The Original Strawberry and Goat Cheese Smoothie

The Original Strawberry and Goat Cheese Smoothie

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I’m having a ton of fun posting all these smoothie recipes. And I really hope that you have been trying them out and enjoying them. Smoothies are always a great go-to when you have a hungry family that needs a quick snack to get through until lunch or dinner.

But I have to admit, I’ve been really excited to start showing you how smoothies can really shine! I cannot state enough how versatile these drinks can really be. So today I want to share with you a recipe I just came up with last week. This is the best strawberry smoothie recipe I have made yet!

Have you ever tried strawberries and goat cheese?

This strawberry and goat cheese smoothie has complexity and decadence! It is sweet, tangy, and savory with just a touch of vanilla. It’s the kind of smoothie you have when you’re relaxing with a book or in a bath. So mamas (and dads) out there, this is a recipe purely for you!

Strawberry and Goat Cheese: Savory and Sweet

This takes me back to one of my favorite places to get muffins in Austin. It was, of all places, a grocery store. They had these two muffins that were just too good: Chocolate Toffee and Strawberry Goat Cheese. If they were in front of me, I would eat them. So naturally, I didn’t even go near the bakery when I was there most of the time.

On the occasions when I did buy these muffins, I would half them with my husband so that we would get a taste of both without eating two muffins each. Since moving to Portland, I haven’t been able to get my muffin fix since that grocery store isn’t here. I really do miss that place. (sigh)

So last week the idea hit me like a ton of bricks; I could replicate those flavors in a smoothie! I had a foundation idea of both banana and strawberry since strawberries by themselves tend to lean on the tart side and banana just adds a wonderful sweetness to any smoothie I put them in.

And then the goat cheese… You want to be able to taste the goat cheese but not let it overpower the whole thing as it tends to be very pungent. I thought a little extra vanilla, some coconut oil, and pecans would enhance the flavors. And as always, almond milk or hemp milk because it just works so well when you need a creamy yet low-profile flavor. But the coconut water is what really makes this drink shine! It keeps it lite and adds just a little more sweetness.

And the end result? You’ve got a subtly sweet decadent drink with just a little kick of savory.

Tips For Making This Strawberry and Goat Cheese Smoothie

Like any good recipe, my smoothies (or nice cream milkshake) are easily customizable to make this the best tasting smoothie for you. So here are some suggestions to keep in mind when making this recipe.

  • Like all my smoothie recipes, this one calls for using frozen fruits. As it is better for the environment and minimizes packaging waste, I’d highly recommend freezing your own fruits. It’s really easy to do and takes very little time. Just wash, de-seed (if needed), and store in the freezer a day or two before you need them.
  • Overripe bananas are best. To freeze bananas, peel and break the banana into thirds. Store them loosely in the freezer (trust me, you do not want to try to break apart a frozen banana block). And they will be ready to use within a day or two.
  • You will need a high-performance blender to make this recipe. These appliances are more expensive than conventional machines but completely worth it. I have a Vitamix 5200 blender and I use it for all my recipes. However, I have been hearing really good things about the Blendtec Total Classic (affiliate link) blender as well and the price is comparable (or possibly cheaper) to the Vitamix. However, there are many good choices on the market so I suggest you do your research first before buying.
  • And like all my drinks, this one is easily customizable. Don’t like or have goat cheese? Replace it with cream cheese at equal portions. Don’t like seed or nut milk? You can also use cow’s milk instead at the same ratio. Want it a little sweeter? Try adding 1-2 dates (deglets are my favorite to use).
  • If you’d like to use this as a meal replacement, workout drink, or just want a little extra protein, you can easily add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder to it. Unflavored and vanilla flavored protein powders work wonderfully!
  • To minimize packaging and lessen your environmental impact, try making your own seed or nut milk. For a quick cup of almond milk add 2 tbsp. raw almonds to a cup of water and blend on high for a few minutes. Hemp milk is an excellent alternative for anyone with a nut allergy.
  • If you prefer using prepackaged milk, I recommend buying the unsweetened variety. If you use unsweetened vanilla milk, just reduce your vanilla extract to 1/2 tsp. You can also use sweetened milk. Just keep in mind the smoothie will be sweeter from it.
  • Lastly, I like to make my shakes very thick. To do this you need to pour in just enough milk that it sits about an inch to 1 1/2 inches below the very top of the bananas. Be conservative about this! You can always add more. Start the blender up on a very low setting and see how it does. If your blender is laboring to turn, just add more milk slowly until the blades turn. Be careful that you don’t crank the setting up too high before doing this or you’ll likely burn out your engine.
  • Also, if you are new to making smoothies or are unfamiliar with how to make smoothies with frozen fruit my post, Smoothies 101, might be helpful.

That’s it! On to the recipe!

Are you really into smoothies and milkshakes? So am I! You might want to check out my spicy PB&J smoothie (v), matcha green tea and pistachio smoothie (v), chai latte milkshake (v), Carrot-fully Spinach Up This Mango-nificent Beet (v), pumpkin-less pumpkin spice smoothie (v), and spiced pumpkin smoothie (v).

v – vegan

If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to see your awesome creation! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to hashtag a photo on Instagram #sustainablesauceresses!

Or if you have any questions or feedback, you are always welcome to leave me a comment below. I’d really love to hear from you!

Strawberry Goat Cheese Smoothie

This strawberry smoothie is a wonderful combination of sweet and savory using frozen fruit to give it a nice-cream milkshake consistency.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Strawberry Smoothie Recipe, strawberry and banana smoothie, strawberry smoothies recipe
Servings: 1 person
Author: Tina


  • Blender
  • Measuring Cup and Spoons


  • 1/2 cups strawberry, frozen
  • 1/2 cups banana, frozen
  • 1/4 cups pecans, whole (divided)*
  • 2 tbsp. goat cheese (divided)*
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond, hemp milk, or cow's milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut water


  • Place the strawberries, banana, vanilla, cheese, and pecans in the blender.
  • In the same cup measure out the milk and coconut water.
  • Pour the milk and coconut water into the blender until it sits about an inch below the top of the fruit.
  • Turn on the blender at the lowest setting and let it run until everything is starting to mix together. Add more liquid if needed.
  • Slowly turn the setting to high.
  • Once the smoothie is thoroughly blended (and you are getting the vortex at the top) add the other half of the cheese and pecans (if any) along with the oil and blend for another 5 seconds.
  • Immediately serve.


*For texture, divide the pecans and goat cheese and set aside one part for blending at the very end with the coconut oil.
If more liquid is needed add milk until you get the desired thickness.

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20 thoughts on “The Original Strawberry and Goat Cheese Smoothie”

  • 5 stars
    Hello Tina. As always your articles and recipes come out right on time. The family has been really enjoying all these fantastic smoothies and funny thing nobody’s drinking soda here anymore.
    We have family night on Fridays and we like to pop some popcorn and watch a movie and my daughters want to make a smoothie also,so we came on and saw this one and they were excited to see this new one to try out.
    Looks like off to the grocery store.
    As always thank you for the great smoothies and the wonderful article that goes along with them.

    Keep rocking those recipes,

  • Hi Tina, very good article with interesting recipe. I’m visiting with my daughter and her three little children, and she is always making smoothies for them. They don’t eat dairy so the smoothie in this article with goat cheese would be perfect for them. They do drink almond and coconut milk so the recipe will work. I’ll share it with them and let you know how it turns out.

    • Hi Bob!

      Thanks so much for visiting! I hope they do like it! If they do enjoy this recipe, I have another post entirely on using almond milk that they may also like.

      Thanks again for stopping by! Let me know how those recipes work out for you! And don’t hesitate to ask me any questions if you have difficulty with them.


  • This Smoothie recipe looks and sounds amazing. So refreshing for this time of year. Strawberries and goat cheese are such a good combination, I will have to get the ingredients and try this one out. I enjoy smoothies quite often, and I will have to check out your other recipes. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for visiting!

      I love this recipe! I hope you do too. If you like more “unusual” smoothies, there’s another post I have with a smoothie that tastes exactly like a Creamsicle that you might also enjoy! It’s the 5th recipe in the group.

      Thanks again for stopping by! Let me know how those recipes work out for you! And don’t hesitate to ask me any questions if you have difficulty with them.

  • As always, another smoothie to try from you! I loved the Green Smoothies Recipe for Kids article you had posted before and my kids loved them! This will surely be a hit again! Thank you very much!

    • Hi Kris, welcome back!

      I’m so happy that your family is enjoying those green smoothies! It’s so important to get them their veggies as you well know. Anything little thing helps!

      I have another post that has some really easy smoothie recipes for kids that they might also like.

      Thanks again! If you have any problems don’t hesitate to ask. Please let me know what they think of the strawberry goat cheese smoothie!

  • 5 stars
    Well, I have to say that I have never thought about putting nuts and cheese into a smoothie! But Strawberries and cream cheese with pecans sound heavenly! I have been trying to gain weight for quite some time now, and I think you may have given me an idea of what to add to get more calories. Thank you, but one question, if I was to add the nuts and cheese to a standard blender, will that work? Thank you

    • Hello again Colleen!

      Thank you so much! With a standard blender, I’d suggest going for a crunchy texture with the pecans. Hold them off until the very end with the coconut oil. Depending on your blender they might blend well since pecans are a softer nut but a little texture isn’t such a bad thing! The cheese should do just nicely though.

      Speaking of, I got to thinking about it and I’m going to edit the cream cheese substitute. Instead of equal parts 2 tbsp. cream cheese, I was thinking 1 tbsp. cream cheese and 1 tbsp. yogurt to replicate the tangy flavor of goat cheese. 2 tbsp. cream cheese will do nicely but it won’t have that tangy kick like goat cheese.

      Also, I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but have you considered adding avocado to your smoothies? Just a 1/4 cup at most but it will give you more healthy fats and really make your smoothies extra creamy without adding any additional flavor.

      Thanks again! If you have trouble making this recipe, don’t hesitate to get in touch. And let me know how it works out for you!

  • When I was reading this, I was thinking “hmmm, we don’t have goat cheese around here”, but I see you recommended a substitute of cream cheese (which we currently have). The thing that drove me to this post, is I just picked up some strawberries the other day from the grocery store and my kids are saying they’re the BEST strawberries they’ve ever had.

    Do you need the vanilla extract? Only reason I ask is the price of vanilla extract is going through the roof due to a global shortage.

    Have you ever frozen this to make like a popsicle? I would bet this would freeze well and be amazing… Mmmmm…

    • Hi Dave and welcome to Late Summer Mama!

      You can absolutely use cream cheese instead. Either equal parts (2 tbsp.) cream cheese for goat cheese or if you want the tanginess of the original recipe, try 1 tbsp. cream cheese and yogurt.

      No, you do not need the vanilla but it does add some depth. If you get a unsweetened almond milk with vanilla, that should do just fine and still produce the recipe’s flavor profile.

      And I bet those would work really well as a frozen treat like a popsicle although I’ve never tried that before. I normally freeze my fruits for smoothies but if you make it with fresh fruit and then freeze it, that might work!

      Thanks again for visiting! I hope you and your family enjoy the recipe. Let me know if you have any trouble with it and I’ll be glad to help out.

  • I would have never thought of putting these two ingredients together. Like seriously – never.

    You have opened my eyes to something completely new and I can assure you that I will be trying this. It sounds so good and different!

    Like you, I love using bananas in a smoothie. It adds some thickness and sweetness and tends to be the first thing, always, that I put in my smoothies.

    Super excited to try this recipe!

    • Hi and welcome, Kahlua!

      I was first introduced to goat cheese and strawberries in a salad that was absolutely wonderful and then those muffins. I think this smoothie gets as close as I can get to replicating the taste of that muffin.

      Yes, I agree with you about bananas. They have such a neutral, sweet flavor in smoothies that they have become my go-to when coming up with new recipes. For a season when my allergies were terrible someone had told me to stop eating bananas and that might help with the allergies. It was then that I realized just how much I used banana in every smoothie. It was really hard coming up with alternatives!

      However, that is when I made some other discoveries with foods that can act as replacements for banana when it comes to texture and creaminess. Still have yet to find anything to replicate the sweetness…

      Thanks again! If you have trouble making this recipe, don’t hesitate to get in touch. And let me know what you think!

  • It looks really delicious and I want to include my bodybuilding diet a nice shake. Goat cheese has protein and it can be quite good. However I live in the suburbs of Thailand and there is no way I can find pecan. Do you recommend an alternative?

    • Hi Furkan! Welcome back!

      You know I think you might have stumped me with that question. The best idea I had off the top of my head would be walnuts. Those would work but they wouldn’t taste the same I imagine. I’d say go with almonds. Not the same but I think they would taste better than walnuts. Of course, you could just make it without nuts and it would still be really good too!

      Thanks for visiting and reading my post! If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

  • OMG what awesome idea…goat cheese and strawberries. Sounds even better with the nuts if that’s possible. I definitely want to try this the sooner the better. I had goat chees and beets/walnuts and a drizzle of a sweet vinegar. I love goat cheese. And I know your on to something delicious. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Hi Scarlett! Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave me some feedback. It is very much appreciated!

      What a great idea! I would bet you that using walnuts or pecans with a small chunk of raw beet (no larger than a 1″ cube) and a 1/2 tsp. of sweet vinegar would be absolutely wonderful in this smoothie! Now I will have to try that. I had a spinach and arugula salad with pecans, beets, and goat cheese dressed with a strawberry vinaigrette that was out of this world.

      If you have any questions please let me know. Likewise, I would love to hear back on how the recipe worked for you!

      Thank you again! Tina

    • Hi Michelle!
      I very recently lost my website and, while I was able to save some of it, I lost all my recipes in the process. I am in the process of getting all of them re-posted. I will prioritize this one next.
      But just so your have the ingredients:
      1/2 cup frozen strawberries
      1/2 c. frozen banana
      1/4 c. pecans, whole
      2 tbsp. goat cheese
      1 tsp. coconut oil
      1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
      1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk, hemp milk, or cow’s milk
      1/3 c. coconut water

      Add more milk if needed.
      My apologies on the recipe not being there!

      Best, Tina

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