I waited patiently for blackberry season to arrive, purely in anticipation of making this smoothie. For some reason, the flavor of fresh blackberries mixed with banana and vanilla hemp milk was one that I was craving, and fortunately it didn’t disappoint. Of course, you can make it any time of year with frozen blackberries (use a fresh banana rather than frozen) or swap in blueberries or strawberries for a different spin.
When made as is, this hearty beverage is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and even soy-free! I like making it sugar-free too, by using unsweetened vanilla Tempt, and adding a generous dash of pure stevia extract. Nonetheless, using regular vanilla Tempt (naturally sweetened with brown rice syrup and organic evaporated cane juice) will offer a more luxurious, yet still quite nutritious, treat.
Dairy-Free Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie
This is a perfectly light, quick, and easy breakfast for starting a school or work day off right. For a little extra staying power add some Organic Hemp Protein Powder – vanilla would be delicious!
- 1 Large Frozen Ripe Banana, broken into chunks (about 1 cup chunks)
- 1/2 Cup Blackberries
- 3/4 Cup Vanilla Tempt Hempmilk
- 2 Romaine Lettuce Leaves
- 1/2 Tablespoon Flaxseeds, optional (I pre-grind them in a spice grinder)
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon, optional
- Sweetener to Taste, optional (only needed if your fruit isn’t very ripe – I skip it)
Place all ingredients in your blender, and whiz until smooth and creamy. If needed, add sweetener to taste. If desired, thin with more milk alternative. Sometimes I use just ½ cup of Tempt for a thicker, spoon-able shake.
Wimply Blender Tips: Make sure the fresh fruit is closest to the blender blades with any frozen fruit on top. This helps the blades to move more freely. Also, start with less liquid, about ½ cup, adding more only as needed at first. A thicker blend will ensure that all of the bits are blended in. Once everything is pureed, you can add more hempmilk until it reaches your desired consistency.
Makes 1 generous serving