Glass of berry cucumber yogurt smoothie.
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Berry Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie

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This berry cucumber yogurt smoothie can be a tasty breakfast or yummy snack!

Berry Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie

The garden is starting to produce LOTS of goodies right now: kale, gooseberries, black raspberries, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, onions and more!

After spending time picking a bagful of berries and veggies this afternoon, my youngest announced he wanted to make a smoothie out of our haul.

We’re big smoothie fans over here.

So, once the picked produce was analyzed we determined a berry cucumber yogurt smoothie was in order.

It sounds a little bizarre, I know. Cucumber and yogurt… 

Well, cucumber and yogurt go together well in tzatziki, and who doesn’t love that?

Mmm…

But, with berries? I mean, why not. Between black raspberries, strawberries and other assorted berries, it’s hard to go wrong in smoothie-land.

That said, what about gooseberries?

Gooseberries aren’t quite as prevalent in gardens all across America, or even in the grocery store or supermarket. My folks happen to have a giant bush on their property in Maryland, and gooseberries are most common in the Northeast and upper Midwest, as well as up into Canada.

If you’ve never tried one, gooseberries are tender with a grape-like texture and a sweet/sour flavor, adding a little *zing* to recipes with other super sweet fruits, or even delicious all by themselves in desserts like gooseberry pie.

Obviously black raspberries and strawberries are a no-brainer as part of the smoothie mix.

Freshly picked blackberries from the garden.

So, into the blender went black raspberries, gooseberries, cucumber, frozen strawberries (from earlier this month), strawberry banana yogurt and a splash of whole milk.

Because we used frozen berries, we didn’t need any ice, but if all your ingredients are fresh, then you’ll want to toss in a handful of ice before blending.

*Whrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*

Glass of Berry Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie

I’m not lying when I say this combo was as yummy to slurp as it was beautiful to gaze upon.

Sweet, but naturally so—with a slight *kick* from the yogurt that was a little tart, but not enough to make you pucker.

Yum!

Glass of berry cucumber yogurt smoothie.

Berry Cucumber Yogurt Smoothie

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A fun snack or breakfast treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 8-ounce container yogurt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup gooseberries (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place everything into a blender
  2. Blend on high until it's smooth.

Notes

If you don't have any frozen berries, it's fine to use all fresh. Just add a handful of ice cubes before blending. Easy fix!

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Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mojito, inspiration for another tattoo and time to finish my novel.

2 Comments

  • Aspen Jay

    Hi Liza,

    I admit I was a little skeptical of the use of cucumber and smoothie in the same title, but then again why not? I hadn’t had a cucumber for quite a while until our friends gave us one (a big one!) from their garden. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked them! So in the smoothie, can you taste the cucumber? I need to try this, a great way to get my kids to eat some veggies!
    Hope you are having a great week!
    AJ

    • Liza Hawkins

      Hi AJ! I, too, was skeptical since I don’t typical like cucumber based drinks (including cocktails). In this case, however, the flavor is very mild – just a *hint* of cucumber behind the scenes, and the berries are the real star. You’ll have to try and let me know what they think!

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