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.

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The endless versatility and ease of smoothies will never cease to bring me joy.

My latest obsession?

Thick and creamy blackberry smoothies that offer a wonderfully familiar and satisfying berry flavor with the unexpected warmth of cinnamon.

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“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.


The Ingredients

  • 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).

TIP!

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 and this Date Shake) 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.

Ingredient Note

Use your favorite flavor and variety of yogurt to make this recipe your own. Personally, I enjoy using nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt.

Other types of sweeteners that are typically used in smoothies, are honey and maple syrup.

two glasses of blackberry smoothies with cinnamon
  • 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.

Substitution Tip

You may also use cow’s milk, soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk in this recipe or any type of milk you like to keep on hand in your fridge.

  • 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.

The Directions

ingredients for blackberry smoothie like an apple and banana
  1. Gather the ingredients.
ingredients for a cinnamon blackberry smoothie with greek yogurt in a blender
  1. Add your fruit, liquid, and mix-ins to a blender.

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.

a thick, healthy blackberry smoothie in a blender
  1. Puree until smooth. ENJOY!

Dietary Note

For a vegan blackberry smoothie, opt for your favorite non-dairy milk and yogurt.

Storage Tips

  • 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.
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Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • High-Powered Blender. If you enjoy making smoothies regularly, a high-quality blender is well worth the investment.
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  • Glassware. This fun glassware will make any beverage you pour that much more enjoyable to sip.

The Best Blender

This Vitamix professional-grade blender is durable and powerful enough for any smoothie ingredients of your choice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Dates Need to Be Cut Up Before Blending?

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.

Can I Use Fresh Instead of Frozen Banana?

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.

Can I Use Whole Flaxseed Instead of Flaxseed Meal?

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.

Is a Berry Smoothie Healthy?

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.

Blackberry Cinnamon Smoothies in a glass

Blackberry Smoothie

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Healthy blackberry smoothie naturally sweetened with dates and thickened with banana and Greek yogurt, plus cinnamon. Fast. Easy. Thick.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 2 smoothies

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 2Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgPotassium: 625mgFiber: 10gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 265IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 315mgIron: 1mg

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    1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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 :)