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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Two glasses of strawberry banana smoothie

I like to think of this Strawberry Banana Smoothie as a throwback to simpler times, before we started adding greens and powders and eleventy-billion different ingredients to our smoothies. This one is rich, creamy, and perfect in every way!

Two glasses of strawberry banana smoothie

Why You’ll Love This Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

  • Save the Spinach for Your Salad. Friends, I am not opposed to a Green Smoothie. Don’t get me wrong! I love a Kale Smoothie, an Avocado Smoothie, and even some wheatgrass once in a while. But I realize not everyone’s on board the green smoothie train, and even if you are, sometimes you just want to skip the spinach and kale.
  • Tastes Like a Treat. Remember the whole banana “nice cream” craze from a few years back? Now think about making a milkshake with that banana ice cream and strawberries. It’s sweet, creamy, and tastes indulgent even though it’s totally not. That is this smoothie!
  • Quick and Easy. In theory, smoothies should be easy, but in real life, it can be a lot of prepping fruits and veggies, measuring, getting all those powders and superfoods out of the pantry—you know the drill. This strawberry banana smoothie has a short list of ingredients so it comes together FAST.
Top down view of creamy strawberry banana smoothie in glass

How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

The Ingredients

  • Frozen Strawberries. Buying a bag of frozen strawberries easiest, but if you have fresh berries on hand, just hull them and pop them in the freezer.
  • Banana. Cut it into a few big chunks. No need to freeze it first as long as your strawberries are frozen.
  • Nut Butter. You can add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter or almond butter to make the smoothie richer and add a little protein.
  • Almond Milk. Or your milk of choice.
  • Ice. Optional, only if you need it!

The Directions

Ingredients for strawberry banana smoothie in blender
  1. Combine. Add everything to the blender except the ice.
Strawberry banana smoothie in blender
  1. Blend. Turn on the blender and puree until the strawberry banana smoothie is, well, smooth. ENJOY!

Ideas for Smoothie Add-Ins

  • Hemp Hearts. These don’t alter the flavor or texture, but they add protein and omega-3 fats.
  • Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds. Hello, fiber!
  • Protein Powder. A scoop of unflavored or vanilla protein powder will make this smoothie a satisfying meal.
  • Matcha Powder. This will give you a little caffeine boost, which is always welcome in the morning.
  • Yogurt. Vanilla or plain yogurt will add a little more creaminess.
  • Spinach. Yes, you can also add a handful of greens and make a Strawberry Spinach Smoothie—but you can say good-bye to that pretty pink color!
Pouring strawberry banana smoothie into glass

Leftover Ideas

I think the best thing to do with any leftover smoothie is to pour it into popsicle molds. This strawberry banana smoothie is especially good for making into ice pops!

More Strawberry Smoothies to Try

  • Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie. No banana here! This one gets its creaminess from yogurt.
  • Strawberry Mango Smoothie. Tastes like you’re on vacation.
  • Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie. Nostalgic for those of us who spent our tween years sipping on Kiwi Strawberry Snapple. 
  • Strawberry Smoothie. Because sometimes you just want to keep it simple.
Strawberry banana smoothie in two glasses

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make It Less Banana-y. Here’s a pro-tip: If you don’t want your smoothie to have a strong banana flavor, you can use a banana that’s unripe or just a bit ripe. They have a much milder flavor than ripe bananas, so you get the creamy texture without as much flavor. (Note that they’re also less sweet, so you may have to add some honey or another sweetener.)
  • Add the Milk First. This helps create a vortex in the blender, pulling the solid ingredients towards the blade and making it less prone to stopping. If the blender does stop, just turn it off, stir, and turn it on again; if it happens a second time, you probably need a splash more milk.
  • Adjust as Needed. You can make this strawberry banana smoothie as thick or as thin as you’d like. If I want it thicker without adding more fruit, I add ice cubes. To thin it out, simply add more water or milk. Just be sure to use a conservative amount so you don’t end up going too far in the other direction!
Strawberry banana smoothie in glass with strawberry slices on top
Two glasses of strawberry banana smoothie
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This creamy dreamy strawberry banana smoothie recipe requires just 3 ingredients, which makes it super quick and easy. No yogurt in this one!
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Smoothie
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (12-ounce) smoothies
Calories 116kcal
Author Erin Clarke / Well Plated

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole frozen strawberries about 10 ounces
  • 1 small fresh banana peeled and broken in two or three pieces
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter optional
  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • Ice as needed

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients into your blender except for the ice: strawberries, banana, peanut butter (if using), and milk.
    Ingredients for strawberry banana smoothie in blender
  • Blend until smooth. The power of your blender and size of your strawberries may make it to where you need to occasionally stop and stir things around inside the container so it blends smoothly.
    Strawberry banana smoothie in blender
  • Adjust the consistency: If the mixture is thicker than you would like, add a little almond milk or water, stir to redistribute the ingredients, and blend once more. If it’s too thin, add a few ice cubes and blend again. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Notes

TO STORE: Leftover smoothies lose their volume and frostiness when refrigerated, so they’re best enjoyed right away. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to a day and give it a good shake or stir before sipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 2) | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 1mg

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