If your kids love those expensive bottles of drinkable yogurt at the grocery store or you’re looking for a super simple (and super yummy!) Strawberry Smoothie recipe with yogurt, you have to try this one! The base recipe has just 3 ingredients—but you can try one of my 6 easy variations and/or add a nutrition booster too. So much healthy goodness in one small serving.
Easy Strawberry Smoothies
Because I know that we all have preferences when it comes to strawberry smoothies, I wanted to give some options. So in this post I’ll be sharing:
- A base Strawberry Smoothie recipe that contains 3 simple ingredients and tastes like store bought drinkable yogurt.
- Six easy ways to vary the base recipe to add more flavor and nutrients.
- Seven simple smoothie add-ins to add fiber, fat, protein, or healthy carbs.
All of this is meant to give you some ideas and guidance, but to also help you customize a smoothie for you kiddo or yourself!
Healthy Yogurt Smoothie for Kids
A simple yogurt smoothie made with just yogurt, fresh strawberries, a little lemon juice, and some maple syrup or honey is a super yummy way to serve up a toddler breakfast or snack. We love this base Strawberry Smoothie recipe alongside crackers or a muffin for a more substantial meal, or as a stand alone snack.
It has all of the natural sweetness you want in a kid smoothie, plus protein, calcium, Vitamin C and fiber. My toddler drinks it from a straw cup or in a reusable Squeasy Gear Pouch. (I drink it from a regular glass!)
TIP: This is a nice starter smoothie for kids who are still learning to like them.
Homemade Drinkable Yogurt
We love the Siggi’s strawberry drinkable yogurt, but it’s hard to find the larger bottles where we live—and each little bottle is fairly expensive. And since my toddler enjoys yogurt smoothies a few times a week, making a version at home seemed like a great solution that would also save me money. I also love that this strawberry smoothie is packed with fresh strawberries, which is handy for those days when the kids aren’t interested in eating their fruit straight up.
How to Make a Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe, Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the process in making this base recipe:
- Wash, dry, and remove the stem from your berries. Slice to fill a measuring cup. (photo 1)
- Measure out the yogurt and cut a slice of lemon. (photo 2)
- Add the strawberries and yogurt to a blender. Blend until super smooth! (photo 3)
- Taste and add optional lemon juice (if the berries aren’t super flavorful) and sweetener (if the berries aren’t very sweet) and blend again to combine well. (photo 4)
TIP: This is best served cold. If the strawberries and yogurt have been in the fridge, it will be a perfect temperature right after blending.
Can I make this Strawberry Smoothie ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this base Strawberry Smoothie recipe up to 24 hours ahead. Store it in an airtight jar or bottle in the fridge.
Greek Yogurt Smoothie
You can make this yogurt smoothie with Greek yogurt if you prefer. The result will be slightly thicker, but it will also contain more protein. Try it both ways and see what you think—and if your toddler has a thickness preference!
Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie without Banana
Unlike many smoothies, this strawberry smoothie recipe base doesn’t include any bananas. It’s a nice change of pace and is also a great option for kids who are allergic or can’t tolerate bananas. It’s still creamy though, due to the yogurt. I suggest using full-fat whole milk plain yogurt here for creaminess and because toddlers need fat for proper brain development.
Probiotics for Babies and Toddlers
The probiotics in yogurt can help the digestive and immune systems of both babies and toddlers and can help avoid constipation and from getting sick so often. Just look for a brand that lists that it contains live strains of probiotics to make sure that you’re getting the good stuff.
This strawberry smoothie recipe can be served to babies and toddlers of all ages. Just omit the added sweetener if desired for your kiddo.
Can I add vegetables to this Strawberry Smoothie?
Sure you can. I like to use raw fresh or frozen cauliflower since the color blends right in, though you could do spinach too if you prefer. If you add veggies, you can use fresh or frozen strawberries. Frozen will lend a more typical smoothie texture in thickness. Fresh will be slightly thinner.
Can I add other fruit to this smoothie?
Yes and we like to add banana and mango to change this base recipe up in terms of flavor and nutrients. Adding more ingredients will make this thicker and more filling, but it’s a great option to have!
6 Ways to Serve Strawberry Smoothies
If you want to make a smoothie with more going on than my simple base recipe, here are some of our favorite combinations. All of these can be made with foods that last in the pantry, fridge, and freezer, so it’s easy to keep a mix of ingredients on hand and pick which you want to use depending on your mood.
- Strawberry Mango Spinach: Fresh or frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, baby spinach, shredded unsweetened coconut, and frozen mango.
- Strawberry Sweet Potato: Fresh or frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, mashed roasted sweet potato, orange juice, hemp seeds.
- Strawberry Mango Cauliflower: Fresh or frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, frozen mango, hemp seeds, and rolled oats.
- Strawberry Banana Nut: Fresh or frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, banana, cashews, chia seeds.
- Strawberry Cauliflower: Fresh or frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, rolled oats.
- Strawberry Banana Spinach: Fresh or frozen strawberries, plain yogurt, peanut butter (or almond butter), baby spinach, banana.
See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for specific amounts. You’ll simply add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and serve right away.
TIP: These variations do not hold up well to make ahead—only the base recipe works well for that.
Nutrient-Dense Add-Ins for Smoothies for Kids
If you want to add extra nutrition to your strawberry smoothie, these add-ins are great to keep on hand. These all can be kept in the pantry or the fridge and I like to rotate through them to make sure that we’re getting a range of nutrients throughout the week.
- Chia seeds: For fiber and healthy fats. Add 1 teaspoon per smoothie.
- Rolled oats: For fiber and complex carbs. Add 1-2 tablespoons per smoothie.
- Hemp seeds: Healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Add 1-2 tablespoons per smoothie.
- Shredded unsweetened coconut: Tropical flavor and fats. Add 1-2 tablespoons per smoothie.
- Cashews: Protein and fats (and they’re softer than other nuts so blend better). Add 1 tablespoon per smoothie.
- Nut butter: Protein and fats. Add 1-2 tablespoons per smoothie.
- Cottage cheese: Protein and calcium. Add 1-2 tablespoons per smoothie.
TIP: Chia seeds will thicken a smoothie, so I don’t like to add more than a teaspoon and definitely serve it right away.
Tips for Making the Best Strawberry Smoothies
- Blend the ingredients starting on low, then work up to high, and blend for at least 30 seconds or until very smooth.
- Avoid the urge to pack a smoothie with more ingredients than are called for to avoid it becoming too thick.
- Choose 1-2 add-ins to add more nutrition to the base recipe.
- Choose a variation to change things up!
- Use Greek yogurt instead of regular if desired for added protein.
- Use an equal amount of nondairy milk in any of the variations for a more classic smoothie recipe.
I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe so please comment below.
I use fresh, not frozen, fruit in the base recipe so it has the consistency of drinkable yogurt. This also makes it possible to use a full cup of fruit and maintain a drinkable consistency. If the fruit is in the fridge, the drink is a perfect temperature! See below for variations on this idea.
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 cup trimmed and sliced strawberries
- Fresh lemon juice. optional
- Maple syrup, agave, or honey, optional
- Add the yogurt and berries to the blender. Blend until very (very) smooth for about 30-60 seconds.
- Taste and add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a little sweetener as needed. The amount you add will depend on your fruit. If it tastes a little bland or flat, add both lemon and and 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice. If it tastes just great, you don’t have to add either!
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 days in the fridge, shaking well before serving. (If you plan to store it, do add the lemon juice.)
Try one of these variations on the base recipe. You can all all of these ingredients to the blender and blend well until very smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup if needed.
- Strawberry Mango Spinach: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut, and 1/2 cup frozen mango.
- Strawberry Sweet Potato: 1 cup trimmed fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup mashed roasted sweet potato, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds.
- Strawberry Mango Cauliflower: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds, and 2 tablespoons rolled oats.
- Strawberry Banana Nut: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons cashews, and 1 teaspoon chia seeds.
- Strawberry Cauliflower: 1 cup trimmed frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, 2 tablespoons rolled oats.
- Strawberry Banana Spinach: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter), 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1/2 frozen banana.
Blend the ingredients starting on low, then work up to high, and blend for at least 30 seconds or until very smooth.
Avoid the urge to pack a smoothie with more ingredients than are called for to avoid it becoming too thick.
Choose 1-2 add-ins to add more nutrition to the base recipe.
Choose a variation to change things up!
Use Greek yogurt instead of regular if desired for added protein.
Use an equal amount of nondairy milk in any of the variations for a more classic smoothie recipe.