Sweet, slightly tart, and subtly spiced, this Blackberry Smoothie is a refreshing way to jumpstart your mornings or nourish your body with a healthy afternoon snack.
The endless versatility and ease of smoothies will never cease to bring me joy.
- A classic Strawberry Smoothie is always a welcome favorite.
- Trendy concoctions, like this Turmeric Smoothie, offer inspiration.
- And a Cleansing Apple Avocado Smoothie fuels your body with a boost of extra nutrition.
My latest obsession?
Thick and creamy blackberry smoothies that offer a wonderfully familiar and satisfying berry flavor with the unexpected warmth of cinnamon.
5 Star Review
“It’s delicious! I’m having this smoothie right now!”— Christine —
How to Make a Blackberry Smoothie Recipe
Tart apple, moody blackberries, smooth vanilla, and earthy cinnamon offer a perfectly balanced smoothie that is naturally sweetened with dates.
- Blackberries. With vitamin C, fiber, Vitamin K, manganese, and more, blackberries are plump little jewels of nutritional splendor.
- Apple. Choose a tart, firm apple (like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith) for best results and flavor (apple lovers should also try this Apple Smoothie).
No need to peel! Leave the peel on your apple. It gives the smoothie a little added texture and sneaks in extra fiber and antioxidants. Makes this smoothie short on prep time and total time to put together!
- Dates. My secret ingredient (and preferred sweetener for this smoothie) that naturally sweetens the smoothie just enough to offset (but not outshine) the tartness of the blackberries and apple.
- Frozen Banana. Your one-way ticket to an ultra-thick and creamy smoothie.
- Yogurt. Adds a little tang and creaminess.
- If you’d like to make this blackberry smoothie without yogurt, swap it for a few extra pieces of fruit for thickness. To make sure the smoothie stays filling, consider replacing the protein in the yogurt with chia seeds or protein powder.
- Milk. My favorite milk for smoothies (like this Carrot Smoothie) is unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it’s low in fat, low in sugar, but never short on creaminess.
- Cinnamon. Warmly spices the blackberry smoothie and is believed to improve blood pressure, help manage blood sugar, and support digestive health. It makes this smoothie extra special.
- Vanilla. Marries perfectly with the sweet dates. Be sure to use the real stuff.
- Flaxseed Meal. Packs in additional fiber PLUS omega-3 fatty acids. Added bonus? Flaxseed offers a helping hand to the banana to thicken these blackberry cinnamon smoothies (and this Blueberry Spinach Smoothie recipe) to the perfect consistency.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Add your fruit, liquid, and mix-ins to a blender.
If you do not have a high-powered blender, I recommend cutting the dates into quarters with a sharp knife before adding them to your blender.
- Puree until smooth. ENJOY!
- To Store. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator (the less air, then better!) for up to 1 day. Stir or shake the jar to recombine, then enjoy.
More Favorite Smoothies
- Green Smoothies: I have several green smoothies including this kale smoothie and mango green smoothie.
- Blueberry Smoothies: Several smoothies I make with blueberries is this classic blueberry smoothie and this blueberry spinach smoothie.
- You could also make smoothie bowls or a blackberry pineapple smoothie. All equally delicious!
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- High-Powered Blender. If you enjoy making smoothies regularly, a high-quality blender is well worth the investment.
- Standard Blender. If a spendy blender isn’t in the cards, this affordable purchase was a loyal, trusted friend in my kitchen for many years.
- Glassware. This fun glassware will make any beverage you pour that much more enjoyable to sip.
Blackberry cinnamon smoothie, you inspire me. Onto the next great blend!
Frequently Asked Questions
As long as you are using a high-powered blender and pitted dates, your blender should be able to handle the job without any issues. However, if you If want to be 100% safe, I would suggest cutting the dates into fourths before adding them to your blender.
Technically, yes. Your smoothie will not turn out as thick, creamy, or cold as it would if you used frozen banana but it will still taste yummy.
I have not made this smoothie with whole flax seeds, however, I imagine it could be done. You may want to consider grinding the flaxseeds first (using your blender or a coffee grinder) before blending with the rest of the ingredients. Ground flaxseed is easier to digest and your body can absorb the nutrients better than it can from whole flaxseeds.
Short answer is yes, they are! Typically they are a good source of potassium, rich in calcium and antioxidants. The fruits are a good source of vitamin a, a moderate amount of carbohydrates and calories. Using unsweetened vanilla almond milk has the benefit of having 0g cholesterol and low sodium.
- 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
- Gather, chop, and prep the smoothie ingredients
- Add the banana, blackberries, and apple to a blender; top with milk. Add yogurt, dates, flaxseed, cinnamon, and vanilla.
- Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
- TO STORE: Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator (the less air, then better!) for up to 1 day. Stir or shake the jar to recombine, then enjoy.
- FOR VEGAN/DAIRY-FREE: Use your favorite non-dairy yogurt in place of Greek yogurt.
- TIP: If you do not have a high-powered blender, I recommend cutting the dates into quarters with a sharp knife before adding them to your blender.
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