Dairy-free purple smoothies make a refreshing and healthy breakfast, drink or snack. Frozen blueberries and frozen blackberries give this smoothie it’s beautiful color and frozen banana gives it a nice creamy texture in place of yogurt.
I’m not a fan of yogurt in smoothies. For starters, I don’t like the tangy taste it contributes. I also just don’t like the fact that it’s there. Most likely it’s just because I’m not in love with yogurt.
I go through phases where I eat it and almost enjoy it and phases where I want nothing to do with it. That phase usually starts right after I spend $6 on a container of yogurt. Murphy’s law, right?
I think my weirdness about yogurt stems from the fact that there are live cultures in it. Yes, I know they’re healthy for you. But when you’re a kid just learning how to read and you’re just innocently reading your food labels at your normal lunch table with all your friends in the school cafeteria and you see that there’s something ALIVE in your food? It’ll freak you out a bit. It’ll also, apparently, scar you for life because I still always feel a twinge of unease as I eat my yogurt when I’m in a yogurt-liking mood.
And yes, I read food labels as a kid. I would even read the labels on all the shampoo, soap, lotion, etc. I would read anything and everything. I loved to read. Maybe a little too much… Anyways, I really like the concept of smoothies. Fruits and veggies all blended together in a nice and healthy drink. Just not with yogurt.
I really love this smoothie. It’s super tasty and it’s such a pretty purple color. Because blackberries are kinda seedy, there are some seeds in the smoothie. I don’t mind them but thought I’d give you a heads up in case you really don’t like seeds in your smoothies.
This recipe calls for all frozen fruit, which is really convenient. Fresh blueberries can be expensive, as can fresh blackberries. I buy a bunch of berries when they’re “on sale” and freeze what we don’t eat within a few days. And by “on sale” I mean 2/$5 or $2/4. Still kind of a lot but Kelsey loves fresh berries and I’m not going to discourage her from choosing healthy snacks. We picked a ton of blueberries this summer so I’ve got a nice big stockpile of them hanging out in my freezer.
If you choose to use fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit, add some ice to the blender to give it the nice icy-cold feel you’d expect from a smoothie. You might also need to add some extra liquid too. So whether you use fresh or frozen fruit, these purple smoothies are fantastic. Healthy and delicious, what more can you ask for?! Enjoy!
Dairy-Free Purple Smoothies
- 1/2 C frozen blackberries
- 1/2 C frozen blueberries
- 1 frozen banana, sliced (or 3 baby bananas)
- 1 1/4 C unsweetened coconut milk*
- splash of pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. honey, optional
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Use less milk if you like a thicker smoothie. Serve immediately.
When following a gluten-free diet, be sure to use gluten-free ingredients.