3 Ingredient Blueberry Coffee Shake (the Big Blue)

This is a delicious and easy quick treat made with fresh blueberries and strong, chilled coffee. A couple scoops of ice cream and a dance around the blender and this is done! To make this kid-friendly, try using chocolate milk in place of coffee.

Blueberry coffee shake | a NellieBellie recipe with Minnesota roots

Let me introduce you to what we affectionately call The Big Blue. This is a blueberry coffee shake. Two of Minnesota’s favorite things. At the same time. Okay, this is a slight lie because all Minnesotans know that the State Fair and foods on a stick are TRULY our favorite things. Since I can’t figure out how to put this shake on a stick (wouldn’t that be epic!), it’s close to a MN favorite thing.

First, let’s have a little lesson on why we have given it the name The Big Blue. Any guesses?

Because of Babe the Blue Ox, of course. Here in Minnesota, the legend around Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, is alive and well. We have giant talking statues of Paul Bunyan, clothing with their legendary faces, even kitchen gizmo’s in their honor. Blue isn’t just a color… it’s a proper noun. It is NOT allowed while playing Scrabble.

So, it seems only right to give Babe his own coffee drink. And make it Blue, of course. Then we use Minnesota Blueberries and [easyazon_link identifier=”B01FTE4NEU” locale=”US”]Caribou Coffee[/easyazon_link] for a truly Minnesotan treat. Ya Sure You Betcha!

Cheers Babe, this Big Blue is for you!

Blueberry coffee shake | a NellieBellie recipe with Minnesota roots

And, never fear, our Minnesota lovers… the Paul Bunyan latte is here and as manly, dark, and uff-da as you would expect from a drink in honor of the man himself.

The calories in this Blueberry Coffee Shake come primarily from the ice cream, so if you want to shave some off, we have a few tips:

  • use frozen yogurt
  • use frozen blueberries to replace some of the ice cream
  • freeze your coffee in ice cube trays and use ice in place of the ice cream. (make sure you have a good blender!)
Big Blue espresso shake is a Minnesota favorite.

Big Blue (Blueberry Coffee Shake)

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Cook Time | 5 minutes
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A delicious, refreshing shake featuring the great combo of fresh blueberries and coffee!


  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 1/2 cup coffee ice cream we use Izzy’s
  • whipped cream optional
Check out our Kitchen Reference Guide for help with unfamiliar terms.


  • Mix coffee, blueberries, and ice cream together in a blender.
  • Top with whipped cream if desired.
  • Enjoy!



Making a cup of coffee, drinking half of it, and then putting the rest in the freezer to chill is the perfect way to make this drink!
If you have trouble finding coffee ice cream, you can use vanilla. We’d recommend adding a bit of extra coffee to your drink and being okay with a slightly thinner consistency.

Other great uses for blueberries are…

Lemon and Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake is a hero recipe…so good!

4 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Blueberry Coffee Shake (the Big Blue)”

  1. You are talking to the worst at spelling and grammar. Having a blog has been a challenge of epic proportions and I am forever screwing up! I didn’t even notice. At all.

  2. Ha!! You are listening far too well. Tater tots ARE a favorite. But, I think it’s more sentimental rather than flavor. Cause, really… are tater tots really that tasty? I don’t think so. But blueberries … those are amazing! And our blueberries up here are utterly fantastic!

  3. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I swear I’m going to strangle my auto-correct!! I hate that thing. I go back to reread what I posted and I find that I sound like an illiterate. It should be “mon” instead of “con ami” and then –bout for bought?? ARRRRGH!! Just goes to show I should carefully proof read BEFORE hitting post comment. Lesson learned.

  4. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Au contraire con ami { that’s polite for I’m going to prove you wrong} I don’t even know if the spelling is right cuz I’m Italian but you CAN put it on a stick. Make it like a popsicle then you’ll have the favorite drink on the favorite utensil :-). But didn’t you tell me tater tots were the favorite everything in Minnesota ?? But then tater tots as a sweet drink with coffee wouldn’t have the same panache would it? We just bout 5 lbs of blueberries from Marsh. They are plump, sweet, and juicy just ready to be consumed in something delicious. Thank you for the first recipe for my blueberries. Have a wonderful Sunday!!

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