Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

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Start your morning off right with this Strawberry Smoothie recipe!

It can be really difficult to leave behind certain habits in making the transition from eating yuckiness to eating healthy food. There are just certain cravings that tend to stick with you when you’ve been eating a particular way for years and years.

A glass of Strawberry Smoothie, garnished with a fresh strawberry and sitting on a white table.

Luckily, this strawberry smoothie recipe will help curb your cravings for something sweet and something like ice cream! It has a pure strawberry taste that you will love.

Are Breakfast Smoothies Healthy?

Yes and no. The real answer is, it depends on what you put into your smoothie. A smoothie can either be super healthy or a sugar-filled dessert. It’s totally up to you! In this case, as long as you can tolerate dairy, this is pretty darn healthy! It’s got great bacteria for the gut and berries which are packed with antioxidants. And if you use any sweetener at all, you can choose whatever healthy sweetener you are comfortable using. I often opt for pure liquid stevia.

Tips For A Great Smoothie

You can use this same recipe to make other flavors. Try a blackberry, raspberry, or blueberry smoothie!

You can easily use a frozen berry as well. This will give you a thicker, but still creamy texture. Almost like soft-serve ice cream!

You can add ice cubes to this yogurt smoothie for that extra chilled and thickened texture.

This smoothie recipe is gluten-free and can be made sugar-free by using sweet strawberries so that the sweetener is unnecessary. You can also try alternative sweeteners such as pure liquid stevia or monk fruit.

For a little additional healthy fat, you can blend in some soaked cashews.

If you end up with a smoothie that is too thick, you can easily add a little bit of water or unsweetened fruit juice (apple works great!) to thin it out a bit.

A spoon lifts some of the Strawberry Smoothie out of the blender cup and towards the camera.

Smoothie Additions

If you want to round this out a bit, you can add any of the following:

  • Pineapple juice for extra fluid and sweetness
  • Orange juice for a nice fruity flavor
  • Raw oats to make this more filling (about a ¼ cup)
  • Other berries
  • Try frozen berries to make this more like a soft-serve yogurt or a soft ice cream. Just be aware you may need to add a little bit of liquid to avoid burning out the motor on your blender.
  • Mint leaves or mint extract
  • Bananas
  • Protein powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mango
  • Nut butter
  • Kale
  • Almond butter
  • Avocado
  • Handfuls of spinach

Dairy-Free Strawberry Smoothie (Vegan Smoothie)

If you need dairy-free options, use full-fat coconut milk from a can (not the refrigerated stuff which often has added sugar). And if you opt to use sweetener, try maple syrup or monk fruit. Any vegan sweetener, if that’s what you need.

If you want to go lower on the fat but still have this be thick and creamy, use unsweetened almond milk and use frozen berries.

Strawberry Milkshake

Making milkshakes out of smoothies is a time-honored tradition. If you want this to be dessert instead of breakfast, a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream blended in will do the trick.

Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie

If you want a little chocolate flavor in your strawberry smoothie, I don’t blame you. A chocolate strawberry smoothie is similar to eating chocolate-covered strawberries. Yum! An easy, healthy way to do that is to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

If you like the strawberry banana combo, simply blend in a medium banana. Easy!

Three ingredients for this Strawberry Smoothie Recipe, in three different small, white bowls.

Strawberry Smoothie Ingredients

1 cup kefir – This should be plain, not flavored. Flavored kefir tends to have a ton of added, processed sugar. If you can’t find kefir, you can use plain Greek yogurt instead.

1 cup strawberries – measure whole. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.

1 tbsp. honey – optional, if the strawberries aren’t very sweet.

How To Make A Strawberry Smoothie

Yogurt, honey and fresh strawberries sitting in a blender cup.

Put the kefir in a blender cup with the strawberries and honey (if using).

The Strawberry Smoothie blended and sitting in a blender cup.

Blend until smooth.

Recipe Cost

Please note, these prices were true at the time of calculation. Prices will vary from region to region and from store to store.

1 cup kefir (plain)

1 cup whole strawberries

1 tbsp. honey








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Strawberry Smoothie

Start your morning off right with a delicious, nutritious smoothie!
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Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • Blender


  • 1 cup kefir (plain)
  • 1 cup strawberries (whole)
  • 1 tbsp. honey (optional – if the strawberries aren’t very sweet)


  • Put the kefir in a blender cup with the strawberries and honey (if using).
    Yogurt, honey and fresh strawberries sitting in a blender cup.
  • Blend until smooth.
    The Strawberry Smoothie blended and sitting in a blender cup.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 42.3mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 8/7/09.

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. YUMMY, this looks good – will be trying it!

    1. Hi Nancy!

      Let me know how you like it!

      Take care,

  2. Hello! I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m really enjoying reading all your recipes. I have heard about Kefir in the past but I don’t know much about it? Is it like yogurt?

    Thanks 😉

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Yes, it’s similar to yogurt. Only, it’s more fluid like a thick smoothie or buttermilk would be. It’s sour like plain yogurt, and some people really enjoy it plain. I’m not one of those people, so I tend to add fruit or something to sweeten it with. It’s pretty versatile. And the protein content is unbeatable!

      Let me know what you think when you try it!


  3. I’ve never tried kefir before. I have low-fat organic French Vanilla yogurt (Stonyfield Farm brand) in the fridge. Would flavored yogurt be a no-no for this clean-eating recipe?

    Since cherry vanilla ice cream is one of my usual cravings, how about blending pitted sweet cherries with low-fat vanilla yogurt (and a touch of agave, if needed)?

    BTW, I love your blog and all the recipes! 🙂

    1. Charlena – It’s possible, but you would have to read the ingredients in the yogurt to see if it’s clean. I don’t recall Stonyfield being clean. But I could be wrong. You would also have to be sure to use unsweetened cherries.

  4. Cucee Sprouts says:

    I really like your recipe. One suggestion – try making your own kefir at home. It is very easy and is so much less expensive.

    1. Cucee – Fantastic! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. You could try making it with unsweetened soy milk or almond milk or coconut milk. My question for Cucee is whether the milk is cold when you start or room temp or body temp? When I used to make yogurt from raw milk it had to be scalded to destroy the enzymes that would keep it from culturing properly, then cooled to about body temperature. (This has already been done with pasteurized milk) This might also be necessary when using the non-dairy milks.

  5. Mmmm. Smoothies are our new ice cream now, too. I’m pondering what kinds of veggies I might be able to get into our kidlets by adding them to fruit-sweet smoothies. Hmmmm…..

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jodi – Spinach, spinach and spinach! LOVE spinach in my smoothies!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Julie – I hope you enjoy it! You might also like my different variations on banana ice cream. Yummy stuff!

  7. What is Kefir and is it dairy free?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tiffanie – Kefir is a soured milk, much like yogurt. No, it’s not dairy free. Sorry!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Keverman – Many stores carry it. I get mine at Trader Joes. You can find it in health food stores as well.

  9. Mickey Leigh says:

    I agree with making the kefir at home. We get raw milk from an organic farmer up the road and enjoy the “healthy fats”

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Mickey – That’s wonderful!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Jill – Agave is a sweetener. However, I suggest honey instead. I haven’t had the chance to change my recipes yet, but it turns out agave is not so good for you.

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Heidi – Sounds good! But be careful of the Truvia. If you are eating clean, you want stevia. Not trivia. Stevia is a plant. Truvia is made by the Coca Cola company

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Heidi – Happy to help!

  13. Lisabenavides says:

    what is kefir? im from new zealand and ive never heard of it?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Lisa – It’s a soured milk, kind of like butter milk. Only a little thicker.

  14. Hi, I was curious about you comment that Agave Nectar isn’t good for you. Can you tell me why?

  15. Would plain greek yogurt work?

  16. Sabrina F says:

    I also have crazy coffee ice cream cravings… and right now Im tempted to go down the street and buy a tub, but before I consider it, do you have any clean coffee ice cream alternatives, perhaps a frappuccino 🙂

  17. Sabrina F says:

    And also, for this recipe, would frozen strawberries work?

  18. Are there any veggies that can be added to this recipe without changing the flavor? spinach maybe, but are there any others?

  19. How do you feel about organic Greek yogurt. I don’t eat meat. That’s how I get my calcium and protein

    1. Mommar6 – As far as I know, it’s clean. But stick with the full fat version for the least amount of processing.

  20. Thanks for the recipe! I really enjoyed this. I used plain Greek organic yogurt and it was delicious!

  21. Are we going to hull the strawberries before adding them to the blender?

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