What do you do when the sun's out and you're craving a frosty, blended smoothie, but the fresh berries aren't quite ripe? Go frozen! Oregon is well known for our amazing berries, and fortunately you can get them year round in the freezer aisle because my daughter and I were in the mood to experiment. Yes, sometimes that's as dangerous as it sounds, but this one turned out to be a winner.
This post is sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission. I received a gift card as reimbursement for ingredients and time.
We played around with some ingredients and I think for the first time ever, I had to rinse a smoothie down the kitchen sink drain. I'll spare you the details on that one, but when it came to this one, we drank every bit. The other drink was much more complicated too, which just goes to show sometimes simple is better.
The not-so-secret ingredient in this magical potion is horchata. You can make your own, but I cheated and went with ready-made. The only other things you need are those frozen Oregon blackberries and Greek yogurt.
Blackberry Horchata Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries
- 1 1/2 cups horchata
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, frozen into cubes
Blend all the ingredients in a blender. If your smoothie is too thick, add a little more horchata.
We felt like this was sweet enough with the berries and horchata, but if you really want to baby your sweet tooth you could always add a little honey or use vanilla yogurt. A little whipped cream on top with a light dusting of cinnamon would be fun too.
My daughter took one sip of this and said it tasted like a blended blackberry cobbler. The flavor of the cinnamon in the horchata really comes through, but without overpowering the blackberries.
I realized the next day that you could also pour this into popsicle molds and it would be an amazing treat on a stick. We'll save that for our next smoothie day!