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 on hand or cucumber, 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.
How to Make a Strawberry Smoothie
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.
You will also need a Vitamix blender for the best smoothie. 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.
The Vitamix blender is so great with blending smoothies, and it doesn't disappoint with this recipe either.
Options & Variations
- If you don't have dates on hand, a close second option is honey. Or, you can go without the added sweetener.
- If I am making this for myself and struggling to hit my protein macro for the day, I will add in some protein powder. I prefer to drink this smoothie as a guilt-free desert drink without the protein powder, but if you are already used to drinking protein powder smoothies, then try it with this smoothie.
- 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.
- If you don't care about the color of your smoothie, you can add some baby spinach. I still don't get how spinach is virtually tasteless when blended up in a smoothie.
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.