Bella McKenzie

Strawberry Banana Cream Smoothie {Sugar, Dairy & Soy Free}

by Bella McKenzie on June 13th, 2013


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I have been/am still of the persuasion that a healthy fruit smoothie does not require sugar, or artificial sweeteners that are not plant-based.

Smoothies simply require good fruit (or vegetables) and a plant derived sweetener, if desired.

With that being said, adding yogurt to smoothies has become a bit of a craze lately. It is said that the smoothie tends to be more whipped and creamy in texture when yogurt is added (there is also the probiotic factor - but I don't look to yogurt for that, I take a good quality probiotic).

Anyway, so I listened, understood, and thought "I needed to make a vegan creamy smoothie".

I then went back to the first smoothie that I ever put on this website - the Strawberry Banana Fusion (fancy name huh? I thought you'd like that!)

And I reworked it to be smooth, and to have that "whipped" texture that dairy yogurt smoothies typically have - without the yogurt (although I know there are soy and coconut yogurts out there)...I wanted lower calories and the same results without paying the $1 or $2 for a small vegan yogurt to add to the smoothie.

I made an ice cream recipe too of this same idea... I will share that next.

For now, find pleasure in this strawberry banana cream smoothie. Sweetened with none other than the Middle Eastern (now American health enthusiast's) favorite -medjool dates :)

Ingredients: 2 frozen ripe bananas 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (it's just not the same with frozen strawberries to me) 2 medjool dates, pitted and diced 2 to 4 tbsp plain coconut milk (depends on smoothie thickness desired) 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Directions: In a high powered blender (I use Blendtec), add all ingredients, top to bottom, and blend until smooth.

If you do not have a high powered blender, add all of the ingredients, bottom to top and blend until smooth. You may have to blend a little longer for smooth consistent results, yet it will have the exact same creaminess.

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Author Information: Bella McKenzie
Bella McKenzie is a gluten free and vegetarian foodie specializing in both attractive and delicious modern cuisine. Her love for flavorful sweet and savory food, photography, and media are her driving forces behind her blog SweetnSavoryLife.com. You can follow Bella, and enjoy her journey sharing gluten free and vegan recipes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.
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