5-Ingredient Very Berry Smoothie
Yield: 1 large or 2 smaller smoothies (18-20 ounces total)
Loaded with filling protein, healthy fats, and a hearty dose of fruit (and optional veggie), this smoothie checks all the metaphorical boxes—and tastes great, too.  For grab-and-go convenience, make smoothie packs and store in the freezer.


  • 1 cup (5 ounce/140 grams) frozen mixed berries
  • 1 medium frozen banana, overripe is best
  • 1 cup milk of choice*
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter of choice**
  • 1 scoop (20 grams) protein powder or 1 teaspoon honey (or sweetener of choice, to taste)***



  1. If you froze your (peeled) banana whole, roughly chop it.

    Place all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. If you have a high-speed blender with a tamper, it helps to keep the mixture going.  If your blender does not have a strong motor, I recommend blending the milk and the frozen berries first, and then add the remaining ingredients. That will help avoid overloading the motor.


*I typically use Silk’s almond/coconut milk, but use your favorite dairy or non-dairy option.

**We’ve enjoyed this smoothie with almond and peanut butter as well as powdered peanut butter (like PB2). For a nut-free version, sunflower seed butter could be used, or simply omit.

***Both vanilla and chocolate protein powder work well in this smoothie.  For a healthy, no-sugar-added option that I can find at the grocery store, I like Bob’s Red Mill’s protein powders.  If you don’t have any on hand, you may omit.  When not using protein powder, I like a small squeeze of honey to enhance the natural flavor of the fruit.

A few more things...

For an added nutritional boost, you may blend in 1 cup of baby spinach and/or a tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseed meal.

This recipe makes a thick, spoonable smoothie.   If you prefer a thinner consistency, you may add more milk or use some fresh fruit instead of all frozen.

Tip: Always peel bananas before freezing.  For the most natural sweetness, overripe bananas are best.

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