This is the most delicious frozen strawberry smoothie you'll ever try. It's super creamy even though it's made without yogurt and dairy milk. The secret is to add nut butter for creaminess and a teaspoon of strawberry jam to enhance the strawberry flavor.
Homemade smoothies make a great snack or addition to your breakfast. They usually include several servings of fruit and are a great way to start the day.
Why you'll love this recipe
- This frozen strawberry smoothie is super kid-friendly. They will love the natural sweetness and intense strawberry flavor.
- It tastes like a strawberry milkshake but is so much healthier.
- All you need are frozen strawberries and 3 other basic ingredients.
- Cashew butter replaces the creaminess of Greek yogurt, making this smoothie vegan and dairy-free.
- You can drink this thicker smoothie with a straw or use it as a base for smoothie bowls.
Key ingredients and substitutions
Frozen strawberries make your smoothie thick and ice-cold. No need to add ice cubes that will water down. You can use part fresh strawberries if needed.
Water helps the blending process. You can replace it with plant-based milk (e.g., soy milk, unsweetened almond milk) if you prefer.
Cashew butter makes the smoothie super creamy and has a relatively neutral taste that you'll barely notice.
Strawberry jam is totally optional but beautifully enhances the strawberry flavor of the smoothie. It makes it taste so good without the added flavoring agents that you can find in store-bought smoothies. If you don't want to use jam but would like to lightly sweeten your smoothie, you can replace it with pure maple syrup.
See recipe card for exact quantities.
How to freeze strawberries
Start by washing the strawberries. Then, remove the stems with a small pairing knife. If they are relatively big you can cut them in half or in quarters.
Add the strawberries to a freezer bag (or silicone bag) or place them in an airtight container. Arrange them in a single layer to prevent them from sticking to each other.
Step-by-step (with pictures)
STEP 1: Add all the ingredients to a blender. Place the frozen strawberries, water, cashew butter and strawberry jam in the blender jar.
STEP 2: Blend until smooth. Start by blending on low-medium and gradually increase the speed until you obtain a thick and creamy texture (see video).
Cleaning hack: To clean your blender without effort, add 2 cups of water and a bit of dish soap to the mixing bowl and blend on high for a few seconds. Use the cleaning program if your blender has one.
Watch the video!
I recommend using a high-speed blender to make smoothies that involve frozen fruits. It will easily crush the fruits without damaging the blades. I have this KitchenAid blender since 2 years and abolsoletly love it. I use it every single day and it's definitely one of the best kitchen appliances I bought.
- Mixed berries - replace some of the strawberries with raspberries, cherries, blueberries or a mix.
- Fruity - replace the water with freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Banana - replace some of the frozen strawberries with frozen ripe bananas.
- Green - you can add a handful of spinach to the smoothie
- Nutty - for a more nutty taste, replace the cashew butter with peanut or almond butter.
- Chocolatey - add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder. Strawberries and chocolate go really well together.
- Protein - add a scoop of your favorite (plant-based) protein powder.
- Indulgent - add a scoop of (plant-based) vanilla (or strawberry) ice cream.
Frequently asked questions
One cup holds about 8 large whole strawberries. Use 10-12 strawberries if they are pretty small.
This frozen strawberry smoothie is pretty healthy considering that it's mainly made of fruits. You can omit the strawberry jam if you want to reduce its sugar content. Strawberries are also a good source of fiber and cashew butter is high in protein. As a result, this smoothie should make you feel full until your next meal.
Although they taste pretty sweet, strawberries are relatively low in sugar. They are great for diabetics as they don't raise glucose levels too quickly. In addition, strawberries are extremely high in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.
If your smoothie has a bunch of flavorful ingredients, you can substitute milk with water. Otherwise, use nut milk alternatives, coconut water, fruit juice or even homemade iced tea. You may like this watermelon strawberry pineapple smoothie with coconut water.
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Frozen Strawberry Smoothie (No Yogurt, No Milk)
- 1 cup (130 g) frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup (60 ml) water
- 2-3 tablespoons cashew butter sub almond butter
- 2 teaspoons strawberry jam I like to use "spreadable fruit" with 80% strawberries
- Wash the straberries and remove the stems. Place them in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze them for at least 8 hours.
- Add the frozen straberries, water, straberry jam and cashew butter to a blender.
- Start blending on low-medium and gradually increase the speed until perfectly smooth. Serve right away.
- One cup holds about 8 large whole strawberries. Use 10-12 strawberries if they are pretty small.
- If you don't have enough frozen strawberries, you can use part fresh strawberries.
- If using a small blender, run the frozen strawberries under warm water to slightly soften them. This will make the blending process easier and prevent damaging the blades. You can omit this tip if using a high-speed blender.
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