Blackberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie: A Sneaky Morning Treat!


One thing I love about the northwest is the abundance of fruit in the summertime, especially the blackberries … oh the blackberries. They cost something like $20 a pound to buy in stores, but grow freely on every street here, with only the price of a few thorn sticks from the blackberry pushes to pay.

The only problem is that blackberry season is short. Once the berries finally emerge, they ripen within days and disappear almost as quickly. Determined to cash in on the late summer harvest, we stalked blackberry bushes throughout August, seeking the perfect sunny spot where we could load up several containers for freezing.

Late last week while on a walk, we noticed the gentle scent of fresh berries, and smiled at one another. “Just a few more days and they’ll be ready to pick!” my husband proclaimed …

Finally, sure we were in for some beautiful plump berries, we headed out the door with bags in hand. But to our surprise, they were gone! Not the berries, the bushes! Just as the berries were beginning to ripen, the entire lot of blackberry bushes on our street had been cut back to bare bones; a cruel joke indeed.

Fortunately, from what was left, we were able to snag just enough of these plump gems to make a blackberry banana breakfast smoothie or two …

Blackberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie Recipe - dairy-free, vegan, creamy and delicious!

Special Diet Notes: Blackberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and top food allergy-friendly.

Blackberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie
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I spiked this blackberry banana breakfast smoothie with lots of nutritious goodies to start the day off right. The lettuce leaves have a very mild taste and go pretty much undetected in the taste and texture. The flaxseeds offer some healthy fats, and what smoothie is complete without a banana? Adjust the milk alternative up or down for a thinner or thicker texture, and add 1 to 2 tablespoons dairy-free protein powder for a heftier start to your day.
Serves: 1 big serving
  • 1 large frozen ripe banana, broken into chunks (about 1 cup chunks)
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ¾ cup vanilla dairy-free milk beverage
  • 2 romaine lettuce leaves
  • ½ tablespoon flaxseeds, ground or about 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Sweetener to taste, optional (only needed if your fruit isn’t very ripe – I skip it)
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender, making sure the fresh fruit is on the bottom and frozen fruit is on the top (furthest from the blades), and whiz until smooth. If your blender is a wimpy one, start with less milk alternative (1/2 to ¾ Cup) to ensure everything blends in nicely.
  2. Once everything is pureed, you can add more milk alternative until it reaches your desired consistency.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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