Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

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 | #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 | #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 | #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.)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe | #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

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 | #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.  :)

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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.


  • 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


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.)

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

  3. Looks gooooooddddddddd!!!!???

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  5. 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.

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

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

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

    • 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!

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

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  11. 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. 

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

    • 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!

  13. 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?

    • 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! :)

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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!!

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  19. 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

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  21. How much greek yogurt

    • 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!

  22. 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.

    • 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! :)

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

    • 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.

  24. 300 calories 
    112 bannana
    1 glass milk 80
    2 cups strawberry 108

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

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

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

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

  28. 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!!!

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  31. 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!   

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

  33. Milk and honey aren’t vegan. 

    • 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.

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

  36. 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.

    • 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.

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

  38. 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.

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

  42. This is great because because it uses frozen strawberries, and that is exactly what i need!

  43. Literally loved this smoothie so much! The only difference is that I added organic chia seeds! 

  44. thank you that was the best i have ever tasted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     yall are cool ill be back to this page

  45. and i used froven bannana because i did not have frozen strabary but it was the best iv ever had

  46. Tried this tonight with dinner. Tasty

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  48. It was awesome I loved the smoothie 

  49. I really loved the smoothie