Best Strawberry Smoothie

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This Strawberry Smoothie tastes like a healthy Strawberry Milkshake. It reminds me of the Strawberry Creme Frappucino from Starbucks, only this version is naturally sweetened with fruit.

Keep in mind, this recipe is intended to taste like a strawberry milkshake. And it really does! If you want a less-sweet drink, or would rather not use dates, be sure to check out my Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe instead.

Ingredients You’ll Need

To make the best strawberry smoothie, you’ll need just 4 simple ingredients.

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Milk (I use almond milk)
  • Medjool dates
  • Vanilla extract

This combination reminds me so much of strawberry ice cream! But, if you don’t have dates on hand, you can replace them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, for a similar sweetness level.

How to Make It

How do you make a strawberry smoothie from scratch? Start with the items that are the most difficult to blend, saving the frozen fruit for last. I like to blend the dates, almond milk, and vanilla first.

Once you don’t see any large pieces of dates left, you can add in the frozen strawberries and blend again.

Finally, you’ll add in the ice, for an extra-slushy, milkshake texture. Depending on how large your ice cubes are, you may only need 2 or 3 to achieve a slushy texture.

Keep in mind that the more ice you add, the more diluted the flavor will be, so start with less. You can always add more as needed!

Serve the strawberry smoothie right away for the best flavor and texture. You can even make it fancy with a little coconut whipped cream on top!

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Best Strawberry Smoothie

This Strawberry Smoothie recipe tastes like a Strawberry Creme Frappuccino from Starbucks! It's a healthy recipe that's naturally sweetened with fruit.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy strawberry milkshake, strawberry smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 251kcal



  • 1 cup almond milk (8 oz.; or any other milk)
  • 3 large Medjool dates , pitted (61 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2 grams)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (6 oz; 167 grams)
  • handful of ice cubes


  • Combine the almond milk, dates, and vanilla in a high-speed blender, and blend until the dates are completely broken down. (If you don't have a powerful blender, you may want to soak the dates in the almond milk for 20 minutes to help them soften.)
  • Add the frozen strawberries and blend again, until they are broken down. Then add the ice and blend once more, until a slushy texture is achieved. Serve right away.


Nutrition information is for the whole batch, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
If you don't have dates on hand, you can use 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup instead.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
Calories per milkshake: 286, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 66g, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 3g

Hope you enjoy it!

Substitution Notes:

  • If you don’t have fresh dates on hand, 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup will most likely work as a sweetener.
  • If you don’t care for strawberries, feel free to try another variety of fruit instead!

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Yest another simple winner! I’ll be trying this one day this week since it’s warm in LA! Keep them coming Megan!

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat

This smoothie sounds great, and I have all the ingredients at home right now! Yay!!!

Kaycee @ FitFace

I love your shake recipes! i’ve been making your ‘frosty’ every night for almost the past week! I’m gonna have to switch it up with this one tonight. 🙂


I’ve been digging the strawberry smoothie vibe since last Friday when we bought 2 lbs organic strawberries!


Made this today and loved how simple it was! My 3 yr old and 10 month old loved it too. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon B.

This sounds DELISH, Megan. As for the sweetener, since we’re using dates, there is a “recipe” that I’ve seen elsewhere, where you soak pitted dates in coconut water (I do use canned, though), and then mash them up.

You get the best of both: fiber AND electrolytes! If I make up a large batch, I usually freeze some (after mashing the living daylights out of the soaked dates). It can be dug out easily from the container; however, the soaked and refrigerated (and mashed!) dates will last quite a while.


There are so many good flavors! Oreo, Peanut Butter, & Chocolate are probably my favorites…


Loved: a) So simple! b) Nutritious ingredients 3) WAAAY tastier than traditional strawberry milkshakes!

Thanks for sharing 🙂


I just made this using fresh, not frozen strawberries (got so excited that I didn’t read closely enough) and 1/2 Tbsp of maple syrup. It’s very subtly sweet and has more of a strawberry milk quality, which is great considering the strawberry milk I’ve been acquainted with in the past has been of the horrible strawberry syrup & milk variety. I’ll have to make it a point to pick up some dates at Whole Foods this weekend & throw the strawberries in the freezer for an hour first before trying this again. I’m sure it’ll be even more delicious when I actually follow the recipe!


Yum, I just made this and it tastes just like a strawberry milkshake! I was low on frozen strawberries so I added a nectarine to mine and wow it is good! I also used a few drops of stevia instead of dates and it was still thick and creamy.


My wife made this for me and asked me to comment – delicious!


Just made this tonight- did not have dates so I used a packet of Trader Joe’s stevia. It made 2 cups- 104 calories. My husband & I are trying to lose weight so this satisfies the sweet craving. We split it so not bad for a 52 cal dessert!


I had this for breakfast this morning. It was delicious – just like a strawberry milkshake, but better. It left me feeling good after, without the sugar crash from a traditional milkshake. I’m going to try this with mango next. Thanks for the great recipe!


Simple and delicious! All the family loved it. Will try with different fruits next time. Thanks!


This was so easy and delicious! Made this for my 6 year old who wanted a Strawberry creme frap from Starbucks. The whole family agreed it tastes even better. Only change from your recipe was no ice since we didn’t have any. Topped with So Delicious Coco whip for a super treat. Yum!!!


    Forgot to rate this, definitely 5 stars!


2nd time making this recipe, super delicious! I was looking for a healthier alternative to Starbucks strawberry creme fraps for my 6 year old daughter. This is so much better. Really good as a treat with some So Delicious Coco whip on top too. Thanks for such a simple and delicious recipe.

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