If you don't like the taste of bananas, then this recipe is for you! For this healthy strawberry smoothie, you'll only need 5 simple ingredients. It's naturally sweetened yet made without banana.
Homemade smoothies are a great way to increase your servings of fruits and fiber intake. In contrast to store-bought smoothies, you can decide what goes into them and customize them to your personal taste!
This simple strawberry smoothie is made from whole food ingredients (real fruit) and makes a great healthy breakfast or sweet snack when you're short on time.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's vegan and there's no banana included.
- It's made with frozen strawberries- they are easier to store and much cheaper than fresh ones!
- This smoothie is super customizable!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Frozen Strawberries: Our main ingredient. Besides the delicious strawberry flavor, they also help thicken the texture of this smoothie. I do not recommend using fresh strawberries instead because the smoothie will be quite thin.
- (Plant) Milk: We used oat milk to create a dairy-free strawberry smoothie but any non-dairy milk of choice will work such as almond milk, soy milk or even light coconut milk. If you don't need this to be vegan, you can also use regular dairy milk.
- Dates: You can use regular smaller dates or Medjool dates. Since there's no banana included in this strawberry smoothie, we use dates to naturally sweeten it.
- Nut Butter: We used roasted homemade almond butter but peanut butter works just as fine.
- Yogurt: It adds a nice fresh and tangy flavor but can also be omitted if you don't like yogurt. We prefer using plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt but feel free to use other non-dairy alternatives such as soy yogurt.
- Chia Seeds (optional): They add some healthy fats and help with a thicker texture. Could be replaced with flax seeds.
How to Make a Strawberry Smoothie without Banana
This healthy strawberry smoothie recipe only takes 5 minutes! I recommend using a strong blender to achieve that perfect creamy texture.
STEP 1: Blend. Put all of the ingredients (frozen strawberries, milk, dates, nut butter, yogurt, chia seeds) into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
STEP 2: Adjust. Taste and adjust sweetness. Add more dates for a sweeter smoothie. Add more milk for a thinner texture.
The stronger your blender, the creamier your smoothie will turn out!
This easy strawberry smoothie recipe (just like other smoothie recipes) is super versatile. You can customize this strawberry smoothie to your own personal preference by adding more ingredients.
- Cocoa Powder: Turn this into a delicious chocolate strawberry smoothie by adding a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Protein Powder: For a strawberry smoothie that's rich in protein, simply a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
- Leafy Greens: If you want to include some veggies, feel free to add in a handful of baby spinach (fresh or frozen). This will also change the color of the smoothie though and it won't look like a strawberry smoothie anymore ;-).
- Fresh or Frozen Fruits: Feel free to your favorite fruit such as a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, pineapple chunks or mango.
- Vanilla Extract: Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract if you're into vanilla.
Store any leftover smoothie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. Give it a good shake before serving.
This will depend on the specific recipe. Strawberries are high in rich in antioxidants. They are also a great source of vitamin c, potassium and folate. Dates are also high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins but also very high in fiber.
Most smoothies contain a frozen banana to add some sweetness as well as a thicker texture. In this recipe, the frozen strawberries create a thicker smoothie while the sweetness comes from the dates.
I do not recommend using fresh instead of frozen strawberries. The frozen strawberries are responsible for the thick and creamy texture of this smoothie. If you use fresh ones, the smoothie will turn out much thinner.
I do not recommend adding ice cubes. If you use fresh strawberries and add some ice cubes, this will result in a watered-down smoothie. So stick to the frozen strawberries whenever possible!
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No Banana Strawberry Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen strawberries *see notes
- 1 ½ cups oat milk or other milk of choice *see notes
- 5-6 dates
- 3 tablespoon plain yogurt *unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon nut butter (almond, peanut...) *optional
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (or flax seeds) *optional
- Put all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste and adjust sweetness. Add more dates for a sweeter smoothie.
- Add more milk for a thinner texture or more frozen strawberries for a thicker texture.
- Frozen Strawberries: I do not recommend using fresh instead of frozen strawberries. The frozen strawberries are responsible for the thick and creamy texture of this smoothie. If you use fresh ones, the smoothie will turn out much thinner.
- Oat Milk: Any dairy-free kind of milk works here such as almond milk or soy milk, as does regular whole milk.
- Adjust Sweetness: This smoothie is naturally sweetened with dates. Add more dates for some extra sweetness or replace with honey or maple syrup if you don't have excess to dates.