This classic strawberry banana smoothie recipe is easy to make with 4 simple ingredients in less than 5 minutes, and always tastes so sweet and refreshing!
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 — yes) to 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 Ingredients:
To make this strawberry banana smoothie recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see recipe below for amounts):
Frozen strawberries: Or you can sub in any other kind of frozen berries that you have on hand.
Banana: I typically just use fresh bananas. But if you have frozen sliced bananas, you can omit some of the ice in this recipe.
Milk: Any type of milk will work for this recipe — cow’s milk, almond milk, oat milk, you name it.
Ice: However much is needed to achieve your desired smoothie consistency.
Optional add-ins: See ideas below!
How To Make A Smoothie:
This strawberry smoothie recipe couldn’t be easier! Simply…
Combine ingredients. Add all ingredients to a blender.
Blend. Pulse until smooth. (If your smoothie seems too thick, add in a bit of extra milk or water. If it seems too thin, add in more strawberries or banana.)
Serve. Then pour the smoothie into a serving glass or two…and enjoy!
Smoothie Recipe Variations:
This base recipe is incredibly flexible, so please feel free to experiment with other variations that sound good! Some of my favorite smoothie boosters include:
Greens: Nowadays, I almost always toss in a large handful of fresh baby spinach or kale to make this a green smoothie (or technically, a brown smoothie) while I’m at it.
Ginger: I also love adding in an inch or so of fresh ginger to give this smoothie a bit of an extra kick.
Vanilla: You are also welcome to add in a 1/2 teaspoon or so of vanilla extract for extra flavor.
Greek yogurt: Feel free to also add in 1/2 cup of plain (or vanilla) Greek yogurt to make this smoothie a bit more creamy.
Powders: You can also add a scoop of protein powder, acai powder or maca powder.
Seeds: I also typically add in at least a spoonful of either chia seeds, hemp seeds or ground flax seeds too.
More Favorite Smoothie Recipes:
Looking for some more tasty smoothie recipes? Here are a few of my faves!