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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!

strawberry banana smoothie

If your kids are new to the world of smoothies, this is a great starter. Smoothies for kids are typically a bit sweeter yet still full of whole foods that will give them energy and boost their servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Table of Contents
  1. Using Veggies in a Smoothie
  2. How to Make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  3. Ingredient Swaps
  4. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Benefits
  5. More Fruit Smoothie Recipes
  6. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

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 fruit smoothies 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.

ingredients for a strawberry banana smoothie recipe

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!

delicious smoothie full of plant based ingredients

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.

Ingredient Swaps

If you want to make this smoothie a little lower in sugar, then swap the measurements for the banana and cauliflower. Using 1/2 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 vegan 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 my homemade protein powder 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!

freshly blended strawberry banana smoothie

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.

drink to your health with this non-green smoothie

More Fruit 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:

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!

4.58 from 553 votes

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Blend up this strawberry banana smoothie as a fun family treat, or a bright + refreshing morning breakfast. One sip of this smoothie will put a smile on anyone's face; it's truly a smoothie for all ages. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1 16oz smoothie

Ingredients  

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Instructions 

  • Blend strawberries and non-dairy milk until creamy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Top with chia seeds for an extra boost of omega-3’s
  • If using fresh cauliflower, make sure to use 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie.
  • Swap the almond milk for the dairy-free milk of your choice.
  • Feel free to add up to 1 cup of leafy greens for even more nutrients.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Sodium: 338mg, Potassium: 978mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 137IU, Vitamin C: 112mg, Calcium: 413mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thick and creamy. This smoothie wasn’t very sweet but very tasty. The cauliflower was a surprise and most likely the reason for it being so thick and creamy. I couldn’t taste the cauliflower, I’ll use it again in another smoothie as I go through the year.

  2. 5 stars
    Strawberry banana smoothie #challenge
    Can’t even taste cauliflower…going to use in all my smoothies.

  3. 5 stars
    I really loved the smoothness of the smoothy! And that sneaky cauliflower wasn’t even noticed! Day 1 – YUM!

  4. A great flavor combination and I didn’t notice the cauliflower. Definitely going to add more veggies to future smoothies!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious and creamy! I could not taste the cauliflower which I was pleasantly surprised by.

  6. 5 stars
    I added spinach, walnuts, cacao nibs! This is a very yummy and refreshing smoothie! Love the cauliflower!!

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious flavor and beautiful color. You would never know there was cauliflower in it. Great way to sneak in some veggies. I would probably just go with 1 banana because it was sweeter than what I normally make.

  8. 5 stars
    Creamy and not too sweet. I added protein and spinach so color is not as pretty. But tastes amazing

  9. 5 stars
    Not too sweet. Very pretty pink color. Good thickness. Amazing that it contains cauliflower; couldn’t taste it!

  10. 4 stars
    The smoothie was good. There is a hint cauliflower that comes through. Next time I’m going to only use 1 banana and add some more strawberries to try and cover up the cauliflower flavor more.

  11. Yummy! I cut back a bit on the banana but that’s just my preference. The cauliflower upgraded my typical Strawberry banana smoothie. Will definitely do this again and again.

  12. 5 stars
    Yum, yum, yum! I added 1/4 cup of the protein powder too (hence the not so pink in the picture)