This Healthy Strawberry Milkshake is sweet, refreshing and easy to make! It uses fresh or frozen strawberries, chia seeds, your favorite plant-based milk and more for a creamy and delicious breakfast or snack that’s sure to satisfy. Naturally vegan, paleo and easily low carb, keto and Whole30.
Easy Strawberry Mikshake Recipe
Looking for a fresh and healthy breakfast to start the day? This easy Strawberry Milkshake is a regular occurrence at our house what my family calls the official drink of summer. Strawberry shakes are perfect now that it’s peak strawberry season. They are so easy to make and come together quickly in just 5 minutes. All you need are some strawberries, your favorite dairy-free milk, some chia seeds and optional liquid sweetener of your choice.
Because this recipe uses fresh or frozen strawberries, you can enjoy this delicious shake year-round. And you can easily customize it according to your preferences. The recipe makes 2-3 servings, so you can either share it or save the extras for later!
Why you’ll love this healthy shake recipe
- Perfect for a pre or post-workout snack, after a morning walk or run in the sun or a trip to the beach
- This dairy-free strawberry milkshake is simple to customize and packed with vitamins and nutrients
- A creamy and refreshing spring or summer breakfast
- Easy to make in under 5 minutes
- Kid-friendly and naturally vegan, dairy-free, paleo, low carb with keto and Whole30 options
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Are Milkshakes Good For You?
Milkshakes are typically made with ice cream, dairy milk and sugar. These simple strawberry milkshakes are not only made with natural sweeteners and real fruit, but they’re also packed with potassium-rich coconut and heart-healthy chia seeds.
In addition to being vegan, these healthy strawberry smoothies are paleo, dairy-free and low-carb with keto options! They make a great breakfast, midday snack or post-workout treat.
What You’ll Need
This simple strawberry shake recipe come together with just 6 ingredients. Feel free to make substitutions as you see fit!
- Unsweetened Plant Milk: We like unsweetened almond milk from Malk Organics. But you can also use full-fat canned coconut for extra creamy texture or any dairy-free yogurt would be great.
- Strawberries: You can use fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries in this recipe. If you want to use fresh berries, slice and freeze them beforehand or add 2/3 cups of ice and reduce the milk to 1 cup instead.
- Cashew butter: to add creaminess, flavor and extra protein. You can also sub with cashews, sliced almonds or or any nut butter of you choice. Shredded unsweetened coconut would be another delicious option.
- Pure Maple Syrup: For keto/low-carb smoothies, use yacon syrup, Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup or another liquid sweetener of choice. Leave out for Whole30. Date syrup or 1 pittend Medjool date would work as well.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: To enhance all of the delicious flavors.
- Chia Seeds: Optional for extra fiber and protein. You’ll need 1 teaspoon. Ground flaxseeds would work as well.
How to Make this Healthy Strawberry Shake
This healthy smoothie will be finished faster than you can say strawberry! You just have to blend all of the ingredients together and serve.
- Blend Ingredients: Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve: Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Tips for Success
Read on for some extra tips and tricks for making vegan strawberry smoothies.
- Adjust Consistency: If you like a thinner smoothie, add more plant-based milk until you’re satisfied with the consistency.
- Use Frozen Berries: While many people think fresh fruit is preferable to frozen fruit, that’s actually not the case for smoothies. Using frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice, which makes for an ultra creamy and flavorful smoothie. If you want to use fresh berries, slice and freeze them beforehand.
- Chill the Glasses: Since you can’t really keep a smoothie cold on a hot summer day with ice cubes, we like to chill our glasses before pouring in the smoothies. You can do this by filling each glass up with soda water and ice, then letting them sit for 1 minute. Pour out the seltzer and ice, then add in your smoothie!
There are so many delicious and nutritious ways to switch up this simple strawberry smoothie! Here are some simple ideas for inspiration:
- Add Other Fruits: Try making a mixed berry smoothie or a Blueberry Smoothie by replacing half of the strawberries with frozen blueberries and raspberries! Make it a Mango Smoothie by including mango or other yummy additions include banana, pineapple and kiwi.
- Add Leafy Greens: Adding spinach or kale and make it a Green Smoothie or Blackberry Kale Smoothie. Adding greens is a great way to make your strawberry smoothies even healthier. A handful or two won’t change the flavor!
- Add Protein Powder: Make this a protein smoothie by adding a tablespoon of your favorite protein powder. Yes, it’s that simple!
- Add Chocolate: Similarly, you can add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to your smoothies for a chocolatey twist. When we do this, we like to drizzle chocolate syrup inside the rims of the glasses before pouring in our smoothies.
Can I Meal Prep This?
Yes! If you’d like to make this healthy milkshake in advance, store it in an airtight lidded container in the fridge. Try to minimize the air between the sufrace of the smoothie and the lid of the container. This prevents the nutrients in your smoothie from oxidizing, or diminishing.
Can I Save Extras?
You can store this vegan smoothie in the fridge for up to 2 days. Follow the storage instructions above. When you’re ready to enjoy a smoothie that’s been sitting in the fridge, be sure to give it a good stir.
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This Healthy Strawberry Milkshake is sweet, refreshing and easy to make! It uses frozen strawberries, chia seeds, your favorite plant-based milk and more for a breakfast or snack that's sure to satisfy. Naturally vegan, paleo and easily low carb, keto and Whole30.
- 1.5-2 cups unsweetened almond milk , We like unsweetened almond milk from Malk Organics. But you can also use full-fat canned coconut for an extra creamy texture or any dairy-free yogurt would be great.
- 2 cups frozen sliced strawberries , if you want to use fresh berries, slice and freeze them beforehand or add 2/3 cups of ice and reduce the milk to 1 cup instead.
- 2 tbsp cashew butter you can also sub with cashews, sliced almonds or any nut butter of you choice. Unsweetened shredded unsweetened coconut would be another delicious option.
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup , For low carb/keto, sub with yacon syrup, Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup or preferred liquid sweetener. Date syrup or 1 pittend Medjool date would work as well.
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp chia seeds , or ground flaxseeds. Optional for extra fiber.
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
Add a bit more milk and blend again if you like a thinner smoothie.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Makes 2-3 servings.