Thursday, February 27, 2014

Strawberry - Banana Smoothie Recipe

smoothie with 2 fruits
Smoothies are a good alternative to ice cream, if you are conscious for your health. But, it’s not an exact replacement, but it has a similar icy taste, without any unwanted unhealthy ingredients. This strawberry-banana smoothie is my “way-go-to” smoothie, because it’s so quick to prepare and easy to whip-up, and it stays delicious for long time. The banana is what gives sweetness to this smoothie is.

I usually buy bananas and leave them in the fridge for at least 2 weeks before I use them. Sometimes up to 2-3 weeks. Leaving the bananas on the counter is akin to throwing an all-out fruit fly party, but the fridge is the perfect place. It also decreases the smell.

Now, you may be asking yourself: Why would I use such old, brown bananas? The answer is that they develop an intense sweetness that makes the smoothie taste wonderful. What’s more interestingly, I also find the banana flavor less intense when I use the more overripe bananas.

Besides from the banana, you’ll also need frozen strawberries. It’s very important that they are frozen. By using frozen strawberries, your will get thick and creamy smoothie. You don’t have to add ice, which would make the flavors to become less dense.

Combine the bananas the strawberries and the milk of your choice. I usually use almond milk or coconut dream, but you can definitely use soy milk, cow’s milk or other milks. Depending on the shape and strength of the blender you have, you may need slightly more milk to get the fruit moving. But don’t add too much milk if you don’t want your smoothie to be too liquid. Another way to help with the blending is to have the banana closest to the blade.

If you want you can also add in some chia seeds, flax seed or wheat germ after the smoothie is fully blended. Just mix in the added ingredients gently with a spoon.

You will have to eat the smoothie immediately. It doesn’t last well in the fridge.

Ingredients for the smoothie:

  • 10 strawberries (frozen)
  • 1 very not frozen overripe banana
  • ½ cup milk (dairy, almond, soy or any other of your choice)
  • Optional ingredients: 1 tablespoon chia seeds/flaxseed/wheat germ


Put the frozen strawberries, the banana and milk you have chosen to use for this smoothie in a blender. Pulse all the combined ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth. If you want to increase the nutritious level, stir in some chia seeds, flaxseed or wheat germ before eating.

What’s your favorite fruit combination for your preferred smoothie? Share with us your ideas in the comments so we can all get some inspiration for trying something new when it comes to smoothies.