Strawberry Banana Smoothie – This yummy strawberry smoothie almost tastes like a strawberry milkshake! Creamy and sweet, it’s the perfect breakfast or healthy snack. (Paleo or Vegan)
One of the most eye-opening parts of the endless days at home lately is just how much I love variety. It’s never been more clear to me than when I’m staying home, trying to limit my shopping, and make good use of what I have on hand instead of shopping for something new.
While I miss being able to shop around or change up my menu when the mood strikes, I do appreciate that I’m *actually* using what we have on hand in an effort to cut down on grocery trips/orders and shopping in general.
We’ve been making a LOT of smoothies lately as we use up our frozen fruit. It’s been a great change of pace in the mornings (from oatmeal, toast & eggs, muffins, etc.) or a cool, refreshing option for afternoon snacks, especially now that the days are so warm.
This strawberry banana smoothie almost tastes like a strawberry milkshake! It’s creamy and delicious with lots of bright strawberry flavor. It’s SUPER easy to toss together and is very kid-friendly. Here’s all you need to get started…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE RECIPE:
FROZEN STRAWBERRIES. I love using frozen strawberries for this strawberry smoothie since it gives it a thick, milkshake feel that my kids and I love. You can totally use fresh strawberries (or freeze your own!)
FROZEN BANANAS. I use this method for freezing bananas (BEST EVER), which makes them perfect for smoothies, banana “nice cream,” banana bread, muffins, and so much more. I recommend ripe bananas for this smoothie since the bananas help sweeten it.
YOGURT. You can use your favorite yogurt in this strawberry banana smoothie. If you’re dairy-free (like us), you’ll want to stick with dairy-free yogurt. I like unsweetened options, like SoDelicious, Culina, or CoYo, but use what you like! (Not dairy-free? Pack in the protein by using Greek yogurt!)
MILK. We typically add unsweetened almond or cashew milk for this yummy smoothie, but any milk you drink will work—cashew, rice, oat, dairy, etc.
COLLAGEN OR CHIA SEEDS. For a little nutrient boost, I love adding a scoop or two of collagen protein (dairy-free + paleo) or a few tablespoons of chia seeds (vegan + paleo). Their protein & healthy fats can help keep you full longer.
A LITTLE VANILLA. Not totally necessary, but I love adding a few drops of vanilla to make this taste like a milkshake. Fools my kids every time!
HONEY OR AGAVE (IF YOU LIKE). I typically don’t sweeten my smoothies, but depending on how sweet your fruit is, this smoothie can taste a little better with a tiny little drizzle of honey or agave. I recommend blending the smoothie and tasting it before adding any sweetener.
MIX IT UP! HERE’S HOW TO CHANGE UP THIS STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE
ADD SOME GREENS! When I’m making strawberry banana smoothies for grown-ups, I usually toss in a handful or two of spinach or greens. Full disclosure: It makes the color pretty muddy and ugly, but it tastes totally fine!
TRY USING FLAVORED YOGURT. Feel free to use whatever yogurt you have on hand. If you want to use strawberry or vanilla yogurt instead of plain/unsweetened, go for it!
SPRINKLE WITH GRANOLA. I love adding a little sprinkle of granola and fresh fruit on top of my strawberry banana smoothies for a little crunch. It’s great here if you’re serving them for breakfast
TOP WITH CACAO NIBS. You can channel some dessert/milkshake vibes by adding a tiny sprinkle of cacao nibs on top. Just saying.
ADD A SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE. You can also brighten this up with a squeeze or two of lemon juice. It kind of tastes like cheesecake!
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE:
OUR FAVORITE BLENDER. We’ve been using a refurbished Blendtec blender for the last 6+ years and after over 1430+ blends (there’s a counter), it’s still going strong. Highly recommend it if you’re in the market!
WHAT’S THE BEST DAIRY-FREE YOGURT? There are lots of non-dairy yogurt options out there these days, but our favorites are SoDelicious coconut milk yogurt and CoYo, which is super thick and creamy. (Note: we DON’T like the similar-sounding brand CoCoYo.)
PALEO? VEGAN? NO PROBLEM! Use one of the dairy-free yogurts listed above and be sure to use dairy-free milk. Easy-peasy!
GOT LEFTOVERS? TRY THIS! We love freezing smoothies in our popsicle mold. They make THE BEST creamy popsicles and this one almost feels like ice cream. It’s so refreshing on a hot day!
LOVE THIS STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE? YOU MIGHT LOVE…
- Healthy Snickers Shake
- Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
- Our Favorite Chocolate Banana Smoothie
- Apple Nachos
- Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Pops
HELPFUL INGREDIENTS + TOOLS FOR THIS YUMMY SMOOTHIE:
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