up) in action, you can follow me on Snapchat at WellPlated. I often post the smoothie ingredients I’m throwing together, though be warned: my younger sister texted me yesterday to inform me that she would be giving me a Snapchat lesson, so whatever I’m doing right now must be even more embarrassing than I suspected. You’ve been warned.
Be a blender babe (for less!) Haven’t sprung for the Vitamix yet? Me neither. I do, however, have two blenders that I absolutely love and recommend that are a fraction of the cost. This traditional blender works really nicely and is ultra easy to clean (it’s the one I use for big batches of smoothies, salad dressings, and adult drinks of a frozen nature), while I use the individual small attachment on this one if I’m just making a single smoothie.
Blueberry Pie Smoothie
A creamy blueberry banana smoothie that tastes just like a slice of blueberry pie! Healthy and high in protein, it will keep you full all morning.
Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 medium banana, cut into slices and frozen (about 1/3 cup sliced or 50 g)
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Optional: 1/2 scoop unflavored or vanilla protein powder (if using vanilla, reduce amount of vanilla extract to 1/4 teaspoon)
- Optional: 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- Place the blueberries, bananas, Greek yogurt, oats, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, almond milk, and protein powder (if using) in your blender and puree until smooth. If the smoothie seems too thick, add more almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Taste and add maple syrup for sweetness as desired. Enjoy immediately.