Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This strawberry banana smoothie recipe was the first smoothie I ever tried, and is still one of my lifelong favorites.

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I’m going through one of those times lately when I’m totally conflicted about living in the Midwest.

Don’t get me wrong — I love it here.  I love living in a place that has four very intense seasons.  I love being close to family.  I love the thousand little reasons why Kansas City feels like home.  I love that most of those thousand reasons have to do with the amazing people I know and love here.  I love that I can’t imagine my life without them.

But good grief, I don’t know if I can do more of these long winters!  I can get all nostalgic and appreciate winters and hot chocolate and fuzzy slippers and cozy fireplaces to a point.  But usually that point arrives squarely on December 26.  Then I’m ready for the snow to clear out and the sunshine to hurry and warm everything up already!!   No such luck in Kansas City, where it snowed the last week of April this year after a few 80-degree day teasers.

C’est la vie in the wild Midwest.  :)

The kicker is that I notice this most not in the midst of winter (although I do my fair share of whining and thermostat-cranking when shivering my tail off).  Nope.  I notice how ridiculously, bubbly, undeniably happy I am once warm weather finally arrives to stay.  I’m serious you guys, I have been downright giddy this week!  It’s like life is just 100x better when I can wear sundresses and take my dog for walks without shivering and sit out on the back patio and soak up the sunshine.  I love, love, love it.

But that said, this is still home for me.  And I have zero intentions of moving, and couldn’t imagine life away from my friends.  But I do sometimes dream about living in a place where winters didn’t last quite as long.  Must mean I just need to soak up these warmer months all the more.

When I’m feeling the need for some sunshine though, one of the guilty pleasures I often cave into is buying strawberries year-round (even when they’re out of season — yesto make this nostalgic, favorite smoothie that reminds me of warm summer nights.  Yes, I’m talking about this classic — a strawberry banana smoothie.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

I’m pretty sure that this was the first smoothie I ever made back when I first heard the word “smoothie”.

Oh yeah, do you remember the days before “smoothies” were a thing?!?  I remember when the first smoothie store opened in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas and smoothies were suddenly all the rage.  My friends and I would drive across town on summer break and blow our allowances spending a whopping $5 on these drinks made by the most powerful blenders we had ever seen.  There were no green smoothies back in the day.  Everything was red or pink or orange or white, and without a doubt, the most popular drink that everyone would order was also the most popular item on the menu — the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

This also happened to be the first smoothie I ever made homemade way back in high school.  And it has been a loyal companion over the years as I have thrown every food trend imaginable into that blender with it.  Wheat germ?  Check.  Spinach?  Check.  Fancy protein powders?  Check.  Coconut everything?  A very recent check, check, check.

Miraculously, the mighty strawberry banana smoothie has always managed to taste good with all of the random additives.  But on the days when I’m craving healthy comfort food — especially comfort food that sings of summer and warmth — I go back to the original.  And it never fails me.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

I do try and buy organic ingredients for this nowadays.  But otherwise, my base recipe is the same:

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

Fill a blender with frozen strawberries, fresh bananas, milk (any kind), a splash of vanilla, ice, and some honey to sweeten if needed.

If I have Greek yogurt on hand, I will often toss some of that in.  And occasionally I will sub in orange juice (or some other fruit juice) for the milk.  And of course, over the years I have also tossed in everything from wheat germ, to flax, to chia, to greens, to protein powders, to coconut milk and more.  But if you’re going for the classic version, this is my base.  (And it happens to naturally be gluten-free and vegan.)

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Blend it up until combined.  (Note: I think my 16-year-old self would be amazed that I now own one of those magic blenders I used to admire at the smoothie stores!!)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

Then serve and enjoy.

I can’t even imagine how many smoothies I have made since my first taste of a smoothie back in the day.  But while fads and flavors may change over the years, I have to say that this strawberry banana smoothie still tastes just as good as the first time I tried it.  And as long as I’m living in the Midwest, I’m pretty sure it will forever be my favorite “summer-y” comfort food to get through those winters and soak up the sunny summers.  And that’s ok with me.  :)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

The classic strawberry banana smoothie recipe is hard to beat. It's sweet, it's fresh, it's good for you, and it's always tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh banana, peeled
  • 1 cup milk (I prefer almond milk in this one)
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if needed to sweeten

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender, and pulse until combined. Serve immediately.

(If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more fruit and/or ice.)

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

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  1. Molly-ann Nesse — September 25, 2015 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    do you have to use fresh bananas or could I use a frozen one? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 27th, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

      No, you could definitely use a frozen one! We hope you enjoy the smoothie!

  2. Hailey — October 7, 2015 @ 11:31 am (#)

    Looks gooooooddddddddd!!!!👅🍓🍌

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8th, 2015 @ 8:19 am

      Thanks Hailey, we hope you like it! :)

  3. Christina — November 22, 2015 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Does it have to be made with frozen? Every recipe I have seen calls for frozen. I have fresh that I would like to use.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 11:42 am

      It doesn’t at all, you should just add more ice if you use fresh fruit. :) We hope you enjoy!

  4. Kennedy Morgan — December 20, 2015 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    I just made this and I am I LOVE with it. Great job and thank you so much for the recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 20th, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

      Thanks Kennedy, we’re so happy you enjoyed this!

  5. Debbie Wilson — January 11, 2016 @ 12:35 pm (#)

    What are the nutrients, calorie count, etc. fo this smoothie?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 9:55 pm

      He Debbie! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  6. Phallon — January 11, 2016 @ 12:52 pm (#)

    Just made this. Strawberry banana is my fave and this was delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 9:56 pm

      Yay, we’re so happy you liked it! :)

  7. Jen — January 15, 2016 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    I don’t like the freeze-dried strawberries in cereal, so I pulled them out and saved them. When I got 3/4 of a cup of them, I made this recipe, halved, with a touch more ice to make up the moisture. It was thick and so good, I’m gonna start buying freeze-dried strawberries for whenever I get the craving. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2016 @ 10:47 am

      Awesome, we think that sounds like a great idea Jen! :)

  8. Yasmine Ibrahim — January 18, 2016 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    If I don’t use ice will it make a difference?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 18th, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

      We just use ice because we like this cold, and the ice helps thicken it a bit too. It all depends on how thick or thin, and how cold you like your smoothies. :) We hope you enjoy this!

  9. Meghann — January 19, 2016 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    If I were to want to add yogurt to this, how much would you recommend to use? Should I cut anything out if I do use yogurt?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 19th, 2016 @ 10:03 pm

      Hi Meghann, we would suggest adding 1/2-1 cup of yogurt (depending on the thickness you like, you might want to add a little more milk). We hope you enjoy! :)

  10. Shruti — January 21, 2016 @ 8:28 am (#)

    This smoothie is absolutely delish!Thank you so much for the amazing recipe :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 21st, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it Shruti, you’re very welcome! :D

  11. Maria — January 25, 2016 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    I just made it and loved it! I halfed the recipe and made it with cashew milk for it to be a little creamier. Because I used both frozen strawberry and banana, I omitted the ice and it was still thick and cold! I also added 1/4 cup of greek yogurt and it was DELISH! Will definitely be making it again! :D

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:07 am

      Thanks for sharing Maria, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  12. Christine — February 1, 2016 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    I forgot to take a picture but this is easy and delicious!  I didn’t bother to add the honey seeing how I like the slight bitter taste. 
    Thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 9:57 am

      We’re happy you enjoyed it Christine! :)

  13. Zachary Tittle — February 5, 2016 @ 10:49 pm (#)

    I have recently been blending all kinds of fruit combinations together and drinking them “as is.” I do mean smoothies with nothing but fresh fruit. I always refrigerate the smoothies, as I make a large amount, so it is always chilled. I just asked my boss if I brought some extra if he would want some too…and he is very interested. I have local honey from here in North Georgia and all of the ingredients that you suggest, and well, I’m going to surprise he and my coworker with this exact recipe and another of strictly fresh fruit tomorrow. I cannot wait to try this and see what they also think about it. Thank you very much!! IT SOUNDS DELICIOUS!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 7:44 am

      That’s great Zachary! We hope your boss and coworker enjoy it! :D

  14. Tania haider — February 10, 2016 @ 7:51 am (#)

    Nice. I’m writing this for an essay of mine on how to make strawberry banana smoothie.
    Good efort I’ll try making it some day
    Thanks for helping
    Allah Hafiz

  15. Deeya — February 13, 2016 @ 8:06 am (#)

    How much greek yogurt

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 11:22 am

      Hi Deeya! You can add however much you like (it all depends on how thick you want your smoothie to be). We’d say start with 1/4 cup, and then you can always add more if you like. We hope you enjoy!

  16. Kenzie — February 16, 2016 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    so amazing! only thing is I did put the honey in and had a weird or  unique flavor besides that is was  marvelous! great job.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2016 @ 10:21 am

      We’re glad you enjoyed this Kenzie! That’s strange about the honey, you might want to try agave next time? Thanks for giving it a try! :)

  17. Lynn — February 18, 2016 @ 10:03 pm (#)

    This sounds great! Looks like it’s about 435 calories!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 9:16 am

      Hi Lynn! We’re not sure how you got that number. It sounds really high! Even if you add the honey (it’s such a small amount), we don’t know how you got that number, unless you were using a different milk besides almond or skim. 1 cup of almond milk only has around 40 calories.

  18. Sam elliott — February 21, 2016 @ 10:41 am (#)

    300 calories 
    112 bannana
    1 glass milk 80
    2 cups strawberry 108

    Very tasty I also added 1 rounded scoop of bannana protein powder

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed this Sam! :)

  19. Jessie — February 28, 2016 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    I have pout all instructions in my android notepad, and will be making this smoothie, for sure.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 29th, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

      We hope you enjoy it Jessie! :)

  20. Claudia — February 28, 2016 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    This smoothie is not vegan if you’re putting honey in it.

  21. Claudia — February 28, 2016 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    I wasn’t trying to be negative, I only want to let people know that honey is not vegan.

  22. leanna van — March 6, 2016 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    OMG i have used this recipe for so long and i enjoy it every time i use it!! This recipe is a miracle!! Every other recipe needs yogurt or something and using this recipe, i only need a couple of common ingredients!! Thanks!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

      Thank you Leanna! We’re so happy you enjoy it! :)

  23. Tia — March 21, 2016 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    You really can’t go wrong with strawberry banana smoothies…this is really good- I never, for some reason, added honey to my smoothies but it really tasted great.  Thanks for the recipe!   

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2016 @ 9:53 pm

      Thanks Tia, we agree, and we’re glad you enjoyed this! :)

  24. Kennedy — March 22, 2016 @ 10:23 am (#)

    This is really good! I made it with fresh strawberries(i didnt have frozen, but i loved it!thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

      We’re so glad you loved it Kennedy! :)

  25. Sarah — March 23, 2016 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    Milk and honey aren’t vegan. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

      Yes we know, we used almond milk and didn’t add honey, but wanted to put those as options for folks who aren’t looking to make it vegan.

  26. ImSmith — March 26, 2016 @ 11:15 am (#)

    wow.. it’s a combination of strawberry and banana… Love frozen smoothie drink… 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 27th, 2016 @ 9:10 am

      Thanks, we’re glad you enjoy!

  27. Sinda — March 28, 2016 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I was wondering if there is somthing else you could use instead of milk or juice to make the smoothie? I have been wanting to make smoothies without the added juice/milk.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 29th, 2016 @ 10:05 am

      Thanks Sinda — we hope you enjoy! And yes, you could use almond/soy/rice/hemp milk, or skip it and use yogurt. Or you could use water, though it won’t be nearly as thick.

  28. Shamyrie bailey — March 30, 2016 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    I will definetly try this recipe because i wrote it down just now

  29. Nikki — April 2, 2016 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    I put this into My Fitness Pal, without (greek yoghurt) as I used frozen strawberries and banana and it’s too thick with the yoghurt.

    So for those wondering it’s 292 calories  but with the yoghurt added it’s 378 calories.

  30. Lynn — April 24, 2016 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Love your writing style Ali. Your name should be on the article. (Maybe I missed it?)
    Going to make this now. Yum!

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