A lot of fruit smoothies contain frozen banana—but not this one! You can make this antioxidant-loaded lemon blueberry smoothie using only four ingredients. The lemon balances out the sweetness of the berries, while the nut milk and canned pears make this nutrient-packed breakfast super creamy.
What do I need to make a blueberry smoothie?
To make this blueberry smoothie recipe, you need four simple ingredients:
- Frozen wild blueberries. Frozen berries help chill this smoothie without the need for ice.
- Unsweetened nut milk. Almond milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk work well as the base for this recipe.
- Lemon juice and zest. This adds a zesty freshness to your smoothie that balances out the sweetness of the blueberries.
- Canned pears. Make sure to get pears canned in their own juices—not syrup—because you’ll add the juices to the smoothie.
Do I need ice?
No ice needed here! Because you’re using frozen berries, you can leave out the ice cubes. Frozen blueberries will chill and thicken your smoothie just as well without watering down the flavor.
How do I make it?
Start by adding your nut milk to the blender. Then, add the lemon juice, canned pears, and blueberries. Turn on your blender and blend on high for a few minutes. The smoothie should be nice and thick, with no big chunks.
If you’re using a less powerful blender, try pulsing the blender a few times at the beginning. This will help break down the larger fruit pieces so it’s easier for the blender to do its thing.
Is this blueberry smoothie vegan?
Yes! Because this blueberry smoothie has only fruit and non-dairy milk, it’s 100% vegan. Be aware that any additional ingredients you add to boost the nutrition may or may not be vegan. For example, if you wanted to add more sweetness, choose maple syrup over honey for a vegan blueberry smoothie.
What’s the best blender to use?
Any blender you have at home should work to make this lemon blueberry smoothie. High-powered blenders will have an easier time blending the frozen berries, but with a little effort, even an immersion blender will get the job done. Here are my favorite blenders in each price range.
- More affordable: Cuisinart Hand Blender
- Medium cost: Ninja Professional Blender
- Top of the line: Vitamix Professional Blender
What can I add to my blueberry smoothie to make it more nourishing?
This is one of the best blueberry smoothie recipes because it’s super versatile! You can easily create lots of variations by adding ingredients like spinach, kale, almond butter, or avocado.
One of my favorite ways to add nutrients is to create smoothie booster packs. Figure out which ingredients you want to add, prepare them ahead of time, then freeze. When it’s time to blend, all you have to do is pop a frozen smoothie pack in with the rest of your smoothie and you’ve got an instant nutrition boost!
Some add-ins that would work particularly well with this blueberry smoothie include:
- Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt will add a richness to your blueberry smoothie. If you’re not a fan of the gritty texture of protein powder, this is a great way to get some added protein.
- Ground flax seeds. These little seeds are very high in Omega-3’s and other nutrients. Keep in mind our bodies can’t process the hull of the flaxseed, which is why they need to be ground.
- Tumeric. This powerhouse spice is high in antioxidants and it’ll give your already antioxidant rich blueberry smoothie a big boost!
- Rolled oats. These are a great source of fiber, and they’ll help thicken your smoothie. If you ever feel yourself wanting more of a meal and less of a snack, rolled oats are a great addition to your smoothie.