This simple Strawberry Smoothie with Greek yogurt and almond butter is a refreshing reminder that basic can be beautiful.
A few years ago, I got into a total smoothie kick and stocked our pantry with every kind of nut, seed, and super powder.
I filled our freezer with a rainbow of fruit and fancied myself a smoothie artist.
Today’s healthy strawberry smoothie—a masterpiece of simplicity!
With just 5 simple ingredients, it’s an easy, cool, and creamy recipe that offers ample protein and nutrients.
Serve it for breakfast, use it to refuel after a work out, or blend one up for an afternoon snack for your kids.
Then, sip happy!
Getting servings of fruits for the day really can be this tasty!
5 Star Review
“This came out really good. I used peanut butter. That and the vanilla took it to the next level.”
— Jessica —
As with any smoothie recipe, this easy strawberry smoothie is ultra-versatile.
- Get your veggies in with a few handfuls of spinach or kale (like this Strawberry Spinach Smoothie).
- Boost it with additional protein by adding a teaspoon of flaxseeds or a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
- Add some healthy fats and extra creaminess with a scoop of avocado (or try this Apple Avocado Smoothie or this blueberry Avocado Smoothie).
- Cut calories by reducing the amount of nut butter and using a more moderate amount of honey.
However you choose to blend up this simple smoothie recipe, remember that the key to a great smoothie (and art) is knowing when to stop.
(I mean, imagine if DaVinci had given the Mona Lisa a hat?!)
How to Make a Strawberry Smoothie
Sometimes, as this frozen strawberry smoothie (and this Peach Smoothie) proves, less is more.
The ingredients couldn’t be simpler.
- Strawberries. I like to use frozen ones (be sure they don’t contain added sugar) because they make the smoothie ultra-thick and creamy. (If you love strawberries in your smoothie, try this Greek Yogurt Smoothie next!)
- Yogurt. We always have plain Greek yogurt on hand for healthy snacks (like these Berry Parfait Yogurt Popsicles), and I use it in a lot of my cooking too. Making your strawberry smoothie with yogurt gives it a smooth, creamy consistency and adds protein.
- Honey + Vanilla Extract. Frozen strawberries can be pretty bland on their own. A squirt or two of honey sweetens the smoothie naturally, without making it overwhelming. The vanilla extract gives it a wonderful flavor.
- Almond Butter. Adding nut butter to smoothies is an instant way to make them more satisfying. The healthy fats in almond butter will keep you full for longer.
- Milk. Use any kind you like for a perfectly simple and easy strawberry smoothie. Personally, I make my smoothies (like this Apple Smoothie) with almond milk because I enjoy its mild taste and creamy consistency.
What About Banana?
You may have noticed the absence of a common smoothie ingredient, bananas.
I opted to make this strawberry smoothie without banana, because (wait for it) I didn’t have one on hand.
Also, while I adore bananas in smoothies (they’re naturally sweet and make the smoothie super thick), their flavor can sometimes overtake the rest of the ingredients. I also made this Strawberry Mango Smoothie without banana.
I wanted every sip of this strawberry smoothie to taste like pure strawberry. Making it without banana does just that.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Puree until smooth and serve. ENJOY!
You do not need a high-dollar blender to make a great smoothie!
If you plan to make smoothies a lot, it might be worth looking into options, but if not (or if the price tag is out of reach), you can still make a yummy smoothie with a standard blender. I’ve included some tips in the note section of the recipe card
- To Store. Store blended strawberry smoothies in an airtight glass or jar for up to 1 day. Shake well, then enjoy.
Despite what you may have heard, smoothies can be stored for later consumption. For best results, store them in an airtight container for up to 1 day. The more airtight the better since it will help preserve the color, taste, and nutrition of the smoothie.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- High-Powered Blender. If you like to make smoothies a lot, a high-powered blender is well worth the investment (otherwise, for a regular blender, this is a great option.)
- Stainless Steel Straws. Make everything you drink through them, from smoothies to iced coffee, taste extra cool and refreshing.
- Fun Glassware. Pouring a smoothie into a fun glass makes me feel like I’m sipping away my worries on some far-off beachy vacation.
The Best Blender
I LOVE my Vitamix blender. Its power and durability are unmatched. I’ve been making smoothies for years with this, and there’s no ingredient it cannot handle.
Simple strawberry smoothie: you are truly a masterpiece!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’d like to freeze a smoothie, I recommend pouring it into ice cube trays. Then, pop the desired number of smoothie cubes into your cup and let thaw.
No. The ratios used in this recipe allow the strawberries to remain the star of the show. The almond butter or peanut butter adds subtle richness and thickens the smoothie slightly. However, if a PB&J smoothie is the flavor you desire, you can, of course, add additional nut butter to achieve this taste.
Typically, I do not recommend fresh strawberries for smoothies, as they turn out much thinner. For a fresh strawberry smoothie, I would suggest adding ice to help chill the smoothie to the proper temperature. Frozen banana would also help thicken the smoothie.
- 1 cup whole frozen strawberries (about 10 large/medium)
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter or nut butter of choice
- 2 teaspoons honey plus additional to taste (optional)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender.
Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately or place in an airtight jar (the less air, the better) and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
- TO STORE: Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator (the less air, then better!) for up to 1 day. Stir or shake the jar to recombine, then enjoy.
- FOR VEGAN/DAIRY-FREE: Use non-dairy yogurt and maple syrup instead of honey. Or, leave the yogurt out and replace it with a few slices of banana for creaminess.
- TIP: If you do not have a high-powered blender, I recommend blending the strawberries in a few at a time. Using sliced strawberries instead of whole will help. You also may need to add more almond milk and stop and stir the blender periodically to help the smoothie combine.
Serving: 1(of 2), about 8 ouncesCalories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 180mgIron: 1mg
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