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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

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Smoothies are a good alternative to ice cream, snow cones or Slurpees for the health-conscious. No, it’s not an exact replacement, but it has a similar slushy icy taste, without any unhealthy ingredients.


This strawberry-banana version is my “go-to” smoothie, because it’s so quick and easy to whip up, and it’s consistently delicious.

The trick to sweetening this smoothie is the banana. Perfectly yellow ready-to-eat banana? That’s exactly what you don’t want to use for this smoothie. Think dark brown, and I mean really brown. The kind of brown you’d normally scrunch your nose up at and throw in the garbage.

I buy bananas and leave them in the fridge for at least 2 weeks before using. Sometimes up to 3–4 weeks. Leaving them on the counter would be akin to throwing an all-out fruit fly party, but the fridge is the perfect place. It also minimizes the smell.

Why such old, brown bananas? They develop an intense sweetness that makes the smoothie taste incredible. Interestingly, I also find the banana flavor less intense when I use the more overripe bananas.

Aside from the banana, you’ll need some frozen strawberries. Yes, it’s very important that they are frozen. By freezing the strawberries, your smoothie will be thick and creamy. You won’t need to add ice, which would dilute the flavors.


So, banana, 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 your blender, you may need slightly more milk to get the fruit moving. But don’t add too much, or your smoothie will be too liquidy. Another trick to help with the blending is to have the banana closest to the blade.

You can add in a scoop of chia seeds, flaxseed and/or wheat germ after the smoothie is fully blended. Just mix it in gently with a spoon.


Smoothies really need to be eaten immediately. They don’t last well in the fridge.

So . . . smoothie up!


Ingredients:

  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 1 very overripe banana (not frozen)
  • ½ cup milk (dairy, almond, soy, etc.)
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. chia seeds/flaxseed/wheat germ

Directions:

Put frozen strawberries, banana and milk in a blender. Pulse until smooth. If you want to boost the nutrition level, gently stir in some chia seeds, flaxseed or wheat germ before eating.


What’s your favorite fruit combination for smoothies? Share your ideas in the comments so we can all get some inspiration.

Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the Chabad.org editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on Chabad.org’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
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Lilly Hayden Seaford August 6, 2015

Would a combo of blueberries and strawberries work? Reply

Jennifer Griff Issaquah, Washington March 3, 2014

Smoothie: Thank you so much. Reply

Steve Cinkus March 2, 2014

Favorite smoothie Strawberry & Arugula...tastes like a good T-bone steak Reply

Sylvia February 28, 2014

If you freeze brown bananas and use frozen strawberry, you do get ice cream.
Don't forget to add a bit of vanilla too. Enjoy! Reply

Anonymous February 26, 2014

To the smoothie I add a handful of baby spinach. This provides an energy boost as well. The banana covers any taste that some may not like. Reply

David Aharon Lindzon [Lindsay] Toronto, ON Canada February 25, 2014

Overipe Bananas A banana is overripe when it tastes too mushy to your taste buds ... [try giving a piece to your pet dog] there is a difference in flavour you can definitely taste. if bananas have been refridgerated for some time it should retain it's very light color after you peel it but don't let it sit on the counter after you've taken ot of the fridge. Each person may have different tate bud tolerances. Enjoy that Banana and remember this is one of the fruits that one makes a borei Pri Ha-adama [who creates the fruit of the ground] even though it grows in a tree like fashion. Reply

Anonymous NY February 25, 2014

almond "shakey" drink my two year old calls this smoothy a "shakey drink"

Take almond milk (can make it yourself- pretty easy) or vanilla rice milk.
add a heaping tablespoon of almond butter.

blend till smooth and creamy.

has calcium and tastes like a milkshake. its sweeter if you use the rice dream.

you can add dates if you'd like (and cocoa powder, or blueberries instead) Reply

Esther Brooklyn February 25, 2014

technical detail when do you put the banana in the fridge? while they are still green? or do you wait for them to ripen to yellow with specks of brown first and then refrigerate for two + weeks?

at what point is the banana is overripe beyond use? Reply

David Aharon Lindzon [Lindsay] Toronto, ON Canada February 23, 2014

Variation of this recipe You can use Yogurt [Strawberry flavoured] or Plain if using frozen strawberries Add the Banana I remember also my house had Strawberries and bananas with Sour cream [sorry not for dieting people] in the hot summer days... try Blueberries, Raspberries or blackberries [check with your local Rabbi how to get the bugs out before using] Reply

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