Make this delicious Strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or an afternoon snack. With just three ingredients and in under 5 minutes time you will have a delicious smoothie in hand. The perfect way to use up fruit that might be on its way out.
My family absolutely loves smoothies. My kids ask for them almost every day, and most days I have no problem whipping up a fruit smoothie for them. One of the most requested smoothies is my Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe. We live in Florida and go strawberry picking every winter during our 3-month season. On average we pick 20-30 pounds of strawberries, and freeze most of our strawberries to enjoy throughout the year in smoothies.
I love simple smoothie recipes that contain whole ingredients. No extra sweeteners needed. The fruit is sweet enough and my kids never complain that their smoothie isn’t sweet enough. This is a recipe that I’ve been making long before kids. In fact I published this recipe back in 2013. When I was still kid-less!
Why this Recipe Works
Minimal Ingredients – This recipe only requires 3 ingredients (plus ice if you aren’t using any frozen fruit).
Use up older fruit – making a strawberry banana smoothie is a great way to use up fruit that may be closer to on its way out.
Dairy Free – This strawberry banana smoothie is made without yogurt making this a great dairy free alternative for a smoothie.
Three simple ingredients is all you need to make this smoothie recipe!
- Strawberries – Frozen are best and what I use!
- Banana – The browner the banana the better! I also like to freeze my over ripe bananas with the peel off in a freezer bag. That way I always have bananas on hand for smoothies.
- Apple – This is the natural sweetener to this recipe and a flavor you really don’t taste.
Add the bananas, apples (peel on but cored), frozen strawberries and water to a high-speed blender.
Blend on smoothie (high) setting for 45 seconds. If the smoothie isn’t smooth blend for an additional 45 seconds.
Divide evenly among two cups and enjoy.
I’ve found that most smoothies need just a little bit of liquid. To keep it dairy free I use water, but you can also use almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk. Note, that whatever liquid you use in your smoothie it may alter the taste. If you can enjoy dairy then use any type of dairy milk (1%, 2%, or whole). If you add dairy milk to a smoothie it will give it a creamier tastes.
I like to make them fresh and on demand. Because the smoothies you make are not pasteurized–even when refrigerated you can risk bacteria forming.
For the most part yes! As long as they are packed with whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and heart-healthy fats, then yes smoothies are good for you. I always try to avoid adding added sugar to smoothies.
Tips & Tricks
If you are new to making smoothies, or maybe you are an avid smoothie maker I hope that you’ll find a few of my tips and tricks helpful.
- Frozen Fruit – You’ll notice that my recipe does not call for ice. Instead I use frozen fruit that acts as both flavor booster and ice cube!
- Natural Sweeteners – I try to keep smoothies as clean and healthy as possible. If I do need to add in a little natural sweetener I will add in either honey or agave syrup.
- Cleaning Blenders – If you own a high power blender you might already know this trick, but after the smoothie is done I will add 4 cups of hot water to my blender with a little dish soap. I will run the blender on low and then slowly increase the speed all the way to high over the course of 30 seconds. By doing this “pre clean” it removes most of the smoothie from the blender. Then all I typically need to do is rinse until no soap is visible and let the pitcher air dry.
I have quite a few smoothie recipes here on Katie’s Cucina. Here are just a few of my favorites that you’ll find me making on repeat in my home.
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 2 Bananas
- 2 Gala Apples quartered core removed
- 2 cups Frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup Water
- Add the bananas, apples (peel on but cored), frozen strawberries and water to a high-speed blender.
- Blend on smoothie (high) setting for 45 seconds. If the smoothie isn't smooth blend for an additional 45 seconds.
- Divide evenly among two cups and enjoy.
- Sweetener – This smoothie recipe does not need any sweetener. The natural sweetness of the fruit works perfectly for this recipe.
- Dairy – You can add in ½ cup of yogurt to make this smoothie creamier.
Do you peel the apples?
Hi Katie, if you have a high power blender you can leave the peel on and it will blend right into the smoothie. If you don’t, and you are afraid that the peel won’t break down feel free to peel it!
I wish we had fresh strawberries around here! I love them in smoothies!
I love a good homemade smoothie! Your photography is gorgeous, I really hope to learn more about how to photograph better this coming year.
Thanks for the kind compliments, Shaina. Look at post from 2010 and you’ll see I’ve come full circle (although learning new stuff daily).
Nice job using manual settings! I’m drinking more smoothies right now too – in an effort to eat more fruits and veggies.
Thanks Suzanne!!! I’m getting there… little by little!