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Berry Smoothie Ice Cream – Barefeet in the Kitchen


Smoothie Ice Cream is what happens when strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are blended into a frozen concoction so thick you can eat it with a spoon. 

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Ice Cream Smoothie

This ice cream smoothie was an accidental result of my not paying a lot of attention as I threw some of our favorite smoothie ingredients into the blender. Banana berry smoothies are always a win with my kids, so I expected thumbs up when they tasted this.

Their response was off the charts though. The kids LOVED this and declared it the following: “awesome,” “favorite breakfast food ever,” “better than regular ice cream,” and “just make this for our next dessert.” I was laughing so hard by the time the kids polished off their “ice cream breakfast.”

While I did not share their extreme level of enthusiasm or the inclination to call this mixed berry smoothie, “more delicious than ice cream,” it really is a delicious frozen treat. And I was especially happy to see the kids so excited over a healthy treat.

Pink soft serve in white bowl

I made these smoothies twice more that month before sharing the recipe with you, just to make sure that the “ice cream” wasn’t a fluke and could be recreated easily. Side note here: I have a very powerful blender. If you do not have a very powerful blender, I recommend using a food processor to make this ice cream.

I have made ice cream smoothies many times over the past ten years and the kids (even the grown ones) still devour every drop from their bowls and glasses.

We also make this Pina Colada Smoothie and enjoy it as soft-serve ice cream. It’s another ice cream smoothie guaranteed to make everyone grin.

Pouring milk into blender pitcher filled with raspberries, blueberries, and bananas

Mixed Berry Smoothie

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • milk
  • frozen bananas
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen blueberries
  • honey, to taste

The need for honey (or alternate sweeteners) in this smoothie will depend on the sweetness of the frozen fruit – specifically the strawberries, as some frozen berries simply aren’t very sweet. Taste the smoothie before adding honey and determine if it is needed. Sometimes, we add a good bit of sweetener and other times, none at all.

Blending soft serve ice cream

Layer ingredients into the blender or food processor in the order listed above. Blend until smooth, stopping as needed to scrape the sides of the bowl or pitcher.

Serve immediately for a fun soft serve ice cream or place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes, for a more easily scooped ice cream.

Pink soft serve ice cream in white bowls with silver spoons

If fully frozen, allow the smoothie to thaw on the counter for 20-30 minutes before serving. This will freeze almost completely solid within a few hours.

I prefer to drink my smoothies with a straw, so I thin this smoothie with an extra splash of milk in the blender and blend again till smooth. This will create a wonderfully thick milkshake consistency smoothie.

Vertical shot of creamy pink soft serve in glass with straw

Oh, how we love our smoothies in the morning – or in the afternoon, or the evening. If you’re looking for a way to get more greens into your kids, try these Mango Banana Spinach Smoothies.

Orange juice, green grapes, a banana and a generous handful of spinach combine to make my kids’ Favorite Green Smoothie. If you are new to green smoothies, this is the place to start. This was the first green smoothie that I tried and my whole family has loved it from the start.

Pineapple and bananas, watermelon and basil, peaches, kiwi, there aren’t many fruits that I won’t happily add to our smoothies.

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Servings: 3 servings

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  • Layer ingredients into the blender or food processor in the order listed above. Blend until smooth, stopping as needed to scrape the sides of the bowl or pitcher.

  • Serve immediately for a fun soft serve ice cream or place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes, for a more easily scooped ice cream.

If fully frozen, allow the smoothie to thaw on the counter for 20-30 minutes before serving. This will freeze almost completely solid within a few hours.

Calories: 237kcal · Carbohydrates: 43g · Protein: 7g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 20mg · Sodium: 64mg · Potassium: 665mg · Fiber: 5g · Sugar: 31g · Vitamin A: 348IU · Vitamin C: 49mg · Calcium: 218mg · Iron: 1mg

{originally published 9/22/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/23/24}

Pink soft serve ice cream in white bowls; the words "Berry Smoothie Ice Cream" are superimposed over the picture
Vertical shot of creamy pink soft serve in glass with straw

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