This Strawberry Banana Smoothie takes 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 sugar 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!
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 this strawberry banana smoothie free of ice cream and fake strawberry syrups, it’s packed with ingredients I feel good about them eating! (Drinking?!)
By using a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and a thick Greek yogurt, it makes this smoothie ultra thick and milkshake-like.
How to make a strawberry banana smoothie
- Freeze the banana: while this banana smoothie is simple to make, it does require just a bit of planning. I like to prep the bananas right after 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.
- Measure: while it might seem silly to actually measure out ingredients for a smoothie instead of just throwing everything in, I highly recommend measuring ingredients the first few times you make this or 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 high powered blender, follow manufacturer instructions for what ingredients to add first to avoid cavitation.
But wait, there isn’t ice listed in the ingredients for this healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe; what’s up with that?!
Do 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! 🙂
I know, how complicated can making a banana smoothie be, right?! But I still have a few tips 🙂
- Good ripe bananas make all the difference in this smoothie. Freeze the bananas when they’re ripe and use only when completely frozen for the best banana smoothie experience.
- If needed add a little honey or maple syrup to additionally sweeten this smoothie. I’ve found with a really good and ripe banana + 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.
- Use a delicious Greek yogurt. The yogurt makes a huge difference in this strawberry banana smoothie. It lends an incredibly 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 a vanilla or strawberry flavored Greek yogurt.
- 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 banana? Try frozen mango in its place! Or here are some other substitution ideas.
- Additional nutrition: add some chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seed, etc.
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 do 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 being trapped in the container (this will oxidize (degrade) the nutrients in the smoothie).
For this strawberry banana smoothie recipe, I recommend eating it all in one sitting preferably right after making it. I don’t find this smoothie sits or stores well.
More healthy breakfast recipes
- Ham and Cheese Quiche (quick prep)
- Healthy Banana Bread (reader favorite!)
- Easy Healthy Zucchini Bread (reader favorite!)
- Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (simple to make)
- Healthy Blueberry Muffins (my husband’s favorite!)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or milk of choice - Note 1
- 1/2 cup frozen banana (~1 small banana)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt (we love Greek Gods)
- 1-3 teaspoons honey
NIGHT BEFORE: Peel the banana and slice into coins. Place the coins in a sealed bag in the freezer the night before making this smoothie.* If 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)
Note 1: you can use a different milk -- whatever you like best!
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Calories (assuming no honey and 30 calorie per cup almond milk)