Is anyone else SUPER excited for Autumn this year? I’m so ready for the cosy jumpers, mugs of hot masala chai and reading books wrapped up in a fluffy blanket. Yes please.
But if there’s one thing that I do miss in the Autumn, it’s smoothies. And this berry cinnamon smoothie is the most apt smoothie for Autumn. It’s packed with cosy flavours and seasonal berries, and is the perfect drink for when that smoothie craving hits!
What makes the perfect smoothie?
It’s no secret that I love a good smoothie. From creamy matcha smoothie bowls to my favourite blueberry almond butter smoothie, you’re sure to find a smoothie recipe for you on SLF! I’ve even written an eBook on smoothies – you can grab your FREE copy here!!
Naturally, given my higher-than-average smoothie consumption rate, I’ve amassed a few tips and tricks to making perfect smoothies every time:
1. Always add a frozen element.
The hallmark of a good smoothie is in its creamy texture, and this is achieved through adding frozen fruit! Frozen fruit blends into a far more creamier texture than fresh fruit, which yields a thick and creamy smoothie.
Of course, you don’t want to be adding too much frozen fruit, or else you’ll need a lot of liquid to achieve a pour-able smoothie consistency. Unless you are making a smoothie bowl (i.e. you’re aiming for a thick, ice-cream like texture) I’d recommend using half fresh and half frozen fruit.
I usually use a fresh banana with frozen berries when making this berry cinnamon smoothie (I’m terrible at remembering to freeze bananas) but do what works best for you!
2. Blend, blend blend.
It’s in the name, I know, but we really do want our smoothies to be smooth. And this is achieved through proper blending!
I like to use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix to make smoothies, and I always recommend buying the best blender that you can afford. My blender is used almost everyday in my kitchen so it’s definitely a worthy investment.
My trick for blending smoothies is to put the fresh fruit at the bottom – fresh fruit is a lot easier to blend, so the blender will have no difficulty in blending up the rest of the smoothie afterwards!
3. Add some interest.
The best smoothies in my opinion contain more than just fruit. Whether its a spoonful of nut butter, a sprinkling of hemp seeds or indeed a dash of cinnamon, adding a little something extra will really take your smoothies to the next level!
How to make a berry cinnamon smoothie step-by-step:
The smoothie-making process is incredibly easy, and this berry cinnamon smoothie is no exception. The first thing to do is add all of our ingredients to a high speed blender, in the right order, of course (photo 1).
Then simply blend everything together until it’s creamy and smooth (photo 2) and pour into your favourite glass! (photo 3)
Wasn’t that easy as pie? Oh dear, now I’m craving pie.
I love using frozen forest fruits in this recipe for extra cosy vibes, but you could even use strawberries or blueberries if that’s what’s in your freezer! Feel free to also add extra Autumnal spices like ground ginger, nutmeg or cloves. (I followed this sentence up with ‘the blender is your oyster’ but now am questioning how corny that sounds. Corny or not, it is true.)
I hope you try this recipe! If you do, I’d love for you to tag me on Instagram @shivanilf so I can see how it goes. You can also keep updated with me on Facebook and Pinterest – I hope to see you there!
Berry Cinnamon Smoothie (5 Ingredients!)
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1 cup/ 150 grams Frozen Forest Fruits or berries of choice
- 1 cup/ 240ml Soy Milk
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Seeds optional, for garnish
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender ensuring that the fresh fruit is closest to the blade for easy blending.
- Blend on low, gradually increasing the speed to high, until all of the fruit is pulverized and the smoothie is creamy.
- Pour into your favourite glass and enjoy!
- Optional: garnish with extra berries, pumpkin seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- You can use frozen banana with fresh berries if that’s what you have on hand – just make sure to have at least one frozen element to help make that creamy smoothie texture.
- Feel free to add any extra spices such as ginger, nutmeg or cloves!
- You can use the whole amount of soy milk or replace half of the soy milk with water for a lighter smoothie.
NUTRITIONServes 2 Calories: 154 kcal | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 64mg | Carbohydrates: 28.7g | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 15.8g | Protein: 5.7g