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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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