Summer in a Cup Smoothie

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Pouring a delicious creamy vegan smoothie that tastes like summer in a cup

I recently helped throw a bridal shower for a friend and it was the host’s brilliant idea to have a smoothie bar along with gourmet s’mores around a fire pit. Best, shower, ever.

I was selected as the smoothie recipe generator, so I offered up a few variations that were made into recipe cards for the guests to follow. This recipe for Summer in a Cup was one of them, which just so happened to be a total fave among guests.

If you like berries, citrus and sweet-creamy smoothies, this is the recipe for you.

Raspberries, banana, orange juice, pomegranate juice, and almond milk for making a delicious summer smoothie

It starts with frozen banana and loads of frozen raspberries. This provides a cold, creamy-thick base, as well as a sweet-tart flavor contrast. Next comes unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk, orange juice and pomegranate juice for the perfect mix of creamy, sweet and tart.

This smoothie truly is summer in a cup.

Freshly blended Summer in a Cup Raspberry Smoothie
Two glasses of our Summer in a Cup Smoothie recipe surrounded by ingredients used to make it

What’s it taste like?

Mega creamy
Perfectly sweet
Not too tart
& Satisfying

Of all of the smoothies I’ve made (and I’ve made a lot), this is definitely one of my favorites to date!

If you want, add a handful of greens for extra nutrition (although it will likely turn it a not-so-flattering hue). Add silken tofu for a protein boost.

Two glasses of Summer in a Cup Smoothie topped with orange slices and raspberries

If you make this smoothie – and you totally should – take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with! Cheers and happy (almost) summer!

Plate of orange slices alongside two glasses of our vegan Summer in a Cup Smoothie
Top down shot of Summer in a Cup Smoothies with fresh fruit
Two glasses filled with our Summer in a Cup Smoothie recipe

Summer in a Cup Smoothie

Simple 5-ingredient smoothie that tastes like summer in a cup! Raspberries, frozen banana, 2 pure fruit juices, and creamy almond milk make the healthiest tart-sweet smoothie ever.
Author Minimalist Baker
Top down shot of two glasses of Summer in a Cup Smoothie with fresh raspberries and orange slices
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (smoothies)
Course Beverage, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (as popsicles)
Does it keep? Store in freezer.



  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add more milk or fruit juice if too thick. Add more frozen banana if not sweet enough. Serve immediately. Freezes well (or make into Popsicles).


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothies Calories: 183 Carbohydrates: 41 g Protein: 2.5 g Fat: 1.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 72 mg Fiber: 7.3 g Sugar: 26 g
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  1. Maureen Morales says

    I just made this. My husband and I thought it was delicious. The only change I made was to use dark chocolate covered frozen banana slices rather than regular as that’s what we had. We will try it as popsicles next time.

  2. Diana Bingham says

    Skipped the pomegranate juice since I didn’t have any. Still came out tasting delicious. Just increased the Orange juice and almond milk.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Diana. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  3. Susan says

    Hi, I have a food sensitivity to almonds, what could I use instead ? Also can I sub the raspberries for strawberries ? Do you think it would taste good ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Susan, you could sub any non-dairy milk such as cashew or oat milk. We haven’t tried with strawberries, but we think it would work! Let us know if you try it!

  4. Leigh says

    I loved the idea of this smoothie when I came across it this afternoon. I went right to the store and got the ingredients but tweaked it for my tastes. I omitted the almond milk and added chia seeds. Since pomegranate juice is so expensive I got the Farmstand Pom/Blueberry juice and instead of orange juice I got the orange/mango/banana juice for a bit more fruit. I made way too much but I’m saving the rest to go with my overnight oats tomorrow morning! Perfect smoothie for the 90 deg day we had!

  5. Jenna says

    I just made this smoothie this morning, and it was so good I had to rave about it immediately. It is the perfect combination of sweet and citrus. It’s amazingly creamy while also refreshing. Not to mention: HEALTHY!! Cannot rave enough.

  6. Shadat Hosen says

    It looks so delicious! Of course I would want to drink such a yummy smoothie everyday of the summer. Though the steps are well detailed…. But I am still felling lazy to make it for me… But I shouldn’t be worried… Because my mom will do that for me and I don’t wanna miss it.

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  8. Alice says

    This smoothie looks so delicious! Just wondering, if I don’t have a banana on hand, what can I replace it with? Would a greek yogurt work?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Mmm, it wont’ be as sweet. SO be sure to throw in a couple dates or something to offset the flavor!

  9. Rachael says

    Smoothies are the best option for summers. We can also serve it to the guest and the main thing is that it does not take so much time to make it. Just one cup of sweet and creamy smoothie can make your day.

  10. Brittany says

    Now that the hot weather is here I’ve been craving smoothies every day. This one looks delicious and I love the photos!

  11. HannahL says

    Hi! This looks really good but I was wondering if I could sub avocado for the banana? Or would that give it a strange flavour? I have everything else in my freezer and would like to try!

  12. Sherri@ The Well Floured Kitchen says

    A smoothie bar has to be the most brilliant idea I’ve heard in a while. I feel this overwhelming need to host a party asap. Looks absolutely amazing, can’t wait to try :)

  13. Ala says

    Ooh–people who love creamy sweet smoothies, that’s me! Love the idea of throwing in silken tofu for an extra protein boost, Dana; I’d almost be skeptical (had a bad run-in with silken tofu chocolate “pudding”), but if you say so, my blender shall do so. Thanks for sharing this, and happy summer!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      silken tofu in a smoothie is the best! Give it a go! I’m sure you’ll like it. A little goes a long way.

  14. Shelby says

    How funny! I just posted my “Perfect Summer Smoothie” recipe the other day. Definitely need to try this one, though!

  15. Traci | Vanilla And Bean says

    Hey Dana! I always love a good smoothie recipe. This looks delicious, quick and satisfying! Thank you for your recipe and enticing photography!

  16. Lisa H says

    Hi Dana,
    This looks great, but my only problem is that you specify and promote “Almond Breeze” almond milk. They still use carrageenan (a type of seaweed)as an emulsifier, even though it is a known carcinogen and is extremely hard to digest. If you happen to be one of the many people with IBS or other stomach disorders, it can be a real problem. I have to carefully check all labels (including canned dog food, since my pooch has a problem with it as well) on a regular basis and stopped buying Almond Breeze when I realized they were using it. I do realize I don’t have to use that brand in your recipe, but just wanted to put that out there for anyone possibly having digestive issues.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lisa, thank you so much for the insight. I’m sure anyone with IBS or digestive issues would pay attention to ingredients in any product that may upset their stomach. Thanks for sharing – I appreciate it.

  17. Molly @Doughvelopment says

    What a gorgeous color! I am all about the smoothies lately, got to try this one!
    A smoothie bar is such a great idea, too!

  18. Lillie says

    I can attest to the amazingness of this smoothie. SOO refreshing. When I made mine at the smoothie bar I added spinach and it didn’t affect the flavor (just color turned dark purplish) because the pomegranate juice is so deliciously strong. Thankful for all these wonderful smoothie recipes… and the clever names ;-].

  19. Alex says

    Nothing is better than a smoothie in the summer! They’re my favorite way to start the day. I can’t wait to make this for my next morning smoothie!

  20. Angela says

    That looks amazing and healthy!
    If you don’t have pomegranates where you live, what could you replace it with??


  21. Lauren says

    This looks light and so refreshing! I’ve been using pomegranate juice lately and I love it- tasty, sweet, and tart. Plus, it’s a gorgeous color!

    Xo, Lauren

  22. Allison says

    A smoothie bar is such a fantastic idea! I might just have to “steal” this for a birthday party I’m throwing this summer :) I’d also like this smoothie for breakfast today please!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yeah! It worked out really well! A smoothie bar at any party is pretty much a great idea.

  23. Emily @ Life on Food says

    How beautiful is this color? I have a smoothie each day. These look great – lovin’ the flavors, the color and the rim decoration! Talk about a way to start the day!

  24. Easy, Healty and Yummy says

    loving your photographs!

    I will add baby spinach and replace orange juice for water, but this will be great for summer..