Triple Pomegranate Smoothie

November 29, 2012
8 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 1 8-ounce smoothie
Author Notes

Pomegranate appears here in three forms: juice to form the smoothie, molasses to give it a sweet-tangy punch, and the arils as a garnish. I like pairing pomegranate with blueberries, but raspberries would also work well. Feel free to start with a lesser amount of pomegranate molasses and then add to taste – though its lip-puckering sweet-tart quality is what makes this smoothie so unexpectedly delicious. One of these will definitely put a little zing in your step. Served in small juice glasses, this would make a festive addition to a holiday brunch. —EmilyC

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: EmilyC is an environmental scientist who is never without chocolate chip cookie-making provisions.
WHAT: A tart-sweet, one-step smoothie that'll start your day off on the right foot.
HOW: Just blend! Isn't that the best?
WHY WE LOVE IT: This smoothie uses pomegranate in all of its forms -- juice, arils, and molasses -- so there's no way the fruit doesn't sit front and center, in all of its glory. You can adjust the fruit to your desired consistency, but we love it nice and drinkable, just the way it is. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
  • 4 large mint leaves, plus more to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate arils, for garnish
  1. Blend blueberries, yogurt, pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses and mint together using a standing blender or stick blender. Add more juice or frozen fruit, if needed, to reach your desired consistency. Garnish with mint leaves and arils.
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Recipe by: EmilyC

I'm a home cook. I love salads. Two things you'll always find in my refrigerator are lemons and butter, and in my pantry good quality chocolate and the makings for chocolate chip cookies.

28 Reviews

Irene August 3, 2014
I use apple juice and honey instead of pomegranate and molasses.
mcs3000 November 7, 2013
Congrats on the win, @EmilyC! Will try soon.
EmilyC November 7, 2013
Thank you! Hope you like it!
Christina P. January 14, 2013
what would be a good substitute for the molasses?
EmilyC January 14, 2013
Hi Christina -- I'd just omit the pom molasses; the smoothie will still have a nice level of tart-sweetness from the pomegranate juice. Or if you're in a DIY mood, you can make your own pom molasses pretty easily. See my response to hottamale624 below!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 10, 2013
Wow - this looks sooo refreshing! All I need is some pomegranate juice and I'm good to go on this one! Many congrats to you!
EmilyC January 10, 2013
Thanks on the congrats -- and I hope you like it! I'm looking forward to making one for my breakfast tomorrow morning (to have alongside my coffee, of course!).
teiko January 6, 2013
i have also used the pomegranetes in my protein smoothie along with aronia berries and coconut milk. yummy
hottamale624 January 6, 2013
Where can I find the pomegranate molasses? I sounds delicious.
EmilyC January 6, 2013
Most Middle Eastern markets carry pomegranate molasses; you can also order it through Amazon and the like. Or, you can make it yourself by boiling down pomegranate juice with some sugar and lemon juice til it's thick and syrupy:
The smoothie is good without it -- just not as tart.
jenniebgood January 6, 2013
Congratulations Emily! This looks delicious and I will definitely be trying it. This was the perfect win for this time of year. I'm a 99 percent-er, that is, like 99% of the country, one of my resolutions is to try to tame my sweet tooth and eat healthier (at least for January - My motto is "one month at a time").
EmilyC January 6, 2013
Thanks so much, and I'm right there with you trying to eat healthier!
Carole M. January 6, 2013
Emily, where are these cute glasses from?
EmilyC January 6, 2013
Thanks Carole! The glasses aren't mine. The picture above was taken by James Ransom in the FOOD52 test kitchen. I agree with you...that glass is cute!
BoulderGalinTokyo January 6, 2013
This was delicious! Congrats on your win. I made with blueberries and POM juice but my color wasn't as red as in the picture. What juice did you use?
EmilyC January 6, 2013
Thanks so much -- so happy that you enjoyed it! I've been using a different brand of juice (don't know the name off the top of my head) but I think POM is one of the best. The smoothies are a slightly different color each time I make them, though, depending how much juice I put in relative to the blueberries. The one in the pic is definitely gorgeous, isn't it?!?
JanetFL December 31, 2012
Sounds yummy! Love the idea of serving this in small juice glasses at a brunch.
EmilyC December 31, 2012
Thanks Janet! The color alone is reason enough to add it to a brunch menu!
Bevi December 27, 2012
Congrats EC! We made a big batch of your smoothie over the holiday. It was fantastic and refreshing!
EmilyC December 27, 2012
Thanks Bevi -- I'm so happy to know you tried and liked it! Hope you're enjoying the holidays!
Kukla December 26, 2012
Congratulations Emily, I am very glad and happy for you!!!
Happy Holidays to you and your family and many more winning recipes!
EmilyC December 27, 2012
Thanks so much, Kukla, and Happy Holidays to you, too!
Madhuja December 23, 2012
Congratulations, Emily! This smoothie looks almost too pretty to have!
EmilyC December 24, 2012
Thanks Madhuja! : )
Kukla December 21, 2012
Congratulations Emily on the finalist nomination!! Hope your recipe will be the winner.
EmilyC December 21, 2012
Thanks Kukla, you're very kind. I was just admiring your Georgian Caramelized Nut Candy by the way--it looks amazing!
hardlikearmour November 29, 2012
This sounds tangy and delicious! I bet is a gorgeous color, too.
EmilyC November 30, 2012
Thanks HLA! It's a nice way to shake up your smoothie routine! : )