Apparently, summer is back in Boston. It’s the end of September and currently it’s 85 degrees °F (29°C) outside. Yay! I am one of these people who deny that fall is on its way because you know what’s coming next. Winter boots and big heavy jackets. So no, no, no. I am definitely a summer person, with late summer being my favorite season. The nights are nice and chilly already yet the days are still lovely and warm. In addition, there is plenty of fruits and veggies in season in September. Late strawberries (the second harvest), plums, blackberries, and yes: blueberries. I am a huge fan of blueberries and I love them even more when they turn your regular smoothie into a colorful miracle.
This smoothie is bright purple and vibrant in color, using natural ingredients only. With that, I mean no added berry powder and whatsoever. Just fruits.
Frozen fruit for thick and creamy smoothies
For a thick and creamy textured smoothie, it’s essential to use frozen fruits. If you don’t care too much for these thick and ice cold smoothies anyways, add at least one frozen fruit (banana or pineapple) to avoid having to add ice cubes that water the smoothie down. The blueberries can either be fresh, if they are in season, or frozen to use at any time of the year. Such a small amount doesn’t really make a difference texture-wise.
However, keep in mind that you have to use a relatively powerful blender when blending frozen fruit. An exception to the rule are bananas. When peeled, sliced, frozen and left at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to thaw slightly, you can blend bananas even with a non-high speed blender. Make sure to freeze the banana slices with space between them on a sheet of parchment paper or cling wrap. Otherwise, the frozen bananas will clump and make it hard on your blender again. Alternatively, you can freeze peeled whole bananas and grate them with a box grater before blending. These two methods will make it easy on your blender. But honestly, I prefer the slicing-freezing method since it’s less work and dishes to wash.
When blending blueberries with a less powerful blender, your smoothie will contain some tiny bits of blueberries. I have no idea if these will disappear when using a super high-speed blender like a Vitamix. I used my reasonably priced Magic bullet, which blends frozen fruit without any problems. But as you can see, my smoothie contains teeny-tiny blueberry pieces as well. Nevertheless, I am super happy with this smoothie and my blender.
Regarding the liquid, I like to use a mix of water and sweetened soy milk for this smoothie. You can use any other plant-based milk instead or just add water instead. The color might slightly differ though. This smoothie tastes relatively mild, so if you want a little zing, add a squeeze of lemon juice or half a teaspoon of grated ginger.
This vibrant purple smoothie is a game changer. It is thick and creamy and only requires frozen fruit and some liquid. For a thick and creamy smoothie, it’s essential to use frozen fruits. If you don’t care too much for these thick and ice cold smoothies anyways, add at least one frozen fruit (banana or pineapple) to avoid having to add ice cubes that water the smoothie down. The blueberries can either be fresh or frozen. This purple smoothie tastes relatively mild, so if you want a little zing, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice, or half a teaspoon of grated ginger.
- 1 sliced banana, frozen
- 3/4 cup (100 g) frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup (45 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) sweetened soy milk, or any other milk
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold water
- Optional for some zing: a squeeze of lime/lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Divide between two glasses and enjoy!
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Wow the color is wonderful and it’s my favourite one :-)
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much Manu. The color is the reason why I make this smoothie over and over again ;-) I hope you are having a great day!
Just made this and it tasted amazing but I’m not sure how you achieved that color mine turned out to be lilac. Is there a secret ingredient I’m missing? 😂
I guess it depends on the blueberries. Sometimes mine isn’t as purple as shown in the pics either, often times it is soooo vibrant. So no secret here, rather luck ;-) One thing that helps for sure is a powerful blender that blends everything until smooth…. Thanks so much for your comment and keep making it every once in a while. You’ll notice the different shades of lilac/purple. Have a great Sunday!
Hey, Thank you for hypnotizing the insanely purple smoothie dear… It’s reminding me of Jamun shot. I am from India and we have blackberries (also known as Java Plum, available at end of summer and beginning of the rainy season)