Strawberry Banana Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipe
This easy Coconut Strawberry Banana Smoothie is a sweet and satisfying healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. You only need frozen strawberries and bananas and canned coconut milk to blend up this ultra creamy treat. Though feel free to add in some superfoods to make it even more wholesome and nutritious.
I love smoothies. I pretty much have one a day to compensate for the fact that really I’d prefer a daily dose of ice cream. But blending up frozen fruit is definitely a healthier option.
I go through distinct phases where I make the same one every day for months at a clip. Sometimes it’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie or a Cheesecake Cherry Smoothie, which really hits those dessert cravings. And other times I can’t get enough Blueberry Smoothies.
In fact, one day I came across this Blueberry Banana Coconut Smoothie from Once a Mom, Always a Cook. It sounded really yummy, but we had recently been strawberry picking. We ended up with way more than we could eat, so I popped some in the freezer.
Which meant we had the perfect conditions for me to change up that recipe and make it a Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie.
Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie Recipe
This coconut milk smoothie is so simple that you won’t believe it’s this healthy and satisfying. And with a few simple swaps or adjustments, you can customize it to exactly how you love it or even add in some superfood goodness or make it extra fancy.
Using all frozen fruit makes it extra thick, like ice cream. Only freezing one of the fruits or adding in a little more liquid can thin it out closer to a milkshake. And your choice of milk can make it super light and low in calories, or more rich and satisfying to enjoy as a meal.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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You can buy a bag of frozen strawberries, use fresh ones, or freeze your own. The best way to freeze strawberries is to remove the stems, wash and dry them thoroughly, then put them on a sheet pan in a single layer. Freeze solid, then transfer to a plastic freezer storage bag.
Using frozen strawberries will make your smoothie thicker if you also use frozen bananas.
Overripe bananas work great in smoothies because they add a lot of natural sweetness. If you want the extra thick smoothie, use both frozen strawberries and bananas. If you are only going to freeze one of the fruits, I’d recommend the banana. Frozen banana helps add a great thick, creamy texture to any smoothie.
You can freeze the banana whole then break it into chunks after frozen, or slice it and freeze the slices.
You have a few options for what to use in this coconut milk smoothie.
Coconut milk from a carton typically has less calories, particularly if it is unsweetened. However, it will also give you a thinner smoothie and likely is not as filling.
Canned coconut milk gives your smoothie a richer texture, stronger coconut flavor, and makes it more filling. Light coconut milk still makes a pretty thick and satisfying smoothie. But you can also choose full fat coconut milk. In fact, this makes it so filling that you can even divide it into two smoothies.
Many smoothie recipes call for additional sweetener. However, for this recipe if your strawberries and bananas are rip enough, you will likely not need any additional sweetener. Though feel free to add a bit of honey, stevia, or Swerve, if you do need to sweeten it up a bit.
Any smoothie can be a green smoothie if you want to add leafy greens. Many people choose to add kale to their smoothies, but I am a fan of baby spinach. It still has plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, however it is more tender to breaks down easily and doesn’t impart as strong of a flavor.
Chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp seeds are an easy way to add heart-healthy omega 3s to your diet. And they actually can help make a smoothie extra thick.
There are many kinds of protein powders on the market. Some are whey-based, whereas others use plant-based protein. Stick to a vegan protein powder if you want to keep your smoothie dairy-free. I actually like collagen powder as find it does not give it a grainy or powdery texture like some other protein powders.
Directions overview – scroll to the recipe card for the full set of instructions
Add the three main ingredients to you blender, plus any add-ins, then blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish as desired. Then stick in a straw and enjoy!
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How to garnish your smoothie
- Smear a little honey or agave around the rim of your glass or jar and dip it in shredded coconut.
- Place a sliced strawberry on the rim or float banana slices on top. You can also thread them onto a wooden skewer and place that in the glass.
- A little whipped cream or whipped coconut cream always makes a healthy smoothie feel like a treat.
- Don’t forget some fun straws (make sure they are biodegradable)!
Make it a meal
For breakfast, serve a strawberry banana smoothie with:
- Chocolate Banana Blender Pancakes
- Gluten Free and Vegan Banana Zucchini Muffins
- Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins
Or have it as a snack on its own or with:
More banana smoothie recipes
More strawberry smoothie recipes
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Matcha Swirl Strawberry Smoothie
- Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie from Super Healthy Kids
Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen very ripe banana, cut into chunks
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (I used light coconut milk)
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender, Vita-Mix, or Magic Bullet, and blend until smooth.