winter berry smoothie

Winter Berry Smoothie | The Clever Carrot

My freezer needs a serious makeover.

I don’t know about you, but my freezer is jammed packed with stuff from a million years ago. Open at your own risk (bombs away!!)

During a recent excavation I stumbled upon a lost treasure; frozen summer berries.

Summer Berries | The Clever Carrot

Luckily for me, my kids love to pick berries. Every summer I take them to Patti’s Berries & Bunches and they clean the place out. We come home with bushels of juicy strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Whatever they don’t eat gets stashed away in the freezer and is usually forgotten about.

Until today…

Winter Berry Smoothie | The Clever Carrot

For this smoothie, I puréed handfuls of frozen berries with apple cider- that’s my secret ingredient. Apple cider sweetens the drink ever so slightly and is a nice compliment to the berries. I also left out the dairy.

I can’t even begin to tell you how energized I felt after drinking this. I was so revived and refreshed, that I proceeded to empty out the dishwasher, vacuum the stairs, and fold a mountain of laundry in record time. Then I re-organized my closet.

Summer Berries | The Clever Carrot

If your freezer looks anything like mine, I feel for you. It’s like the black hole. But who knows- maybe you’ll stumble upon a packet of frozen berries yourself. Sometimes all you need is a little smoothie to beat those winter blues.

winter berry smoothie
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Serves: 2
  • 1 c. mixed berries, frozen
  • 1- 1¼ c. apple cider
  • Honey or agave syrup to taste
  1. In a blender, combine the frozen berries and apple cider.
  2. Process until smooth, adding extra juice if it seems a little too thick.
  3. Add honey or agave syrup to sweeten if necessary.


  1. Ruby says

    Mmmm..looks refreshing and delicious. It’s so true we forget what treasures might be forgotten in the depths of our freezer. I usually put a just a handfull of berries in a yogurt type smoothie. Looking forward to trying something like this.

  2. says

    Gorgeous! I need to start using my freezer stash of berries. It is the time of year when I get most antsy for fresh tasting produce.

    • Emilie says

      Welcome Rose! I couldn’t agree more… I’d do anything for fresh tasting produce right now. My kids too- they’re actually eating the frozen berries right out of the bag. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. says

    This drink sounds awesome! I too have some left over summer berries in a freezer that could do with a makeover. Thanks for the recipe, the motivation to clean and the means by which to have the energy to do it all! :)

    • Emilie says

      Hi Sandra! Thanks so much!! I’m no stranger to a smoothie, but I was shocked at how great I felt afterwards. Maybe because it’s dairy free? Who knows…Anyways, I hope you enjoy the recipe (and get some organizing done!) :)

  4. Melissa says

    Hi there, this sounds delish. Just checking, is apple cider like apple juice? And it’s obviously non alc? Just want to check it’s not the same as apple cider vinegar and just called different things in different countries? (I’m in NZ). Sorry for a blonde question.
    Thank you!

    • Emilie says

      Hi Melissa,

      Thank you! The apple cider is like apple juice (not vinegar and non-alcoholic!).Ha ha, I liked your question… ;0

  5. v says

    Funny to discover your recipe today.

    This is my version:
    I use the same frozen berry mix, however I also add fresh squeezed lemon juice, a splash of maple syrup and water before I blend it into a yummy treat!

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