Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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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!

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 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. 
Process shot of making strawberry banana smoothie -- cutting and freezing bananas

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.

Overhead process shot of 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?!

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! 🙂

Smoothie tips

I know, how complicated can making a banana smoothie be, right?! But 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 only when completely frozen for the best banana smoothie experience.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

Overhead process shot of blended up ingredients

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 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.

Up close shot of finished healthy Strawberry 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 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.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

5 from 4 votes
This Blueberry Smoothie takes minutes to make and only requires FOUR ingredients. It's healthy, filling, creamy, and full of flavor!
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

5 from 4 votes
This Blueberry Smoothie takes minutes to make and only requires FOUR ingredients. It's healthy, filling, creamy, and full of flavor!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 -2 servings
Calories 204kcal
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)
  • 1-3 teaspoons honey

Instructions

  • 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)
  • Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: you can use a different milk -- whatever you like best!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 204kcal

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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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