Watermelon Smoothie

This 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie is juicy and lightly sweet, with frozen strawberries and banana. It’s a unique smoothie idea that’s ultra refreshing!

Watermelon smoothie

Are you a watermelon fan? Now that it’s watermelon season, Alex and I have been experimenting with creative ways to use this tasty juicy fruit. Oddly enough, simple sliced watermelon isn’t my favorite. However, I love using it in recipes! We’ve made everything from a watermelon salad with feta to a watermelon margarita to a watermelon gazpacho. But we’d never tried a watermelon smoothie: until now! Watermelon is actually difficult to add to smoothies without a recipe because of its high water content. Here’s how to make a watermelon smoothie that’s the right texture: and seriously good!

Watermelon smoothie

How to make a watermelon smoothie

Watermelon is an interesting fruit because, as the name implies, it’s mostly water! Adding watermelon to smoothies can make the texture very watery. You want to add enough watermelon to get the watermelon flavor, but not enough that it’s too watery. Because of this, it’s helpful to have a recipe for a watermelon smoothie to get the right texture. The texture of our recipe (below) is a little more liquid than some of our other smoothie recipes, but it’s just the right creamy thickness!

Why add watermelon to a smoothie if it’s so watery? Watermelon is full of vitamins and nutrients! And, its naturally sweet flavor adds a delicious, almost tropical flair to a smoothie. Our toddler Larson absolutely loved this watermelon smoothie — he drank it extra fast!

Here’s how to make a watermelon smoothie:

  • Blend together 3 cups cubed watermelon, 2 heaping cups frozen strawberries, and 1 banana (room temperature or frozen in pieces).
  • Serve immediately!

As noted above, you can use either a frozen banana or a room temperature banana. We never remember to freeze bananas for smoothies, but we know some of you constantly stock frozen bananas! Using a frozen banana makes the texture even thicker and icier — but it’s not required if you haven’t remembered to freeze it.

Watermelon smoothie

Is watermelon healthy?

Yes! Watermelon is full of health benefits. It’s full of the antioxidant lycopene, which studies show could help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, watermelon has more lycopene than any other veggie! It has lots of other benefits, like being full of water (perfect for hydration!) and a very low calorie food. Read more at WebMD: Health Benefits of Watermelon.

And that’s how to make a watermelon smoothie!

This watermelon drink has no refined sugar and is a totally naturally sweet treat! Alex and I served it to our son Larson as a “treat” at the end of a meal: it’s a great healthy dessert for kids — and adults, really! If you’d like to make it taste more decadent, you could add a little more sweetener: like a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Watermelon smoothie

Looking for more healthy smoothie recipes? 

Outside of this watermelon smoothie recipe, here are some of our favorite smoothies:

  • Homemade Acai Bowl: One of our top ways to eat a smoothie is as a bowl! This acai bowl is seriously tasty, featuring purple acai puree and gorgeous smoothie bowl toppings.
  • Best Blueberry Smoothie: This one tastes like pure blueberry sweetness: but is full of whole real foods!
  • Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie: Need a chocolate fix? This smoothie tastes like chocolate but is mostly blueberries and cocoa powder!
  • Glowing Green Smoothie: This sweet tart, bright green apple smoothie is full of nutrients and flavor.
  • Tart Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowls: Here’s another smoothie bowl, featuring beautiful frozen pink cherries topped with cherry granola.
  • Strawberry Coconut Smoothie: This smoothie is creamy and frothy, using coconut milk and frozen strawberries! Top with bee pollen for the look of golden confetti.
Strawberry watermelon smoothie

A few more watermelon recipes

As I mentioned above, we’ve been experimenting with watermelon recipes! Here are some of our favorites:

This watermelon smoothie is…

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

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Watermelon smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie


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

Description

This 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie is juicy and lightly sweet, with frozen strawberries and banana. It’s a unique smoothie idea that’s ultra refreshing! 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 10 ounces (2 heaping cups) frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana, either frozen in slices or at room temp

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Watermelon smoothie, Smoothie recipe, watermelon drink

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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.

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