Foolproof Living’s Summer 2017 Smoothies Series continues with this Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie recipe. This icecream-in-a-glass like smoothie is for those of you looking for a refreshing breakfast smoothie or an afternoon pick me up in these hot days summer.
This post has been sponsored by the Dannon Company and The J.M. Smucker Company. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine.
It has probably been over 4 years since I switched from regular milk to almond milk (and have been making almond milk at home now) with the hopes of limiting the intake of animal products in my diet. It was an easy switch for me as they both have a similar consistency and look.
I also love the taste of almond milk. However, one thing that I do not think that I could ever compromise is yogurt. I am a huge fan of yogurt, so much so that I am one of those people who put yogurt on everything. I guess the main reason for that is because, being from Turkey, I grew up eating yogurt every day. Back when I first moved to the US, my American friends would make fun of me for putting yogurt on my food.
Now, 15 years later, the yogurt section of most grocery stores has practically taken over the dairy aisle and every one of those friends is eating yogurt.
Today’s recipe, Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie , was one of the first smoothies I have ever made. Since then I have made hundreds of smoothies with or without yogurt, but still to this day this smoothie is at the top of my favorite smoothies list.
As the name suggests, I used strawberries (the leftover strawberries from the Almond Flour Strawberry Cake I made last week), banana, and yogurt. However, the yogurt is not just any yogurt; it is Dannon’s Non-fat Light & Fit vanilla yogurt. Now, I choose the vanilla flavor because I like it, but there are so many other flavors you can choose from.
Don’t like vanilla? Go for strawberry, banana, salted caramel, tiramisu, or blackberry. Don’t like any of those flavors? Go for plain yogurt. Literally, the sky is the limit.
To sweeten my smoothie, in addition to the fruit, I used a little bit of strawberry flavored Smucker’s Fruit and Honey spread. As you will see in the recipe below, for 2 servings I used a tablespoon of the spread. However, you can adjust the amount you use based on your sweetness preference. I love Smucker’s Fruit and Honey spread because it is made with ripened fruit that is naturally sweetened with honey.
Finally, as additional superfoods, I used chia seeds and hemp seeds. They are both rich in fiber, minerals, and Omega-3 fatty acids. It is totally optional to use them and they don’t affect the taste that much. However, if you have them in your pantry, I recommend adding them in as they are such an easy way to increase the nutritional value of your smoothies.
As I mentioned earlier, this smoothie tastes like ice cream in a glass. It is a great way to start the day or serve to your kids as a refreshing afternoon snack in these warm days of summer. Either way, once you give it a try, I guarantee you that it will become a favorite in your household just like it is in ours.
Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add if necessary.
- Serve immediately.