This four-ingredient Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe is made with strawberries, bananas, Greek yogurt and almond milk, and it is the perfect way to start your morning! This classic fruit combination goes perfectly with creamy yogurt in a smoothie.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
This fruit and yogurt smoothie is a perfect way to start your morning with a healthy breakfast.
This makes a great post-workout shake when you add protein powder to it or a fun toddler smoothie that you can feel good about serving to your family.
Learning to make smoothies at home was a game-changer for me. Really, they are so simple! The most difficult part is the order of your ingredients (and don't worry, I've got that covered below).
Once you master the simple technique for making smoothies at home, you'll be making them with all kinds of different combinations.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This banana strawberry smoothie might just become your new favorite.
- It's easy to make in your blender with freezer ingredients.
- You can easily make it thicker or thinner to your liking.
- Dress it up with your favorite mix-ins or keep things simple.
What You Need
A High Quality Blender — This is key to help your smoothie blend up all the ingredients really well.
Individual Serving Blender — You'll want one of these if you prefer to take your smoothies on the go!
Smoothie Glasses — These are the absolute best for enjoying smoothies at home. I love how well they fit in my hand!
Paper or Stainless Steel Straws — Reusable or compostable straws are the best for the environment.
The best part about smoothies is you really can use whatever you have on hand.
But the types of ingredients that should be used are frozen fruit like strawberries, bananas, mango and pineapple. You can also throw in frozen veggies too to make a green smoothie.
Second, your liquids — like plain Greek yogurt, your favorite type of milk or even juice — are key to help it blend especially if you're using frozen fruit.
Here's what you need to pull together this recipe:
- Bananas: Bananas lend a creaminess to smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen bananas, but frozen is recommended for keeping the smoothie cold without adding ice.
- Strawberries: Frozen strawberries are ideal to keep the smoothie cold, so you don't have to add ice, which waters down the smoothie as it melts.
- Unsweetened yogurt: Greek yogurt is best because it is so thick and creamy, and comes loaded with extra protein. But any kind of yogurt — even plant-based yogurt — will work just fine.
- Unsweetened almond milk: Any kind of milk or nut milk will do. The fruit is sweet enough on its own, so you shouldn't need an additional sweetener.
You can also add in mix-ins like protein powder, collagen chia seeds or even other fruits like blueberries, pineapple or peaches. A big handful of greens like spinach or kale is a great way to squeeze in some extra nutrients.
To add more natural sweetness to your smoothie, throw in a bit of maple syrup or honey. Even some medjool dates would taste great!
If you want to modify the recipe, check out these tips for making a smoothie without banana or yogurt.
Best Yogurt for Smoothies
You should use plain Greek yogurt that has more grams of protein than sugar.
Using plain, unsweetened, unflavored Greek yogurt gives you the good fat content you want from yogurt, but without added sugar.
Because you are blending the yogurt with fruit, there really is no need for additional sugar. It will be sweet enough just with fruit.
Plain Chobani yogurt is one of our favorites to add to smoothies!
However, if you find you need to sweeten your smoothie, I recommend adding a little bit of honey or agave nectar for a natural sweetener.
Smoothie Tips & Tricks
I have a few tips for making amazing Greek yogurt smoothies.
- Start with the solid or frozen ingredients on the bottom and add your liquids on the top. This will help everything blend consistently!
- If your blender doesn't seem to be blending easily, you need to add a splash more of almond milk at at time until it begins blending smoothly.
- If you're using fresh fruit versus frozen, you'll need less liquid to make a thick and creamy fruit smoothie.
Once you get comfortable making smoothies, you'll be able to create your own fun combinations depending on what kind of fruit, juice and yogurt combinations you have available.
Best Blender for Smoothies
If you want to make a large smoothie or smoothie for two servings, I recommend a traditional blender.
Personally, I love love love my Vitamix and recommend one if smoothies are a part of your daily rituals.
If you want to make an individual smoothie to take with you on the go, the Magic Bullet blender is really great.
However, you'll want to halve this recipe for an individual serving size!
How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This is one of the easiest smoothie recipes out there.
Here's how to make it:
Measure out your ingredients. This step always saves you tons of time when you are cooking anything.
Add ingredients to the blender with the biggest pieces first. Start with any frozen fruit at the bottom.
Add the Greek yogurt and finally the milk on top.
Blend until fruit is completely blended.
If the smoothie is too thin, add ice or more yogurt to thicken it up.
If the smoothie is too thick, add Greek yogurt to make the smoothie thinner.
Drink immediately or store in a glass mason jar in the fridge until you're ready to drink it. You may need to stir it or re-blend it if there is any settling.
You can freeze any leftover smoothie in ice cube trays to enjoy again later. Just add them to a blender with a bit of almond milk and re-blend it.
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Meal Prep for Smoothies
There are two ways to do make smoothies ahead of time.
Because smoothies don't have ice cream, like milkshakes do, you can actually make them the night before and store the smoothie overnight for the morning. If any settling occurs, you can simply re-blend it or shake it up in a mason jar.
The other is you can prep them ahead of time by adding all of the fruit/veggies into a muffin tin or jars, and freezing them.
Then you can remove the ingredients and put them in ziptop bags to store. Take out one or two at a time, add your liquid and blend them up!
Smoothie Consistency Tips
Want to make your smoothie thicker or thinner? There are lots of ways to do this.
To Make a Smoothie Thicker
Thick smoothies always start with frozen fruit which keeps water content down.
If you find your smoothie still isn't as thick and creamy as you'd like, the two best ways you can thicken smoothies are by adding either ice or more yogurt!
To Make a Smoothie Thinner
If your smoothie gets too thick, you can easily thin it out by adding more liquid, whether that is milk or juice!
How to Add More Protein to Smoothies
This is one of the reasons I love adding Greek yogurt to my fruit smoothies.
Greek yogurt smoothies are filling because they're packed with protein from the yogurt.
You can also add a plain protein powder or a flavored one (my husband loves adding a chocolate one) to this smoothie in addition to Greek yogurt. We really like Vital Proteins brand for protein powder.
Either will work! If you're using fresh fruit, you may need to add ice to help the smoothie be the right consistency and temperature.
When made with real fruit, smoothies can be full of nutrients and can be counted as a serving of fruits & vegetables in the diet. You can add in other healthy ingredients like spinach and kale, or even protein powder or yogurt for extra protein. A spoonful of chia seeds or flaxseed will add more fiber.
More Greek Yogurt Smoothies
Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Add all ingredients into a blender. Start with the fruit, then add the Greek yogurt and top with almond milk.
- Blend until smooth.
- If too thick, add extra almond milk. If too thin, add in yogurt or ice.