Here’s the most perfect strawberry smoothie you’ll find! It’s easy to blend up and has the best creamy texture and fruity flavor.

Strawberry smoothie

Have you met a perfect strawberry smoothie? Smoothies aren’t as easy to throw together it seems. Sure, you can throw random fruit and yogurt in the blender and whiz it up. But for the perfect creamy texture and the perfect just sweet enough fruit flavor? You’ve got to know something about smoothies. Alex and I have finally found our perfect strawberry smoothie recipe, which is below. Make it, memorize it, and make a perfect healthy smoothie on repeat!

What makes it a perfect strawberry smoothie?

Alex and I have been cooking for years and have a vegetarian cookbook under our belt, have mastered techniques like sourdough bread and pizza and lots of cocktails. So we decided: why not master smoothies? We started with this strawberry smoothie recipe. Here’s what it’s perfect, to us:

  • Light and creamy texture. It’s easy for smoothies to turn out too icy or thick. This one is light and creamy, with just the right icy and airy texture.
  • Subtly sweet, fruity flavor. Flavor is the variable: often smoothies are too bitter or overly sweet. It’s also easy to cover up the “signature” flavor. This strawberry smoothie is lightly sweet, with just the right berry essence.
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Ingredients for this strawberry smoothie

Here’s what you’ll need to make this strawberry smoothie! Alex and I were careful to choose healthy ingredients for this smoothie: no overly sugary juices or syrups. Here’s what we selected:

  • Frozen strawberries: It’s easy to find and store frozen berries, and they add a great icy texture to this smoothie. If you want to use fresh berries, use a frozen banana.
  • Fresh banana: Our pet peeve is smoothie recipes that call for frozen bananas, because we never keep them on hand! Usually we want a smoothie recipe now. So we customized this one to use a fresh banana.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt gives this recipe a protein boost and helpful probiotics. (If you love yogurt you could add a touch more.) It also makes for a perfect creamy texture.
  • Ice: Here’s the most important part — ice is essential to a perfect strawberry smoothie! It makes just the right frothy texture. We’ve tried it without and it really makes a difference. Do not omit it!
  • Milk: You need just the right amount of liquid in a smoothie to get it to blend. Not enough and the blender gets stuck (the worst!), and too much it tastes milky. You can also use non-dairy (see below).
  • Maple syrup: Adding a hint of maple brings out the sweetness in the berries. If you eat a low sugar diet you could omit, but it doesn’t quite taste sweet enough with no sweetener.
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How to make it plant based / vegan!

You can make this strawberry smoothie plant-based or vegan by doing the following:

  • Make our strawberry banana smoothie. Try our Strawberry Banana Smoothie: it’s vegan and uses only 2 ingredients!
  • Substitute non-dairy milk AND vegan yogurt or ½ banana for the yogurt. We like using oat milk or almond milk. Oat milk is usually a little sweeter and creamier so we tend to like that a little more. You could also try coconut milk, which adds a nice coconut essence, or soy milk. Then for the yogurt, use vegan yogurt or another ½ banana.
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Optional add-ins & variations

Of course, you can mix in whatever you’d like to customize your healthy strawberry smoothie! But at the same time: if you want it to be perfect, you’ve got to use flavors that work. Here are some ideas:

  • Almond butter. Almond goes well with strawberry. Use about 1 tablespoon, 2 for a stronger almond flavor (it will also dull the color a bit).
  • Vanilla. Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon vanilla to heighten the flavors.
  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Pineapple. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen berries for 1 cup frozen pineapple. Go to Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie.
  • Mango. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen berries for 1 cup frozen mango. Go to Strawberry Mango Smoothie.
  • Banana. Add another ripe banana and remove the Greek yogurt. Go to Strawberry Banana Smoothie.
  • Blueberries. Substitute 1 cup of the frozen strawberries for blueberry. Or go to Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie.
  • Chocolate. Add cocoa powder; go to Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie.

Things not to add? Handfuls of spinach leaves! They turn this smoothie into an unappealing shade of brown. If you want a green smoothie, go to our Perfect Green Smoothie.

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Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this strawberry smoothie actually lasts 1 to 2 days refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly natural. Just shake it up and you’re good to go!

This strawberry smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, see the recipe for variations.

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Strawberry smoothie

Perfect Strawberry Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies 1x

Description

Here’s the most perfect strawberry smoothie you’ll find! It’s easy to blend up and has the best creamy texture and fruity flavor. Variation: try our Strawberry Banana Smoothie (2 ingredients and vegan!).


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1 cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
  • ½ cup ice
  • Optional add-ins: 1 tablespoon almond butter, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, fresh mint leaves or basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. If desired, garnish with a frozen strawberry and mint sprig. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Notes

*For vegan: make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie! Blend 2 cups frozen strawberries, 2 bananas (room temperature), ½ cup water and 8 ice cubes.

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

Keywords: Strawberry Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Another great healthy drink? Try our homemade kombucha: it’s fun to brew your own at home!

Last updated: November 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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26 Comments

  1. Such a great recipe as is AND as a base for customization! I just subbed pineapple for the berries and added fresh ginger and lime juice! The liquids-to-fruits ratio in this recipe works perfectly for me with just a few extra splashes of milk.

  2. Dear Sonja & Alex,
    I love you web site and all of those wonderful appetizing and looking recipes and smoothie drinks. In terms of your smoothie recipes, Would it be possible to obtain a “book” of your recipes, even an on-line one. Otherwise, in order to print out everything, it will be very labor intensive to do so.
    Please advise & thanks very much for all of your great recipes.
    One big “smoothie lover,
    Ken Perry

    1. Hi Ken! We currently don’t have any plans for making a book of smoothies, so sorry! Right now they will all be available online only. Sorry that they’re only accessible on a device! Hopefully you can still use them this way. So glad you enjoy them!

  3. Hi guys. From South Africa. Has to change my diet due to heart attack 2 years ago and now prostate.

    Totally new in preparing healthy stuff, even cooking. So I need guidance from somewhere.

    Can you replace milk with fresh juice. So much to learn. Have a great day

  4. Hey, love this recipe and cite i used your recipe for my communications class How to speech i searched, “How to make a strawberry banana smoothie?” and you page was my first result. Everyone in my class loved it! Thanks for such a great recipe! <3

    1. They should work, but you might want to freeze the banana first to give it a little bit thicker texture.

  5. Good recipe. I don’t like ice in my smoothies as it waters down the taste, so I freeze both my strawberries and my bananas before making these, that way I don’t have to add ice. I also use honey in place of the maple syrup, just personal preference. Yummy!

  6. This was one of the best smoothies I have ever made or tasted. The was it’s so creamy and silky. I’m not even saying this because I think it’s okay. I actually think it’s the best smoothie. But of course this is just what I think. I recommend trying this for yourself.

  7. For me, it might take a little more than five minutes, more like seven minutes. But this smoothie is AMAZING!! You must try it!! Immediately five stars!!

  8. I have not made it yet but I know it will taste great

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  9. Wow! This smoothie is absolutely delicious! My daughter is home with Covid and missing a mission trip. She is super bummed. She asked for a strawberry smoothie and I came across this one. I like that all of the ingredients are healthy (I found one recipe that used strawberry jam!). I also liked that this doesn’t use orange juice. I feel like OJ drowns out the strawberry flavor. I used almond milk because she is lactose intolerant. Amazing! Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Wow!!!!!! First of all, I just have to say if you are scrolling and unsure about trying a recipe that doesn’t have a million 5 star reviews YET- just wait- because this WILL BE THE ONE soon enough!!!! I never write reviews on anything, but this is the VERY BEST smoothie I have ever had in 39 years!!!! Bravo! You nailed it!!!! 💕 I added a blast of vanilla that you recommended – and followed the rest of the recipe to a T. ❤️🙌 Thank you!!!!

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