Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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This simple, delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe is just 4 ingredients, each one contributing to a creamy, protein-packed breakfast or snack option.

2 glasses full of strawberry-banana smoothie.


 

While many smoothies made with Greek yogurt need a little extra sweetener from honey or maple syrup, this classic Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe has plenty! Whether you use fresh or frozen strawberries, the banana provides enough natural sugar that you don’t need to add anything else.

For more fiber, consider adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds. The chia seeds don’t need to be soaked, but I find they blend more nicely if you can submerge them in water for 10 minutes or so. You’ll get all their benefits either way, though.

Recipe ingredients

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Ingredient notes

  • Almond milk: Any non-dairy type of milk, vegan, or dairy-free milk alternative, such as cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or soy milk will do, as long as it is unflavored and unsweetened.
  • Strawberries: To substitute fresh strawberries (hulled), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  • Protein powder: You can use either Greek yogurt or protein powder in this smoothie. Protein powder is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but I wrote extensively about the Best Protein Powders for Smoothies because it’s something I care about. If you don’t currently have a favorite, you might be able to find one in the list.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, strawberries, and protein powder or Greek yogurt.
A blender with strawberry-banana smoothie ingredients inside.
  1. Blend until smooth.
A blender with strawberry-banana smoothie ingredients inside.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.
  • Flax or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can soak the chia seeds in water for 5 to 10 minutes if desired, but it’s not required. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand for these.
  • Caribbean Passion Smoothie: This Jamba Juice copycat is sweet, refreshing, and easy to make at home. It tastes EXACTLY like the real thing!
  • Carrot Smoothie: You’ll love the flavors of mango, bananas, and orange juice in this colorful, vibrant fruit smoothie starring a secret ingredient: frozen carrots.
  • Mango Smoothie: This simple smoothie is flavored with mangoes and bananas with Greek yogurt for protein and milk for creaminess. 
  • Spinach Smoothie: Fresh spinach, banana, pineapple, and yogurt make for a super simple, totally delicious way to eat more greens.
  • Strawberry Citrus Ginger Smoothie: Quench your thirst with this refreshing and fruity treat perfect for crushing your sweet cravings.
2 glasses full of strawberry-banana smoothie.

Frequently Asked Questions

My blender always struggles with smoothies. How can I process smoothies easier?

If you don’t have a high speed blender like a Vitamix, your blender may find frozen fruit and ice challenging. Especially if you notice that your blender errs on the weak side, but really a best practice for all smoothie-makers, start by adding the liquid portion of the recipe, then add the fruit and vegetable chunks on top. If frozen, let them thaw a bit before blending. Check out my guide to the best blenders.

What’s the key to a thick smoothie texture?

If you enjoy your smoothies on the thicker side, try freezing the banana or adding ice cubes. If you prefer a juicer, straw-sippable smoothie, blend in fresh fruit instead.

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Two strawberry banana smoothies in glasses.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This simple, delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe is just 4 ingredients, each one contributing to a creamy, protein-packed breakfast or snack option.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving (2 cups)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 287
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (about 4 ounces, see note 1)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt (see note 2)

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, strawberries, and protein powder or Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Notes

  1. Strawberries: To substitute fresh strawberries (hulled), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  2. Protein powder: Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 cupsCalories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 27gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 797mgFiber: 6gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 184IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 3mg
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