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) smoothie recipe, you have to try this one. This Strawberry Smoothie recipe with yogurt has just 3 ingredients and can even be made ahead!
Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with Yogurt
Having easy snacks and breakfast options on hand is always a big goal of mine and while I sometimes have better weeks than others with it, this Strawberry Smoothie makes frequent appearances in our kitchen.
It’s easy, flavorful, and it has a really nice mix of nutrients. I also love that I can make it ahead and store it in the fridge until we need it. I drink it right along with my kids!
Healthy Yogurt Smoothie for Kids
A simple yogurt smoothie doesn’t need a lot of ingredients—and this one is affordable and quick to make. We love it as a stand alone snack or with crackers or a muffin for a more substantial meal or snack. It has 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 since it has a thinner texture.
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. Since my toddler enjoys yogurt smoothies a few times a week, making a version at home seemed like a great solution would also save me money.
I also love that this strawberry smoothie is packed with strawberries, which is handy for those days when the kids aren’t interested in eating the fruit on its own.
It’s the yummiest yogurt drink around!
Ingredients You Need
To make this recipe you’ll need the following ingredients to make this yogurt smoothie:
- Yogurt: I prefer whole-milk plain yogurt or vanilla yogurt, either regular or Greek.
- Fresh or frozen strawberries: This recipe works similarly with either option.
- Fresh lemon juice, optional: This adds a little extra freshness, but it’s up to you whether to add it.
- Maple syrup or honey, optional, to taste
TIP: You can use frozen strawberries, though expect the result to be a slightly thicker smoothie.
Here’s a look at the process in making this base recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of this post for the full information.
- Wash, dry, and remove the stems from your berries if using fresh.
- Measure out the yogurt.
- Add the strawberries and yogurt to a blender. Blend until super smooth.
- 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.
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 ahead and store it for up to 3 days in the fridge in airtight containers. You may need to shake it slightly before serving as it sometimes separates a little, but it stores really well.
I love to store it in 8-ounce jars so they’re portioned and easy to serve to the kids.
Can I make this with Greek yogurt?
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 see if your toddler has a thickness preference!
TIP: We love this strawberry yogurt smoothie (it’s made without banana!) as an easy option if you’re out or if you have a banana allergy in the house.
How to Store
Make this and store this yogurt drink in an airtight container or containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shake or stir before serving to ensure the mixture is well-combined.
You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, then blend with a little more milk to serve on a future day. Or, you can freeze in a reusable pouch and thaw overnight in the fridge or in a lunch box.
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Best Tips for Success
- This smoothie recipe can be served to babies and toddlers of all ages. Just omit the added sweetener if desired for your kiddo.
- Add a few raw cauliflower florets to add a veggie.
- Add 1 tablespoon hemp seeds for additional protein and healthy fats.
- Use nondairy yogurt as needed.
- Use regular yogurt or Greek-style, knowing that the Greek-style will be thicker.
- Use frozen strawberries if needed, knowing that the result will be a little thicker.
I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe so please comment below.
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 3-5 days in the fridge, shaking well before serving.
Use fresh or frozen berries, Greek or regular yogurt.
Use plain or vanilla yogurt.
Add a handful of ice cubes to make this a thicker smoothie consistency.
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, ½ cup baby spinach, 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut, and ½ cup frozen mango.
- Strawberry Sweet Potato: 1 cup trimmed fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, ¼ cup mashed roasted sweet potato, ¼ cup orange juice, and 1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds.
- Strawberry Mango Cauliflower: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, ½ cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, ½ 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, ½ cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, ½ frozen banana, 2 tablespoons cashews, and 1 teaspoon chia seeds.
- Strawberry Cauliflower: 1 cup trimmed frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, ½ 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), ½ cup baby spinach, ½ frozen banana.
Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 300mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 43mg, Calcium: 160mg, Iron: 1mg
This post was first published June 2018.