Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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This Strawberry Banana Smoothie takes mere minutes to whip together and only requires five ingredients: frozen strawberries, frozen banana, milk, yogurt, and honey. This smoothie is healthy, filling, creamy, and flavorful! 

We’re obsessed with smoothies around these parts; they’re the perfect way to start your day or quell your cravings! Be sure to try this famous Acai Bowl, the best Green Smoothie recipe, or this insanely good Blueberry Smoothie next. Or if you find yourself short on strawberries, try this plain Banana Smoothie!

Up-close photo of finished Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

My boys are convinced this is very recipe is their beloved strawberry milkshake from a local ice cream shop. And I couldn’t be more excited about that! Not only is my Strawberry Banana Smoothie free of ice cream and fake strawberry syrups, but it’s also packed with ingredients I feel good about them eating! (Drinking?!)

By using a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and thick Greek yogurt, this smoothie becomes ultra-thick and milkshake-like. 
Process shot of making Strawberry Banana Smoothies -- cutting and freezing bananas.

How to Make Strawberry Banana Smoothies

  • Freeze the banana: While this smoothie is simple to make, it does require just a bit of planning. I like to prep the bananas right after I get home from the grocery store so I don’t forget! Remove the peel, slice the banana into coins, place in freezer-safe containers or bags, and freeze overnight. Honestly, having a completely frozen banana (as opposed to an unfrozen one) is what makes this smoothie so spectacular.
  • Measure: While it might seem silly to actually measure out ingredients for a smoothie instead of just throwing everything in the blender, I highly recommend measuring ingredients the first few times you make this until you have a feel for the quantities. (Throwing random ingredients in a blender can often end up giving you way too much smoothie or tasting, well, nasty.) It’s also a good idea to measure if you’re tracking macros or calories.
  • Blend: If you have a high-powered blender (I recommend a Vitamix® or Blendtec®), you can add everything in and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a powerful blender, follow manufacturer instructions for what ingredients to add first to avoid cavitation.

QUICK TIP

What is cavitation? It’s what happens when food doesn’t get mixed well in a blender. The spinning blades create a logjam and the food either sits there or gets ground into a puree.

Overhead process shot of the ingredients with almond milk, Greek yogurt, bananas, honey, and strawberries.

But wait, there isn’t ice listed in the ingredients for this healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe; what’s up with that?!

Don’t You Put Ice in Smoothies?

You generally won’t find ice in any of my smoothie recipes because I find it detracts from the great smoothie flavors! If you have fully frozen fruit, you’ll get the perfect smoothie consistency — in fact, as thick as a milkshake!  After all, ice is frozen water; as it melts, it will water down the smoothie.

Smoothie Tips

I know, how complicated can making a smoothie be, right?! I still have a few tips.

  1. Good ripe bananas make all the difference in this smoothie. Freeze the bananas when they’re ripe and use them only when completely frozen for the best smoothie experience.
  2. If needed, add a little honey or maple syrup to sweeten this smoothie. I’ve found with a really good and ripe banana and flavored Greek yogurt, it doesn’t need the additional sweetener– but this can vary. So, give your smoothie a quick taste and add a teaspoon or two as needed. 
  3. Use a delicious Greek yogurt. The yogurt makes a huge difference in this Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It lends an incredible creaminess and flavor. Our absolute favorite yogurt to use in these smoothies is Greek Gods® honey vanilla yogurt. (Not sponsored, just a fan). Whatever brand you get, aim for vanilla or strawberry-flavored Greek yogurt.

Overhead process shot of the blended ingredients for Strawberry Banana Smoothies.

Recipe variations 

  • To make this Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe without yogurt, simply omit it and make no other changes to the recipe!
  • To make this smoothie without milk, use apple juice in its place.
    • No cow’s milk? Use almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, or another milk alternative.
    • Don’t want almond or soy milk? Use cow’s milk or another milk alternative.
  • Not a fan of bananas? Try frozen mango in its place!  Here are some other substitution ideas.
  • Additional nutrition: Add some chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, etc.

Up-close shot of a finished Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Shelf life for Strawberry Banana Smoothies

Generally, a smoothie will keep about 8-12 hours in the fridge. A quick smell will clue you into knowing if the smoothie is okay or not. If you plan on storing a smoothie, store it in a container with an airtight lid. You’ll want to fill that container to the very top to prevent air from being trapped in the container (this will oxidize [degrade] the nutrients in the smoothie).

For this Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe, I recommend drinking it all in one sitting, preferably right after making it. I don’t find this smoothie sits or stores well.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

5 from 4 votes
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie takes mere minutes to whip together and only requires five ingredients: frozen strawberries, frozen banana, milk, yogurt, and honey. This smoothie is healthy, filling, creamy, and flavorful! 
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

5 from 4 votes
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie takes mere minutes to whip together and only requires five ingredients: frozen strawberries, frozen banana, milk, yogurt, and honey. This smoothie is healthy, filling, creamy, and flavorful! 
Course Breakfast, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword banana smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 -2 servings
Calories 255kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice - Note 1
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana (~1 small banana)
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt (we love Greek Gods brand)
  • 1-3 teaspoons honey optional, as needed

Instructions

  • NIGHT BEFORE: Peel the banana and slice it into coins. Place the coins in a sealed bag in the freezer the night before making this smoothie. If the banana isn't frozen solid, you'll want to add some ice to your smoothie.
  • DAY OF: Combine the almond milk, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, Greek yogurt, and honey (add to taste as needed depending on the sweetness of the fruit) in a large, powerful blender. Blend until completely smooth--about 60 seconds in a high-powered blender.
  • Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: You can use different milk -- whatever you like best!
Nutritional information assumes no honey and 30-calorie-per-cup almond milk.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin C: 176mg | Calcium: 419mg | Iron: 1mg

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26 Comments

  1. Sounds delicious! I wonder if different parts of the country have different girl scout cookie seasons? Because ours is long over 🙁 This shake would be amazing even without the cookie garnish, though. Love the tip about xantham gum! Never would’ve tried that on my own.

  2. I’ve never used xanthan gum but I always see it at the store. I’ll have to give it a try! I don’t like bananas (I know I’m weird! lol) but if you can’t really taste it then I’ll definitely give this a try!

  3. I agree — shakes and smoothies need bananas for body — they’re such natural thickeners! I’ve used xanthum gum in gluten free baking, but never not to use it in a shake. I’m gonna have to give that a whirl!

  4. I just love anything made with girl scout cookies. 🙂 And gosh, I can’t believe how light you made this milkshake! I’ve never heard of xanthan gum or tried it, but it sounds totally worth it for this! Wishing I still had a box of Thin Mints left, haha. 🙂

  5. haha I love that you used ALL CAPS. Sometime I just have to shout too 🙂 This looks lovely dear. You’re crazy if you don’t love thin mints right?! Xantham gum sounds super interesting, I will have to get some and experiment. Thanks for sharing! I have to find a box of thin mints before I can give it a whirl 😉

  6. This looks amazing! I can’t believe it is skinny. I don’t like bananas, but I am going to take your word for it and try this because it looks too delicious to not try! Xanthan gum also kind of scares me, but to get such an amazing creamy texture – I’m going out of my comfort zone and getting some! Pinned!

  7. Oooh, delicious! The fact that this shake is skinny is blowing my mind! And purchasing xanthan gum was a total game-changer for me when it comes to making smoothies. Sometimes finding the right amount to use is finicky (…added too much once – YUCK), but it does so much for consistency!

  8. I’m a big protein shake drinker (like every morning) and I don’t know which one of these I want to try first. I love the thin mint cookies but the pumpkin pie looks yummy too! Thanks for adding some great recipes to my list. Pinning!

    1. Thank you Sami! I love protein shakes too I think I have one just about every day! Thanks for the pin 🙂

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