Easy Berry Smoothie – With only three ingredients, this is the easiest berry smoothie you’ll ever make!
Today’s recipe is inspired by a new man in my life. He’s currently growing in my belly and is craving tons of fruit right now.
That’s right – I’m pregnant! I’m about 4 months along with a baby boy who is due this Fall. He wasn’t a COVID baby since I found out I was pregnant right before the pandemic began. But I’ve basically been living this entire pregnancy in isolation so it sure feels like he was!
Throughout my pregnancy, I have been obsessed with fruit, much like I was when I was pregnant with Lucy. So I’ve been making a lot of homemade mocktails and smoothies to satisfy the craving.
In the past, homemade smoothies were off-putting to me because they required a lot of ingredients and just didn’t come out the same as they would at a smoothie shop. But since smoothies can be so expensive (and I’m too nervous/lazy to go anywhere), I was determined to find the right recipe for an easy homemade smoothie.
And by golly, I think I did it! Here is my super Easy Berry Smoothie!
Elements of a great smoothie
A great smoothie needs to have these key elements:
- Smooth, yet thick
- Sweet, yet no added sugar
- Great flavor
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, you’ll be surprised on how hard it was for me to figure out the right balance of ingredients to achieve all three. I’d add too many frozen ingredients and not enough liquid, which resulted in an icy smoothie. Other times, I’d add just dairy and frozen fruit and would need to add some honey to make it taste good. I just couldn’t get it right.
Now, I’ve finally got the perfect mix of ingredients to make the best smoothie any of us have ever had.
Ingredients in this smoothie
For this smoothie, I only needed three ingredients to make it taste so wonderful. That’s right – just three!! Let’s break them down, shall we?
- A super ripe banana – This gives the smoothie the creamy texture and sweet flavor it needs. But it has to be ripe! No green bananas here or else the flavor will be chalky and bland
- Frozen berries – The frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice and keeps the flavor of the smoothie on point.
- Milk – This is what helps the smoothie blend together. If you use yogurt, the smoothie is still too thick. It has to be milk! I’ve also done it with fresh orange juice and the smoothie just gets too tart. Milk is the liquid of choice here.
Tips & Tricks
- Since there is no added sugar in this smoothie, it’s so important that the banana you use is ripe. Ripe bananas are naturally sweet so they help mellow out the tart berries in this smoothie.
- When mixing the smoothie, make sure to put the milk and banana at the bottom of the blender pitcher. This will ensure the smoothie blends easily without stalling out.
Easy Berry Smoothie
- 1 large banana (the more spots, the better!)
- 1 cup skim milk (or other milk of choice)
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- Peel banana and break in half. Add to bottom of a blender pitcher. Add milk and mixed berries to the pitcher. Cover pitcher and blend on high (or on smoothie setting) for about 1 minute. The longer you blend, the creamier the smoothie gets.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy!