This Mixed Berry Smoothie is a deliciously sweet, creamy breakfast or snack. It has a hint of chocolate that complements the berries perfectly. Grab a straw and get sipping!
My daughter, Caroline, actually came up with this recipe all on her own when she was 7 or 8 years old. I was hesitant with her ingredient choices, but turns out I had nothing to worry about it. It is sooo tasty!
She insisted I write the recipe down, so I did, and we’ve made it many times over the years.
This recipe has taken on a few different names since it’s inception. For a long time we referred to it as the “bread smoothie.” She finally landed on Caroline’s Chocolate Berry Blast most recently. I’m calling it a Chocolate Mixed Berry Smoothie so people might actually find on Google.
She finally convinced me that it deserves a place on this blog. She helped me make the recipe, take the photos, and even watched as I typed most of this up. A food blogger in the making!
Caroline hopes you love her smoothie as much as we do! Enjoy!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Berries ~ We like fresh strawberries and raspberries in this mixed berry smoothie, especially in the summer when they’re in season and super sweet. You can use your favorite berry combination. Blueberries or blackberries would both be delicious.
Frozen mixed berries can be used instead of fresh, especially in the winter when fresh berries tend to be more expensive and aren’t as sweet or flavorful. You may need to add additional milk or water to thin out the smoothie.
Milk ~ Canned light coconut milk is our milk of choice for this combo, but any unsweetened, plain, non-dairy milk will work. Light coconut milk doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor. If you want more coconut flavor, you can use full fat coconut milk.
Almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk would all be great.
Sweetener ~ A banana and a few dates bring all the natural sweetness you need without added refined sugars. The banana also helps create a creamy, thick texture.
Bread ~ I know it sounds weird to add bread to a smoothie recipe, but trust me, it works! Since this is my daughter Caroline’s recipe, it was her idea. I was skeptical at first, but I can’t deny the delicious taste of this chocolate mixed berry smoothie!
Adding a slice of bread is really no different than adding oats. One slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread contains 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Perfect for using up that end heel slice that no one wants to eat!
If you don’t have sprouted grain bread, you can use whole wheat or another whole grain bread. Gluten-free bread would also work. Or substitute 2 to 3 tablespoons of old fashioned rolled oats instead.
Chocolate ~ A small handful of chocolate chips brings a subtle chocolate flavor that complements the berries well. You could use a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to save some calories if you prefer.
You could also leave the chocolate out all together.
Ice ~ Because we use fresh berries, a handful of ice helps to make the smoothie frosty and thick. If you use frozen berries, you can omit the ice.
Extras ~ You can add a handful of leafy greens, like spinach or kale, to this chocolate mixed berry smoothie recipe. It will make the color darker and may not look as appetizing, but it will still be every bit as delicious!
How to make the recipe
For exact ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to the recipe card.
Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Enjoy immediately or pour into an air-tight mason jar. It will keep up to 1 day.
Please note: the smoothie will thicken upon sitting in the fridge, especially if using coconut milk. You may need to add additional liquid and re-blend before serving.
Pro tips and tricks
~ To ensure all ingredients get fully incorporated, add the liquid first, then fresh berries and banana, next the bread, dates and chocolate chips, and lastly ice.
~ If you don’t have sprouted grain bread, use 2 to 3 tablespoons of rolled oats instead.
~ If you are using frozen fruit, omit the ice.
~ To reduce the calorie count, use a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips and unsweetened almond milk instead of coconut milk.
~ If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more milk, or add some water.
~ If the smoothie is too thin, add more banana or the other ½ slice of bread.
Add your liquid first. Soft ingredients go next, like fresh berries or banana. Then add things like leafy greens, oats, nuts, seeds, dates, etc. Lastly, add frozen fruit and/or ice.
If you have a high-speed blender, the order doesn’t matter quite as much. Use the tamper to press down the ingredients if they need a little help getting started.
Smoothies should be thick and creamy, but thin enough to sip through a straw.
You want to blend long enough so that all in the ingredients are incorporated fully and the smoothie is thick, creamy, and smooth. It usually takes about 1 minute in a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blentec, and about 2 minutes in a regular blender. Use the tamper, as necessary, to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated.
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you tried it, please use the rating system in the recipe card and leave a comment below with your feedback.
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Caroline’s Chocolate Mixed Berry Smoothie
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and purée until smooth and creamy. Use the tamper to press down the ingredients, as necessary, to ensure everything gets fully incorporated.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.