This raspberry smoothie recipe will satisfy your hunger and keep your energy levels topped up until lunchtime. I’ve added bananas, oats and chia seeds as well as raspberries to load up on the nutrient count here and to make this Raspberry Smoothie a winning flavor combination.
Raspberry Smoothie Ingredients
Raspberries are a great choice for a weight loss smoothie because they are low in calories and high in fibre. They contain a good amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help protect against diabetes, some forms of cancer and the effects of aging.
Raspberries are easy to incorporate into your diet as a healthy and low-fat snack or to add to smoothies or as a topper for oats, yoghurt and pancakes.
Of course, they taste deliciously sweet when they are fresh and in season. They do have a short shelf life and need to be eaten fairly quickly after picking or buying. I tend to keep a few bags of frozen raspberries in the freezer throughout the year so that they can be enjoyed anytime. They may not have the same plumpness and texture as fresh raspberries but they taste just as sweet.
If I’m using raspberries in smoothies I don’t bother to defrost them. However, if I’m adding them to Greek yogurt, oats or using them as a topper for a smoothie bowl I like to defrost them for 20 minutes or so before using. My kids especially seem to like the raspberry ripple effect that comes with the defrosted juices.
Raspberry canes are surprisingly easy to grow too and will do well if trained to grow against even a north-facing wall.
Rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium, bananas are great for your digestive health and can boost heart health by helping to reduce blood pressure.
Bananas are said to be a great weight loss food too. They have a relatively low GI index meaning they take longer to digest and will help you to feel fuller for longer. I find that their sweet taste and dense texture definitely help keep my hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay.
Aside from a calorie deficit, one of the key factors to sustained weight loss is getting a good night’s sleep and this is where bananas can help even further. Bananas contain not only vitamin B6 – to aid restful sleep – but also high levels of tryptophan that our bodies convert to serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter responsible for elevating mood and inducing sleep. What is not to love about bananas?
At around 105 calories, bananas are a convenient ‘on the go’ snack just on their own. Equally, they are a great topper for oats and smoothie bowls as well as a flavourful and nutritious addition to smoothies. They make great low-sugar muffins and cookies too as much of the refined sugar can be replaced by the addition of over-ripened bananas.
I’ve recently discovered that freezing bananas is a great way to avoid bruised or over-ripe and brown bananas. Just peel and chop into bite-sized chunks, lay on a sheet in your freezer and allow to freeze for 2-3 hours. Afterwards, you can conveniently store them in plastic bags or airtight containers until needed.
I’m always in favour of adding oats to my smoothies. Their nutritional merits are well documented and it’s no wonder they are referred to as a superfood. The soluble fibre in oats helps to help slow digestion, suppress appetite and give the feeling of being full for longer. Oats also contain plant compounds known to help reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They are also support our immune system to fight off illness and disease.
Aside from looking interesting, chia seeds are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They are great sprinkled on top of smoothie bowls, yoghurt or porridge. I often use them to add protein if I’m making overnight. They expand slightly and are softer in texture. They also blend well for when you add them to a smoothie recipe.
The low GI content of this smoothie will keep you feeling fuller for longer meaning your less likely to the rest for a sugary snack mid-morning.
This raspberry smoothie recipe is a great ‘on the go’ breakfast or post workout snack. I’ve been known to serve this to my children as a healthy snack with a handful of spinach blended in for extra nutrients as the chocolate and raspberries mask the slightly bitter taste of the spinach.
If you’re short on time, you could easily prepare this smoothie the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. Just give it a shake just before serving.
How To Make Raspberry Smoothie
This delicious and nutritious raspberry smoothie recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare. Either fresh or frozen berries are perfectly fine for this recipe. I tend to have a stash of shop-bought raspberries in the freezer all year long. Buying them like this saves time on washing, stalk removal and the freezing process and means they can be enjoyed even out of their growing season.
Add all of the raspberry smoothie ingredients to the blender. Blitz until smooth. Check the consistency of your smoothie. You can adjust the consistency by adding more milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
For an extra flourish of sweetness, you could add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup or a sprinkle of stevia along with the vanilla extract.
Pour into a serving glass and enjoy!
Raspberry Smoothie Recipe Variations
Raspberry Strawberry Smoothie
Simply swapping out half the quantity of raspberries for fresh or frozen strawberries will transform the flavour of this smoothie as well as diversifying the nutrient count. Simply prepare the strawberries in exactly the same way you prepare the raspberries if you are using fresh.
Frozen Raspberry Smoothie Recipe
Just one more step is required if you want to turn this healthy raspberry smoothie into a frozen treat! To make this into a frozen raspberry smoothie recipe, simply follow the instructions for making the raspberry smoothie and then transfer into ice cube or lollypop trays. Leave to set in the freezer for 2-3 hours and then enjoy.
Raspberry Protein Shake
Adding a scoop of good quality vanilla or chocolate protein powder will enhance the flavour of this raspberry smoothie even further. Add the protein powder just before blending. Blitz until smooth and then check the consistency. Add a splash more milk or water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Enjoy as a post workout recovery snack.
More Delicious Raspberry Smoothie Recipes
It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I simply love smoothies. They are just so quick and easy to prepare, they taste delicious, and with the right ingredients, they will keep hunger at bay until lunchtime and are so nutritious. A few of my favorites are Healthy Coffee Smoothie, Mixed Berry Smoothie, and Watermelon and Blueberry Smoothie. Click the links to try them for yourself over on my blog.
Raspberry Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes
Raspberry Smoothie Bowl
If you’re a little tired or smoothies or have guests staying over then you could transform this into a wow-factor raspberry smoothie bowl. I would suggest substituting half of the milk for the same quantity of Greek yoghurt or vegan equivalent such as almond or coconut yoghurt. Once blitzed until smooth, transfer to a bowl and attractively decorate with some fresh raspberries, chia seeds and crushed nuts or grated chocolate.
Raspberry Oatmeal Smoothie
I’ve incorporated oatmeal into this raspberry smoothie factor because oats have a relatively low GI and are a good fiber meaning they take longer to digest and so will help you feel satiated for longer.
H2 Raspberry Smoothie Recipe
- Blender or Food Processor
- 260 g frozen raspberries
- 1 banana cut into 1 inch pieces (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 200 ml almond Milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract optional
- Add the raspberries to a blender or food processer
- Break a fresh banana into chunks or use chunks of frozen banana then add these to the blender
- Add the oats, chia seeds and milk
- Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth
- Check the flavouring and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract if using. Don't forget to blend again if you've added this as an extra!
- Divide into two glasses
- Pop in a couple of ice cubes to serve