This low-carb strawberry banana smoothie is a delicious and refreshing option for when you are craving a fruit smoothie! It’s high in protein, low in sugar, and easy to make!
When the weather is hot, a lot of us crave something cold, like a milkshake or smoothie. I’ve always loved smoothie shop smoothies, but they are expensive, and I also enjoy making them at home. In the past, I’ve filled them with a variety of fruits and always added half of a banana. Bananas are higher in sugar, and they don’t make me feel the best.
Living a keto lifestyle, I still make smoothies and usually use berries as the base. They’re delicious, but I was missing the banana flavor. Banana extract is a great way to get that banana flavor you love without the sugar overload. A little goes a long way.
I’ve finally mastered the low-carb strawberry banana smoothie, and I’m so excited to share the simple steps with you!
Why You’ll Love this Low Carb Fruit Smoothie Recipe
This low-carb smoothie is a delicious option instead of the carb-filled traditional smoothie. The strawberry banana protein smoothie is a great way to get your protein in without all of the sugar and carbs.
This keto strawberry smoothie recipe proves that healthy recipes with simple ingredients, like almond milk, strawberries and banana extract, are actually easy to make with the right combination! And good news — it’s a perfect grab and go, healthy breakfast option for any smoothie lover!
What is banana extract?
Banana extract is made with real bananas and is a great way to get that fresh banana flavor you love without the added carbs of a ripe banana. A little goes a long way. You can find banana extract at most grocery stores.
Please do not buy an imitation banana flavor for this recipe, you may be disappointed with the flavor. Make sure the bottle says “banana extract”.
Here’s a couple of banana extract brands I use:
Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie
If you’re familiar with any classic strawberry banana smoothie recipe, this is similar, but we’re switching out some of the ingredients. When it comes to making this simple keto smoothie recipe, you’ll need a few substitutions like almond milk instead of regular milk. While some recipes use full-fat Greek yogurt, we’re skipping it in favor of whipped heavy cream and other basic ingredients.
To get the strawberry flavor, we’re using fresh strawberries, but you can also use frozen strawberries. Just check to make sure to check the nutrition information to make sure there is only one ingredient in the package, and there are no added sugars or sweeteners.
Unsweetened almond milk
Heavy whipping cream – this adds a creamy texture to the smoothie
Strawberries – If strawberries aren’t your thing, feel free to use your favorite berries.
Protein powder – use your favorite brand of protein powder. Vanilla or unsweetened works best in this recipe
Liquid stevia or monk fruit
How to make this delicious smoothie
Smoothies are so easy to make. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until nice and smooth. The key is using a nice high powdered blender. They come in a variety of brands to fit any budget. I linked a Blendtec in the recipe because that is what I use. It’s very powerful, and no chunks of ice are left! It’s a bit pricy, but it’s made to last. Another good option that is a little less expensive is the Ninja Blender.
Smoothie Variations & Tips
If you want to add a little more flavor or texture to your smoothie, here are some ideas:
- For an extra creamy texture, add 1 tablespoon of low carb creamy yogurt
- Substitute the unsweetened cashew milk for unsweetened almond milk
- Add in 2 tablespoons of nut butter. For low carb, use peanut butter or almond butter.
- Add 1/4 cup of spinach, kale or other leafy greens for an extra nutritional boost.
- Frozen berries can be used instead of fresh.
- Chia seeds and flax seeds also make a good addition to this smoothie.
More delicious low carb recipes to try:
Low Carb Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Top with whipped cream if desired and enjoy immediately.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is included as a courtesy and is calculated to the best of my ability, using my preferred brands. I recommend calculation your own macros, as they can widely vary depending on the brands of ingredients you use.
Author: Natasha Newton (Natasha's Southern Flavor)
Natasha is the founder of Natasha’s Southern Flavor. She has a passion for sharing delicious family friendly low-carb recipes that are easy to make and use readily accessible ingredients. Natasha has published three bestselling cookbooks. Her books and recipes have been featured by CNET, Delish, Mindbodygreen, Parade and Women’s Health. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, two adult children, and three furbabies.
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