Mini Blackberry Pie Smoothies {Recipe Redux}

blackberry smoothie

I had big plans for this summer. Giant plans. Maddie‘s appetite-sized plans.


Not only was I going to update THIH regularly, I was also going to kick-start a couple of projects, prepare for a class I’m taking later this summer, and cook my way though the entirety of The Little House Cookbook. I even bought a pound of salt pork to make the first recipe (fried salt pork with gravy made from the drippings).

Now that‘s dedication from this veggie-loving dietitian.


While I’ve launched my projects with the power and speed of a duck waddling on land dragging the Spruce Goose behind it, the rest of the plans … well, let’s just say if I were a wedding planner, brides would pay me not to come within a five-mile radius of their nuptials. To say I’m a bit behind is an understatement.

Still, I was excited to tackle this month’s awesome Recipe Redux theme:

Tucked in a crust, nothing says love from the oven like pie. Whether itโ€™s a twist on the all-American apple pie or a traditional recipe from your home country, give a healthy makeover to your favorite savory or sweet pie recipe.

Truthfully, I’m not much of a pie person. Other than a slice of Peter’s dad’s apple pie at Christmas or a dan tat (which is not actually a pie), I prefer chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate ganache. Perhaps with some chocolate ice cream. I said “perhaps”; let’s not get too greedy.


I was stuck on what to make for this recipe until I recalled a recipe I made back in 2012: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. Yup, exactly how it sounds — a healthy pie-in-a-glass. It was marvelous. Considering my quest for hydration, my to-do list, and the fact that temperatures are going to kiss 100+ degrees F in a few days, making a cool, creamy smoothie pie was an obvious choice.

My favorite part of this picture is the watering can lurking in the background.
My favorite part of this picture is the watering can lurking in the background.

A bonus? Oregon has some of the most gorgeous fruit this time of year, including sweet, plump blackberries that I was so excited to see, I bought three pints before remembering that Peter doesn’t like blackberries. I think he’s rubbing off on me.

Blended with nonfat yogurt for protein, banana for creaminess, and lemon and vanilla for kick, fresh blackberries turn an ordinary smoothie into something you want to decorate with graham crackers and serve at a fancy brunch wearing lace gloves. (Or pajamas. I won’t judge.) It’s like a blackberry cream pie in in a glass. Top with graham crackers or a toasted granola like this one.


Mini Blackberry Pie Smoothies

ย  Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (1 full smoothie or 4 mini smoothies)

  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 sheet graham crackers


Add all ingredients except the graham cracker to blender jug. Blend until smooth, adding water if necessary. Pour into glasses, top with a graham cracker (whole or crumbled) and serve immediately.

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  1. Always lovely to see a post from you, Jessie! I quite like pies and I adore smoothies, so this is definitely a must-try ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the color and I’ve never thought of putting a graham cracker on top, nice! It would be great to hear more about your experiences with the Little House Cookbook if you get a chance. Relaxing is also important ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a delicious day!

  2. I wish I could eat yogurt because this would be the perfect thing to end each Ramadan day with! Looks delicious J.

    Also, I was addicted to the Little House books when I was a kid. I had no idea there was a cookbook!

  3. I think there’s a copy of The Little House cookbook at my parents’ house – maybe I’ll find some inspiration in it! I’d LOVE to read a Julie & Julia style blog series of you cooking your way across the prairie (and Big Woods… and Silver Lakes…), but I fully empathize with summer plans vs. summer realities.

  4. Love that you went rogue with your smoothie form! I feel like in terms of time efficiency, this is the way to go when a pie craving hits!

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