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Creamy Strawberry Banana Smoothie (without yogurt)

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This delicious strawberry banana smoothie is simple in all of the right ways! Refreshing, sweet, and nutritious, you’ll want this yogurt-free smoothie every morning. 

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There are a lot of contenders, but smoothies just might be my favorite summer beverage. You can’t beat a cold, fruity drink that’s just as good for dessert as it is for breakfast!

I’ve made a lot of smoothies in my life, and I’ve figured out that in most cases, less is more. 

Sure, I love packing a lot of nutrients into a smoothie and even getting my greens in, but for flavor, the best smoothies are simple. 

You have the option for either in this simple smoothie recipe! Make it as written or toss in a variety of optional add-ins; either way, you’re sure to love it.

Creamy, cold, and packed with fruit, this 3-ingredient banana strawberry smoothie is the ultimate refreshing and nutritious drink.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy: This smoothie comes together in just five minutes with three simple ingredients for a healthy and delicious snack!

Healthy: With only fruit and milk, this healthy strawberry banana smoothie is full of vitamins, fiber, and protein. You can make it even more nutritious with lots of optional add-ins listed below!

Kid-friendly: Your kiddos will love this sweet, pink smoothie and you’ll love giving it to them. The recipe is fully customizable to make it exactly right for your kids’ preferences.

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How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie without Yogurt

  1. Add frozen strawberries, a banana, and your milk of choice into a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients on high until well-blended and smooth.
  3. Pour your strawberry banana smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

By using milk and a banana, we are able to make this smoothie rich and creamy without the use of yogurt. This recipe can easily be made vegan by using plant-based milk.

If you prefer thick smoothies, add ice cubes or extra frozen strawberries a little bit at a time, until your desired consistency is reached. You may also use a frozen banana instead of a fresh banana to make the smoothie more thick and creamy.

For a thinner smoothie, add extra milk or another liquid until it’s as thin as you’d like.

If you add any of the optional add-ins below, be sure to adjust your liquid to accommodate added ingredients. If you add fruit juice, for instance, you may want to reduce the amount of milk so the smoothie isn’t thin and watery-tasting.

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Optional Add-Ins

  • Peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter for extra protein and healthy fats
  • Chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds for added fiber, protein, and nutrients
  • Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey for a sweeter smoothie
  • Leafy greens such as spinach or kale for a green smoothie
  • Protein powder
  • Ice cream (if you need permission, this is it!)
  • Fruit juice

Tips for Making a Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • Use a ripe banana for a delicious natural sweetness.
  • For a dairy-free, vegan smoothie, use non-dairy milk such as oat milk or almond milk.
  • For a creamier texture, use full-fat coconut milk from a can for your milk choice.
  • If you have leftover smoothie, make delicious strawberry banana popsicles! Simply pour the smoothie into popsicle molds or small cups and place a popsicle stick into the center, then freeze until solid.
  • To make a smoothie bowl, simply add ice cubes or reduce the amount of milk to make a thicker smoothie. Spoon into a bowl and top with a variety of toppings.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh strawberries?

Yes, you can use fresh strawberries instead of frozen ones in this strawberry banana smoothie. I recommend adding a handful of ice cubes and reducing the amount of milk if you use fresh strawberries.

Can I add yogurt?

Yes, you can! Adding yogurt to a smoothie is a great way to add extra protein and probiotics. I recommend using whole-milk plain Greek yogurt or a quality low-sugar plant-based yogurt. 

How to store a strawberry banana smoothie?

This smoothie can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to drink it. Store your smoothie in a mason jar or other airtight container for up to 2 days.

Can I freeze my own strawberries?

Yes, freezing strawberries is a great way to preserve them when they are in season and prevent food waste. Before you freeze them, wash your strawberries and remove their leaves. 

The best way to freeze strawberries is to flash-freeze them on a baking sheet first. Lay your strawberries out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a single layer so they don’t touch. Freeze the strawberries for a few hours, then pack them into a freezer-safe container or plastic bag, label the container, and store them in the freezer for up to a year. 

Is frozen fruit or fresh fruit better?

Both fresh and frozen fruit is nutritious and flavorful. I usually opt for frozen fruit in smoothies because I like the consistency and temperature of a frozen fruit smoothie. I recommend using fresh fruit when the fruit is in season and frozen fruit the rest of the year, if you are unsure.


All you need for this recipe is a blender. It’s just that easy! I use a basic blender like this one, but a high-speed blender works best for thick smoothies or smoothie bowls.

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Creamy Strawberry Banana Smoothie (without yogurt)

Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Refreshing, sweet, and nutritious, you’ll want this yogurt-free strawberry banana smoothie every morning. 


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used whole milk)


    1. Add your strawberries, banana, and milk into a blender.
    2. Blend on high until the fruit is completely pulverized and the smoothie is smooth and creamy.  Add more fruit or milk as needed to adjust the consistency.
    3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
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