Healthy Strawberry Smoothie

This deliciously healthy strawberry smoothie is a tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch! It’s naturally plant based and has no refined sugar.

Coconut strawberry smoothie

It’s strawberry season here in Indiana. Before we got into cooking 6 years ago, I had never heard of a season for strawberries! They were always available at my local supermarket, giant and red in their plastic carton. But once Alex and I started exploring local and seasonal eating, we discovered local strawberries. They were small but an overwhelming burst of flavor! It was like tasting like the sun and the ground and summer. Whatever season it is, this healthy strawberry smoothie is the perfect way to use those beautiful berries.

Making a strawberry smoothie

Making this healthy strawberry smoothie

After eating our first local strawberries, we focused on eating strawberries mostly during strawberry season, and local when we could. This healthy strawberry smoothie is made of local berries that were frozen from last year. It was a recipe idea from our friend Amanda, who adapted it from the new My New Roots cookbook for a spring brunch we cooked together.

The healthy strawberry smoothie was a lovely compliment to our brunch menu; it’s lightly sweet and refreshing. Here’s what makes it so tasty:

  • Strawberries: Of course, use the best you can find!
  • Coconut milk” Using coconut milk makes it vegan and dairy-free, and gives it a coconut-scented creamy body.
  • Frozen pineapple: this tropical fruit adds frozen body and kicks up the tangy flavor a notch!
  • Garnish (optional): The icing on the cake is the garnish! Fresh mint leaves and fresh strawberries look lovely, then add bee pollen for a beautiful all natural confetti. Try to find local bee pollen if you can (feel free to omit if it’s not readily available!).
Strawberry smoothie
Spring brunch menu

Spring brunch menu

This healthy strawberry smoothie recipe is part of our Spring Brunch Menu that we worked up for spring. Of course this smoothie works for anytime: breakfast on the go, afternoon snack, or healthy bit of sweet after a meal.

Coconut Strawberry Smoothie

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This healthy strawberry smoothie recipe is…

Begetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and naturally sweet.

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Healthy Strawberry Smoothie (Plant Based!)


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 regular or 4 small servings 1x

Description

This deliciously healthy strawberry smoothie is a tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch! It’s naturally plant based and has no refined sugar.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries, cut in half, plus additional for garnish
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 Medjool date
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 13-ounce can (1 1/2 cups) light coconut milk (homemade if desired)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Mint leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except for the mint leaves in a blender and blend until combined and thick.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with sliced strawberries, bee pollen, and mint leaves.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry Smoothie, Coconut Smoothie, Smoothie Recipe, Bee Pollen, Strawberry Recipes, Breakfast Recipes,

Last updated: January 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

7 Comments

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 7, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Oh boy, love the looks of this smoothie. And I can’t wait to get my hands on MNR cookbook this summer when I’m in the US. I like seeing that you serve a smoothie with brunch. I always want to but I feel like it’s just one drink too many, but when I see your brunch setup it looks like just the perfect amount!

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    May 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    These smoothies look so refreshing! Love the bee pollen in there!

  • Reply
    Ana
    May 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Riquísimo!!!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    May 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    These are so beautiful. And the bee pollen is a nice touch!

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    Nina at FocusedonFit.com
    May 12, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Hey there! Loving no your blogs and your recipes (your tomato/artichoke soup is one of my favs). We have a blog too hat we just launched last year with a focus on nutrition, health and fitness. Our recipes are truly ‘focused on fit.’ To that end, we just launched an app, Simply Smoothies that allows the user to design their own smoothie with ingredients on hand. The app builds the recipe for them and also provides the nutritional value immediately. We would love for you guys to review it and if you like, feature it on your blog…https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simply-smoothies-smoothie/id975605998?mt=8&uo=6&at=1001l3mn

    What do you think?

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for sharing! We actually don’t have any access to the iTunes store, but it sounds like a fun app.

  • Reply
    Karissa
    May 17, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I noticed you specify that coconut milk from a carton is preferable to canned. I’m curious…why is that? Lower carbon footprint? Better taste?

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