You’re going to love this strawberry smoothie. This recipe is cold, creamy and satisfying, and its nutty strawberry flavor is truly crave-worthy.
In their most basic form, these strawberry smoothies require just four ingredients—frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, almond milk and almond butter.
This smoothie recipe tastes like a strawberry milkshake, and you can make it for breakfast! I’ll be sipping on these pink drinks all summer, and I hope the recipe becomes a staple in your home as well.
If you ask me, smoothies should be super simple. I don’t want to pull a bunch of ingredients out of my fridge and pantry every morning just for a smoothie. I am not a morning person! Plus, these smoothies are easy to whip up in the afternoon or after dinner if you get a craving for a sweet treat.
You can change up the recipe by adding flax or oats for a nutrition boost, or a light drizzle of maple syrup to make them taste even more dessert-like. I’m plenty satisfied with the four-ingredient formula, though, and I think you will be, too!
How to Make Strawberries Smoothies
These strawberry smoothies are easy to make. They’re surprisingly filling, since they offer a good amount of protein and fiber. Whip them up for breakfast, or any time you’re in the mood for ice cream—they’re that good.
Frozen strawberries offer characteristic berry flavor, antioxidants and a fun pink color. One 10-ounce bag or about 2 cups will be just right. If possible, buy organic strawberries as conventional berries are notoriously high in pesticide exposure.
Frozen bananas make this smoothie lusciously creamy and naturally sweet.
Almond butter offers extra creaminess, plus protein, fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Vanilla almond milk makes this smoothie as creamy as possible (cashew or coconut milk options work well, too). Buy unsweetened to avoid refined sugar. My favorite brands are Malk, Three Trees and Forager’s. Or use water, for a slightly less luxurious texture.
For a sweeter smoothie, add maple syrup, to taste. The bananas are typically sweet enough for me, but a little drizzle of maple syrup makes this smoothie taste like a milkshake.
For extra sticking power, you can add up to 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats and/or up to 2 tablespoons flax seed (whole or ground). Flax makes leftover smoothies almost pudding-like in texture, and I like that!
How to Freeze Bananas Quickly (and Minimize Freezer Burn)
Buy a big bunch of bananas and let them turn nicely ripe. Aim for nicely yellow bananas, perhaps with a few spots—not full-blown spotty brown like you would for banana bread.
Peel and slice the bananas into 1/2-inch segments. Flash-freeze them by placing the slices in a single layer on parchment paper-lined baking sheets (choose a sheet(s) that will fit in your freezer). This is also a great way to freeze your bananas in a hurry.
Once fully frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and they will keep in the freezer for several months.
Thaw Strawberries for 5 Minutes Before Using
Frozen strawberries, especially larger ones, can be hard on your blender. To prevent damage to your blender and for greater ease in blending, let the strawberries thaw at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before using. Or, you can microwave them for 30 seconds to a minute, just until they’re losing their frost and starting to soften a bit.
If you still have trouble blending, pause, stir and let the mixture rest for a few more minutes before trying again. You can always add another splash or two of milk if you need more traction.
More Creamy Smoothies to Try
On a smoothie kick? Here are just a few of my favorite smoothie recipes:
- Banana Almond Smoothie
- Basic Blueberry Smoothie
- Oaxaca Chocolate Banana Smoothie
- Pineapple Avocado Smoothie
Please let me know how your strawberry smoothie turns out in the comments! I love hearing from you.
Simple Strawberry Smoothie
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Make this strawberry smoothie for breakfast (or dessert)! This strawberry smoothie recipe is creamy, luscious and nutritious. It almost tastes like a strawberry milkshake. Recipe yields 2 to 4 servings (about 4 cups); you can easily halve or double the recipe.
- 1 ½ cups to 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water
- 10 ounces (2 cups) frozen strawberries, thawed for 5 to 10 minutes*
- 1 ½ cups frozen bananas (I freeze my bananas in ½″ slices)
- ¼ cup almond butter
- Optional nutrition boosters: ¼ cup old-fashioned oats and/or 2 tablespoons flax seed
- 1 to 2 teaspoons maple syrup, if desired for sweetness
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients, starting with the almond milk.
- Blend on low until the blender gains traction, then ramp up to the highest speed as soon as possible (or if your blender has a smoothie function, that will work well). Use your blender’s tamper, if you have one, and stop to scrape down the sides as necessary. If the strawberries refuse to break up, let the mixture rest for several minutes before trying again. Add up to ½ cup additional milk if necessary.
- Once the smoothie is completely smooth and creamy, taste and blend in maple syrup if you’d like a sweeter smoothie. Divide the smoothie into 2 to 4 glasses, depending on your desired serving size. Serve immediately!
Recipe adapted from my Basic Blueberry Smoothie.
*Strawberry note: Frozen strawberries, especially when large, can be difficult to blend even in high-powered blenders. That’s why I suggest letting the strawberries thaw at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes in advance.
Make it gluten free: The smoothie is gluten-free without the oats. If you’re adding oats, be sure they’re certified gluten-free.
Make it nut free: I haven’t tried this, but you could substitute sunbutter for the almond butter, and nut-free milk (oat milk, coconut milk, etc.) or water for the almond milk.
Storage suggestions: These smoothie keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for 1 to 2 days. The top layer may darken in color; scoop off that layer if you’re bothered by it.