This recipe makes the very best blueberry smoothie, if not the best smoothie you’ve ever had! With vanilla extract, yogurt, and lemon zest, this simple fruity smoothie is positively delicious and oh so easy to make. Using fresh or frozen blueberries, this smoothie tastes almost too good to be healthy! Easy to make vegan or paleo by using non-dairy yogurt.
Nothing is better than an ice-cold smoothie when it’s hot out! This smoothie combines sweet and slightly acidic blueberries with creamy yogurt and milk, vanilla, a little lemon zest (optional, but totally recommended), and maple syrup or dates to up the sweetness. It’s the perfect spring and summer treat, but good for you, too!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
Blueberries – Either fresh or frozen blueberries will work great. Sweet and sometimes just a little tart, blueberries perfectly complement the sweet creaminess of the other ingredients.
Yogurt – Use either plain or vanilla full-fat yogurt for your smoothie. Despite what diet fads have told us, full-fat yogurt is actually healthier for you!
Milk – We like either dairy or almond milk in our smoothies, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand or like best.
Vanilla extract – Sweet and slightly woody, vanilla enhances the sweetness of the blueberries without overpowering them.
Lemon zest – You can omit the lemon zest, but a little tart citrus gives this smoothie an extra burst of flavor.
How To Make Blueberry Smoothies
The full recipe & ingredients list are below, but here you’ll find a quick overview for making this recipe perfectly, along with useful tips and info!
Blend all of the ingredients (except the ice, which you’ll only use if you’re using fresh blueberries).
Add the ice once everything is nice and smooth.
Blitz until you no longer hear chunks of ice — this will prevent the ice from melting at all and keep it ice-cold!
Top Tips For Making
- To blend your smoothie, I highly recommend a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. It just gets things done faster and easier!
- For a vegan or paleo smoothie, use non-dairy milk and yogurt.
More Perfect Summertime Recipes
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- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
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- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen, about 5 ounces
- ½ cup full-fat yogurt plain or vanilla flavored
- 1 cup milk or almond milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large pinch lemon zest about ¼ teaspoon, optional
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or 1-2 pitted dates
- 2-4 ice cubes if using fresh blueberries
- fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional
- Blend all of the ingredients except ice (only use ice if using fresh blueberries).
- Add the ice once everything is smooth. Continue blending until you no longer hear chunks of ice.
- Blender: A high-speed blender like a Vitamix is recommended.
- Vegan or paleo: Use non-dairy milk and yogurt.
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Cheryl Malik is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind the healthy, flavorful, family friendly recipes at 40 Aprons. She’s been a blogger for 10+ years and is known for her delicious recipes and detailed recipe instructions. Cheryl is a mom of three who lives in Memphis, TN.