This bright and zesty lemon blueberry smoothie is made with yogurt and lemon juice for a healthy and satisfying 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 is banana-free.
Instead of bananas, this smoothie gets its creaminess from Greek yogurt and rolled oats. If you've never tried oats in smoothies before, they are a great addition because they add fiber and complex carbs to make a more balanced snack or meal.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Quick and easy: All you need is 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this blueberry smoothie!
- Flavors: Light and refreshing flavors from 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: Great 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 like maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
- Lemon juice and lemon zest add a bright, zingy flavor. One lemon usually makes ~3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon zest.
- Rolled oats make this blueberry smoothie more filling.
- Greek yogurt adds protein and makes this smoothie filling. You can replace this with plain yogurt or vegan yogurt if you prefer. I love using lemon yogurt for extra lemon flavor!
- Milk: Any kind of milk works in this smoothie.
How to make this smoothie
This blueberry smoothie is as easy as:
- Add all smoothie ingredients to the blender.
- Blend until smooth. This will take just 1-2 minutes depending on the strength of the blender.
- Taste for lemon juice. Add an extra splash of milk to thin if needed.
How to make a filling smoothie
If you want to enjoy this lemon blueberry smoothie for breakfast, there are a few ways you can make it more filling.
- Choose complex carbohydrates. Blueberries are a flavorful, fiber-packed fruit. Add uncooked rolled oats for an extra creamy, filling smoothie. You won't even notice that they're there!
- Add protein. Greek yogurt is a protein-rich choice, but vegan yogurts will also work. For dairy-free vegan options, soy or pea milk-based options will 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. At 4 grams of protein per ½ cup, soy milk has the greatest nutrition equivalence to dairy milk. You can also try oat milk, almond milk, cow's milk, or whatever kind of milk you have on hand.
- Enhance the flavor. When paired with blueberries, fresh lemon juice really pumps up the flavor. If you have extra 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 which make smoothies more filling. Just one tablespoon of chia seeds provides 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. When blended into the smoothie you'll hardly 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 instead of frozen in blueberry smoothies. If using fresh blueberries, I recommend adding 2-3 ice cubes to the blender to make the smoothie colder.
Another option is to freeze fresh blueberries before adding them to the smoothie.
How do you freeze blueberries?
There are two ways to freeze blueberries for smoothies:
- Option 1: Rinse a carton of fresh blueberries. Let drain on a towel. Once dry, transfer to a plastic bag or storage container. These blueberries are more likley to stick together, making them a good option for smoothies.
- Option 2: After rinsing the blueberries, transfer them to a sheet pan small enough to fit in the freezer. Freeze the blueberries for an hour, then transfer to a freezer container. Freezing blueberries on a sheet pan prevents them from sticking together.
Tips and smoothie variations
- I use rolled oats to make this smoothie more filling. The oats blend up easily in my blender, but you can soak the oats in the soy milk for an hour to make them 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 the cutting board and the banana to 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 because of the blueberries.
- Add almond butter for extra healthy fats and protein. Just one tablespoon of almond butter adds 3 grams protein and 9 grams fat.
- More fruit options: Raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries pair well with the ingredients in this blueberry smoothie.
- Sweetener: I usually don't add sweetener to this smoothie, but there are a few ways you can make it sweeter. Choose a flavored, sweetened Greek yogurt or choose a sweetened non-dairy milk. Add maple syrup or honey to taste.
I don't recommend making it more than an hour in advance because the frozen blueberries will melt and no longer be cold. Instead, assemble all ingredients in a jar, except for the yogurt, lemon juice, and milk, and freeze until ready to use.
You can make it in a small food processor. If using a large food processor, you may need to double the recipe to make sure that it's thoroughly blended.
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Lemon Blueberry Smoothie
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add extra 2-3 ice cubes for a thicker smoothie. Taste for lemon juice and sweetness. Enjoy!
- Yogurt: 6 ounces is the size of most individual yogurt cups, but any 4-8 ounce yogurt will work. Replace with non-dairy yogurt if preferred. Lemon flavor yogurt is also delicious here.
- Lemon zest isn't required but adds a great pop of lemon flavor.
- Sweetness: For more sweetness add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid sweetener like maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
- Nutrition information is calculated using soy milk and 6 ounces of Greek yogurt.