This blueberry pineapple smoothie is delicious and has a fun galaxy look, but still is extra easy and quick to make. It makes for a very "fruity" smoothie yet high in protein, thanks to the hemp seeds.
This is only my second summer living in Maine, so I'm trying to be better prepared than last year for the blueberry explosion that will soon invade us.
I have heard that wild blueberries are growing like weeds around here in the woods at peak season. But you see, I'm not mad enough to adventure the wild forest with my 3 and 4.5 y/o in search of berries quite yet.
So, until my foraging instinct can fully thrive, I will be hanging out at Fun Run Farm once again and pick as many blueberries as possible. I intend to feel overwhelmed by a blueberry abundance in my kitchen really soon.
With lots of blueberries all ready to eat at the same time, there are just so many blueberry pies, cakes, oatmeal bowls or jams that you can make. I feel like most of the fruit will actually end up in the freezer.
Which is great! Because frozen blueberries makes for the best smoothies! (oh, and the best blueberry cheesecake, too).
Frozen blueberries, opposed to fresh ones, help create a thick and rich texture to smoothies while making your drink super frosty. All this without watering it down with ice cubes. Also, I think frozen blueberries make smoothies a little sweeter, too. Just me? No?
I had in mind to make a blueberry smoothie recipe to keep up with the Maine berry supply, but also was looking for a fun way to serve it, that's just a little different with an attractive look, but still super easy to make. Because that's the whole point of making smoothies. throw-blend-serve-drink. five minutes no more.
Soooooo, instead of adding everything all at once in the blender, you will simply make 2 batches (one blueberry + one pineapple), with a quick blender rinse in between. Pour both batches over each other in a glass. Gently stir, just a teeny tiny bit. And here you go. GALAXY ALLURING DELICIOUSNESS AWAITING.
What you'll need
- Blueberries, frozen if possible. Any frozen blueberries will work of course, but while waiting to freeze my own fruits, I love these frozen blueberries from Wyman's (tiny sweet wild blueberries from Maine)
- Pineapple, also frozen if possible
- Hemp seeds
- Vegan milk
- Cardamom, if you have it
Why adding hemp seeds to this blueberry pineapple smoothie
Hemps seeds are such a valuable healthy addition to a plant-based diet. Or any diet, really. They are packed with protein (25 % of their calorie are quality proteins!) and rich with healthy fats (omega 3 + omega 6). They also contain important vitamins, minerals and so much more. They are tiny, but have so much to offer to help you stay healthy.
This very-fruity smoothie recipe is naturally super sweet that tends to have a juicy texture, thus benefits from the addition of hemps seeds, so try not to omit them. Other than bringing lots of nutrients to the recipe, the seeds help create a texture that's thicker and creamier with a milky feeling, while still being dairy-free (just like in this buffalo sauce).
Also, their tiny soft frame is super easy to blend to a smooth texture without any soaking time, high speed blender or not!
How to make a blueberry pineapple smoothie
You will have to make 2 batches of smoothie mixtures:
- The first one includes: Frozen pineapple, hemp seeds, half of a banana and vegan milk.
- The second one includes: Frozen blueberries, hemps seeds, half of a banana, cardamom (optional) and vegan milk.
- Pour the pineapple mixture in between 2 glasses, then add the blueberry one over. Using a spoon, create swirls into the smoothies as you wish. Et voila!
Watch how to make it
How to make this healthy smoothie using fresh fruits
You can also use fresh blueberries when in season, but then I recommend you use a frozen banana instead to make sure your smoothie is thick enough for best texture (helps for the swirls too).
Also, you can add a handful of ice cubes to help frost and thicken the smoothie if using only fresh fruits.
Tips when making this galaxy blueberry pineapple smoothie
- If you want to use only frozen fruits, including the banana, then you might need to add extra liquid to the blender to get the blades going. Or use the tamper if you have a vitamix.
- I love using oat milk when making smoothies as it helps create a thick and creamy texture. But, any kind of vegan milk will work. Even coconut milk would work great by creating a super rich smoothie.
- The galaxy look is obviously optional, you could simply add everything all at once to the blender.
Blueberry pineapple smoothie additions/substitutions ideas
- Try adding vegan yogurt to make your smoothie creamier and help keep it thick.
- You can turn this smoothie into a smoothie bowl! In this case, you would need to make it thick enough to hold on the toppings, so try using only frozen fruits or add a handful of rolled oats when blending the mixtures. Pour into a bowl and create a swirl using a spoon. Top your bowl with granola, more fruit, nuts/seeds, shredded coconut, etc.
- I think blueberries and pineapple flavors work so well together, but feel free to use different frozen fruits as well. Try to use 2 fruits with contrasting colors for fun galaxy purpose, like strawberries + peaches, or cherries + mangoes, etc.
Other fruit smoothies you might like
I hope you enjoy this blueberry pineapple smoothie as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie with Hemp Seeds
- 1 cup pineapple - frozen
- ½ banana
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- ¾ cup vegan milk
- 1 cup blueberries - frozen
- ½ banana
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- ¾ cup vegan milk
- ¼ tsp cardamom - optional
- Make the pineapple layer: To a blender, add the pineapple, banana, hemps seeds and vegan milk. Blend until very smooth, then divide in between 2 large glasses.
- Quickly rinse your blender.
- Make the blueberry layer: Add the blueberries, banana, hemps seeds, cardamom (if using) and vegan milk to the blender and blend until super smooth.
- Gently divide the blueberry layer by pouring it over the pineapple one. Then, using a spoon, create a few swirls by stirring just a little. Drink immediately. Enjoy!
- You can use fresh blueberries and/or fresh pineapple, but if doing so, try using a frozen banana instead. Or, add a handful of ice cubes to keep your smoothie thick and cold.
- I love these frozen blueberries from Wyman's.