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7 Best Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipes

A strawberry banana smoothie is one of the easiest smoothie recipes to try if you are new to smoothies.  It is easy, healthy, and ready in 5 minutes. Make a different version of the recipe every day of the week.  

glasses of strawberry banana smoothies

Smoothies are the perfect recipe.  It only takes 5 minutes to whip up and you do not need any cooking skills to make one.  It is portable for breakfast on the go.   And best of all, smoothie ingredients are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and protein.

Kids, teens, and adults all love smoothies.  Hidden leafy greens and vegetables are virtually impossible to detect in a delicious fruit blend.

In fact, “hiding” vegetables was one of the main reasons I started my breakfast smoothie journey.  

One summer as my son worked on his cooking merit badge for Boy Scouts, he discovered how many cups of vegetables he should be eating every day.

He fell far short of the recommended daily vegetables.  Making smoothies for his breakfast was my best strategy to increase his daily vegetable intake.

He watched me throw spinach into the smoothie and wasn’t fazed as he drank it up.  His veggie intake increased.

Strawberries and Bananas

Although there are countless delicious fruit smoothie flavors, this article focuses on making smoothies with strawberries and bananas.  These two fruits were meant to go together.

If you are interested in smoothies without bananas, try this strawberry smoothie with yogurt or this strawberry smoothie without yogurt.

Bananas are ideal to add to smoothies because they are sweet.  When you add a banana, often the smoothie is sweet enough without adding any other sweetener.  

Keep in mind, however, that a banana has a strong flavor. Unless you want to be overpowered by the flavor, use only ¼ to ⅓ of the banana.  That equals 2 to 3 inches of the banana.

What to do with the rest of the banana?  Freeze it so you are ready for your next smoothie.

As a bonus, bananas also give a smoothie a thick and creamy texture.

Strawberries are one of the most consumed berries.  They also have a kid-friendly flavor.  Since most strawberries have high amounts of pesticides, I strongly recommend purchasing organic strawberries.

Use Frozen Fruit

Out of season strawberries often taste bland, so buy a bag of frozen strawberries.  Costco and Sam’s Club usually carry 4 pound bags of organic frozen strawberries.  Trader Joe’s carries smaller bags.

If you buy in-season fresh strawberries, you can freeze them yourself.  Wash and dry them and then place them in a single row on a baking sheet and freeze for one hour.  Then place them in a freezer bag and freeze until firm.  

This freezing method prevents the strawberries from sticking together making it easier to scoop out the amount you need.

To freeze a banana, first peel it.  Break it into fourths or thirds and then freeze the pieces in a single row in a freezer bag or container.

For all of these recipes, use frozen bananas and frozen strawberries.  Frozen fruit ensures the smoothie will be cold and ready to drink.

If you use fresh fruit, add ice cubes before blending to make the smoothie cold.

Trust me. Even if the fruit is chilled, your smoothie will not be cold enough if you don’t use frozen fruit or ice cubes.

How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie with a Vitamix or High-Powered Blender

vitamix blender

The blender I recommend is the Vitamix. Read my post highlighting all the features of the Vitamix 5300.

If you want your smoothie to be smooth, add the smoothie ingredients to the blender in the correct order.  If you don’t follow this order, expect the blending to take longer.  And expect to stop and scrape down the sides of the container.

Step 1.  Add the liquid (water, juice, yogurt) to the blender container.

Step 2. Sprinkle in dry goods (nuts, seeds, grains, seasonings, powders).

Step 3. Toss in leafy greens.

Step 4. Pour in fruits and vegetables, if not frozen (1-inch pieces are best).

Step 5. Add the frozen ingredients and ice.

Step 6. After loading the container, place the lid on top.

Step 7. Turn the blender on to speed 1 or 2 until the blades have pulled in all the ingredients.  Increase the speed slowly and blend until you reach the ideal texture.  Use the tamper to push ingredients toward the blade.  If necessary, stop and scrape the sides and blend again.

How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie with a Ninja Small Cup Size Blender

After loading the Ninja cup, screw the blade lid on top of the cup, and invert the cup to blend.  The order you add the ingredients is important if you want your smoothie to be well-blended.

Step 1. Add fruits and vegetables, if not frozen (1-inch pieces is best) to the blender cup.

Step 2. Toss in any leafy greens (spinach, kale, fresh herbs, ect.).

Step 3. Pour in the liquid (water, juice, yogurt).

Step 4. Sprinkle in dry goods (nuts, seeds, grains, seasonings, powders).

Step 5. Add frozen ingredients and ice.

Step 6. Screw the blender cap securely onto the blender cup.

Step 7. Invert the blender cup and place it on the Ninja motor.

Step 8. Pulse or blend until you reach the desired consistency.

Step 9. Remove the cup from the base.  Turn the cup right side up and remove the motor lid.

Almond Oatmeal Strawberry Banana Smoothie With Almond Milk

smoothie with strawberries and bananas in a glass

This strawberry banana smoothie recipe is light, clean, and creamy (thanks to the oatmeal).  If you use raw oats, blend longer than normal until the oats are completely blended in.

It is easy to make your own almond milk, but store bought works too.

This recipe yields 16 oz. (2 cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 8 ounce serving has approximately 205 calories, 6 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 29 carbohydrates.

almond milk, strawberries, bananas, oats, almonds, and cloves

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons almonds
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats (or cooked oatmeal)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ⅓ banana (frozen is best), about 3 inches
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add 1 cup ice

Ginger Strawberry Banana Smoothie With Almond Milk

glass of smoothie made with ginger, strawberries, and bananas

Ginger adds a spicy kick to the smoothie, but honey tones it down.  The combination of ginger, strawberry, and banana is unexpected and delicious. 

This recipe yields 16 oz. (2 cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 8 ounce serving has approximately 200 calories, 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 28 grams of carbohydrates.

almond milk, strawberries, bananas, ginger, almond butter, and honey

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ⅓ banana (frozen is best), about 3 inches
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add 1 cup ice

Peanut Butter Banana Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

glass of peanut butter strawberry banana smoothie

This smoothie is just like eating your favorite peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich.  It makes a great afternoon snack.  The grapes and strawberry combination taste as sweet as jelly. 

This recipe yields 20 oz. (2 ¼ cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 10 ounce serving has approximately 280 calories, 11 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 31 grams of carbohydrates.

almond milk, strawberries, bananas, grapes, oats, and peanut butter

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • 1 cup milk (dairy or nut)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (or cooked oatmeal)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ¼ cup grapes (red or green)
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ¼ frozen banana (about 2 inches), sliced
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add 1 cup ice

Spinach Banana Strawberry Smoothie with Orange Juice Recipe

glass of smoothie with strawberries, bananas, and spinach

Plain yogurt and spinach may not add sweetness, but the addition of orange juice corrects the problem, adding a touch of brightness. 

This recipe yields 16 oz. (2 cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 8 ounce serving has approximately 169 calories, 6 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 32 carbohydrates.

orange juice, strawberries, bananas, spinach, and yogurt

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • ⅔ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt (dairy or nut)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • 1 ½ cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ¼ frozen banana (about 2 inches), sliced
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add ice

Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Yogurt

glass of smoothie with pineapple strawberry banana

This sunny smoothie delivers a sweet burst with pineapple and orange juice, while the yogurt brings the sweetness down a notch. 

This recipe yields 16 oz. (2 cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 8 ounce serving has approximately 170 calories, 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 33 grams carbohydrates.

pineapple, strawberries, bananas, orange juice, and yogurt

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt (dairy or nut)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed (optional)
  • ¼ cup pineapple (frozen is best)
  • ¾ cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ½ frozen banana (about 4 inches), sliced
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add 1 cup ice

Blueberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

glass of blueberry strawberry banana smoothie

This is a refreshing berry smoothie recipe and healthy with the antioxidants found in blueberries and chia, along with some protein from cashews. 

This recipe yields 16 oz. (2 cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 8 ounce serving has approximately 280 calories, 10 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and 36 grams of carbohydrates.

coconut water, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, cashews

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk
  • ¼ cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • ¼ cup blueberries (frozen is best)
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ½ frozen banana (about 4 inches), sliced
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add 1 cup ice

Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

mango strawberry banana smoothie in a glass with two straws

This smoothie tastes a little tropical with the addition of mango and coconut.  Feel like you are on the beach with this refreshing drink. 

This recipe yields 16 oz. (2 cups). This is enough for 2 servings. Each 8 ounce serving has approximately 290 calories, 3 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 18 grams of carbohydrates.

coconut milk, coconut, strawberries, bananas, and mango

Smoothie Ingredients: Add in the following order.

  • 1 cup coconut milk (any fat percentage)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ cup mango (frozen is best)
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen is best)
  • ⅓ of a frozen banana (about 3 inches), sliced
  • Sweetener as needed
  • If using fresh fruit, add 1 cup ice

How to Thicken a Smoothie

There isn’t just one right smoothie thickness. I personally like thick smoothies, but my kids like their smoothies a thinner consistency.

Thinning a smoothie is easy. Just add more liquid or yogurt. But thickening a smoothie without changing the flavor too much can be a bit tricky.

It can be frustrating to blend up a smoothie that is too thin for your liking. Here are the best ways I know how to thicken a smoothie (without changing the flavor too much).

  • Add a vegetable.  Spinach and kale are my favorite vegetables to add to a smoothie.  Some other ideas in order of most mild tasting, include celery, cauliflower, cucumber, and carrot.  Avocado will also thicken it and add a creamy factor.
  • Scoop in some protein powder.  I add a scoop of vegan protein powder to virtually every smoothie recipe I make.
  • Sprinkle in seeds.  Flaxseed and chia seed are known for their thickening properties.  Or try hemp, sesame, or sunflower seeds.
  • Toss in some nuts.  Cashews and almonds are my favorite, but try peanuts, pecans, and walnuts.  Be warned, walnuts add a little bitterness to the smoothie so add them carefully.
  • Try a nut butter.  Peanut butter isn’t the only option.  Almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter, and macadamia nut butter will thicken as well.
  • Add a grain.  Use grains that are cooked before adding to the smoothie.  Rolled oats is the exception.  Some grain ideas are oatmeal (cooked or raw), rice, millet, and quinoa.
  • Throw in a potato.  Leftover cooked potato thickens like a charm and generally does not affect the taste.  A sweet potato is also a good choice, although it can change the flavor.

Are Smoothies Good for You?

For a smoothie to be good for you, it should contain healthy ingredients and be free of added sugars.

When you eat, you get energy from three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.  Instead of just looking at the calories, be aware of these macronutrients in your diet.

Each macronutrients has an important function in your body.  Carbohydrates provide fuel.  Protein builds, repairs, and maintains body tissues and regulates metabolism.  Fat insulates and protects organs and stores for energy.

The Macronutrient Breakdown of Strawberry Banana Smoothies

Each smoothie has different ingredients that provide carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.  The list below gives examples of ingredients in these categories.

Carbohydrates: All fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple, blueberries, mangoes, pineapple) and oatmeal.  

Protein: Milk, yogurt, almonds, almond butter, cashews, chia, flaxseed

Healthy fat: Nuts, nut butter, coconut

7 glasses of different smoothie recipes with strawberries and bananas

With healthy ingredients and a 5 minute prep time, get blending today.  Try a new strawberry banana smoothie recipe every day of the week.


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7 Strawberry Banana Smoothies

glass of strawberry banana smoothie with straw

A strawberry banana smoothie is one of the easiest smoothie recipes to try if you are new to smoothies.  Easy, healthy, and ready in 5 minutes. Make a different version of the recipe every day of the week.  

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Almond Oatmeal Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons almonds
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats (raw or cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ⅓ of a frozen banana (about 3 inches), sliced

Ginger Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk

  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ⅓ of a frozen banana (about 3 inches), sliced

Peanut Butter Banana Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup milk (any percentage or nut milk)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (raw or cooked)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ¼ cup grapes (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ frozen banana (about 2 inches), sliced

Spinach Banana Strawberry Smoothie

  • ⅔ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt (dairy or nut)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • 1 ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ frozen banana (about 2 inches), sliced

Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Yogurt

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt (dairy or nut)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed (optional)
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana (about 4 inches), sliced

Blueberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk
  • ¼ cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana (about 4 inches), sliced

Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ cup frozen mangoes
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ⅓ of a frozen banana (about 3 inches), sliced

Instructions

    Follow your blender manufacture directions for correct loading order. The following order is for Vitamix blenders and other high-powered blenders.

    1. POUR the liquid (water, juice, yogurt) into the blender container.
    2. SPRINKLE in dry goods (nuts, seeds, grains, seasonings, powders).
    3. TOSS in leafy greens (if any).
    4. ADD in frozen fruits.
    5. PLACE the lid on top after loading the container.
    6. TURN the blender on to level 1 or 2 until the blades have pulled in all the ingredients.  Increase the speed slowly and blend until you reach
      the ideal texture.  Use the tamper to push ingredients toward the blade.  If necessary, stop and scrape the sides and blend again.
    7. POUR into a smoothie cup and drink immediately.

Notes

Nutritional information varies based on the which smoothie recipe you make.

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