Berry Almond Smoothie 2.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

May 6, 2014

This smoothie offers a complete breakfast in under three minutes, without using expensive protein powders. With 100 percent natural ingredients, the recipe is full of antioxidants and healthful fats.

Where to Buy: Hemp hearts (raw shelled hemp seed) and chia seed are available at organic grocery stores and in the organic aisle of large grocery stores. Raw almond butter and raw slivered almonds are available at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets.


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Tested size: 2 servings; makes 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk, or more as needed
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened mixed berries, such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, or more as needed
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons raw almond butter (see headnote)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (raw shelled hemp seed; see headnote; optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed (see headnote; optional)


Combine the frozen strawberries and the cup of almond milk in a blender; puree for 1 minute or until smooth.

Working in two or three batches, add the frozen mixed berries, pureeing for 1 minute between each addition. Add splashes of almond milk if the mixture becomes too thick to blend.

Add the almonds, almond butter and hemp hearts, if using; puree for 15 seconds. Add the chia seed, if using; blend at low speed for 5 seconds.

Taste for texture; the consistency should be smooth and thick. If the smoothie seems thin, add frozen berries. Serve right away.

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From Elaine Gordon, a master certified health education specialist and creator of the recipe site

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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