This strawberry banana smoothie recipe is a healthy summer classic. Packed full of plant nutrients and vitamin-rich fruit, it’s an easy, healthy way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Drink for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a healthy dessert.
There are hundreds of strawberry banana smoothie recipes out there, but this one is my all-time favorite. It’s sweet without being sickly, thick without being lumpy, and of course, creamy without containing any dairy. Oh, and did I mention it only has three ingredients?
Strawberry banana smoothie ingredients
To make this healthy strawberry banana smoothie you will need:
If possible you should use organic strawberries for this recipe. Not only will you avoid nasty pesticides, but organic fruit tends to be sweeter, juicier, and richer in nutrients. I normally buy pre-frozen strawberries for convenience, but if you prefer you can freeze your own. Spread whole or halved strawberries on a cookie sheet, and leave in the freezer for at least six hours before blending.
Bananas get sweeter as they ripen, so look for fruit with brown speckles on the skin. Cut your banana into small chunks, place on a cookie sheet, and freeze. You can also buy your banana pre-frozen if you’d prefer.
To avoid overpowering the strawberry and banana flavor of your smoothie, avoid using plant milk which has been sweetened. My favorites for this recipe are oat, almond, and macadamia, because of their light, natural flavor. That being said, any natural plant milk will work, so feel free to swap out for your favorite.
I used a Vitamix for speed, but any high powered blender will do. If you don’t have one then a normal blender will work, but may take a little longer to achieve the desired consistency.
Depending on your tastebuds, you might want to add a little maple syrup or agave nectar to your smoothie. If your fruit isn’t completely ripe then this is a good way to bring out their flavor. Alternatively, you can use sweetened plant milk.
And that’s it! Below I will share my tips for getting the most from this classic smoothie, and some of the health benefits of drinking it.
Health benefits of strawberry banana smoothie
Fruit smoothies are a fantastic way to hit your five-a-day, especially for fussy eaters and kids. Strawberry and banana are both dense in nutrients and pack a real health punch when taken together. Just one portion of strawberries (around 8 berries) contains more vitamin c than a whole orange, as well as a hefty serving of manganese and potassium. Bananas are also full of manganese and have one of the highest concentrations of vitamin B6 of any fruit or vegetable. Although low in calories and fat, a strawberry banana smoothie will load you up with energy, thanks to the abundance of natural sugars in fruit.
Can I use unfrozen fruit in my smoothie?
You can certainly use fresh fruit if you prefer, but be aware it will alter the consistency and texture of your smoothie. Frozen fruit is what gives the drink its luxurious thickness, as well as making it nice and cold.
If you don’t have fruit in the freezer and don’t want to wait for your smoothie, then add 2 – 3 ice cubes to the blender once your fruit is pureed. This will help thicken it up.
If you want a runnier consistency then try switching the frozen strawberries for fresh fruit. Leave in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving to ensure it’s nice and chilly. Alternatively, for a thicker smoothie, add an extra 1/4 cup of frozen strawberries, or a couple more ice cubes.
How to make a strawberry banana smoothie
Make sure your fruit has had at least six hours to firm up in the freezer and is frozen through. Add your milk to the blender then tip in your fruit a little bit at a time, blending until completely smooth. If you are not using a high powered blender then keep blending until the frozen fruit is as smooth as you can get it, but make sure you don’t overheat the blades. If you still have a few fruity chunks left and want a completely smooth texture, then you can strain your smoothie through a fine mesh strainer. Serve in a glass and top with a strawberry garnish, if you’re feeling fancy.
Want to switch up this recipe? Feel free to switch the strawberries for raspberries or blueberries for an equally delicious smoothie!
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Quick + healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe | The creamiest vegan smoothie made with fresh or frozen fruit | PERFECT for breakfast or snack!
- Place all ingredients into a high powdered blender and blitz until smooth and creamy.
To make your smoothie thicker, add an additional 1/4 cup frozen strawberries or a handful of ice cubes! Enjoy!
- No strawberries? No worries! Feel free to swap in frozen raspberries or blueberries.
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