This strawberry smoothie with banana and pineapple recipe has FOUR ingredients and it tastes divine! It's even toddler approved, and it can be whipped up in a snap.
My daughter, is 20 months now, and I'm finding it very difficult to feed her fresh fruits and veggies. So after trying to mash this and mix that, I decided to try a smoothie. And she loved it!
If I have some baby spinach or cucumber on hand, I add it to this smoothie to give her a serving of veggies too. The color will be different than the images in this post, but the taste won't change. Just don't put too much.
What I Love About This Recipe
I absolutely love the taste of this strawberry banana smoothie and so does my toddler! It's a great "treat" that is all natural, quick, and made with very few ingredients. I like that the ingredients are mostly frozen, so it's very easy to have the ingredients on hand.
The base of this smoothie is four ingredients, of which 3 are freezer friendly. The ingredients are:
- Frozen banana: I buy a large number of bananas from the grocery store and wait for them to get ripe. I peel the banana, split it into thirds, then put the banana chunks into a freezer-friendly glass container or plastic bag.
- Frozen pineapple: When the pineapples are on sale, I grab one or two juicy ones. I core the pineapples, chop the pineapple into chunks, then put the chopped pineapple into a freezer-friendly container in the freezer. You can also buy frozen pineapple from the freezer section in your grocery store to save some time.
- Frozen strawberries: Strawberries are one of the dirty dozen foods that are better to buy organic. I try my best to get organic fresh strawberries, but sometimes I find it overly pricey or difficult to find fresh. So I recommend buying frozen organic strawberries from your grocery store. You can also regular fresh or frozen strawberries if that is all you can find.
- Dried dates: My favorite dates for smoothies are called Sukari dates. They are softer than Medjool dates, and they blend easier in the blender. If you can't find Sukari dates, then you can use a Medjool date. If you'd like the Medjool date to soften, just put it in some water ahead of time.
How to Make a Strawberry Smoothie
Remove the pit from the Medjool date by squeezing the date and removing the hard seed.
Add the frozen strawberries, frozen banana, pineapple (frozen or fresh), pitted Medjool date, and water to the blender. Blend on high until smooth.
Pour into your favorite smoothie cup and enjoy!
There are two big tips when making this strawberry smoothie. One is to adjust the water depending on the consistency you prefer. I usually start with 2 cups of water and then add more depending. If I use fresh pineapple then I will not use more than 2 cups of water because the pineapple is juicy.
The second big tip is to adjust the sweetness of the smoothie by adding another date or 1 tablespoon of honey. If I have a really sweet pineapple, then most of the time, I only need 1 Medjool date to make this smoothie sweet. Adjust to your own preference.
Options & Variations
- Substitute honey for dates. Or, you can go without the added sweetener.
- Add protein powder. I would recommend vanilla protein powder if adding.
- Try other fruits and vegetables. To be honest, you can do so much with this base smoothie recipe. You can add a gala apple, Persian cucumber, mango, blueberries, raspberries, and red grapes. Or, if you have some rambutan on hand, try adding that southeast Asian fruit! Not sure what rambutan tastes like? It's delicious.
- Add some baby spinach. the color of the smoothie will change, but the taste will be great. I still don't get how spinach is virtually tasteless when blended up in a smoothie.
I recommend making this strawberry banana pineapple smoothie with a Vitamix blender. If you have read some of my other posts, you will probably be aware of my love affair with the Vitamix blender. I literally use it daily and cannot imagine life without it. Even so much that I packed it in my suitcase when we were moving overseas.
What Can You Eat with a Smoothie?
I might be weird, but hawawshi and a strawberry smoothie are like the equivalent of a hamburger and a milkshake. You have GOT to try them together!
Most of the time, however, I have my smoothie as a snack or a breakfast. It's a great way to get in some extra nutrients in your day.
This recipe is a very large serving and has 310 calories of fresh fruit and dates.
Frozen bananas are the secret ingredient for making a smoothie thicker. Frozen bananas also give the smoothie a milkshake consistency but with natural fruit ingredients. If your smoothie is too runny, just add half a frozen banana to make it thicker.