Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

It’s springtime, strawberry season is upon us, and the weather is sunny and gorgeous in San Diego.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

I had a great run this morning outside and came in and took a look at the frozen strawberries in the freezer and knew I had to use them.

I wanted something blended and sweet and creamy to quench my thirst.

This did the trick.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

Strawberry seeds in my teeth and all.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

It’s not a revolutionary “recipe”, but it sure is good.

It only takes a minute to make, and even less to drink. A blessing and a curse.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

The only thing that would have made this better would have been adding a shot of rum or Malibu.

But it was 10am so I refrained.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

I made a double batch, poured it into a bowl, put it in the freezer and later on tonight when I am watching Million Dollar Listing or a DVR’ed episode of The Real Housewives or Bethenny (yes, I love Bravo), I can shovel it into my mouth with a spoon as a strawberries ‘n cream “ice cream”

Hopefully I eat it slower with a spoon than I drank it with my straw because this was gone in a flash.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Like a strawberry milkshake but healthier! Sweet, creamy & satisfying!

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Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF)

This sweet and creamy smoothie is like a strawberry milkshake, but healthier. If you use fresh berries rather than frozen, the smoothie will not be very cold unless you add ice, which will water it down. Use frozen berries if possible, or toss fresh berries into the freezer for even an hour before making this for better results. Optionally, Make make as an "ice cream" or frozen treat. Pour blended mixture into a bowl, freeze until almost solid, and serve. Or make popsicles - use paper dixie cups or ice cube trays and toothpicks or wooden grill skewers as the stick if you don't have popsicle molds. Add rum (and a squirt of lime juice if you have it) for strawberry daiquiris, or Malibu, Citron, Gran Marnier. Add protein powder, drizzle with chocolate sauce, add other fruit (bananas, oranges, mango, pineapple, peaches, etc.) to the mixture before blending.

Yield: 1 generous smoothie, about 8 to 10 ounces

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 1 minute


1 to 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries (big handful), fresh may be used although ice may be necessary

1/4 cup milk or cream (use your favorite milk or vegan milk, i.e. coconut milk creamsoy cream, etc.)

sweetenter, to taste (sugar, stevia, agave, etc.)


Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Depending on how many strawberries you used, their size, your blender, and your desired smoothie thickness and consistency, you may need more than 1/4 cup cream (I used about 1/2 cup), or add a splash of water, to reach desired consistency.

Serve immediately. Leftover portion may be stored in the freezer for later consumption for up to 2 months. The smoothie does not change consistency and taste is not effected upon thawing.

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I hadn’t had a strawberry recipe in ages, but have recently been on a strawberry streak.

I’m just a wee bit excited for strawberry season, apparently.

Here are my favorite Strawberry Recipes:

Microwave Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Glaze

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Mixed Berry Clafoutis

Strawberry Banana Bread

Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars

Strawberry Jelly Rolls

Do you like strawberries? Do you have a favorite strawberry recipe or way to use them?

I wait all year for strawberry season, and then, all at once, there are so many.

There are usually sales on berries when they are in season, and it’s always tempting to cash in on the savings. Til I realize I just bought 3 pounds of berries and wonder what am I going to make with all these berries.

Thanks for the Baking Supplies Giveaway entries. Two winners announced Thursday.


118 Responses to “Strawberries and Cream Smoothie”

  1. Allie@LiveLaughEat — March 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm (#

    Frozen strawberries are the bomb. I have eaten an entire 1 pound bag in one sitting before. Naturally, I love strawberry smoothies! And cream? Yes, please.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#

      Hey girlie, long time not talk! Great to hear from you and yes, I can eat so many all at once that I feel like I’m going to turn into a berry!

  2. Kathryn — March 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#

    Lovely! This looks perfect for a perfect Spring day!

  3. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm (#

    Yum! I could have gone for this after my run this morning! What a great healthy smoothie and ice cream snack! I always have frozen berries in the freezer!

  4. Stephanie — March 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm (#


  5. Erica — March 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm (#

    Smoothies are ideal right now! I had one after my run this morning too. Giada has a strawberry cupcake recipe thats my fav…but I still have to try yours!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm (#

      Oh I want to try that recipe! Can’t wait to read about it on your site if you make it!

  6. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — March 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#

    i LOVE strawberries, and i’m so excited they’re back in season again! i just had a bunch in a protein smoothie earlier today. i’ve never really baked with strawberries before, so i’ll have to try out one of your breads or muffins one of these days!

  7. Mary (what's cookin with Mary) — March 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm (#

    The husband had business down in SD today so I went with. You’re not kidding, the weather is so amazing!! Having a cocktail at the bar in the W. Not too shabby for a Wed afternoon. ;0)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm (#

      I know it’s sooo nice out! I need to step away from the screen and out of the house…now.

      Enjoy your drinks at the W…that’s the life, girl!!!

  8. Colleen — March 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm (#

    That smoothie looks fantastic, so simple! I will definitely be making it into popsicles now that we have warmer weather :) Lovely photos

  9. vanillasugarblog — March 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm (#

    i know! in a couple more weeks those giant strawberries fresh from cali will soon be here at my whole foods. i cannot wait. they are the best, they come from Driscoll. best of the best.
    i always say i’m going to do something different with them but i never do, i just eat them or make strawberry shortcakes.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm (#

      Crazy enough we have Driscolls in the reg groc store, i.e. Ralph’s, for like $2 for a big tub (2 pints I think?) and those are normally 2 for $4 bucks, which is basically enough berries to turn red and pick seeds out of your teeth for a good long while :)

  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm (#

    This needs to be in my belly immediately! Love how easy this is!

  11. Paula — March 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm (#

    I’ve been on a smoothie kick so I’m keeping the freezer stocked with strawberries. Sometimes I add cocoa powder, coconut flakes or almond butter for a little something different but I always add a hefty dose of vanilla! I’d like to expand my smoothie horizons and try your peaches and coconut cream recipe too.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#

      There’s just so many ways to go. I loved it when I added cookie butter to the smoothie I also linked…and the peaches and cream, anything with fruit and cream, or fruit and nut butter, you just can’t go wrong!

  12. Let Me Eat Cake — March 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm (#

    love strawberrie smoothies! and i love the idea of coconut milk in this!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#

      coconut milk is just so awesome but not everyone likes it so I always give options.

  13. Bev Weidner — March 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm (#

    That strawberry smoothie, ahmahgaaaaah. DULISH.

  14. Heather (Where's the Beach) — March 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm (#

    Absolutely beautiful. That color is just perfect. I love love strawberries – and the Real Housewives of OC is kind of addicting ;-)

  15. Andrea Drugay — March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm (#

    Oh, Averie, I am literally swooning. That looks SO GOOD! I want to make it with coconut milk! Another great one ~ thank you! :-)

  16. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#

    That strawberry smoothie looks amazingly awesome. Wow. I love smoothies, and I am making that one very soon.

  17. katie @ KatieDid — March 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm (#

    I’ve slowly been getting into smoothies lately. They were not my thing at all since I’d rather chew on things than drink something… buttt with this hot weather lately I’ve been craving fruit like none other. I picked up a ton of frozen fruit today and made a decent one for a snack but I’m not all that good at making them. Gotta keep trying different combos. Was it a pretty heavy smoothie to drink with all that cream in it?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm (#

      Heavy compared to coconut water? yes

      Heavy compared to a triple fudge oreo brownie? not so much :)

  18. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — March 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm (#

    Sounds simple and looks wonderful :) Gosh, I didn’t think I’d ever say this in March in NY, but I could’ve used one of these toady!

  19. Jacqueline@digintobooks — March 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm (#

    Starbucks makes a frap with these flavors but yours looks far more delicious and nutritious! It’s snowing where I am right now but when I get home to the sun, this’ll be the first thing I make! Thanks for an awesome recipe to kick spring off!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm (#

      You are so right, they DO make one. I forogt about that one. I never buy it…the $$, the ingredients in it, I should have called this the wanna be starbucks strawberry Frapp.

  20. Sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#

    i was craving a smoothie all day! too bad i didn’t make one since I don’t have any fresh/frozen berries right now. i LOVE strawberries. especially strawberry banana flavored anything! mmm now i want a starberr banana smoothie haha! i think my favorite strawberry “recipe” is just plain ole chocolate covered strawberries. can’t go wrong!!

  21. Ellen — March 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm (#

    I love strawberries though sometimes their acidity hurts my mouth…
    And I love pink. Pretty drink!

  22. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm (#

    Yum! I love smoothies! I have been on a major smoothie kick!!! Your looks delish!!

  23. Katie — March 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm (#

    I think it was National California Strawberry day yesterday or today or someday in the recent past. You really do have a sixth sense, I swear!

    I used to buy strawberries year round because I love them so much, but I don’t even bother with them in the winter anymore. Just totally not at all worth it.

  24. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#

    Gooooorgeous photo! It’s so darn pretty that I just clicked through from Pinterest to see whose blog this was from! I like the new look of your site by the way!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm (#

      Thanks, Maggie! Yes, I am now averiecooks and although my old links still direct to LV&Yoga, I am more cooking that yoga’ing these days :) Thanks for clicking over & the compliments!

  25. Jolene ( — March 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm (#

    Ooooh, do I ever like strawberries! Had some today actually :-) I also love the new pink on your blog. Very pretty!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm (#

      thanks & I think this recipe sort of made it POP even though it’s been up for about 10 days now but this is my 1st pink recipe since then!

  26. Christine (The Raw Project) — March 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm (#

    Yum, this smoothie looks wonderful! Strawberries are amazing and I can’t wait for strawberry season to be in full swing here! Gorgeous pics and colors, BTW. :-)

  27. jojo — March 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm (#

    It definitely was a good “smoothie day” today.
    I had some with strawberries, banana and spinach!
    Yours look very yummy! :)

  28. heather — March 22, 2012 at 4:22 am (#

    I am SO into smoothies right now – looks absolutely delish!

  29. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — March 22, 2012 at 5:34 am (#

    The weather is GORGEOUS here, so these smoothies look even more amazing knowing that summer is right around the corner! :) Love how simple they are.

  30. Cassie — March 22, 2012 at 5:52 am (#

    I’m down for some smoothies, wish I gave myself more time in the mornings. Love the color of this!

  31. Matt @ FaveHealthyRecipes — March 22, 2012 at 5:56 am (#

    This recipe look great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my springtime recipes blog hop for a chance to win a “Top Chef” cookbook:

  32. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — March 22, 2012 at 6:48 am (#

    Ooooh, I’m SO ready for morning runs followed by smoothies. Gotta get this bowling ball off my belly first!!! :-)

  33. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — March 22, 2012 at 7:32 am (#

    I love million dollar listing. So fun to watch and dream! Although I’m not sure I’d be happy in a house like that, I kinda like small and cute…

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 22, 2012 at 10:43 am (#

      some of those houses ARE small in NYC…the square footage on some of them is pretty modest…the price tags..are not!

  34. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — March 22, 2012 at 7:49 am (#

    Gorgeous! I have a lot of frozen strawberries at home just waiting for something like this!!

  35. Tamzin — March 22, 2012 at 8:17 am (#

    Everything looks so beautiful my mouth is watering!!

  36. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 22, 2012 at 8:49 am (#

    Simplicity is always best. That strawberry smoothie looks like it would really hit the spot right now! What a fun addition to a morning.

  37. Looks so refreshing and delicious! Matches your blog, too ;)

  38. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — March 22, 2012 at 11:18 am (#

    Totally addicted to Bravo as well and I’m not even mad about it :)

  39. Amber K — March 22, 2012 at 11:22 am (#

    I’m not as big of a fan of strawberries in their whole form, but I love strawberry smoothies and strawberry “fro-yo” and what not. Or even chocolate-covered strawberries! Although since it’s currently snowing I can’t really get into the Spring spirit. I’m so jealous of your warm weather!

  40. Charissa — March 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm (#

    Yummy! This looks so terrific!

  41. Grandma Kat @ Easy Recipes Land — March 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm (#

    I’m excited to try your Strawberries and Cream Smoothie recipe later today.

    I’m off to whole foods right now!

    Thanks for the recipe,

    Grandma Kat

  42. Courtney — March 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm (#

    This is not vegan…it has cream?
    what do you suggest to make it ACTUALLY vegan?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm (#

      Did you read the recipe where I wrote
      “1/4 cup + cream (half and half, milk, coconut milk cream, soy cream, etc.)”

      And I gave links to the various vegan products. I used vegan cream in mine and it was lovely. So yes, it is vegan. But many people don’t care about vegan cream and they have cow’s milk cream but I gave options for a WIDE variety of preferences.

  43. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — March 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#

    Yummy! Now I am craving a smoothie.

  44. Kayleigh — March 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm (#

    Every recipe looks so good. Wow.

  45. jackie @ marin mama cooks — March 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm (#

    HI Averie. I made this smoothie today for my kids and they LOVED it. So yummy! Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

    Where did you get that glass straw? I so need one of those to go in my Lifefactory bottle.

  46. val — March 23, 2012 at 11:34 am (#

    There are no words to describe how in love with smoothie I’am.

  47. Kayleigh — April 23, 2012 at 3:23 am (#

    These look amazing, and all the recipes you posted following look awesome too. Gotta get me something to eat – my belly’s growling after looking at all these great pictures of food! :)

  48. maausi — May 28, 2012 at 8:42 am (#

    That smoothie is gorgeous. <3
    My favourite strawberry (or any berry, really) recipe is this: wash. eat. ;)
    But I have to admit, they're also amazing with cashew cream (had this for my birthday, actually) or frozen + blended with a little coconut milk. Yum.

  49. Kristi — June 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm (#

    yum! this is going to be incorporated into breakfast tomorrow somehow :)

  50. Anita Groene — November 18, 2013 at 3:13 am (#

    I love smoothies know. Thanks voor the straberries smoothie!

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