“Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl” recipe was developed by Julia Hop Hing and reviewed/edited by Jackie Silver MHSc, RD
Spring is FINALLY here and I couldn’t be more excited for sunshine, warmer weather, and longer, lighter days ahead. With so much uncertainty in the world at this time, the arrival of Spring is one thing that is certain (whether the season will bring warm weather is still to be determined).
When warmer weather arrives, I start craving smoothies or smoothie bowls for breakfasts or snacks! Instead of oatmeal, I go for smoothies much more often. Enter this strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe! The flavor combination of strawberry and banana pairs so well. It is such a refreshing recipe that gives off tropical vibes.
I love smoothies because there are endless flavor variations you can use with them that taste unique and different. They are also incredibly easy to make and great if you’re on the run and need to bring breakfast in a bottle.
You can enjoy this recipe as a smoothie bowl topped with your favorite topping or as a smoothie in your favorite glass.
Health Benefits of this Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl Recipe
This smoothie bowl recipe makes a complete meal with protein, fiber, and healthy carbs from all the fruit. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein that will keep you satiated for a few hours. It’s also an excellent source of calcium.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which support inflammation and brain health. Bananas and strawberries are high in a number of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Feel free to give this recipe an extra fiber boost by adding 1-2 tbsp of flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp hearts. This is a nutrient-dense recipe that is also delicious.
Why Smoothies are Amazing for Disabled People
- Smoothies are a super quick and easy way to prepare a complete, filling meal (filled with protein, fruit, vegetables, fibre, and healthy fats).
- They are high in calcium which is crucial for people with disabilities who have low bone density.
- You can pack them with extra protein and calories if you are healing from a pressure wound.
- You can add extra fiber to support digestive health and keep your bowels regular (chia seeds, flax meal, or oats are excellent ways to boost fiber in smoothies).
- They’re a great way to sneak in extra fruit and veggies (such as spinach or kale).
- They don’t take a lot of time or energy to make, which makes them a great option for days when you’re in pain or extra fatigued.
- Smoothies are versatile – there are ENDLESS flavour combos so you can make them everyday and never get bored!
- They’re also made with affordable ingredients (hello frozen fruit!).
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl Recipe is
- A good source of fibre (from the banana, strawberries and flax meal or chia seeds)
- High in protein (from the Greek yogurt)
- A great source of calcium (from the yogurt and milk)
- A filling, nutritionally balanced breakfast or snack
- Easy and quick to make
- Tastes like dessert
- Four ingredients
Recipe Notes and Modifications
Can I make this recipe vegan? Absolutely! Instead of Greek yogurt, use a vegan protein powder (or a vegan yogurt) and add ¼ cup of nondairy milk.
How can I add more fiber? You can throw in 2 tbsp of flaxmeal or chia seeds or a few tablespoons of oats. You can also throw in a large handful of spinach to get in some extra greens.
Would peanut butter or cocoa powder taste good in this smoothie? I haven’t made this recipe with peanut butter or cocoa powder but in general peanut butter pairs well with strawberries and bananas individually so I don’t see why it wouldn’t taste good with all three together!
Banana and strawberries also pair well with chocolate so I’d say a chocolate strawberry banana smoothie bowl sounds divine. Chocolate peanut butter strawberry banana smoothie also sounds good to me although I haven’t tried this combo yet (but now I’m tempted to!). Add about 1 tbsp peanut butter and/or 1 tbsp cocoa powder and see how you like it!
Do I have to eat it as a smoothie bowl? Of course not! This recipe can be made into a smoothie bowl or a drinkable smoothie. To drink it as a smoothie, you will likely want to increase the amount of milk so it is more liquid-y. The bowl version calls for a small amount of milk on purpose so that it is thick and you can eat it with a spoon. You can then top it with your favorite toppings that you’d use in a yogurt bowl.
More Variations: If you are more of a strawberry fan then you may want to use less banana (such as half a banana instead of a whole one) and a bit more strawberries. If you’re on “team banana”, reduce the amount of strawberries and use 1.5 bananas. It all depends what flavor you prefer! You can also swap out the strawberries for raspberries or any other fruit of choice.
Looking for more smoothie ideas?
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen
- ½ cup plain, vanilla or strawberry Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp milk of choice OR (to turn it into a drinkable smoothie use ½ – 1 cup milk of choice)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp flaxmeal or chia seeds (optional)
- Banana slices
- Chia seeds
- Shredded coconut
- If using fresh fruit, slice banana and chop strawberries into smaller pieces. Freeze for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight). You can also just buy frozen strawberries.
- To your blender, add the frozen banana, frozen strawberries, greek yogurt, milk, and flax meal or chia seeds (if using).
- Blend until it reaches desired consistency. If it is too thick, then add more milk.
- Top with toppings and enjoy!
- If you’d like a sweeter smoothie, add 1 tbsp maple syrup instead of the 1 tbsp milk.
- If using a Nutribullet, pulse the smoothie when blending. This will result in a thicker smoothie bowl.
- Freezing your Greek yogurt can also help to improve smoothie bowl thickness.
Jackie is a Toronto-based Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Health Science (MHSc) in Nutrition Communications. Her mission is to empower and support neurodivergent and physically disabled communities through a weight-inclusive lens to manage their condition, prevent complications, and live active lifestyles through nutrition. Jackie runs a virtual private practice and consulting business and runs her blog which has simple recipes and health information for the disability and autism/ADHD communities.