Easy 5-Minute Strawberry Smoothie

My go-to strawberry smoothie! You need less than five minutes to make this easy strawberry smoothie. Use our simple recipe on its own or use it as a base for other smoothies. Jump to the Strawberry Smoothie Recipe or read our article sharing our tips for making it.

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Why you should make this strawberry smoothie

I’ve made a version of this easy smoothie recipe more times than I can count. It’s perfect on its own and is the best base recipe for adding more ingredients. Here are a few more reasons we love it:

  • You need less than 5 minutes to make it.
  • You can use fresh or frozen fruit. In fact, frozen strawberries make the smoothie extra creamy.
  • It’s easy to adapt to what you have in the kitchen.
  • This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack.
  • Kids love it!
  • You can make the smoothie ahead of time, freeze it, and save for later. Details below.
Strawberry Smoothie

How to make the best strawberry smoothie

Our basic smoothie recipe calls for four simple ingredients:

Strawberries — I love adding a heaping cup of whole strawberries and particularly enjoy when the smoothie is made with frozen berries. For a smoothie made with blueberries, try our easy blueberry smoothie recipe.

Banana — I use one banana to make one large or two smaller (kid-size) smoothies. For the best tasting smoothie, use a ripe banana. For the creamiest smoothie, use frozen banana slices (I’ve shared how I freeze fruit for smoothies below).

Half an orange — When I have oranges in the house, I love adding them to my morning smoothie. It adds extra vitamin C and tropical flavor. If you don’t have oranges on hand, don’t worry, you can substitute other fruits like mango, pineapple, and berries.

Milk (dairy or non-dairy) — To help the ingredients blend, I like adding some liquid to the blender. For a smoothie without milk, use water. It still tastes amazing. For more creaminess use milk (dairy or non-dairy both work).

To make the smoothie, I add everything into a blender, and then blend until smooth. For an icy cold smoothie, throw in a handful of ice or use frozen fruits.

Ingredients for a Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothie Variations

When making smoothies, I used to overdo the ingredient list, but now I like to keep things really simple. I love this smoothie with just the basic ingredients shared above, but every once in a while, I add an extra ingredient or two. Here are some suggestions:

  • Add more fruit (fresh or frozen). I love mango, pineapple, and berries.
  • Add greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. I add one to two cups. (Note that adding greens to this will make the color of the smoothie brown).
  • Add healthy fat with some avocado.
  • Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.
  • Add nuttiness and extra sticking power with a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or other nut butter.
  • Add some chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or my favorite, cacao nibs.
  • Add fresh ginger or turmeric or add dried spices like ground cinnamon or ground turmeric.

How to freeze fruit for smoothies

To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit into portions. You can even prepare smoothie packs and freeze them for a grab and blend smoothie option.

To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and chop fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat them dry then arrange, in one layer, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (two to three hours). For bananas, peel them, slice and then arrange on the baking sheet.

When the fruit is hard, divide it between freezer-safe bags and keep in the freezer for your next smoothie.

More smoothie recipes

Strawberry Smoothie

Easy 5-Minute Strawberry Smoothie

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Our strawberry smoothie is extra creamy and fruity. Depending on how ripe or sweet the fruit is, you may need to add a little extra honey, so add based on your taste. There are many additions you can make here so check the article for our suggestions. We have added optional smoothie ingredients in the recipe below.

Makes 2 kid-size smoothies or 1 large

You Will Need

Basic Smoothie

1 heaping cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 medium ripe banana or 1 cup banana slices, frozen is best

Half of a medium orange, peeled and quartered

3/4 cup to 1 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy; can substitute water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Ingredients

1 tablespoon almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon hemp seeds

1 teaspoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon strawberry jam, honey or maple syrup

Directions

    Add the strawberries, banana, orange, 3/4 cup of the milk and vanilla extract to a blender. If you plan to add any, add optional ingredients to the blender.

    Turn blender on and blend until creamy and smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a bit more milk.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to Freeze or Make Ahead: This recipe makes one smoothie or two kid-size smoothies. Enjoy now, or save for later. To save the smoothie for later, pour each serving into a food-safe resealable plastic bag or container and freeze. Then, about an hour before needing the smoothie, take out from freezer.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. Information is provided for the basic smoothie made with unsweetened soy milk.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/2 of the recipe, 1 small smoothie / Calories 133 / Total Fat 2g / Saturated Fat 0.3g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 33.9mg / Total Carbohydrate 26.8g / Dietary Fiber 4.6g / Total Sugars 15.3g / Protein 4.2g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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5 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Lynne July 9, 2021, 7:11 pm

    How could I make this strawberry smoothie without bananas, and still keep it really nutritious? Love your idea of making smoothie packs for the freezer, but since I’m allergic to bananas, ideas for healthy smoothies are very scarce! Thanks!

    Reply
    • Joanne July 12, 2021, 1:43 pm

      Hi Lynne, You can leave the banana out or use another creamy fruit. Mangoes blend into a really nice creamy consistency so that’s my favorite alternative. Otherwise, you could substutute with a handful of nut (like cashews) or use some nut butter to add a little extra creaminess to the smoothie.

      Reply
  • Sue Melnyk July 9, 2021, 9:50 am

    your smoothie is the best I only add fruit and then some protien

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  • Patti July 8, 2021, 6:06 pm

    This looks fab esp when I’ve been reading how underrated strawberries are for nutrition! I usually don’t add dairy to a smoothie but I wonder if almond milk would be a good companion to this?

    Reply
    • Joanne July 12, 2021, 1:41 pm

      Hi Patti, Almond milk is an excellent option!

      Reply

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