Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Perfect for a quick sippable breakfast or mid-day delight. This cold drink gives you a healthy energy boost using a delicious blend of fruits, oats, greek yogurt, and almonds.

Strawberry banana smoothie in a glass cup with a decorative straw.

Let’s face it, life is busy, and we don’t always get to sit down for breakfast. So a quick fruit smoothie is the next best thing. In just 5 minutes, with proper planning, you’ll never have to miss out on the most important meal of the day. I also enjoy this cold refreshment in the afternoon to get me through those sluggish days.

This smoothie recipe mixes frozen and fresh fruits for a thick, smooth consistency. The texture is elevated by using uncooked oats and Greek yogurt, increasing the nutritional benefits. For a tasty flavor, almond milk and a drizzle of honey provide just the right combination of sweetness.

Ingredients for a strawberry banana smoothie recipe with oats, almonds, and yogurt.

Blending process

A good kitchen blender with a strong motor perfectly purees all the smoothie ingredients. To ensure that the harsher dry ingredients are completely broken down, adding them to the blender in a particular order is essential.

Place the almond milk and yogurt first, followed by the almonds and oats. The banana slices and frozen berries get incorporated afterward. This sequence ensures the hard ingredients get incorporated better with the liquids.

Flavor enhancer

The fruit’s natural sweetness is enough, but a little bit of honey, or your preferred sweetener, can further heighten the flavor.

Frozen strawberries inside a blender cup with almonds and banana slices.

Use frozen strawberries

Strawberries constitute a majority of the drink, and using frozen berries makes the smoothie thicker while staying colder longer. Frozen strawberries are the key ingredient to the preferred texture without diluting the flavor. If using fresh strawberries, add 1 cup of ice to the mix to create a thicker consistency.

Make it creamy and thick

Creating a creamy smoothie texture involves frozen ingredients, starchy fruit, healthy fats, and fiber-rich oats. Bananas naturally contain starch that releases when blended.

The yogurt and almonds have rich fats that incorporate into the mix. When dried oats get finely chopped, their fibers help with thickening. These ingredients suspend with the frozen fruit particles to create the optimal texture.

Close up of the top of a strawberry banana smoothie.

What are the health benefits?

This strawberry banana smoothie recipe has all of the elements of an energy-packed breakfast; fresh fruit, almonds, yogurt, and old-fashioned oats. The fruits contain fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Bananas, nuts, and yogurt provide a boost of protein. The oats add soluble and insoluble fiber to help you feel fuller longer.

Optional add-ins

Side view of a tall glass of strawberry banana smoothie with a straw.

Use ice cubes only as a last resort

Smoothies should be creamy, have a nice chill, and be thick enough to sip through a straw with slight resistance. You don’t want a smoothie that’s super icy or runny. At least half of the recipe should be frozen; 2/3 is preferable. Use ice cubes only if you have to. Frozen fruit yields the best result and won’t melt as quickly or dilute the flavor.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie gives a healthy boost of energy by using a blend of fruits, oats, greek yogurt, and almonds.
4.60 from 145 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Course Drink
Cuisine American

Ingredients  

  • cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt, or vanilla
  • ¼ cup almonds, raw
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup sliced bananas, about 1 medium banana
  • 2 cups strawberries, frozen
  • 1 teaspoon honey, (optional)

Instructions 

  • Add the almond milk, yogurt, almonds, oats, banana, strawberries, and honey (if using) in a blender.
  • Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds, using the tamper if needed to push the ingredients down. Increase speed to high and process until smooth and creamy, about 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Taste and add more honey as needed.

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • Make it Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free yogurt (coconut, soy, oat) instead of Greek yogurt. 
  • Using fresh strawberries: start by adding 1 cup of ice to the blender to create a thicker consistency. 
  • Thicker Consistency: use frozen banana slices.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 3 cups
Calories 365kcal (18%)Carbohydrates 51g (17%)Protein 14g (28%)Fat 14g (22%)Saturated Fat 1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat 0.4gCholesterol 2mg (1%)Sodium 56mg (2%)Potassium 303mg (9%)Fiber 5g (20%)Sugar 13g (14%)Vitamin A 150IU (3%)Vitamin C 85.8mg (104%)Calcium 200mg (20%)Iron 1.4mg (8%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. Laurie says

    Love it. I used frozen strawberries from my garden and frozen banana which made it too thick to drink initially so I did add another 1/2 cup of almond milk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to brighten it up a bit. I was afraid it would be too sweet even though I did not add the honey but it was just right for me. I will definitely be making this a few times a week!

  2. David Zanke says

    I freeze fresh fruit I buy at Eastern Market( farmer’s market). I go to the market near closing, looking for deals on fruit. The fruit I get is so ripe, it needs to be consumed or frozen w/in 24 hours, which is perfect for smoothies(maximum flavor) . I also buy fruit in the mark down section of grocery stores, I often buy bananas, which, even though they’ve been reduced, usually take another week to turn brown. Last week, I bought a flat of strawberries for $5.

  3. Bridgett Sherise says

    OMG!! Story time.. I started a new nutrition plan this week & so I went grocery shopping today. I didn’t look up this recipe until waaaay after I got home & started cooking dinner. I googled “how to make a ?? smoothie” & this popped up. It just so happens that I bought every single thing this recipe called for today! When I tell you I’m obsessing over this!!! It’s literally perfect! I don’t want a ??smoothie from nowhere else!! Thank you so much Jessica!!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Yay, I love this story, Bridgett. Good luck with your nutrition plan, I’m happy that this beverage can go into the rotation!

  4. Tihomir Urumov says

    It sounds nice. Just it is really important the Yoghurt not to be a normal one. Because normal Yoghurt is very bad to be combined with both – Milk (any kind) and fruits!
    Cheers

  5. Alice says

    Hi Jessica,

    I make my fruit shake with 3/4 plain kefir, 1/4 flavoured kefir. Then I add thawed 3 berry ( raspberries, blackberries and blackberries), a frozen strawberry ice cube, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a few frozen banana slices, and a strawberry purée in ice cubes.
    If I wanted to use those ingredients and make 3 cups, how much would I use of each?
    In August I had arm and shoulder pain and need to build up my muscles again after 4 months of very little use; just starting physio again.
    Any advice you have would be appreciated.

  6. Manal says

    How do I make this for one cup? When I adjust the serving size option, it gives weird measurements for each ingredient. Would you be able to give the recipe for 1 serving size?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Manal- I would recommend these amounts for 1 cup serving size:
      1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/3 banana, 1 tablespoon almonds, 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup almond milk 1/2 teaspoon honey, (optional). Add more liquid as need to get desired texture.

  7. Marjorie Silverman says

    I just made this smoothie for my health conscious college student youngest daughter to take to the pool!!! I used blueberries instead of strawberries but she absolutely loved it!!!! I scored big points for this. I tasted it and I only wished I had made enough so that I could have my own. Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to enjoying many other of your healthy recipes because I do have an auto immune disorder and it’s very important for me to eat properly and avoid so many foods completely. I’ve been doing a pretty good job because I recently became a grandmother again and I’d like to be around and in good enough shape to enjoy our precious girl.

  8. Kori says

    OOOOh that looks so delicious!
    Definitely will try. I was wondering though, is there a way to not have yogurt in it?
    I have a sugar intolerance and anything above 5-7g of sugar(per day) causes me stomach issues.
    Thanks!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Kori- You can definitely leave out the yogurt but it won’t be as creamy. You could add more banana if desired.

  9. Sarah says

    Does anyone know the where to buy the drinking glass she uses to put her smoothie in? Looking for them everywhere!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Leslie- Yes you can leave out the yogurt and almonds. The yogurt adds creaminess and some thickness. You may need to add more almond milk since you are removing some liquid. Start with the recipe and adjust with more almond milk if needed.

  10. Manu says

    That is one badass smoothie. I regularly sprint on my mountain bike before work and normally don’t have much time to prep brek before heading in. We also have a red Vitamix (haven’t given it a name, though) and it does a fantastic job of whipping things up. Delicious with the raw almonds!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      You totally made my day Manu! You definitely need a name for your vitamix, since I use mine everyday, “Ruby” is my buddy in the kitchen :)https://www.jessicagavin.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

  11. Priscilla says

    Absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe and also added a 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries. Perfect before my morning workout! 🙂

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you so much Priscilla! Love the add-in of the blueberries for more antioxidants. Plus I’m super impressed that you get your workout in early in the morning!

  12. Maggie Morris says

    Jessica, Maggie here. Just tried your strawberry banana smoothie with a few modifications that worked great. I am not a fan of blended banana so I just let it out. I substituted regular fat free milk for almond milk (also not a fan). And I did not want to make three cups (afraid I would drink it all) so I cut the yogurt, oatmeal and almonds down by 1/3. I let the milk and strawberries the same. This came me about 2 cups. It is delicious. A perfect breakfast following a swim workout. Thanks for the staring point!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hey there Maggie! So great to hear from you 🙂 Love the substitutions, and that you made it a single serving size. I’m always to drink way more too, so I share with my hungry toddler, haha. So perfect for your post-workout nourishment!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Rhea! This smoothie recipe makes 3 cups. So depending on how much you would like drink at one time, then 1 cup would be a good starting serving size.

        • Jessica Gavin says

          Does your store sell cashew, almond, or soy yogurt you could use instead? To add some thickness you could use some coconut cream as well.

  13. Tasha says

    I really enjoyed this smoothie…did not have any oats so I used multi grain cheerios instead. I wanted it a little thicker not sure how to make thicker. I am using a smaller blender but any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      You totally made me smile Carissa! I’m so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the smoothie recipe, it’s one of my favorites 🙂

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    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you SO much Katherine, I’m so glad you found my website! Looking forward to sharing new recipes and income reports with you 🙂

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Amanda- You could keep the smoothie in a closed container for up to a day, but it won’t have the frozen consistency. If you are ok with it being chilled less thick it would be great the next day. I think it would be hard to drink once frozen. Perhaps you could blend, then transfer to ice cube trays, and then re-blend those ice cube smoothies whenever you would like?

  15. Sarah says

    Absolutely delicious! I never would have thought to add oats but I just love the flavor. Thanks for posting!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the smoothie Sarah! It’s my favorite breakfast in a glass 🙂