Skinny Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk

This skinny strawberry banana smoothie is one that I have started making this year.  Instead of normal milk, I use almond milk and a brown sugar substitute to help keep the calories lower. It’s fast and easy to make and ready in a flash!

We all know how taxing it can be in the morning to get a nutritious breakfast on the table.  Mornings in my house can be very hectic.  Sometimes, it just feels easier to skip breakfast. But when I do that, I often over indulge later in the day.  So, for me, smoothies help to overcome that hurdle and deliver a great taste at the same time.This skinny strawberry banana smoothie is made with almond milk to lighten it up. It has a creamy delicious taste and is so easy to make. #CarnationSweepstakes #BetterBreakfast #ad

Start your day in a lighter way with this skinny strawberry banana smoothie.

I am always looking for new and fresh ways to get my mornings off to a better start. But I have a busy life too.   I know that hitting that snooze button is often appealing when I am really tired, but doing so actually makes the day get off to a WORSE start for me. It puts me behind the eight ball.  

I’m always amazed when I resist that snooze button and actually get out of bed early.  I get SO MUCH MORE done in my day.

My biggest tip to those of you who have the same problems getting things going in the morning as I do is to discover smoothies!  I make them at least 2-3 times a week.  I love the taste of them, for a start, and they are SO DARN EASY to get on the table!Smooth and creamy skinny strawberry banana smoothie

My first step in making healthy diet changes for the new year is to make a delicious skinny strawberry banana smoothie for myself in the morning. It is quick to get ready and so, so tasty.

You’ll need:

This smoothie will give me a nutritious start to my day, without breaking the calorie bank. Ingredients for the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® strawberry banana smoothie

This recipe could not be easier to make.  Just start by placing your frozen strawberries and bananas in a blenderalong with the almond milk.  I like to process these items first to make sure that the fruit is nicely pureed.Blend your frozen fruit and almond milk

Next, add the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® French vanilla powder. brown sugar substitute, and pure vanilla extract and blend until smooth.  That’s all there is to it! How easy is that?Add the power, vanilla and brown sugar substitute

I love to serve my smoothies in mason jar mugs with a super wide smoothie straw.  

This gives a fun look to the breakfast table and makes the smoothie easy to drink.  If you like, you can add a bit of fresh fruit to add some extra fiber to the meal. Smooth and creamy skinny strawberry banana smoothie

This skinny strawberry banana smoothie is amazing!  You will think you are drinking a decadent Strawberry milk shake but without all those pesky calories! The frozen banana gives the smoothie the extra thickness and is super delicious too.  

I love the hint of almond that the almond milk adds to the smoothie!Smooth and creamy skinny strawberry banana smoothie

The Carnation Breakfast Essentials® French vanilla powder gives a level of creaminess that takes this smoothie to a whole new level and the smoothie has only about 300 calories in it.  

Perfect for a quick morning breakfast if you are watching your weight.strawberry banana smoothie and fruit

And if you are in an extra hurry, Carnation also makes their Breakfast Essentials® in ready to drink bottles for extra convenience.  

They are perfect for those days when I give in and actually DO hit that snooze button!!

If you would like to make this smoothie, head on over to your local Kroger store and visit the breakfast aisle, then get the rest of the ingredients in the health food section and frozen fruit area. (I freeze my own bananas, but purchase frozen strawberries.)

What is your biggest challenge in the morning to get a nutritious breakfast ready for your family?  Is it time, tiredness, or a lack or good recipes?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. 

Yield: 1

Skinny Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Skinny Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 packet French Vanilla Flavor CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS® powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar replacement
  • 1 frozen banana (cut into chunks)
  • 8 frozen whole strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Place the almond milk, frozen bananas and frozen strawberries into a blender and mix until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it becomes a milk shake consistency. Pour into mason jar mugs and add a smoothie straw. Drink immediately.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission, but the price will be the same for you. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Share on Social Media

      18 comments for “Skinny Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk

    1. Joann Johnson
      02/20/2018 at 9:52 pm

      Is Carnation Instant Breakfast Lactose Free?

      • Carol
        02/20/2018 at 10:20 pm

        Hi Joann. The Carnation drinks contain both contain milk and soy ingredients so they are not lactose free. Carol

    2. Joann Johnson
      02/20/2018 at 9:49 pm

      Is Carnation Breakfast lactose free?jo

    3. Raul
      02/11/2016 at 12:33 pm

      What is meant by brown sugar replacement?

      • Maggie Carrico l
        02/11/2016 at 5:20 pm

        I know that Splenda has one.

      • Carol
        02/11/2016 at 5:42 pm

        Hi Raul. It is just like a sugar replacement such as Splenda, Stevia and the like. Instead, it replaces brown sugar in the stores. Several brands make it incuding Splenda and most stores carry it.

        Brown sugar will also work in the recipe. It just adds more calories.


    4. 02/09/2016 at 8:55 am

      I could definitely start my day off with this! I love this combination of flavors and the almond milk sends it over the top!

      • Carol
        02/10/2016 at 10:47 am

        Thanks Teri. Hope you like it.

    5. Linda at Mixed Kreations
      02/08/2016 at 5:58 pm

      This looks delicious Carol! I have tried almond milk in my smoothies before and it is really good. Seem to make it more creamy! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

      • Carol
        02/10/2016 at 10:47 am

        Yes, I agree. I tried it for the first time on this one and use it all the time now for smoothies.

    6. 02/08/2016 at 2:17 pm

      That looks so delicious! I love using almond milk and I just started using coconut milk and love them, too!

      • Carol
        02/10/2016 at 10:47 am

        Almond milk has so many less calories!

    7. Jacki
      02/08/2016 at 2:05 pm

      I’m really liking the mason jar mugs! I used to have some just like that, they are perfect for smoothies…and everything else.

      • Carol
        02/10/2016 at 10:46 am

        They are my go too glass for smoothies!

    8. 02/08/2016 at 1:28 pm

      My hubby loves strawberry banana milkshakes. This is something to try since it is much healthier. Thanks for sharing!

      • Carol
        02/10/2016 at 10:46 am

        My pleasure. I have this one often. I love the taste of it!

    9. 02/08/2016 at 10:25 am

      This looks like a delicious way to start the day! [client]

      • Carol
        02/08/2016 at 12:45 pm

        Thanks Melanie. It is one of the tastiest smoothies I have made!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *