Raspberry Smoothie

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This easy Raspberry Smoothie recipe is made with just frozen raspberries, Greek yogurt (or your favorite protein powder), milk, and honey. It’s a quick and healthy breakfast or snack idea that will keep you feel light anytime.

2 glasses of raspberry smoothie.


 

I love the flavor of raspberries, and the frozen ones are my favorite because they are so predictable. You never have to worry about mold or sogginess or whether they got smashed on the bottom. They were harvested at the peak of freshness and they’re ready to go!

I love them in smoothies because they offer natural sweetness without too much sugar. In fact, if you use Greek yogurt in your smoothies, you might find yourself craving something to balance it out. I recommend a splash of honey, but maple syrup or agave work too.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for raspberry smoothies.

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Ingredient notes

  • Almond milk: Any non-dairy milk or dairy-free milk alternative, such as cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or soy milk will do, as long as it is unflavored and unsweetened. Try a little apple juice for some added sweetness.
  • Raspberries: To substitute fresh raspberries, add ½ cup ice or more to the blender. Or use any combination of blueberries, blackberries, or cherries.
  • Protein powder: You can use either Greek yogurt or protein powder in this smoothie. Protein powder is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but I wrote extensively about the Best Protein Powders for Smoothies because it’s something I care about. If you don’t currently have a favorite, you might be able to find one in the list.
  • Honey: Taste the smoothie before adding any natural sweeteners, then start with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. If you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder, you probably won’t need anything.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, raspberries, and protein powder or Greek yogurt.
A blender with raspberry smoothie ingredients.
  1. Blend until smooth. Taste and add honey if desired.
A blender with raspberry smoothie ingredients.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.
  • Flax or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can soak the chia seeds in water for 5 to 10 minutes if desired, but it’s not required. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand for these.
  • Greens: Add 2 cups fresh spinach or kale for an extra nutritional boost. This is a great option if you’re using your smoothie as a meal replacement.
  • Peanut butter and jelly: Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter for the most delicious PB&J Smoothie you’ve ever had! I love Crazy Richard’s brand peanut butter because it is made with only peanuts (no added sugars or palm oil) and they support American peanut farmers, using only 100% US-grown peanuts.
  • Smoothie Bowls: Freeze this Raspberry Smoothie in an ice cube tray, and blend frozen cubes with a little liquid until it has an ice cream-like consistency. Top with your favorite topping, like chocolate chips, cacao nips, or granola for a delicious Raspberry Smoothie bowl.
  • Easy Acai Bowl: Just 5 ingredients (plus toppings) and ready in minutes! Flavorful and full of antioxidants, it’s a healthy homemade spa-day treat that tastes as good as it looks.
  • Banana Smoothie: Made with just 4 ingredients and no added sugar. Start with a frozen banana and some vanilla for natural sweetness, then add your favorite protein powder or Greek yogurt and water or milk.
  • Blueberry Smoothie: One of the healthier smoothies around! Berries are naturally low in sugar (even the “good” kind). Add protein powder to keep you full and feeling good all morning long.
  • Caribbean Passion Smoothie: This Jamba Juice copycat is sweet, refreshing, and easy to make at home. It tastes EXACTLY like the real thing!
  • Carrot Smoothie: You’ll love the flavors of mango, bananas, and orange juice in this colorful, vibrant smoothie starring a secret ingredient: frozen carrots.
  • Mango Smoothie: This simple smoothie is flavored with mangoes and bananas with Greek yogurt for protein and milk for creaminess. 
  • Spinach Smoothie: Fresh spinach, banana, pineapple, and yogurt make for a super simple, totally delicious way to eat more greens.
  • Strawberry Citrus Ginger Smoothie: Quench your thirst with this refreshing and fruity treat perfect for crushing your sweet cravings.
2 glasses of raspberry smoothie.

Frequently Asked Questions

My blender always struggles with smoothies. How can I process smoothies easier?

If you don’t have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, your blender may find frozen fruit and ice challenging. Especially if you notice that your blender errs on the weak side, but really a best practice for all smoothie-makers, start by adding the liquid portion of the recipe, then add the fruit and vegetables on top. If frozen, let them thaw a bit before blending. Check out my guide to the best blenders.

What’s the key to a thick smoothie texture?

If you enjoy your smoothies on the thicker side, use frozen raspberries and add ice cubes, as desired. If you prefer a juicer, straw-sippable smoothie, blend in fresh raspberries instead.

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Raspberry Smoothie

This easy Raspberry Smoothie recipe is made with just frozen raspberries, Greek yogurt (or your favorite protein powder), milk, and honey.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving (2 cups)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 182
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (see note 1)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt (see note 2)
  • Honey to taste, optional (see note 3)

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, raspberries, and protein powder or Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth. Taste and add honey if desired.

Notes

  1. Raspberries: To substitute fresh raspberries, add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  2. Protein powder: Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  3. Honey: Taste the smoothie before adding any sweeteners, then start with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. If you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder, you probably won’t need anything.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 cupsCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 26gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 58mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 3mg
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