This Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is the perfect way to start your day. Amazingly rich and creamy, yet vegan and dairy-free.
For me, any day that begins with dessert is a good day. I’ll take it anyway I can get it – Snagging a leftover brownie from the break room at 8am is not above me. But a sweet treat in the morning is a lot better when I can actually justify it…
These Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothies make that justification totally possible. They’re dairy free, loaded with fresh fruit and natural protein, and will keep you satisfied until lunch – when you can go looking for a brownie in the break room again. I’m using coconut milk instead of dairy-milk to give an extra creaminess and richness to this smoothie – This is the canned coconut milk, not the refrigerated kind that you’ll find in the cartons next to the regular milk. It’s thick, creamy and perfect for making these smoothies extra silky and decadent. And, to add in the flavors of baking spices that you’d typically find in a white cake, I’m throwing in some nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract.. Those three flavors are like a big warm hug to me.
A spoonful of almond butter adds some protein and additional richness to the smoothie, along with flax seeds to add some omega-3 and fiber. Feel free to swap out the chia seeds for your favorite nutritional boost – Hemp seeds or flax seeds would work here as well. Also, if you don’t mind your smoothie turning an unappealing shade of brown, you could also sneak a handful of spinach or kale in here too.
The dessert-fiend in me would jump out of bed every day for one of these Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothies! What helps to get you going in the morning?
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie (Vegan + Dairy-Free)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 3/4 cups light coconut milk from the can
- 1/4 cup unsalted almond butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
Looking for more smoothie recipes? Give these a try:
- Cranberry Orange Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Green Goodness Smoothie
- Pineapple Peach Mint Smoothie
- Clementine Smoothie (Orange Julius Copycat)