Homemade Strawberry Milkshake (Smoothie)

Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milkshake (Smoothie)

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Yield: 4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
116 Calories
3g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 116
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 34mg 168%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 258mg 5%
*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 is an 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.

“I made this before dinner because I was ravenous! I was delightfully invigorated and satisfied. The pink color caught the attention of son and husband who shared the final results. A wonderful pre-meal pleaser. Fantastic for breakfast, as a meal beverage companion, a snack, or dessert.” —Mary Jo Romano

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled

  • 2 cups cold milk

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste

  • Ice cubes, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milkshake (Smoothie) ingredients

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

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

    strawberries, milk, and sugar in a blender

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  3. Process the mixture until smooth and creamy.

    strawberry and milk mixture in a blender

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  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.

    strawberry smoothie in a blender, bowl with ice

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  5. Pour into glasses and serve.

    Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milkshake (Smoothie)

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack


  • 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.