Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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The best strawberry banana smoothie recipe is easy to make in less than five minutes. It’s healthy and made with yogurt so it’s full of protein – the perfect snack or breakfast!

a glass filled with strawberry banana smoothie with a straw and strawberries.


Is there any other smoothie flavor more classic than a Strawberry Banana Smoothie?!

All of my memories of strolling through the mall in my tween-teen years involved shopping with a creamy Strawberry Banana Smoothie in one hand and my purse in the other. It was like I couldn’t possibly buy that Bath and Bodyworks lip balm if I wasn’t simultaneously sipping on a sweet fruity treat!

Well, I can only imagine what those mall smoothie places put in their creations (read: sugar), so I set out to create a healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie that tastes just as good (or dare I say better) than those smoothies I knew and loved as a kid…and let me tell you I totally accomplished that goal!

This is seriously the BEST strawberry banana smoothie recipe ever! It’s so easy to make and comes together in under 5 minutes! Plus it’s healthy, using only a touch of honey as the sweetener and it’s loaded with whole fruits! It’s also made with yogurt, giving it a nice dose of protein and making it irresistibly creamy!

Have I convinced you yet that this Strawberry Banana Smoothie is 110% the perfect most delicious smoothie to enjoy for breakfast or a snack?!

hand holding a glass filled with strawberry banana smoothie with a straw and strawberries.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Ingredients & Substitutions 

Let’s chat about the ingredients in this recipe, as well as possible substitutions.

photo of the ingredients in this strawberry banana smoothie recipe
  • Milk. I personally think this smoothie tastes the absolute best when made with whole milk! However, any dairy or non-dairy milk can be used with great results! Just remember, the higher the fat content of your milk, the creamier and richer your Strawberry Banana Smoothie will be!
  • Honey. Honey is optional in this Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe, however highly recommended. If you don’t eat a lot of sugar and are used to less sweet-tasting treats, then you may not want to use any honey at all if your bananas are ripe and your berries are sweet! Any liquid sweetener (other than honey I’d recommend maple syrup) works well in this recipe!
  • Yogurt. I personally choose Greek yogurt for its high protein and lower sugar content. I also love Icelandic yogurt because it is thick and creamy! I recommend using a vanilla flavored Greek yogurt for the best taste! If you use a plain variety of yogurt you may need to use more honey to get the sweetness just right! To make this Strawberry Banana Smoothie dairy-free, simply choose your favorite variety of dairy-free yogurt!
  • Vanilla Extract. I use both vanilla Greek yogurt and vanilla extract in this recipe because I think it adds so much to the overall flavor! You could omit it, but I recommend trying it! Vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste would also taste amazing in this Strawberry Banana Smoothie!
  • Strawberries. Feel free to use fresh or frozen strawberries in this recipe!
  • Banana. I recommend using a whole, frozen banana to make this Strawberry Banana Smoothie! It will thicken the smoothie and give it a creamy texture. When using a high-powered blender like the Vitamix, just toss in a whole frozen banana and let it do its thing. If you’re using a different (less powerful) blender I’d recommend freezing your banana in slices or chunks!

Fresh vs. Frozen Fruit

I personally love my smoothies (like this green smoothie, zucchini smoothie, pineapple smoothie and this mango smoothie) super thick and flavorful, so I always choose to use frozen fruit. I do not want to dilute the flavor by using ice to achieve a thick consistency, and I’m not interested in a liquidy smoothie that just tastes like flavored milk!

However, you can choose to use either depending on your preferences! I always recommend using frozen bananas for coldness and thickness, but if you’d prefer a thinner smoothie then use fresh strawberries instead of frozen in this Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe!

Front view of a glass full of a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

How do you make a healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie? 

Let’s walk through the process of making this easy strawberry banana smoothie step-by-step! As long as you have a blender and all the ingredients on hand, this smoothie can literally come together in 3 minutes flat! Don’t forget to watch the video.

Put the ingredients into the blender

Put the ingredients for this Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe into the container of your blender in the order listed. There is always a rhyme and reason behind why I write the order of ingredients in my recipes, especially when it comes to using a blender!

Always put liquids in the blender first!

In order to ensure a smooth blend it’s important to put the liquid ingredients into the blender first. This way the blades can move freely in the first few seconds of blending to really blend everything nice and smooth.

overhead view of the ingredients in this strawberry banana smoothie recipe in the vitamix before blending

Side Note: Use a Vitamix!

This should go without saying on my blog, but to achieve the smoothest, creamiest, dreamiest Strawberry Banana Smoothie EVER I recommend using a Vitamix blender. There truly is no comparison when it comes to achieving the best blend possible.

You can read all about why I chose to purchase my first Vitamix almost a decade ago, and which models I would recommend to someone buying a blender today in my Vitamix Buying Guide!

Front view of a Vitamix blender with the ingredients in it to make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie before blending

Blend!

Once the ingredients are all inside the blender, secure the lid and blend! Start on low speed and increase to high.

Blend on high speed for 30-60 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth and uniform throughout. If using a Vitamix, don’t be afraid to use the tamper to push the ingredients down into the blades to achieve the best consistency (especially if you are using frozen fruit)!

Overhead view of a Strawberry Banana Smoothie being blended in a Vitamix blender

Serve Immediately

Pour the smoothie into four glasses, pass them out and let everyone enjoy it as soon as it has finished blending!

My kids and husband all raved about this healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie. They loved it and guzzled down every last drop!

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Front view of a strawberry banana smoothie being poured out of the blender into a glass cup.

FAQs about making this Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe!

Can you add spinach to this Strawberry Banana Smoothie?

Yes. I almost always add spinach when I make this smoothie for my family, and it doesn’t change the taste or texture at all (If you use a Vitamix) – however it does turn the smoothie brown.

How do you make a dairy-free Strawberry Banana Smoothie?

This recipe is very easy to make dairy-free! Simply use your favorite varieties of dairy-free milk and yogurt and make the recipe as written!

How do you make a smoothie thicker? 

The key to making thick smoothies is using frozen ingredients. If you want the thickest creamiest Strawberry Banana Smoothie use frozen banana and frozen strawberries!
You can even freeze some cubes of milk to have on hand to use in smoothies! Using frozen milk cubes will make it thick and creamy without diluting the flavor with ice.

Can you use Greek yogurt in smoothies? 

Absolutely yes! This recipe calls for 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, which makes it extra creamy and thick!

Can I add protein powder to this Strawberry Banana Smoothie? 

Yes! If you’d like to add more protein without effecting the flavor at all, I’d recommend adding a scoop of unflavored collagen protein!
To intensify the vanilla flavor you can also add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder! Just be aware that the flavor of the protein powder you choose will effect the flavor of this recipe!

 What type of yogurt is best for smoothies?

I personally choose Greek yogurt for its high protein and lower sugar content. I also love Icelandic yogurt because it is thick and creamy! But really, any yogurt will do! I recommend using a vanilla flavored Greek yogurt for the best taste! If you use a plain variety of yogurt you may need to use more honey to get the sweetness just right! To make this Strawberry Banana Smoothie dairy-free, simply choose your favorite variety of dairy-free yogurt!

 a glass filled with strawberry banana smoothie with a straw and strawberries.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Laura
The best strawberry banana smoothie recipe is easy to make in less than five minutes. It's healthy and made with yogurt so it's full of protein – the perfect snack or breakfast!
5 from 11 votes
Course beverage, Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 150.8
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup milk*
  • ½ cup yogurt** (5 oz Greek yogurt)
  • 2-4 TBS honey (optional)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 whole banana frozen
  • 2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen

Instructions 

  • Place the ingredients in the order listed in the container of a Vitamix (or another high-powered blender).
  • Blend starting on low speed and increasing to high for 30-60 seconds or until the mixture is smooth and homogenous.
  • Pour into cups and serve immediately!

Video

Notes

Add Spinach

I almost always add spinach when I make this smoothie for my family, and it doesn’t change the taste or texture at all (If you use a Vitamix) – however it does turn the smoothie brown. Add it with the fruit. 

Add Protein Powder

  • If you’d like to add more protein without effecting the flavor at all, I’d recommend adding a scoop of unflavored collagen protein!
  • To intensify the vanilla flavor you can also add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder! Just be aware that the flavor of the protein powder you choose will effect the flavor of this recipe!

Ingredient substitution notes:

  • Milk. Any dairy or non-dairy milk can be used with great results! Just remember, the higher the fat content of your milk, the creamier and richer your Strawberry Banana Smoothie will be!
  • Honey. Any liquid sweetener  works well in this recipe! 
  • Strawberries. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries in this recipe!
  • Banana. Make sure the banana is frozen for the best, creamiest results. 
  • Yogurt. Greek yogurt is my preference for its high protein and lower sugar content. I also love Icelandic yogurt because it is thick and creamy! But really, any yogurt will do! I recommend using a vanilla flavored Greek yogurt for the best taste! If you use a plain variety of yogurt you may need to use more honey to get the sweetness just right! 

To make your smoothie thicker: 

The key to making thick smoothies is using frozen ingredients. If you want the thickest creamiest Strawberry Banana Smoothie use frozen banana and frozen strawberries!
You can even freeze some cubes of milk to have on hand to use in smoothies. Using frozen milk cubes will make it thick and creamy without diluting the flavor with ice.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25recipe (1/4 of this recipe) | Calories: 150.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.8g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 3.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 438.3mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 20.4g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 64.1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this.
    I used less yogurt than it said, and it was. So. Good.
    I am so grateful for this website!
    Keep up the good work!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi, I love this smoothie! I made this smoothie today and froze the rest (since I couldn’t throw it away, it was too good!). How long can this smoothie stay in the freezer?

  3. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a quick and easy smoothie recipe. I made this one, substituting plain yogurt for the vanilla (not greek) and used the frozen strawberries and banana by Great Value, (measured out two cups combined) and it’s awesome! Thick and creamy, poured a cup for me, then put the rest in the freezer for breakfast next week.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This smoothie is amazing! My whole family loves it! I tend to shy away from smoothies with banana because the banana is usually overpowering, but not here at all! It’s perfectly blended with the strawberries and the whole thing is so creamy. Yum! One thing I did substitute is grapes for honey. Grapes add a natural sweetener like the honey but you can’t taste them. I used about a 1/2 cup of grapes.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s going into my smoothie staples!

  5. 5 stars
    This smoothie is my new obsession. I looked for the right smoothie recipe for a long time! Although I LOVE fruit and all of the natural sweeteners a smoothie with no additives just wasn’t enough for me. This recipe is just right. It’s delicious I make it almost daily. I freeze it too and thaw it out later! Yummm thank you.

    P.S. I despise protein powder, but I am able to add it in with this recipe and it really helps.

  6. 5 stars
    What a great idea to put Vanilla Extract in there I’ve never done that before & it was perfect!