Years ago, a reader named Jackie emailed this recipe to us, and said it was one of her favorite smoothies. Today, we’re giving her berry flax breakfast shake recipe an update! It’s a super-charged smoothie that’s naturally plant-based, dairy-free, and optionally allergy-friendly. It’s also naturally high in fiber, boasts a little protein, and contains other notable health benefits.
Berry Flax Breakfast Shake that’s High in Fiber and Omega-3
Thanks to the flaxseed, this smoothie contains a whopping 3.6 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids. Even if you enjoy just half of this berry flax breakfast shake (it makes quite a bit!), you’ll still meet your daily Omega-3 needs. Flaxseed is also rich in lignans and fiber, which boast benefits like heart health, cancer prevention, and more.
Please note, flaxseed can cause digestive symptoms if you aren’t use to it. So starting with just a half smoothie at first might be better for your needs.
Whole flax seeds can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. You can grind them for fresh flaxseed meal to use in this recipe, sprinkle on oatmeal, etc. Ground flaxseed should be stored in an airtight container int he refrigerator, to keep it from going rancid. It an also be frozen to prolong the freshness.
Special Diet Notes: Berry Flax Breakfast Shake
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Just be sure to pick the milk beverage that suits your dietary needs.
For a gluten-free berry flax shake, you can omit the wheat germ, or substitute oat bran.
- 1 cup vanilla or plain unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
- 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- Sweetener, to taste (optional)
- Place the milk beverage, berries, banana, flax, and wheat germ in you blender and puree until smooth.
- Taste, and blend in sweetener, as needed.