how to make strawberry banana smoothies

Want a simple, healthy and utterly delicious fruit smoothie that you can make in 5 minutes or less? Then it’s time you learn how to make strawberry banana smoothies!

As the name implies, there are just 2 main ingredients in this smoothie: strawberries and bananas.

But don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you.

With a few tweaks here and there, you can have lots of fun with this smoothie.

So, in this post you’re going to learn how to make a healthy strawberry banana smoothie at home using:

  • Water
  • Orange or apple juice
  • Yogurt
  • Non-dairy substitutes (almond milk, coconut yogurt and coconut milk)

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Now, before we dive into the various recipes, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Always use ripe fruits

For bananas, that means they should have spots on the peel.

Ripe fruits eliminate the need for artificial sweeteners so that you won’t ruin the health benefits of your smoothie.

Use beet root powder for natural sweetness

If you happen to have a tart batch of strawberries, this can make bring down the sweetness of your smoothie.

A healthy way to fix this is to add ½ to 1 tsp beet root powder to your smoothie.

The beet root powder adds amazing natural sweetness, and it also comes with tons of health benefits (detoxifies, boosts energy and lowers inflammation).

Buy additive-free almond milk (if possible)

As popular as almond milk is, it has one drawback: an ingredient called carrageenan.

Carrageenan can contribute to bloating and various inflammatory conditions (including allergies and irritable bowel syndrome).

Kinda defeats the purpose of drinking a healthy smoothie doesn’t it? 🙁

Now, having said that there are brands that make clean almond milk.

Personally, I recommend going with Three Trees almond milk.

While some brands still use other additives (instead of carrageenan), Three Trees milk is simply almonds and filtered water.

As good as homemade!

In addition, you can find other cleans brand at national and local health stores.

Thaw out frozen fruit

When using frozen strawberries, it’s a good idea to thaw them out overnight in the fridge or on the kitchen counter for at least an hour.

Doing this will bring out their natural flavor in the smoothie.

If you blend the strawberries frozen, they won’t have nearly as much flavor.

Adjust liquids to reach your preferred consistency

One of the frustrating things about making smoothies is getting the consistency just right.

Some of us like thicker smoothies and others prefer them on the lighter side.

So, as you make your strawberry banana smoothie at home, feel free to adjust the liquids up or down.

Sometimes you can’t avoid that little bit of experimentation:)


strawberry banana smoothie with almond milk

The basic version of a strawberry banana smoothie recipe uses unsweetened almond milk.

You could also use regular cow’s milk.

But be aware that non-organic cow’s milk contains growth hormones and antibiotics (which can affect your gut, hormones and immune system).


1 very ripe, fresh banana (sliced)

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 ¼ cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)


  • Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed.
  • Blend on high until smooth.


strawberry banana smoothie with yogurt

There are two main benefits to using yogurt in your strawberry banana smoothie:

  • Provides gut-friendly probiotics
  • Makes the smoothie creamier

Even though the recipe below calls for greek yogurt, any unsweetened yogurt works too.


1 very ripe, fresh banana (sliced)

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup plain greek yogurt

1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)


  • Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed.
  • Blend on high until smooth.


dairy free strawberry banana smoothie without yogurt

Need an easy substitute for yogurt in your strawberry banana smoothie?

Then use coconut yogurt instead.

It’s a non-dairy substitute that still contains gut-friendly probiotics, as well as the creaminess of regular yogurt.

And, to keep up with the coconut theme, switch out the almond milk for coconut milk!

The final recipe is shown below.


1 very ripe, fresh banana (sliced)

½ cup coconut milk (or almond milk)

½ cup coconut yogurt

1 ¼ cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)


strawberry banana smoothie with water

Using water in a smoothie is about as easy it gets!

However, you can lose a little bit in flavor (especially if you have a tart batch of strawberries).

So, to counteract this, just add ½ to 1 tsp of beet root powder to the smoothie.


1 very ripe, fresh banana (sliced)

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 ¼ cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)

½ – 1 tsp beet root powder


strawberry banana smoothie with apple orange juice

Apple juice and orange juice are two everyday juices that work really well as a liquid base for a strawberry banana smoothie.

For maximum health benefits, use fresh-pressed juice that you make yourself or buy from a trusted supplier.

True fresh-pressed juices are not pasteurized, which means they are full of vital enzymes and other nutrients.

Now, in a pinch, you can certainly use regular store-bought juices.

But just be aware that since standard store-bought juices are pasteurized, they’re mainly a concentrate of sugar.


1 very ripe, fresh banana (sliced)

¾ cup orange or apple juice

1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)


Will fruit smoothies make you gain weight?

Fruit smoothies that are made without artificial ingredients/sweeteners, and that are part of a balanced diet, will not lead to weight gain.

Quite the opposite.

Fruits contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that fight inflammation (a major cause of obesity and other chronic conditions).

Are homemade fruit smoothies healthy?

Yes, homemade fruit smoothies are healthy when they’re made with wholesome ingredients, free of weird preservatives, additives or refined sugar.

Is a fruit smoothie a good breakfast?

Having a fruit smoothie (such as the strawberry banana smoothies) for breakfast is great for loading up your body with vitamin C, potassium, fiber and other nutrients that you need for thriving health.

Are banana smoothies healthy?

You bet they are! Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, manganese, potassium and other key nutrients.

In addition, bananas are also known to regulate blood sugar, improve digestion, fight oxidative stress and much more.

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Making strawberry banana smoothies is easy and fun, especially when you’re willing to do a little experimentation.

I hope this post has piqued your curiosity and you’re now inspired to try this simple, healthy treat for yourself.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, just drop a comment below 🙂

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