Sneak more veggies into your day with this sweet + creamy strawberry banana smoothie recipe. Loaded with nutrient-rich cauliflower and vibrant strawberries, this healthy veggie-packed smoothie works well as a filling breakfast or healthy mid-morning snack. Let's talk about how to make a strawberry banana smoothie that everyone will love, and hope that the blender can keep up with the demand for this delicious treat!
Using veggies in a smoothie
First I wanna talk about the cauliflower in the room. If you already read the ingredients for this smoothie and that one threw you off, don't fear! I know adding cauliflower to a fruit smoothie might sound odd, but it is a super mild veggie that adds nutrition + creaminess.
When using frozen cauliflower, I don't even notice the flavor of it in my smoothie! While using fresh can produce a different taste, this smoothie tastes like bananas and strawberries all the way.
I often throw veggies in my smoothies like carrot, sweet potato, cauliflower, leafy greens, cabbage, and celery. They each provide a whole host of health benefits, as well as blend seamlessly into smoothies with a variety of other ingredients. Try tossing one of these vegetables into your next smoothie, and then let me know how it worked out!
How to make a strawberry banana smoothie
This smoothie is even easier to blend up than a traditional green smoothie, because you don't need to blend the liquid and leafy greens first. Just toss all the ingredients into your blender and blend! A high powered blender will break down the chia seeds as well as the strawberry seeds.
If you want to make this smoothie a little lower in sugar, then swap the measurements for the banana and cauliflower. Using ½ a banana and 1 cup of cauliflower will lower the sugar by 5 grams.
Looking for a berry smoothie with no strawberries? Swap in blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, etc to blend up an equally delicious smoothie.
Oat milk, cashew milk, or hemp milk are great stand-ins for the almond milk, as well as refrigerated coconut milk.
If adding cauliflower to this strawberry banana smoothie isn't possible, then add a half cup of dairy free yogurt instead.
Protein boost for smoothies
If I'm blending this smoothie for breakfast, then I want to make sure it has enough protein. I like breakfasts smoothies that keep me full for the morning. Adding 1 serving of Protein Smoothie Boost will give this strawberry banana smoothie recipe an additional 10 grams of plant powered protein, as well as 4 grams of healthy fats. That turns this smoothie into long lasting energy without any sugar crash!
Strawberry banana smoothie benefits
Regular consumption of fresh strawberries has been linked to less inflammation and lower risk of heart disease. The antioxidants in strawberries are a great defense against various types of cancer. Cauliflower contains vitamin C, folate, and potassium. It's definitely not just for looks in this recipe! Chia seeds are a superfood with protein as well as healthy fat. These tiny seeds gel up when added to liquid, and help thicken a smoothie as well as provide additional nutrition.
More non-green smoothie recipes
Whether you're out of greens for the week, or just want a change, I've got several smoothie recipes without greens for you to try:
- Tropical smoothie bowl
- Banana oatmeal smoothie
- Caramel protein shake
- Mango smoothie
- Cinnamon date smoothie
- Mocha coffee smoothie
- Blueberry smoothie
- Peach smoothie
- Immune boost smoothie
- Vanilla protein shake
Smoothies don't need leafy greens to be chock full of whole foods, yet feel free to add greens to any of these smoothie creations. Now, don't forget to blend this strawberry banana smoothie, then leave a rating + review to let me know how you liked it!
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- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- If using fresh cauliflower, make sure to use 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie