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Smoothies are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, the ones you find out at convenience stores and fast food places have more added sugar than actual fruit. Buying frozen fruit makes it simple and convenient to make your smoothies at home – saving you time and money!
Strawberries and bananas are the stars of this gluten free smoothie recipe! Made with healthy ingredients, it makes a great breakfast or on the go snack when you add in some protein powder, and keeps you full for longer than most fruit smoothie recipes. It’s one of my family’s favorite recipes. Kids and adults will love the sweet flavor!
What you’ll need to make this:
1 cup milk (*see note*)
1 banana (frozen or fresh)
1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1 scoop Vanilla Orgain protein powder
Pour the milk into the blender. Add the banana, strawberries and protein powder. If you have a Blendtec blender, simply press the “Smoothie” setting and it’ll be ready in 50 seconds. (I love my Blendtec!) It’s really that simple! Since I always use frozen strawberries, it takes me less than 5 minutes from start to finish to have a healthy and tasty drink.
The Blendtec is a really high-powered blender. But if your blender isn’t equipped to blend frozen fruits, just let the fruit warm up for 5-10 minutes. Other suggestions would be to increase the amount of milk or to stop and stir the fruit around in the middle of blending. It will take longer to blend, but it will still turn out amazing!
This recipe will yield about 14 oz. of delicious smoothie! If you are using this to replace a meal, I suggest doubling the recipe. You could also experiment with the amounts of banana and strawberry, adding more of your favorite.
If you use frozen bananas and strawberries and a high powered blender, like a Blendtec or a Vitamix, it will come out thick and almost the consistency of ice cream. You can also add ice if the fruit you’re using isn’t frozen in order to have a thicker consistency. Or, if you’d rather drink this through a straw, add more milk. So many possibilities to customize it!
During the summer we also use this recipe and other healthy smoothie recipes to make popsicles. We have a couple different popsicle makers, and I make a double batch of smoothie and loads of popsicles for my kids to grab anytime.
*Note: You can choose any kind of milk for this recipe that you have on hand. We don’t use cow’s milk at our house, so this recipe was made with vanilla almond milk. We also use soy milk and coconut milk and they taste delicious in this recipe as well!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and please share this post with someone who would like it too! Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them!