This vibrant lemon blueberry smoothie is made with yogurt and lemon juice for a healthy and filling breakfast! It’s ready in just 5 minutes and is made without bananas.
Whether it’s summer or winter, this Lemon Blueberry Smoothie is easy to make and always refreshing! I’m not a big fan of bananas, so this smoothie comes without a banana.
Instead of bananas, this smoothie gets its creaminess from Greek yogurt AND oatmeal. If you haven’t tried oatmeal in smoothies before, they’re a great addition because they add fiber and complex carbohydrates to make for a more balanced snack or meal.
Features of the smoothie
- Easy and fast: All you need are 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare this blueberry smoothie!
- Flavors: Light and refreshing flavors of lemon juice and frozen blueberries.
- Easy to customize: This blueberry smoothie is made without bananas but can easily be customized to include frozen bananas.
- Perfect for breakfast: Excellent as a healthy breakfast or snack.
- Dietary features: Can be adapted to be dairy-free/vegan
- Frozen blueberries add creaminess and sweetness. For more sweetness add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid sweetener such as maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
- Lemon juice and lemon zest add a bright, piquant flavor. One lemon usually yields about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of zest.
- Oatmeal make this blueberry smoothie more filling.
- greek yogurt adds protein and fills up this smoothie. You can replace it with plain yogurt or vegan yogurt if you prefer. I love using lemon yogurt for an extra lemony flavor!
- Milk: Any type of milk works in this smoothie.
How to make this smoothie
This blueberry smoothie is as easy as:
- Add all smoothie ingredients to blender.
- Blend until smooth. This will only take 1-2 minutes depending on the strength of your blender.
- Taste for lemon juice. Add an extra drop of milk to dilute if needed.
How to make a filling smoothie
If you want to enjoy this blueberry-lemon smoothie for breakfast, there are a few ways to make it more filling.
- Choose complex carbohydrates. Blueberries are a tasty and high-fiber fruit. Add raw rolled oats for an extra creamy and filling smoothie. You won’t even notice they’re there!
- Add protein. Greek yogurt is a protein-rich choice, but vegan yogurts will work too. For dairy-free vegan options, soy or pea milk-based options usually have more protein than almond or coconut-based yogurts. Add a scoop of protein powder for even more protein.
- Add milk instead of water. With 4 grams of protein per ½ cup, soy milk has the greatest nutritional equivalence to dairy milk. You can also try oat milk, almond milk, cow’s milk, or whatever milk you have on hand.
- Enhance the flavour. When paired with blueberries, fresh lemon juice really brings out the flavor. If you have more time, I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of lemon zest for an extra kick of flavor.
- Add healthy fats. Chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds provide healthy fats that make smoothies more filling. Just one tablespoon of chia seeds provides 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Once mixed into your smoothie, you won’t even notice this nutrient-dense ingredient is there!
- For more tips, check out my article on how to make a filling smoothie.
Can I use fresh blueberries?
Yes, fresh blueberries can be used in place of frozen ones in blueberry smoothies. If you use fresh blueberries, I recommend adding 2-3 ice cubes to your blender to make the smoothie colder.
Another option is to freeze fresh blueberries before adding them to your smoothie.
How do you freeze blueberries?
There are two ways to freeze blueberries for smoothies:
- option 1: Rinse a carton of fresh blueberries. Leave to drain on a tea towel. Once dry, transfer it to a plastic bag or container. These blueberries are more likely to stick together, making them a good option for smoothies.
- option 2: After rinsing the blueberries, transfer them to a baking sheet small enough to fit in the freezer. Freeze the blueberries for one hour, then transfer them to a freezer-safe container. Freezing blueberries on a baking sheet prevents them from sticking.
Smoothie suggestions and variations
- I use rolled oats to make this smoothie more filling. Oats mix easily my blenderbut you can soak oats in soy milk for an hour to make it even smoother.
- Banana: For a creamier smoothie, feel free to add a frozen banana. I recommend freezing the banana before adding it so that the smoothie stays cold. To do this, slice the banana and transfer it to the cutting board AND the banana in the freezer. It will take 1-2 hours to freeze.
- Green smoothie: Add a handful of spinach for the added benefits of a green smoothie. The smoothie will not turn green from the blueberries.
- Add the almond butter for extra healthy fats and proteins. Just one tablespoon of almond butter adds 3 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat.
- More fruit options: Raspberries, strawberries and blackberries go well with the ingredients of this blueberry smoothie.
- Sweetener: I usually don’t add sweetener to this smoothie, but there are a few ways to make it sweeter. Choose a flavored and sweetened Greek yogurt or choose a sweetened non-dairy milk. Add maple syrup or honey to taste.
I advise against making it more than an hour in advance because the frozen blueberries will melt and will no longer be cold. Instead, assemble all ingredients in a jar, except the yogurt, lemon juice and milk, and freeze until ready to use.
You can do this in a small food processor. If you’re using a large food processor, you may need to double the recipe to make sure it’s blended well.
Looking for more breakfast ideas?
If you like this recipe, you’ll love my Coconut Blueberry Three Berry Overnight Oats Smoothie.
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Blueberry lemon smoothie
A hearty, healthy smoothie packed with vibrant spring flavors.
Portions: 1 serving
- Yogurt: 6 ounces is the size of most individual yogurt cups, but any 4-8 ounce yogurt will work. Substitute for non-dairy yogurt if preferred. The lemon-flavored yoghurt is also delicious here.
- Lemon peel it’s not necessary, but it adds a great pop of lemon flavor.
- Sweetness: For more sweetness add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid sweetener such as maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
- Nutritional information is calculated using soy milk and 6 oz of Greek yogurt.
Serving: 1servingCalories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 27gFat: 9gSaturated fats: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 638mgFiber: 10gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 525UIC vitamin: 25.1mgSoccer: 442mgIron: 3mg