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An easy Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie recipe turns a favorite dessert into a healthy treat you can enjoy any time of the day. So creamy and delicious with only 5 ingredients!
Originally published May 17, 2012. Updated with new photos and more useful information.
I can’t help it. I love dessert. I could totally eat a giant ice cream sundae every night.
Except that really I can’t. My tummy and my mental state would not love me if I had that kind of sugar overload daily.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want something that tastes like dessert everyday.
Enter smoothies! I can get my Reese’s fix with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie. I can satisfy a creamsicle craving with a Creamy Orange Smoothie. Forget McDonald’s when I can have a Healthy Shamrock Shake Smoothie.
And now, cheesecake. I’m not even a huge cheesecake fan because I find it heavy. But I love the flavor, so I’ve made a Cherry Smoothie that tastes like cheesecake, a Blueberry Smoothie that tastes like cheesecake, and this, the one that started it all.
The one that, when I first photographed it back in 2012 had my then-toddler staring at me and whining “Want more smoooothieeee!!”
Looks good, doesn’t it?
Cheesecake-Flavored Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Yes, you can make your basic strawberry smoothie taste like a rich and dreamy slice of cheesecake just by adding some cream cheese. It adds that perfect amount of tangy flavor to balance the sweetness.
And while we all need to treat ourselves something as decadent as cheesecake every once in awhile, this recipe actually makes it good-for-you to indulge as often as you like.
So how do you make one?
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.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
What You’ll Need
- Spinach or other dark leafy greens – these are optional, but it is a great way to sneak in extra nutrition. You won’t end up with that nice pink color, though.
- Milk – I prefer Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk, but use your favorite non-dairy or dairy milk
- Vanilla or plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese – if you use plain yogurt or cottage cheese, you may want to add ½ teaspoon vanilla and a couple of teaspoons sugar, honey, or your sweetener of choice, to taste.
- Cream cheese – regular or low fat
- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen banana – see the Pro Tips below if you aren’t a fan of bananas
Add everything to your blender in the order listed and blend until smooth!
QUICK NOTE, if you are using a blender cup that you flip upside down, often it is better to reverse the order, or at least add the greens after the dairy ingredients so they don’t get packed down in the bottom and not get fully blended.
Strawberry Smoothie Garnish Ideas
While you can just stop right there, stick in a straw, and enjoy if you really want to feel like you are treating yourself to something special, why not dress it up a bit?
- Before pouring the smoothie into a glass, coat the rim in a bit of honey. Then roll it in crushed graham cracker crumbs.
- For a gluten free option, you can always buy or make gluten free graham crackers, but you can also use almond meal or finely chopped nuts.
- Top it with a bit of whipped cream.
- Skewer or float some fresh strawberries or strawberry slices on top.
- Sprinkle it with a little more graham cracker crumbs, almond meal, or nuts.
- You can even up the superfood factor by using chia seeds, ground flax seeds, or hemp seeds.
Why to add the ingredients in this order
If you choose to use leafy greens, by putting them in first, they get the maximum blending so that they get fully broken down since they are fully submerged in the liquid, which is added next.
Soft ingredients go next because they break down and distribute in the liquid.
If you are going to add in any nutritional boosters like protein powder, collagen powder, chia seeds, or anything else, do that now.
Then the frozen ingredients, in this case, the strawberries, banana, and ice, are last so that they blend just enough to keep a thick texture and don’t melt completely.
Brianne’s pro recipe tips
What kind of blender do you use to make a smoothie?
A standard blender or even one of those single-serve blenders like the Ninja personal blender work just fine for this smoothie recipe. Personally, most of the time I use a Blendtec.
I always recommend a high-powered blender like the Blendtec for the smoothest, most creamy smoothies. The Mini Wildside+ Jar is the perfect size for one or two smoothies. You can even use the “Smoothie” setting to have it gradually increase the speed to perfectly incorporate the liquids and frozen ingredients. Note, I do usually stop it a little before the cycle is over because I prefer an extra thick smoothie.
I am a Blendtec ambassador, and should you make any purchases through my Blendtec Store link, I will receive a small commission, but that also means you can use the code CUPCAKESANDKALECHIPS to receive 20% off.
Do you need to use banana in a strawberry smoothie?
With cherry or blueberry smoothies or even other types, I typically just use the main fruit that is the featured flavor. However, due to their high water content, frozen strawberries tend to have a more muted and less sweet flavor. Therefore, I like to use a frozen banana to up the fruity flavor and sweetness.
If you don’t like bananas, you can leave it out and toss in a couple of extra strawberries or ice cubes for extra thickness. But you might find you need to sweeten it up a bit, especially if you use plain yogurt.
Can I make a strawberry smoothie without yogurt?
Believe it or not, in most cases I actually love to use cottage cheese in smoothies instead of yogurt. Even if you don’t typically like the texture of cottage cheese, it completely breaks down and just makes the smoothie extra creamy. Plus the hint of salt enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit.
That being said, since part of the appeal of a cheesecake smoothie is that tangy flavor to balance the sweetness, you might want to stick with the Greek yogurt in this case. But either way, it’s still delicious.
More strawberry cheesecake recipes
- Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
- Low Carb Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
- Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
- Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Grandbaby Cakes
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- A couple of handfuls of spinach (optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or your dairy or non-dairy milk of choice
- 1/2 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese (if you use plain yogurt or cottage cheese, you may want to add ½ teaspoon vanilla and a couple of teaspoons sugar, honey, or your sweetener of choice, to taste)
- 2 Tablespoons cream cheese (1 oz.), you can use light cream cheese
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 very ripe banana , frozen
- Optional crushed graham crackers or finely chopped almonds or almond meal , sliced strawberries, or whipped cream for garnish
- Add the ingredients (other than the optional garnishes) to your blender jar in the order listed.
- Turn on the blender and blend until smooth.
- If you would like a “crust” rim garnish, rub a tiny amount of honey around the rim of your glass, then roll in crushed graham crackers, almond meal, or finely chopped nuts.
- Pour into a glass and drink immediately.
- You can garnish with more crushed graham crackers, almond meal, or finely chopped nuts and whipped cream, if desired.
You said you didn’t have a strawberry ice cream recipe…… Cut your milk way back (just enough to help the blender along) and it will be ice cream!
Just poppin in to let you know I’m featuring this deliciouswonderfulyummyluscious recipe at my blog tomorrow…a link back here along with one of your photos too. Please stop by if you can.
Oh thank you! Wish I hadn’t messed up the post. Not sure if you saw that today. I lost the old one, but the photos and recipe are still here.
Brianne, just wanted to let you know I chose this smoothie for the Crazy Cooking Challenge this month. My kids loved it!
Oh, I am honored, and so glad they liked it!!
I’ve started My Sweet Party, where I every month host a party with a theme (MAY theme is CHOCOLATE). The party is ongoing the entire duration of the month and then I will choose my top three favourites and feture those blogs. I would LOVE you to join My Sweet Party!
Thanks! I will check it out. I have a few chocolate goodies I can share!
Oh, my, this is one delicious, elegant smoothie! Hope you and Bug are feeling better 🙂
Thanks, yes, we are doing much better!
This sounds yummy! My husband loves strawberry smoothies, and so this sounds right up his alley. 🙂
I hope he loves it!
What a fashionable smoothie for breakfast. So pretty too…=)
Thanks! I had a little fun with making it fancy 🙂
This looks delicious – I must try this soon!!
Thanks! I hope you enjoy!
Hey, just because smoothies are fairly easy to make, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them! I love how you styled both of these (along with your son’s comments in the background 🙂 Look forward to making these (and seeing your ReDux post Monday!)
Thanks – I was trying to have a little fun with it, despite the nagging toddler 🙂
Oh trust me when I tell you…I’M SOOOOOO GLAD YOU TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT! =) We love smoothies at our house, and I love being able to try a new recipe. Adding cream cheese has to put this
beauty over the top…love those adorable graham cracker crumbs on the rim too! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. I am impressed!!! Hope you’re feeling better every day.
Haha! I felt kind of bad until I saw the great response, and my recipe was quite different from the others. Always happy to bring a few dishes to the potluck, and sample some others.
Oh my goodness! YUMMY!! I would be yelling behind you “Want more smooooothie!” too 🙂 This sounds divine. Great recipe!
Thanks! It is so hard to resist the little ones whem they are being simultaneously both adorable and annoying 🙂
Culver’s (oh, I miss living by Culver’s!) used to have a cheesecake Concrete Mixer and I find myself craving it sometimes. This would be a MUCH healthier alternative to that! Yum. 🙂
My sister and I went to Dairy Queen tonight, and they have a Strawberry Cheesecake Blizzard. I just Googled Culver’s and I so wish I had one near me!
Delicious! Yum! So refreshing!
Thanks – light and rich all at the same time!
I could drink every last drop of that smoothie this very minute! Looks yummy!
Thanks Ann! I had to fight off the little guy to even get a sip.
Top shelf! Looks killer!
Thanks! Speaking of top shelf, this would probably be good spiked with something…
Rum has never ruined ANYTHING
LOL!! My aunt did ruin a sweet potatoes recipe that called for brandy when she used the only thing she had – an ancient bottle of BLACKBERRY brandy. In sweet potatoes! Yuck!
oh no….that does kinda sound ick…live and learn
Love your ‘easy’ way. We are crazy for smoothies around our house. Small one will go nuts for this one C:
Yes, we love smoothies, too, so I am always trying to think of something new.
What a fantastic smoothie! The “cheesecake” is a fantastic addition to the strawberry smoothie. Love how the graham crackers add a bit of crunch to the smoothie.
Thanks – it was a tasty change to the usual strawberry smoothie. I wish I could have tried it with the graham crackers (I have a wheat allergy), but the little guy seemed to like it. He is only 2 though, so it is hard to get descriptive feedback from him 🙂
Also, I featured your recipe on my blog today: http://thecookssister.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/five-favourites-for-friday-16/
Thanks so much! You are too sweet.
Ooo this smoothie looks fantastic! Love this! 🙂
Thank you. The little guy and I were big fans.
I am glad you made a smoothie. My whole family loves them. Hope you are feeling better.
Thanks for hosting this! It is so fun! I am definitely doing a lot better, thanks.
I do believe that smoothie looks best presented in a martini glass! (That’s how I ate the strawberry ice cream I made… wished I would’ve thought to graham cracker the rim!)
I got the idea from a Key Lime Pie Martini I saw on a menu once. Can’t wait to heck out your ice cream – my favorite food ever!
ooooooooh! The hubs loves him some Key Lime Pie! Imma track me down a recipe for that martini & serve it for our anniversary. Thanks!
Wish I remembered where I saw it, but I am sure there are recipes online.
Found a couple — yea Pinterest! 😀
(Thanks for the idea!)
Love your blog title! Can’t believe strawberry season is already here! Looks yummito!
Thanks! I know – so much wonderful fruit and veggies starting to come into season!
Sometimes simple is best. This looks delicious though!
Yep, I agree. And it was quite tasty!
This sounds amazing, love the idea of the cream cheese in a smoothie, can’t wait to give it a try!
It makes it taste way more decadent than it actually is, especially when you use some Greek yogurt for added tang.