This velvety strawberry almond smoothie with coconut milk makes for a quick breakfast, post-workout meal or a snack for active kids (and adults). This is a tasty, satiating dairy-free smoothie full of natural sweetness and flavours of strawberries.
Pic by @Nadia NB
I’ve always loved strawberry milkshakes growing up, it was my favourite flavour. Then when I worked in an ice-cream shop as a student, I discovered how the store-bought milky drinks are made. Ice-cream, regular milk and strawberry syrup that is full of sugar, colouring and artificial flavour are normally used. No wonder that after the initial energy rush you feel like taking a nap.
Now that I am older and wiser, I know that you can still enjoy a creamy, milky strawberry drink in the form of a freshly made smoothie. In this recipe, I share my naturally flavoured and sweetened strawberry smoothie with coconut milk and almond butter for extra fats and protein. Your kids and you will love it!
Pic by @Nadia NB
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY ALMOND SMOOTHIE
You will get the best result by using a combination of frozen and fresh strawberries. Strawberries are low in sugar, high in vitamins and antioxidants and fibre.
The frozen berries add body, thickness and ice-cream milkshake-like texture to the smoothie. I always have a bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer as they are just as nutritious and can be stored for a long time. Whenever strawberries are in season or on special, I freeze my own. Otherwise, you can easily pick some up from the supermarket.
Fresh strawberries will add that lovely natural aroma and a bit more sweetness.
You can use any kind of dairy-free milk but I particularly like coconut milk in this smoothie as it’s very creamy and adds a little tropical flavour.
Coconut milk and the added almond butter pack this shake with healthy fats and very little sugar. You can also add a scoop of collagen powder or preferred neutral-tasting or vanilla protein powder. Check out some paleo-friendly protein powders here.
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This nutritious and satiating coconut strawberry and almond smoothie is great for a breaky or snack or as a pre- and post-workout drink (especially if you add some protein powder).
- 8–10 frozen strawberries
- 4–6 fresh strawberries
- 250ml / 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (shaken from a can)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (peanut or cashew butter could be used)
- 1/2 cup water
- Optional: a scoop of protein powder
- Garnishes: coconut flakes, fresh strawberries, crushed almonds
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Add more liquid (water) or another frozen strawberry depending on how thick you like it. Garnish with coconut shavings, berries and/or crushed nuts.
Optiona: if you want to add a little more sweetness, you can try half a teaspoon of stevia or a touch of honey