Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
This easy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie is a quick breakfast option that tastes delicious! It gets a pleasingly tangy flavor and creaminess from whole milk yogurt, and a fragrant finishing touch of vanilla. It only takes 5 minutes to make!
Drinking smoothies was not something I really did in my childhood, but since my college years I’ve loved the appeal of making healthy smoothie recipes on busy mornings.
I grew up in a family where we only put ice cream in the blender (for milkshakes, of course), but you don’t even need such indulgent ingredients to make something that’s still delicious.
Today’s recipe is the perfect smoothie for a balance of ingredients that most everyone, including kids, will agree with. It’s got plenty of vitamin C and other essential nutrients.
What I love most about this drink is the slight pop of the kiwi seeds in your mouth when drinking the smoothie. The texture is wonderful!
Ingredients You’ll Need
We’ll be using pretty simple ingredients here, and they are:
- Sweet strawberries
- Ripe kiwis
- Whole milk yogurt
- Vanilla extract
- Good quality honey
A Note on Texture
If you want really icy smoothies like the ones they sell at Jamba Juice, I recommend using frozen fruit. If you can’t find frozen kiwi at the store, you can freeze kiwi slices yourself.
Personally, because I make smoothies mostly for my kids and my 3-year old does not understand what it means to pace oneself so as not to get a painful brain freeze, I use room temperature fruit. This ensures no brain freezes will occur, but it’s still slightly chilled from the refrigerated yogurt and the added ice cubes.
Step by Step Overview:
Begin by preparing the kiwi. Make sure to use ripe kiwi here for natural sweetness, otherwise the kiwi strawberry smoothie will taste too tart in the end. You can tell it’s ripe if it yields slightly to applied pressure from your thumb.
Use a sharp knife to trim the end of the kiwi off both sides:
Then prop the kiwi up on the flat end and use a paring knife to cut the skin off the sides:
Combine the fresh kiwi fruit in a blender jar with the remaining ingredients: fresh strawberries, plain yogurt, ice, honey, and vanilla extract.
Can you use greek yogurt?
Really any yogurt you enjoy will work here, though the thickness will of course vary depending on what you’re using. Greek yogurt will not make the consistency overly thick, so go ahead.
I am using a Blendtec (affiliate) high-speed blender which I chose because this brand of blender can famously blend up an iPhone. I’ve heard great things about the Vitamix (affiliate), and Ninja makes a powerful blender as well.
Blend until the ice has broken down and the ingredients are well blended:
You can see the consistency of the strawberry kiwi smoothie below. It’s creamy and slightly chilled, but not overly icy.
Serve promptly in glasses, and perhaps add a fun straw!
This strawberry-kiwi smoothie takes quite well to swapping ingredients or adding additional flavors. Everything below can be found at most grocery stores in the freezer section, or you can always freeze ingredients yourself.
Banana – A kiwi strawberry banana smoothie works very well as a collection of flavors. Try to use a frozen banana for the best texture. Either freeze a ripe banana yourself, or purchased bagged frozen fruit.
Pineapple – I love a good pineapple coconut smoothie, and this flavor profile does well with either of those additions. Blend in 1 cup of frozen pineapple. Or use coconut yogurt instead of cow’s milk yogurt.
Orange – Try freezing orange juice into ice cubes and swap those out for the regular ice cubes. Apple juice would work too.
Coconut – Freeze coconut milk into ice cubes and swap them out for the regular ice cubes. Or do the same with other non-dairy milk like oat milk or unsweetened almond milk, for extra creaminess and flavor.
Fresh fruit – Other kinds of fruit you could add for this flavor profile are blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Or try other tropical fruit like mango.
Recipe Tips and FAQ
Pour any leftover from the blender jar into ice cube trays, then reblend another time. Keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
You may use virtually any sweetener you prefer in place of the honey. Personally I think maple syrup has too strong of a flavor here, but granulated cane sugar is a decent swap. Agave nectar is another good choice. You may also leave the added sweetener out, especially if the fruit you’re using is perfectly ripe. That alone can provide the perfect amount of sweetness for those who prefer less sugar.
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 lb strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 lb kiwis (this is 2-3 depending on size)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups ice
- 1/4 cup honey
- Peel the kiwis (see step-by-step blog photos for visuals). Cut the stems off the strawberries. No need to cut either the kiwis or strawberries up.
- Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Pour and drink your smoothies promptly. Enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.