Healthy Dessert Smoothie (No Banana)

Smoothies are so sweet and satisfying that sometimes we even confuse them for desserts!

If you fancy a delicious and healthy dessert, you have to make this dessert smoothie.

As a bonus, it doesn’t need a banana, and there are numerous different ways you can make it!

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Healthy Dessert Smoothie (No Banana)

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Satisfy sweet cravings guilt-free with this easy healthy dessert smoothie. Indulge in a delicious blend of berries and nuts for a nutrient-powered dessert!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup frozen strawberries or another berry of choice
  • 1 cup of low fat milk or dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jelly or chocolate spread like nutella
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Whipped cream to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Measure your ingredients as listed.
  2. Add all your ingredients starting with the ice and berries first to a high-speed blender or a Nutribullet, followed by the other ingredients.
  3. Blend for 3-4 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve with whipped cream if you like and dig in!

Notes

The smoothie is best consumed as soon as it’s blended.

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Smoothie
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 38
  • Fat: 9
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 46
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 10

Are All Smoothies Basically a Dessert?

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It really depends on how you make your smoothies.

If you add a lot of sweeteners, chocolate, etc, it could easily be classified as a dessert.

Many smoothies also contain a lot of fruit, which is high in sugar.

Even fruit sugar is sugar, too much of it can easily be classified as a dessert.

However, the main difference with smoothies, even if made sweeter is typically the presence of fiber and vitamins, something most traditional desserts lack.

This makes smoothies a much healthier dessert choice.

Dessert Smoothie Variations

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Just like many other people, I have a sweet tooth!

I recently made an Oreo smoothie, a cheesecake smoothie, and a Biscoff smoothie!

Today, I tested making a slightly healthier dessert smoothie using berries and peanut butter.

I tested numerous different ingredient combinations.

Some of them came delicious. It was difficult to pick which one I should publish as the main recipe.

This is why I will leave some of the other variations I tested that also came out delicious, perhaps you would like to try them?

#1. Make It Chocolate Flavored

I love chocolate, and I am sure many of you do too.

If you would rather have a chocolate dessert smoothie, instead of a sweet fruit smoothie, here is what you need to do:

  • Swap the jelly for a chocolate spread. I used Nutella. The quantity should be the same, 1/4 cup.
  • Cocoa powder version. I tested using cocoa powder instead of Nutella too, which is healthier. Replace the jelly with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

#2. Serve It As a Smoothie Bowl

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As you can see based on the pictures, the smoothies comes out very thick!

I tested serving the smoothie as a smoothie bowl, then added my favorite toppings which included:

  1. Granola
  2. Cacao Nibs
  3. Slices Fresh Fruit
  4. A Drizzle Of Honey

#3. Coffee Caramel Variation

This variation of this dessert smoothie was a lot more indulgent, and borderline entering the traditional desserts we all know.

This variation requires more changes, but it was so so good!

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Brew a cup of cold brew coffee and let it cool.
  2. In a blender, combine the cold brew coffee, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and berries.
  3. Add ice cubes for a frosty texture.
  4. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  5. Pour into a glass and drizzle extra caramel sauce on top for added sweetness.

If you try any of these variations leave a comment below!

Or, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

Questions From The Smoothie Community

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As usual, I shared the recipe first on my social media channels.

The recipe got a lot of traction on my TikTok channel, and was loved by many!

I received a lot of questions regarding the recipe too, which I will also answer in this recipe post.

Is This Smoothie High In Sugar?

The smoothie is relatively low in sugar compared to many other classic desserts. A serving of this smoothie contains 38g of sugar. A lot of it is also fruit sugar, which isn't the same as white sugar for example.

I Can't Have Milk - What Else Can I Use As The Base Of The Smoothie?

If you are lactose intolerant, you can use dairy-free milk. I tested using vanilla flavored almond milk and it worked just as good.

I Am Allergic To Nuts - What Can I Use Instead?

Swap the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter, or 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt. For a dairy-free version, use coconut yogurt.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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