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The Best Blueberry Smoothie (tastes like a muffin!)




I’m SO excited to ring in a new month with brand new smoothie recipes. Buckle up kiddies because every Monday in May, I’m bringing you a fabulous, nutrient dense, ridiculously good smoothie recipe to bring you joy and nourish your body, mind and soul before you begin your week.

First up: this absolutely incredible blueberry smoothie recipe that seriously tastes just like a blueberry muffin. Because I am the muffin queen, I knew I wanted to create a smoothie recipe that had that cozy, freshly baked flavor. My bakery-style blueberry muffins are one of my favs (and most popular) so I essentially turned them into this wild blueberry muffin smoothie!

Not only is this smoothie delicious, but it’s also packed with nourishing ingredients, plenty of protein, fiber, and antioxidants to help fill you up and make you feel amazing. You’re going to LOVE this one.

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healthy blueberry smoothie in two glasses

What are wild blueberries?

Wild blueberries are smaller and more flavorful than regular blueberries because they have less water in them. They’re deliciously sweet and a little tangy, and they take the flavor of this blueberry smoothie recipe to the next level.

Wild blueberries are also packed with antioxidants and a compound called anthocyanin. These not only give the blueberries their deep blue/purple color but are also shown to reduce inflammation and help to prevent cell damage. Wild blueberries actually have a significantly higher amount of antioxidants and anthocyanin than regular blueberries!

ingredients for a wild blueberry smoothie on a board

Everything you’ll need to make this blueberry smoothie

When I say this blueberry smoothie tastes like a blueberry muffin, I mean it! You’ll need a handful of ingredients and mix-ins to get the perfect texture and flavor, plus I’ve included even more ways to customize the flavor below. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Wild blueberries: be sure to use frozen wild blueberries to keep the smoothie nice and cold.
  • Medjool dates: we’re naturally sweetening this blueberry smoothie without banana by blending in Medjool dates. See below for a note on using dates!
  • Greek yogurt: sometimes I love to use vanilla greek yogurt for extra flavor, but feel free to use plain if that’s what you have — I’ve tested both ways and it’s just as delish. Greek yogurt adds a creamy texture and boost of protein.
  • Vanilla: you’ll also want to add a little vanilla extract for even more flavor.
  • Nutritional boosters: we’re blending in flaxseed meal and hemp hearts for a boost of omega-3s, fiber, protein, magnesium, iron & zinc. Hello, superfoods! These make the smoothie super nourishing and filling and boost the thickness.
  • Rolled oats: the key ingredient in this recipe to make it taste like a true blueberry muffin smoothie! Rolled oats add that freshly baked flavor and heartiness.
  • Milk: feel free to use any milk you’d like to help blend up the blueberry smoothie. I like to use unsweetened oat or almond milk to keep it dairy free and for additional muffin flavor.

ingredients for a blueberry muffin smoothie in a blender

Don’t forget this trick when using dates

Note that you may need to soften your dates before adding them to the blender. To do so, simply soak your pitted dates in 1 cup of very warm water for at least 5 minutes. This will help them soften up and be perfect for blending. While the dates are soaking you can get all your other ingredients out, measured and ready.

top-down view of a wild blueberry smoothie in a blender

Try these amazing flavor boosters

This wild blueberry smoothie is delicious as-is, but feel free to mix it up with these fun flavor boosters!

  • Almond extract: I LOVE adding just a drop or two of almond extract to make the blueberry smoothie taste like cake. Mmmm blueberry cake for breakfast.
  • Cinnamon: a pinch of cinnamon really brings out that cozy, freshly baked muffin flavor. I almost always add cinnamon to my muffin recipes, so it’s the perfect addition to this smoothie.
  • Lemon zest: a little bit of lemon zest goes a long way and adds a wonderful brightness to the smoothie. It won’t make the smoothie sour or tart, just even more refreshing.
  • Vanilla protein powder: if you’d like even more vanilla flavor (and a boost of protein) feel free to add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder! I like Aloha and Four Sigmatic.

pouring a blueberry smoothie into a glass

Looking to add even more nutrition?

Try one of these easy mix-ins:

  • Chia seeds: add in a tablespoon of chia seeds to your blueberry smoothie for a boost of healthy fats and fiber.
  • Spinach: if you’re looking to get more greens in your smoothie, try adding a cup or two of raw or cooked spinach. You’ll never be able to taste it, but just know that it may change the color of your smoothie to a brownish color.
  • Frozen cauliflower: you could also throw in a cup of frozen cauliflower to thicken your smoothie even more and get extra veggies in. You won’t even be able to taste it!

blueberry muffin smoothie in two glasses

Tips for making the best blueberry smoothie

With a few easy tips & tricks you’ll have a perfectly thick, delicious blueberry muffin smoothie in no time:

  1. Use frozen fruit. Using frozen wild blueberries in this recipe is best as it helps keep the smoothie cold and thick. Ice can water down the smoothie flavor and often doesn’t blend as well, so it’s best to skip it unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Add more liquid. Don’t be afraid to add more liquid if your smoothie is too thick or won’t fully blend — especially if you’re adding more mix-ins. High powered blenders tend to blend frozen fruit much better, so if you have a regular or personal size blender, you may need to add more milk.
  3. Start on low speed. Start the blender on low speed, then gradually increase to high to help blend all ingredients. Finally, end with the blender on low speed.
  4. Sweeten it up. This blueberry smoothie should be perfect sweet but if you’d like it sweeter you can add a 1/2 tablespoon of honey, pure maple syrup or another Medjool date.
  5. Use your fav milk. Feel free to use any milk you’d like in smoothie recipes! Oat and almond milk tend to have a neutral taste that’s perfect for this muffin inspired smoothie, coconut milk will add a more tropical and creamy flavor, and regular milk will add a boost of protein.

top-down view of two blueberry smoothies topped with oats

Prep this blueberry smoothie for later

Yes, you can make this wild blueberry smoothie ahead of time! I have three amazing ways to prep & store smoothies right in your freezer. Learn the ice cube tray, mason jar and freezer pack methods.

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I hope you love this wild blueberry muffin smoothie! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Wild Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

blueberry muffin smoothie in a glass

Incredible blueberry smoothie made with wild blueberries that tastes just like a freshly baked blueberry muffin! This nutritious blueberry muffin smoothie is naturally sweetened without banana, has a boost of protein from greek yogurt, and is filled with muffin flavor thanks to rolled oats & flax. Optional flavor add-ins included for this delicious breakfast or snack!

  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (they have the best flavor!)
  • 2 large Medjool dates, pitted and softened if necessary
  • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt (plain also works but vanilla has better flavor!)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened oat or almond milk (or sub any milk of choice!)
  • Optional add-ins:
  • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
  1. Add all ingredients to a high powered blender: blueberries, dates, yogurt, flaxseed meal, hemp hearts, rolled oats and milk. Feel free to add any optional add-ins to your smoothie if you’d like. Blend until smooth, adding more milk to thin, if necessary. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Serves 1. Feel free to double the recipe to serve 2.

You may need to soften your dates: to do so soak your pitted dates in 1 cup of very warm water for at least 5 minutes. This will help them soften up and be perfect for blending.

While the dates are soaking you can get all your other ingredients out, measured and ready.

See the full post for easy & delicious ways to customize your blueberry smoothie!

Nutrition

Servings: 1 serving

Serving size: 1 smoothie

Calories: 432kcal

Fat: 14.8g

Saturated fat: 2.8g

Carbohydrates: 63.4g

Fiber: 6.4g

Sugar: 26.4g

Protein: 14.6g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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