Living and Thriving Gluten Free

Healthy & Whole Food Eating

Author:           Updated August 20, 2019
Categories: Breakfast  •  Smoothies    

This can be served thicker, in a bowl, and can be optionally made with a banana, which will give it a nice pudding texture. Or, it can be prepared thinner, to be drinkable, by adding coconut water or milk, or your favorite nut milk, and skipping the banana.

Blackberry smoothie topped with frozen blackberries and seeds
Image by: Thora Toft

Prep time: 10 minutes Makes: 1 serving Difficulty: Easy

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There are some notes below on how to tell the difference between Blackberries and Black Raspberries.

Use all organic ingredients, and ensure any packaged items are labeled gluten free.

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1 large handful Blackberries or black raspberries
1/4 cup Fresh pineapple
2 teaspoons Chia seeds
1 Banana, will make smoothie thicker (optional)
1 cup Fresh coconut water or milk, or fresh nut milk, will make smoothie thinner (optional)
  • Soak chia seeds in coconut water, if using, or water, for about 10 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Serve over crushed ice.


Blackberries and Black Raspberries:

Blackberries are sweet and a little bit tart. They are often compared to raspberries. They are sometimes confused with black raspberries. The two fruits are very similar, and are related to each other. Blackberries have a smoother, hairless exterior and retain the core when picked. The core of the blackberry is fine to eat. Black raspberries are hollow after they are picked, just like a regualar red raspberry.

They each have a distinct flavor, and both differ from the red raspberry.

Try them both out, when you find them, for a nice variety, and to make a decadent, royal colored smoothie.

Red raspberry showing a hollow center - Blackberry showing the core
Red raspberry showing a hollow center - Blackberry showing the core
Image by: Robert Owen-Wahl
Close up shot of a blackberry
Image by: Sage Ross - Ragesoss
Black Raspberry
Close up shot of a black raspberry
Image by: Alina Zienowicz
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