Strawberry Coconut Almond Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan)

paleo strawberry coconut smoothie recipe

This velvety strawberry and coconut smoothie makes for a great Paleo breaky, a post-workout meal or a snack for an active, hungry monkey. How do you make the tastiest dairy-free smoothie full of natural sweetness and flavour?

Yes, coconut or almond milk can be used instead of cow’s milk but my little tip is to use frozen berries instead of ice which otherwise dilutes the flavour. I used 8-10 small frozen strawberries and about 3 medium fresh strawberries, which will provide about 6-7 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fibre (you need 25-35gm per day), vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants ellagic acid, anthocyanins and quercetin. Coconut milk and almond butter pack this drink with lots of yummy healthy fats and very little sugar. I added a tiny teaspoon of honey but it’s optional and depends if you’ve earned it (i.e. let off some steam and sweat at the gym). Add 1 boiled egg or some beef jerky, not into the smoothie itself, to make it into a complete meal.


  • 8-10 small frozen strawberries
  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp honey

All you have to do is process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with coconut shavings and fresh strawberries. Should take 5 minutes max. There will be enough to share but if you’re hungry better keep the whole amount to yourself.


What are your favourite smoothie ingredients?



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  1. Yum! Love the shaved almonds on top.

    We do these for breakfast every other morning, between our egg breakies. We also add whey protein (an exception to this delicious dairy-less breakfast).

    We sometime’s throw some fresh mint in, and some fresh vanilla. And if the coconut milk is from the fridge it’ll be quite thick when you use frozen berries, and has to be watered down a bit, but it’s probably only necessary if you’re adding whey protein.

    One of my favourite breakies!

  2. Thanks for your tips Tim, always good to hear how everyone else does theirs. Those shavings are actually coconut flakes. Mint and vanilla sound good, I’ll have to give them a go.


    1. Hey Pat,

      I am not a qualified nutritionist so I can’t answer yes or no but what I can say is a) it depends on the type of diabetes and your personal level of insulin resistance b) the amount of sugar in this coconut milk & real strawberries based shake is significantly lower than in a milk/ice-cream/strawberry sauce flavoured shake. My recipe contains about 7-10gm per serving (depending on strawberries & coconut milk brand) vs the regular shakes which often go up to 50-80gm of sugar. The best thing is to check with your doctor and find out how much sugar you are allowed to consume per meal. Also, strawberries and almond butter contain some fibre which lowers its glycemic index.


  3. Delicious combination! I’m excited about this website as all the others are American and rather ‘cheesy’ and unappetizing! Well done Irena!

    1. For sure, cashew or macadamia butter is fine. You can even leave it out but it does pack a bit more protein and energy in the drink.

  4. Is there something I could substitute for the almond butter that is nut-free? Also, what type of coconut milk did you use?

    1. Hi Melissa,

      You can add some coconut oil or coconut butter or even some tahini, which is made from sesame seeds. Otherwise just leave it out. Almond butter adds a bit of protein so you can also add some protein powder instead.

  5. Hey guys,

    Nice recipe! 🙂
    For breakfast and snack this is really great! However, I would stay away from it post-workout smoothie due to the fats in the coconut oil and the fructose content. Try organic maple syrup instead of honey 🙂 has a much lower fructose content, so won’t spike insulin.

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