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Strawberry Smoothie

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Olena Osipov
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Healthy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with almond milk, frozen strawberries, banana and without yogurt. This strawberry smoothie is easy for kids to make and tastes delicious!

Of course we love fresh juicy strawberries but equally enjoy no bake strawberry cheesecake, strawberry spinach salad and strawberry mango salsa recipes.

strawberry smoothie

Our family loves this easy strawberry smoothie as much as we love our staple green smoothie recipe. Its ingredients are always on hand, it is quick, most kids love strawberries and older ones enjoy making a smoothie on their own. This healthy strawberry smoothie is a great filler (snack) after school and before dinner, filling up their bellies with nutritious and yet delicious ingredients.

Our other favorite nutrient dense homemade snack recipes are these almond flour banana muffins, waffles from the freezer (pop quickly in toaster), chocolate chip muffins and even peanut butter protein balls. Many parents are working from home these days and easy snack recipes are a lifesaver!

Children of school age can easily learn how to make a strawberry smoothie and even have fun with it. We cover many additions and variations below. We prefer homemade strawberry smoothie without yogurt but below we go over variations how to add yogurt, even ice cream turning it into a milkshake, have fun with other fruit and add veggies. My boys absolutely love this simple strawberry smoothie recipe not knowing they are consuming flaxseed.

Looking for other healthy drinks? I blog mostly about healthy dinner recipes but trust me when I say I always have a batch of kombucha tea brewing and a glass of homemade iced coffee in hand during hot summer days.

Ingredients for a Strawberry Smoothie

Entire family experimented with this frozen strawberry smoothie recipe with or without yogurt, with dairy milk, with almond milk, with and without banana, with jam, with ice cream, you name it! And here are the ingredients we all agreed upon for the best strawberry fruit smoothie:

  • Almond milk: We use plain unsweetened almond milk but vanilla flavored and/or sweetened will work too, especially if your strawberries are less sweet.
  • Frozen strawberries: Use quality strawberries, that are ripe, preferably organic if you can afford. However, it is a fact that less sweet and ripen berries go for freezing.
  • Banana: Make sure your banana is ripe or even ugly brown over ripen. Previously frozen fruit works as well.
  • Flaxseed or chia seeds: Use ground flaxseed or whole/ground chia seeds. Whole flaxseed might not blend completely.

Yes, we like our healthy strawberry smoothie without yogurt. Keep reading.

almond milk, bananas, frozen strawberries, ground flaxseed

How to Make Strawberry Smoothie

  • Add liquids first: Add almond milk to help with pureeing. If you add frozen fruit first, your blender will struggle and cavitate.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend: Banana, flaxseed or chia seeds (make smoothie smooth) and frozen strawberries on top is the best order so frozen fruit doesn’t get stuck. And of course, high speed blender like Vitamix or Blendtec or Ninja will blend smoothie into better consistency without chunks.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Dairy milk: Substituting almond milk with cow’s milk makes smoothie taste more like a milkshake. Our family did not love it in this strawberry smoothie recipe but we love ice cream. Not sure why dairy wasn’t our favorite but might be yours.
  • Other plant based milk: Use any of your favorite milk instead of almond. For example, rice, soy, coconut, hemp etc. Keep in mind sweetened milk makes smoothie sweeter.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt adds protein but make smoothie more tangy. You have to try my mom’s strawberry yogurt another time! If you would like to replace milk with mostly yogurt in this smoothie, start with 1 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup almond milk. Adjust consistency with more milk. Can also try kefir.
  • Fresh strawberries: If you use fresh strawberries, try to use frozen banana or other frozen fruit. It will help keep the smoothie of thicker consistency rather than flavored juice.
  • Frozen banana: Feel free to use it but might have to adjust thickness of drink with more milk or water.
  • Other fruit you can add: You can add a handful of other fruit. Don’t add too much, especially if fruit is frozen. 1/2 cup of fruit like pineapple, peach or mango should be good.
  • Spinach: A few handfuls of fresh or frozen spinach will add a serving of veggies to each strawberry smoothie. Plus calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Please note color will change from pretty pink to unappealing brown, but healthy.
  • Whole grains: Add up to 1/4 cup quick or rolled oats or wheat bran to add more fiber, calories and complex carbohydrates making smoothie more of a meal.
  • A scoop of peanut butter: For dessert like treat.
  • A scoop of protein powder: If it’s your jam. Whey protein will dissolve better. If you add plant-based protein powder, you will have to add a splash more liquid because it is more absorbent (made with peas and brown rice usually).

Also adults might enjoy this almond breakfast smoothie (with protein powder) and anti inflammatory red smoothie (super beautiful dark magenta color) as a healthy snack or breakfast.

FAQs

How many calories in a strawberry fruit smoothie?

This strawberry banana smoothie contains 180 calories, 32 grams of carbs and 15 grams sugar. Please keep in mind this is naturally occuring sugar in fruit and not added sugar. And carbs are complex carbohydrates from fruit, which is a whole food. Rather than simple carbs from processed ingredients. This healthy strawberry smoothie is full of good for you calories!

Is strawberry smoothie good for you?

Strawberries are high in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and contain antioxidants. They may decrease the risk of heart disease, reduce spikes in blood sugar. Banana is a source of potassium, vitamin B6, fiber, antioxidants and provides benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss. And flaxseed or chia seeds “seal the deal” with Omega-3 fats, dietary fiber and high quality protein.

Try to buy organic strawberries because they are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Strawberries are #1 on Dirty Dozen list. Their skin is very thin, so it absorbs all the chemicals. You just can’t wash them

How to make strawberry smoothie without milk?

To make dairy free strawberry smoothie, the best substitute for milk is coconut water. You can also use orange juice, apple juice or mango juice. Of course, fresh squeezed is best. Second best is pure juice without added sugar. And lastly, not from concentrate is a healthier choice.

How to make strawberry smoothie with ice cream?

For a treat strawberry ice cream shake, reduce almond milk to 1 cup and add 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream or strawberry ice cream. if you use fresh strawberries, you can reduce milk to 1/2 cup thus strawberry milkshake will be sweeter.

How to make strawberry smoothie bowl?

To make a smoothie bowl, check out this strawberry smoothie bowl recipe from Tania at Cooktoria. It is just basically thicker smoothie that you can eat with a spoon. But right proportion of ingredients are key.

More Tips

  • To make smoothie sweeter: The sweetness of your frozen strawberry smoothie will depend on how ripe are bananas, frozen strawberries quality and your personal taste buds. Sweet fruit makes all the difference. However, you can always add honey or maple syrup to taste, or use half favorite juice in place of half of almond milk.
  • Don’t skip flaxseed or chia seeds: Both prevent smoothie from separating without changing the taste. Not to mention the nutrition punch.
  • Measure ingredients: Your smoothie will be tasty and will spin in the blender. Add more or less and strawberries will get stuck.
  • Adjust thickness: If for whatever reason, your smoothie came out too thick, for example you added a bit more frozen fruit or used frozen banana, add a splash of milk or even water, and give it a quick blend.

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Strawberry Smoothie {4 Ingredient Recipe}

Healthy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with frozen strawberries, banana and without yogurt. It is easy for kids to make and tastes delicious. Simply the best!
4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 smoothies
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 large ripe banana chunks
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or ground flaxseed
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries

Instructions

  • In a powerful blender, add almond milk, banana, flaxseed and frozen strawberries in the exact order.
  • Blend until smooth. Serve within a few hours.

Make ahead: Because of flaxseed (chia) strawberry smoothie holds its consistency well for hours, making it perfect for a brunch.

    Video

    Notes

    • Dairy milk: Substituting almond milk with cow’s milk makes smoothie taste more like a milkshake. Our family did not love it in this strawberry smoothie recipe but we love ice cream. Not sure why dairy wasn’t our favorite but might be yours.
    • Other plant based milk: Use any of your favorite milk instead of almond. For example, rice, soy, coconut, hemp etc. Keep in mind sweetened milk makes smoothie sweeter.
    • Yogurt: Yogurt adds protein but make smoothie more tangy. You have to try my mom’s strawberry yogurt another time! If you would like to replace milk with mostly yogurt in this smoothie, start with 1 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup almond milk. Adjust consistency with more milk. Can also try kefir.
    • Fresh strawberries: If you use fresh strawberries, try to use frozen banana or other frozen fruit. It will help keep the smoothie of thicker consistency rather than flavored juice.
    • Frozen banana: Feel free to use it but might have to adjust thickness of drink with more milk or water.
    • Other fruit you can add: You can add a handful of other fruit. Don’t add too much, especially if fruit is frozen. 1/2 cup of fruit like pineapple, peach or mango should be good.
    • Spinach: A few handfuls of fresh or frozen spinach will add a serving of veggies to each strawberry smoothie. Plus calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Please note color will change from pretty pink to unappealing brown, but healthy.
    • Whole grains: Add up to 1/4 cup quick or rolled oats or wheat bran to add more fiber, calories and complex carbohydrates making smoothie more of a meal.
    • A scoop of peanut butter: For dessert like treat.
    • A scoop of protein powder: If it’s your jam. Whey protein will dissolve better. If you add plant-based protein powder, you will have to add a splash more liquid because it is more absorbent (made with peas and brown rice usually).
    See Recipe Post for more Tips and FAQs.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. How come the video said to add strawberries last and in the recipe you state to put ingredients in this exact order, almond milk, strawberries, banana and chia seeds?

    2. 5 stars
      I love the consistency and the taste overall! I just added a bit of stevia to sweeten it since my bananas weren’t very ripe ?

    3. 5 stars
      Tasty and delicious.
      Shared the smoothie with my 98 year old Mom, and we both loved it!

      Is there a remedy for “crunchy flaxseeds”?

      1. Yay, so happy to hear! Oh, you should use ground flaxseed. Sorry I specified it now. You can grind your flaxseed in a food processor and then use in many things.

    4. 4 stars
      Very nice- I felt that maybe my banana wasn’t ripe enough though, so I added a bit of Splenda to sweeten. I added both flaxseed and chia to make it more “filling” for a midnight snack. Thanks!

    5. 5 stars
      I clinked a glass of these smoothies with my sister, We loved it, I asked her how many stars and she said 5 stars, I thought the same so I said 5 stars for this recipe, Thank you so much!

    6. I want to do this recipe with fresh strawberries and no bananas. What’s a good banana substitute?

    7. Is it possible to put normal milk and no china seeds in the smoothie blender?

      1. Yes, you can use any type of milk. You can omit the chia seeds as well. The chia seeds help the smoothie keep it’s consistency if you don’t plan on drinking it as soon as you make it. Hope that helps Lara!

    8. Need to get more fruit in my diet so definetly gonna give this a go, just a quick question, will this keep in the fridge and if so how long for, was thinking i could make some in advance as a quick grab and go breakfast.

      Thanks

      1. Yaaaay! Yes, a good easy snack. I’ve been so busy with the website, been making all kinds of smoothies every day. Clean s out freezer and fridge as well. Enjoy, guys!

    9. 5 stars
      Oh my oh my! This is my all-time favorite strawberry smoothie! And I like how you add almond milk into the drink to give the richness into it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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