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
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Strawberry Goat Cheese Smoothie
- 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.
Did you give this recipe a try?