Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

I’m obsessed with making smoothies.  I’m actually starting to wear out my blender so I’ve been researching its replacement.  Does anyone have any recommendations?

The more that I make smoothies the more that I realize I’m very picky with them.  I don’t like it so thick that I can’t suck it through a straw, but I also don’t like it when it’s too thin so I feel like I’m just drinking flavored milk.  I also don’t like to use ingredients that can turn into mush, like graham crackers or cookies, or ingredients that don’t break down easily like certain berry seeds or pomegranate pips.  (I have texture issues.  Please don’t judge me.     😉 )   Plus, I’m finicky about the combination of flavors.  My taste buds can’t seem to comprehend a bitter vegetable and sweet fruit in one sip (maybe I just haven’t found the right combo yet).  Needless to say it’s quite an achievement when I find a smoothie recipe that I really enjoy.  This light and healthy berry smoothie made the cut and I’m excited to share it with you!

02Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Recipe
(1 Serving)


  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana


  1. In a blender, add all of the ingredients and blend them until they are smooth.
  2. If you want it to look like a bull’s eye from the top of the cup, you just need to add the ingredients in a specific order.  First, blend 1/4 cup of the vanilla Greek yogurt, ice and the shredded coconut and pour them into a glass.  Rinse out the blender.  Next, blend the remaining 1/4 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, blackberries, and frozen banana.  Finally, pour the blackberry layer gently into the glass.


How pretty is this drink?  I love the illusion of two different smoothies in one glass.     🙂

The blackberries are the shining flavor here.  You can switch it up and use almost any berry you like or have sitting around.  Each berry option really makes an entirely different smoothie.  It’s almost like you’re getting an infinite number of recipes today!  I’ve been using vanilla flavored Greek yogurt (as opposed to plain) in my smoothies lately because I think it adds great flavor.

The shredded coconut is awesome!  It’s a lovely compliment to most berry flavors and it adds a little sweetness.

03Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

The berry mixture is super thick and luscious thanks to the frozen banana.  Since it’s only half of a banana, you barely even taste it.  The coconut mixture is like a sweet icy milk.  When you swirl everything together you have the perfect textured smoothie!  (This is the alternative to the “bull’s eye approach.)

04Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?



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Adapted from: A Beautiful Mess


Here are some of my other favorite smoothies and light shakes.

Sweet Basil Smoothie

02Sweet Basil Smoothie


Skinny Peanut Butter And Chocolate Shake



Banana And Peanut Butter Smoothie



  1. Such a pretty smoothie, Tina! Blackberries and coconut sound amazing together— I love how this smoothie calls for so few ingredients as well—my kind of smoothie, for sure!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Sarah! The fewer ingredients, the easier. 🙂

  2. You really know what you like when it comes to smoothies! But sounds like all the research paid off – this smoothie looks incredible! I love berries and greek yogurt in my smoothies, and can’t go wrong with coconut! Such great flavors.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  3. Ok, so I just got a NutriBullet and I am OBSESSED! They had a set at Costco that came with a bunch of different cups and accessories and was only $90. It’s perfect for smoothies, barely takes up any room on the counter, and clean up is a breeze! I cannot recommend it enough. And I will soon be making this smoothie in it because I am now uber obsessed with making smoothies for breakfast : )

    1. Tina says:

      I’v heard of that one. My husband wants to buy a Vitamix, but I’m not convinced that we have to spend that much money to get a good blender. I hope you love this smoothie as much as I do. 🙂

  4. Ashley says:

    Blackberry and coconut sounds like one heck of a combination! Ugh, I need a new blender too. Mine is ancient … super ancient … and is trucking along. But I have a feeling it doesn’t have too much time left in it : ) haha

    1. Tina says:

      Yeah, my blender doesn’t want to really blend…that’s definitely a problem. 😉

  5. Haha, yeah – it’s hard to get the perfect smoothie 😉 This one looks like one though. Yum!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  6. Blackberry and coconut sounds so good together. I love the combo; I’m a thick smoothie girl too!

    1. Tina says:

      It’s one of my new favorite combos! 🙂

  7. I love this! Blackberries are usually too seedy for me, but this looks so good. I am a smoothie fanatic, too, and make single serve batches 2-3 times a day in my Ninja (I have the small one) I have to get my chocolate fix, so chocolate banana is my favorite, but blueberry banana is an awfully close second. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Chocolate banana smoothie is one of my favorites too! I hear ya on needing that chocolate fix. 😉
      I’ve heard great things about the Ninja so I’ll have look into that one more.

  8. I love smoothies and blackberries!

    1. Tina says:

      Wahoo! 🙂

  9. I think you’ve found the perfect smoothie! Coconut is one of my favorite flavors!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks much! 🙂

  10. I have the same texture issues as you do when making a smoothie. Love the bright purple colors and because I cannot consume milk products coconut is always a good option for me. Looks very tropical. Pinning this one!

    1. Tina says:

      Coconut milk would definitely be a great substitute for the milk and would enhance the coconut flavor! Thanks for pinning. 🙂

  11. I’m not a smoothie person, but this just might make me come around!!!I love blackberries and coconut and the combo will definitely make me a convert!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha, that would be too cool!

  12. Joanne says:

    I (sigh) don’t have a blender so I’ve yet to really hop on the smoothie bandwagon. I’ve heard amazing things about Vitamix and Blendtec though!! I love how tropical and fruity these are!

    1. Tina says:

      I hope a blender makes it onto your wedding registry. I don’t think I could live without one.

  13. Oh man, I love blackberries! I planted 4 blackberry bushes in my backyard several years ago, and I finally got a decent amount of berries off of them last year. Totally saving this recipe for next year’s harvest! Oh, and I have a Breville blender. It’s amazing! Definitely not the cheapest blender out there, but it performs quite well. Two thumbs up from me.

    1. Tina says:

      That is super cool that you have blackberry bushes! Next year I’m coming over to steal some fresh berries. 😉
      America’s Test Kitchen also recommended Breville. Thanks for the recommendation…I’ll definitely look into that one more.

  14. Yum what a great looking smoothie! Loving the 2 layers! So much fun and I’m sure it tastes amazing!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Chris! 🙂

  15. Tina, I love smoothies! Okay, obsessed is the better word for me. This one looks delicious! I love the layers and colors. I’m adding this to my must make list!!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, I can relate to the obsesseion. 😉 I hope you love it just as much as I do! 🙂

  16. Blackberries + coconut sounds like the perfect combination to me, Tina! YUM!

    1. Tina says:

      It really is! 🙂

  17. This is one of the prettiest smoothies I’ve ever seen! It sounds like the perfect post run/workout snack! Going into my daily routine asap! Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! I love it for breakfast, snack or post work out. 🙂
      Thanks so much for pinning and for stopping by!

  18. I looove smoothies, and have been majorly craving them here in England! They’re definitely not as prevalent as they are in Southern California…your smoothie looks so delicious too. Love the coconut blackberry combo. Yum!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! You must be getting so much insiration from the English food. 🙂

  19. The girl upstairs (I live in an apartment!) has been putting on her blender lately, I assume to make a smoothie, every morning and I can hear it. Ever since she’s been doing that it’s been making me want a smoothie for brekky, too! I’ve never really been drawn to them before but the times I have had them I’ve loved it … especially red berry ones. This one with the Greek yoghurt (erm … plenty of that over here in Greece!!) and coconut and berries sounds fabulous so maybe I should give it a go and have a blender noise competition with the girl upstairs … haha!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha, see who can run the blender more loud and longer…too funny! Thank goodness for Greek yogurt here in America. Although I’ve been to Greece 2 times and I will say that the yogurt tastes better there. Maybe it’s just part of the Grecian experience. 😉

  20. I love love LOVE smoothies!! Sometimes I put coconut water… but I’ve never put shredded coconut! That sounds and looks AMAZING!! YUM!

    1. Tina says:

      I’ve been wanting to try coconut water. I think it would magnify the wonderful coconut flavors in this smoothie! Yum. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  21. I am also obsessed with making smoothies. At one point, I made smoothies every morning. This looks SO good!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  22. I always have toasted coconut in my fridge but I’m always out of ideas on how to use it. This smoothie needs to be my new afternoon snack!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome sauce! 🙂

  23. marcie says:

    I love myself a good smoothie, and this one looks fabulous, Tina! I love the sound of the blackberry and coconut — beautiful contrast of colors, too. 🙂 I have a kitchen aid blender that I really like!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the recommendation…that’s one of the brands on my list of potentials. 🙂

  24. great combination of blackberry and coconut!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  25. Oh this looks so delicious and refreshing! My blender is just managing to get by so I don’t have much insight to offer (…though I’m appreciating reading through the comments!). This smoothie sounds like the texture I’d enjoy, as well. I’m not a fan of anything too smooth – it’ll be gone before I even back out of the driveway en route to work!

    1. Tina says:

      I drink my smoothies fast for the same reason! Hehe, too funny. 🙂

  26. dina says:

    it looks delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks. 🙂

  27. Peggi says:

    Hi Tina…I love your website, it’s so pretty. This drink sounds amazing. I think I will add it to my fruit drinks for the week. I may use Almond milk instead of the yogurt, actually, I will try it both ways.
    As far as a blender to use…I love my Nutribullet. Do you have one?

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you kindly! Right now I have a kitchenaide or cuisinart (I can’t remember) but it badly needs to be replaced! I’ll take a look at the nutribullet too…I’ve heard of it. Everyone’s recommendations have been so helpful. Buying a blender should not be this hard!

  28. I’m obsessed with making smoothies, too. This combination looks great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  29. I understand your fussiness! A good smoothie is perfection – and a bad one all the more sad for not delivering what you want. This looks gorgeous 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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