Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie — Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup, but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

Fresh Strawberry Smoothie Recipe 

I’m in my glory now that strawberry season is in full effect. I have recipes for strawberry muffins, sweet rolls, cakecoffee cake, scones, pancakes, banana bread, and more.

And there’s always room for another strawberry recipe.

Especially for a refreshing smoothie that tastes like strawberry shortcake. I made it in honor of National Strawberry Shortcake Day, which is June 14.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

Strawberry Shortcake has been a classic American dessert for over 100 years, and Driscoll’s has been the strawberry in everyone’s shortcake for more than 100 years.

The smoothie is packed with bold strawberry flavor, and unlike many of my other smoothies that use bananas, this one doesn’t. There’s nothing detracting from the wonderfully intense strawberry flavor it has.

It’s the best strawberry shortcake I ever drank.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

What’s in the Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie? 

I made this strawberry smoothie with milk, fresh Driscoll’s strawberries, and dessert shells. That’s it! 

You’re welcome to freeze the strawberries beforehand, if desired. However, I prefered blending them up fresh. 

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

How to Make a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie 

To make this flavorful smoothie, I used 1 pound of fresh Driscoll’s strawberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and two small angel food cake strawberry shortcake dessert shells, which I tossed in the blender with the berries and milk.

The flavor of the shells is subtle, but they help create an authentic strawberry shortcake flavor.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

Can I Substitute the Dessert Shells? 

Dessert shells are typically sold in the bakery section of your grocery store or near the strawberries in the produce section. If you can’t find them, use about 1 cup diced angel food cake. An angel food smoothie would be just as delicious! 

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries? 

Of course! If you prefer thicker smoothies, use frozen berries instead of fresh. This easy strawberry smoothie recipe is flexible. 

Can I Add Yogurt? 

Definitely! I made this strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt because I didn’t want to dilute the strawberry flavor whatsoever. 

However, you’re welcome to add a few dollops of yogurt to bulk up the smoothie. 

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

Tips for Making a Fresh Strawberry Smoothie

I didn’t add sugar in order to keep the smoothie healthier. Fresh, juicy, ripe berries are sweet enough, and with the gentle sweetness from the dessert shells, I didn’t need sugar, but sweeten to taste if desired.

A dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping would be the literal icing on this drinkable strawberry shortcake, but I refrained so I could enjoy the smoothie as a healthy breakfast or snack.

The recipe serves two and if you don’t need the second portion right away, freeze it for later. Dirty your blender once, drink twice is my motto.

For a fun twist, blend in a splash of rum for frozen strawberry shortcake daiquiris or tequila for strawberry shortcake margaritas. You wouldn’t have to twist my arm.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie — Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup, but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

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Yield: 2

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Tastes like strawberry shortcake in a cup, but way healthier! Naturally sweet berries mean no added sugar!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Driscoll’s strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 2 small strawberry shortcake dessert shells, about 3-inches in diameter (or substitute with 1 cup diced angel food cake)
  • about 1 cup milk, or an necessary for consistency (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, use your favorite milk)

Instructions

  1. To the canister of a blender, add the strawberries, dessert shells, and milk. Add additional milk only if necessary to get blender moving and until desired smoothie consistency is reached.
  2. Blend on high power until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into 2 glasses and serve immediately or if you prefer the smoothie more chilled, put glasses into freezer for about 15 minutes.

Notes

Recipe serves two, and if desired, extra portion will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 1 month (cover a freezer-safe glass with plasticwrap or place inside a ziplock to prevent freezer smells).

Allow to come up to room temp for about 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 703Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 388mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 9gSugar: 34gProtein: 15g

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Coconut Smoothie — Between the coconut milk, coconut extract, and shredded coconut, this smoothie packs in the coconut flavor!

Frozen Fruit Smoothie — Smoothie recipes with frozen fruit are the best because they don’t need any ice to reach the perfect consistency! 

Skinny Pina Colada Smoothie — This Piña Colada Smoothie requires just four ingredients and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It makes for a quick breakfast or a delicious poolside treat! 

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn’t taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

Thick and Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie — You’d never guess this fudgy peanut butter smoothie is actually healthy for you! Warning: you’ll need a spoon for this smoothie that tastes like drinkable fudge! 

This post was brought to you by Driscoll’s. The recipe, images, and opinions expressed are my own. Follow @driscollsberry #StrawShortcake for more strawberry ideas and recipes.

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Comments

  1. my mouth is watering and the strawberries are just starting to show up at the farmer’s market, I can’t wait to try this. and I love your jelly jars, I save the same ones to use as glasses :)

  2. Most clever smoothie ever!! Must try… along side a slice of your strawberries and cream coffee cake! Yum! Perfect for summer!!!

  3. This smoothie looks absolutely delish! Cannot wait to give this one a try!
    *pinned*

  4. This time of year is all about smoothies. This one sounds great. The strawberries are just coming in near me. I cannot wait to go picking!

  5. O.M! SO GOOD! If ya need a smoothie, any smoothie, go to Averie! And pancakes, and cookies… hehe :) Enjoy your weekend!! xx

  6. Ok, after your Nutella cookies, I am browsing your site for more and ‘Smoothies, you have smoothies recipes!’ I will be in heaven later today with this Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Of course I will need to make my favorite Bisquick shortcakes first. This will be for me, I am not sharing this time, just watch me. LOL

    1. Shortcakes made, now to walk off some of those cookies from yesterday in prep for today’s appetite.

      1. Can’t believe you made shortcakes from scratch for this – you’re amazing!

  7. Averie, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Strawberry shortcake — as a healthy smoothie?? Pure genius! You’d probably need to make double the recipe if I was around; you wouldn’t get to save that second serving for later! ;) I’m going crazy with happiness now that it’s basically berry season. They’re all I want to eat all day long, and if I don’t watch out, I’ll turn into a blueberry like Violet from Willie Wonka — or more likely a bright red strawberry!

  8. A strawberry shortcake whizzed up into this delicious smoothie?!??!?!?!? I AM ALLLLL SMILES RIGHT NOW!

    1. You’re the best for the shares – thanks! And yes, you and your strawberries (and blueberries!), I know you love em!

  9. This smoothie is brilliant!! Strawberry Shortcake is one of my favorite desserts so im love with this recipe! Ive been working on a recipe for national strawberry shortcake day too…but im definitely gonna have to celebrate it with one of these too!

  10. Ah, great idea to toss in vanilla almond milk and angel cake. I really need to get a decent blender!! Gorgeous, blithe photos – as usual. xo

    1. Thanks for the photo compliments and I wish we could go out and enjoy a pair of these (spiked!) :)

  11. I have been craving strawberry shortcake… But this shake will do just fine!

  12. What a great idea adding shortcake to this smoothie! The color is gorgeous and it looks so delicious. :)

  13. That is certainly Pretty in Pink and perfectly timed. Strawberries are everywhere I turn at the market rhese days. GREG

    1. Not only that, they’re everywhere on blogs that I turn! Have a great weekend, Greg :)

  14. This is such a cute and delicious looking recipe! I love that you used strawberry shortcake dessert shells in there!! I really don’t comment enough on your blog, guess I was sort of shy!

  15. Mm nothing like strawberries. Best fruit ever, and I always get smoothie/milk shakes in the strawberry flavor! I love that you actually threw the cake shells into the smoothes :)

  16. Averie as always gorgeous pictures! and strawberry shortcake smoothie??!! I need them!

  17. There is just no such thing as too many strawberry recipes ;) This looks perfect! Pinned!

  18. I’m on a major smoothie kick lately – this looks like the perfect recipe to try next!!

  19. This is such a cute idea! My boyfriend is obsessed with strawberries, so I’ll have to make this for him. I am totally going to run with the rum idea! It’s my favorite liquor.

  20. These look so pretty Averie! I love strawberry shortcake and turning the dessert into a smoothie sounds even better! Gorgeous photos – they look so bright and inviting and Driscoll’s are my favorite :)

  21. You’re so right! There are always more room for strawberry recipes! This smoothie looks so good! I will be craving it until I get my hands on some strawberries! Drooling….

  22. Averie, it is the first time I visit your blog. It is GORGEOUS. I am very glad I found you. Your shots are beautiful. And I love how pink the smoothie is… ;-)

  23. OK, this is a dumb question, because I rarely make smoothies (it involves getting the blender out of storage–bleah!)–would it work to cut the cake in bite-size pieces and freeze those pieces? Just wondering if that would result in a slightly frostier product.

    1. That part really isn’t going to matter since it will pulverize down to nothing anyway – fruit is the more important thing to keep frozen.

  24. This is so fun! Strawberry shortcake without baking yet with all the deliciousness! Pinned!

  25. Oh my gosh, this yummy looks to diiieee for and so refreshing. Perfect for summertime. And I love your motto– dirty the blender once, drink twice. I like where your head’s at, girl!

  26. I’ve seen pies, cheesecake and brownies blended into shakes but never angel food cake! Yum. A great idea and much healthier than a pie/cheesecake/brownie.

  27. I wish I would have seen this before I made a strawberry smoothie this morning! I really love this idea; it’s so fun! Also really loving the strawberry peeking out of the smoothie in your photos. Too cute! I haven’t commented in awhile because I’ve been super busy and have been slacking on blog stuff, but I’m about to go catch up on all of your wonderful recipes! I’m going to be so hungry. :)

  28. This is an awesome recipe Averie!! I think I’d like it more than the actual shortcake!

  29. Your photos are insane Averie! (I know, I always say that!). Love the photo with the shortcakes and drinks, it’s just beautiful! And yay for Driscoll berries – I love them! Pinned :)

  30. Love this new smoothie idea! I’m whipping up a strawberry shortcake inspired treat coming up too!

  31. I am craving this smoothie right now! Such a brilliant idea to add the shortcake right in there. Delish!

  32. First of all these pictures are insane…I love how pink the smoothie is….the fact that you blended up one of those “twinkie” like dessert shells in the smoothie is so yummy…I’m making these this weekend and I may just drink them both!!!

    1. Thanks for LMK you already plan to make this. LMK how it goes! And thanks for the super sweet compliments :)

  33. The splash of rum… best suggestion ever! These smoothies sound incredible Averie; strawberry shortcake is my weakness. My mom made it every summer growing up!

    1. I can totally imagine your mom making this – just from what I know about her, you, your baking style, I can see that being something she would have made! And yes to rum:)

  34. The colour is awesome! They must be so fresh and sweet, definitely a win for healthly eating

  35. I thought you were going to say you were kidding about putting the shells in there-but you really did!! I am so intrigued and really want to taste this! Beautiful pictures, also, Averie.

  36. Now I can have my cake and drink it too!! I think this is a great use for dessert shells or angel food cake–it’s probably the only form of cake I can pass on because of the texture. I’ll give you a lot of credit for shaping that preference because I have always loved the texture of your baked goods so angel food/sponge cake just doesn’t have enough density for me.

    1. Now I can have my cake and drink it too! <--- that is so true! And you're right, angel food is on the other end of the spectrum of the stuff I usually make. It's like eating air and you need a half cake and a pound of berries to even come close to feeling satisfied :)

  37. What a fun spin on strawberry shortcake! These photos are so bright and pretty…and you are the queen of awesome smoothies Averie! Pinned!

  38. Wow, these look fabulous, your photos are simply beautiful and since I’m a complete strawberry-aholic I’ll definitely be making this!