I love this strawberry shortcake smoothie because the nutty flavor of the almond butter makes it taste like an actual strawberry shortcake! The dates provide a sweetness that pairs well with strawberry’s natural flavors, while the almond butter and nut milk give this smoothie a rich, creamy texture. I’d have to say, this is one of my favorite dessert smoothie options.
What ingredients do I need to make a strawberry shortcake smoothie?
The ingredient list for this strawberry shortcake smoothie recipe is refreshingly short. You’ll need:
- Frozen whole strawberries
- Unsweetened nut milk
- Unsweetened almond butter
- Medjool dates
- Ground cinnamon
- Vanilla extract
- Optional: collagen, ground flax, chia or hemp seeds, Greek yogurt, and protein powder
Look for big Medjool dates that are super soft. They’ll add a sweetness that’ll complement the other ingredients in your smoothie. And don’t forget to remove the pits from your dates before tossing them in the blender!
Don’t I need ice?
Nope! Instead of ice—which could water down the flavor—opt instead for frozen whole strawberries. They’ll give your smoothie the creamy chill it needs while keeping it tasting like a delicious strawberry shortcake.
If you want to make this recipe with fresh strawberries, toss in a few ice cubes to thicken it up and cool it off.
How do I make this strawberry shortcake smoothie?
Once of the best things about smoothies is how easy they are to make. Simply take all your ingredients, toss them in a blender, and blend. In a few minutes, you’ll have a delicious, easy treat that’s perfect for snacks, meals, or even dessert!
For best results, add the milk first, followed by the frozen berries and other ingredients. Pulse the blender a few times to break up the strawberries, and then blend on high.
Can I make it vegan? What about paleo?
Good news! Because it uses nut milk in place of dairy milk, this smoothie is already vegan and paleo-friendly. Just be careful to choose vegan and paleo-friendly options if you choose to add any additional ingredients to your smoothie so that it still meets your dietary needs.
What blender should I use?
The blender you choose can make a big difference in the texture of your smoothie. A less expensive blender—like the Cuisinart hand blender—works well for thinner shakes, but may not be able to blend the dates in this recipe properly, leaving you with a chunky smoothie. I prefer to use a high-speed blender such as the VitaMix 5200 or the Ninja Professional. Both these blenders get the job done, leaving you with a silky smooth strawberry shortcake smoothie.
What can I add to my strawberry shortcake smoothie to make it more nourishing?
This strawberry shortcake smoothie has a nutrition-packed ingredient list, but it’s easy to add a little more to make it even more filling. Try adding some healthy fats by using half an avocado or some seeds like flax or hemp. You could toss in some leafy greens, like spinach or kale, for a vitamin boost, or you could add Greek yogurt to make your smoothie extra creamy.
My favorite way to add nutrients to smoothies is by tossing in pre-mixed smoothie booster packs. You can make these ahead of time and toss them in your smoothie whenever you’re ready to blend. The best part about smoothie booster packs is that they are completely customizable, so you can boost the protein, healthy fats, vitamins, or flavor of each of your smoothies however you’d like.