Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milkshake (Smoothie)

Homemade strawberry milkshake

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
117 Calories
3g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 35mg 173%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 285mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whether you find yourself with a bumper crop of strawberries or are not sure what to do with the quart you picked up at the market, this healthy milkshake, or smoothie, is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy the fruit. A simple combination of berries, milk, and sugar are blended together into a nutritious beverage, ideal as a light snack or breakfast on the go.

Fresh or frozen strawberries will work in this recipe, and depending on the sweetness of the berries will determine how much sugar you will need. In fact, if the berries are very sweet, you may not need any sugar at all. Add ice to the blender with the rest of the ingredients if you prefer your milkshake nice and chilled. For a richer, creamier version, try a creamy strawberry smoothie with condensed milk.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound/about 230 grams strawberries (washed and hulled)

  • 2 cups/about 1/2 liter milk (cold)

  • 3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)

  • Optional:

    Ice cubes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a blender, add the strawberries, milk, and sugar to taste.

  3. Process the mixture until smooth and creamy.

  4. If you'd like the milkshake well-chilled, add several ice cubes and blend until the ice is crushed and the mixture is thick.

  5. Pour into glasses and serve.

Tips

  • Although you are blending the berries and thus presentation doesn't matter, it is best to hull them instead of simply cutting off the top. Hulling—removing just the stem of the strawberry—preserves more of the fruit, eliminating unnecessary waste.
  • If you are using frozen strawberries you most likely won't need any ice; the coldness of the berries will create a similar effect.

Recipe Variations

  • If you would like this milkshake to be dairy-free, simply replace the regular milk with a dairy-free version such as almond or soy milk.
  • Feel free to add other fruit to the shake; bananas are a perfect match for strawberries, as are raspberries, blood orange, and mango.
  • You can, of course, turn this recipe into an American-style milkshake and add vanilla ice cream. Keep in mind, however, that the milkshake is no longer as healthy.

Why Are Milkshakes Popular in Morocco?

A blend of fruit and milk—and even nuts—is a popular beverage in Morocco for a couple of reasons. First, the chilled drink helps beat the heat, offering a nutritious way to cool down. Second, milkshakes or smoothies are a typical recipe included in a Ramadan iftar, or meal to break the fast. A milkshake is gentle on an empty stomach and offers beneficial nutrients after a day void of food and drink.