This velvety strawberry almond smoothie with coconut milk makes for a quick breakfast, post-workout meal or a snack for active kids (and adults). This is a tasty, satiating dairy-free smoothie full of natural sweetness and flavours of strawberries.
Pic by @Nadia NB
I’ve always loved strawberry milkshakes growing up, it was my favourite flavour. Then when I worked in an ice-cream shop as a student, I discovered how store-bought milky drinks are made. Ice cream, regular milk and strawberry syrup that is full of sugar, colouring and artificial flavour are normally used. No wonder after the initial energy rush you feel like taking a nap.
Now that I am older and wiser, I know that you can still enjoy a creamy, milky strawberry drink in the form of a freshly made smoothie. In this recipe, I share my naturally flavoured and sweetened strawberry smoothie with coconut milk and almond butter for extra fats and protein. Your kids and you will love it!
Pic by @Nadia NB
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY ALMOND SMOOTHIE
You will get the best result by using a combination of frozen and fresh strawberries. Strawberries are low in sugar, high in vitamins and antioxidants and fibre.
The frozen berries add body, thickness and ice-cream milkshake-like texture to the smoothie. I always have a bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer as they are just as nutritious and can be stored for a long time. Whenever strawberries are in season or on special, I freeze my own. Otherwise, you can easily pick some up from the supermarket.
Fresh strawberries will add that lovely natural aroma and a bit more sweetness.
You can use any kind of dairy-free milk but I particularly like coconut milk in this smoothie as it’s very creamy and adds a little tropical flavour.
Coconut milk and the added almond butter pack this shake with healthy fats and very little sugar. You can also add a scoop of collagen powder or preferred neutral-tasting or vanilla protein powder. Check out some paleo-friendly protein powders here.
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Strawberry Coconut Almond Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Healthy
This nutritious and satiating coconut strawberry and almond smoothie is great for a breaky or snack or as a pre- and post-workout drink (especially if you add some protein powder).
- 8–10 frozen strawberries
- 4–6 fresh strawberries
- 250ml / 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (shaken from a can)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (peanut or cashew butter could be used)
- 1/2 cup water
- Optional: a scoop of protein powder
- Garnishes: coconut flakes, fresh strawberries, crushed almonds
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Add more liquid (water) or another frozen strawberry depending on how thick you like it. Garnish with coconut shavings, berries and/or crushed nuts.
Optiona: if you want to add a little more sweetness, you can try half a teaspoon of stevia or a touch of honey
- Serving Size: 1 cup or so
- Calories: 303
- Sugar: 4.7 g
- Sodium: 19 mg
- Fat: 28.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 21.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 12.5 g
- Fiber: 2.7 g
- Protein: 4.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Yum! Love the shaved almonds on top.
We do these for breakfast every other morning, between our egg breakies. We also add whey protein (an exception to this delicious dairy-less breakfast).
We sometime’s throw some fresh mint in, and some fresh vanilla. And if the coconut milk is from the fridge it’ll be quite thick when you use frozen berries, and has to be watered down a bit, but it’s probably only necessary if you’re adding whey protein.
One of my favourite breakies!
Thanks for your tips Tim, always good to hear how everyone else does theirs. Those shavings are actually coconut flakes. Mint and vanilla sound good, I’ll have to give them a go.
can a diabetic drink the strawberrie shake
I am not a qualified nutritionist so I can’t answer yes or no but what I can say is a) it depends on the type of diabetes and your personal level of insulin resistance b) the amount of sugar in this coconut milk & real strawberries based shake is significantly lower than in a milk/ice-cream/strawberry sauce flavoured shake. My recipe contains about 7-10gm per serving (depending on strawberries & coconut milk brand) vs the regular shakes which often go up to 50-80gm of sugar. The best thing is to check with your doctor and find out how much sugar you are allowed to consume per meal. Also, strawberries and almond butter contain some fibre which lowers its glycemic index.
Just curious if you’re using canned coconut milk (VERY think) or the boxed stuff (sort of like UHT milk) – eg: Coconut Dream (http://www.tastethedream.com/products/category/772.php).
Delicious combination! I’m excited about this website as all the others are American and rather ‘cheesy’ and unappetizing! Well done Irena!
Can I replace the almond butter with cashew butter as that’s all i have at the moment? 🙂
For sure, cashew or macadamia butter is fine. You can even leave it out but it does pack a bit more protein and energy in the drink.
Is there something I could substitute for the almond butter that is nut-free? Also, what type of coconut milk did you use?
You can add some coconut oil or coconut butter or even some tahini, which is made from sesame seeds. Otherwise just leave it out. Almond butter adds a bit of protein so you can also add some protein powder instead.
Nice recipe! 🙂
For breakfast and snack this is really great! However, I would stay away from it post-workout smoothie due to the fats in the coconut oil and the fructose content. Try organic maple syrup instead of honey 🙂 has a much lower fructose content, so won’t spike insulin.