How to Make the Perfect Strawberry Peach Smoothie

February 12, 2024
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
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Strawberry peach smoothies are the ultimate refreshing drink for summer. Sweet juicy peaches blended with ripe strawberries make for a delicious flavor combination that’s perfectly in season. This light and fruity smoothie is also packed with good-for-you ingredients to give you an antioxidant and vitamin boost.

Follow my easy tips to learn how to make strawberry peach smoothies at home that beat any store-bought version. I’ll share my secrets for balancing flavors and textures as well as topping ideas to take your smoothie game to the next level. Let’s get blending!

Choosing the Best Ingredients

The key to amazing strawberry peach smoothies lies in selecting high quality ingredients and perfectly ripe produce. Here’s what to look for:

Ripe Peaches

Go for peaches that yield a little when gently pressed but aren’t overly soft. Tree-ripened local peaches in season have the best flavor. White or yellow flesh both work well.

Fresh Strawberries

Look for strawberries that are deeply red all over and have green caps intact. Ripe strawberries should smell fragrant and sweet.

Bananas

Bananas add creaminess and natural sweetness to smoothies. Pick yellow bananas flecked with brown spots for ideal ripeness and taste.

Greek Yogurt

Use thick strained yogurt for a rich, creamy base without overpowering the fruit flavors. Go for full-fat or low-fat plain yogurt.

Milk or Juice

For a dairy-free option, substitute almond milk, oat milk or orange juice. But regular milk has a nice sweetness.

Ice

I prefer using ice cubes rather than frozen fruit as it blends up thicker and creamier.

Sweetener (optional)

Add honey, maple syrup or agave only if needed as ripe fruit and milk provide enough sweetness.

Equipment Needed

  • High-speed blender like Vitamix, Ninja or Nutribullet
  • Sharp knife for slicing fruit
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Long spoon for mixing

The powerful motor and sharp blades of a high-speed blender whip up the smoothest strawberry peach smoothies without any annoying chunks.

My Go-To Strawberry Peach Smoothie Recipe

This balanced recipe makes 2 large or 3 regular servings:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted and diced
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1⁄2 to 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1⁄4 cup orange juice or water
  • 1⁄4 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prep the fruit: Hull and slice strawberries. Peel, pit and dice the peach. Peel and slice the banana.
  2. Add the sliced fruit, yogurt, 1⁄2 cup milk, orange juice and ice to your blender.
  3. Blend from low to high speed until completely smooth. Scrape down sides as needed.
  4. Taste and add more milk until it reaches your desired consistency. Blend again if needed.
  5. Stir in honey or maple syrup to taste for subtle sweetness if desired.
  6. Pour smoothie into two glasses and serve immediately. Garnish with fruit slices or toppings if desired. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • Use very ripe fruit for maximum sweetness and flavor
  • Adjust milk to reach your preferred thickness
  • Add a handful of spinach or kale for an extra nutrient boost!

Flavor Variations

Once you master the basics, try these tasty twists:

  • Chocolate PB: Add 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Coconut Cream: Use coconut milk and top with toasted coconut
  • Piña Colada: Blend in 1⁄4 cup pineapple chunks and 1 tbsp coconut cream
  • Citrus Zest: Grate in a bit of orange or lemon zest
  • Vanilla: Add 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Minty: Throw in a few fresh mint leaves
  • Tropical: Use mango instead of peach

Creative Toppings

Personalize your strawberry peach smoothies with fun and healthy toppings:

  • Sliced strawberries and peaches
  • Diced mango or pineapple
  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Slivered almonds
  • Granola or toasted oats
  • Chia seeds
  • Bee pollen
  • Cinnamon
  • Nut butter swirl
  • Whipped cream

Storing and Serving Tips

  • Blend smoothies just before serving for the best texture and taste
  • Pour into pretty glasses and add toppings right before drinking
  • Use a straw to prevent separation as you sip
  • Leftovers will keep 1-2 days in the fridge but may be less creamy
  • Freeze pre-blended smoothies in popsicle molds for frosty summer treats!

FAQs

1. Can I use frozen fruit instead of ice?

I prefer fresh fruit blended with ice unless the frozen fruit is very ripe. Ice creates thicker, frostier smoothies.

2. Is yogurt necessary for creaminess?

Full-fat yogurt helps create a lush creamy base but soy yogurt or more banana can sub in.

3. Can I use powdered protein mixes?

Yes, but add it slowly as protein powders can thin out the texture.

4. Should smoothies be totally smooth?

Your blender should break everything down into a smooth liquid. Little tiny fruit flecks are normal but there shouldn’t be any chunks.

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