Think smoothies have to be full of carbs and sugar or if they're not that they are just thick green and icky tasting? Think again! This Strawberry Avocado Smoothie is creamy smooth, perfectly sweet, keto, dairy-free, delicious, and did I mention---it's a pretty pink as well!
You'll love how super fast and easy this smoothie is to make for a delightful breakfast, snack, or dessert that’s healthy! The combination of coconut milk and avocado makes it super creamy and adds a boost of healthy fats that provides energy for hours.
Smoothies can be a great way to get extra fruits and vegetables into your diet. However, most call for a large amount of fruit, which adds up to a lot of carbs and sugar.
Since our family eats mostly low carb, (and because I typically would rather chew my calories than drink them) I've typically steered clear of smoothies. Recently, however, I've started craving them, so I wanted to develop a keto smoothie that we'd really enjoy.
We set out to experiment by using strawberries (a lower carb fruit) and added in avocado for a thickening base. After a few tries, we had a smoothie that's perfectly creamy and perfectly delicious.
My youngest actually developed this recipe and was very proud of himself. I have to say, I am too. It’s so good and super filling, making it a great meal or snack for someone who's always hungry (like our youngest!)
Bonus--if you use a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, prep and clean up are a breeze. It’s perfect when you want something tasty, satisfying, and healthy that you can throw together in minutes!
Are Strawberries Keto?
Strawberries are a great option for anyone following a low carb or keto diet. In general, berries are lower in sugar than other fruits, which means fewer carbs per serving. A half cup of strawberries has 6 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fiber for 5.5 net carbs.
Many people don’t realize that strawberries are actually a better choice for you than blueberries if you’re on a keto diet. A half cup of blueberries has 10.5 grams of carbohydrates and 1.8 grams of fiber for 8.8 net carbs, which is still pretty low carb, but not as low as strawberries!
Raspberries have a similar number of carbs but a higher amount of fiber, so a half cup will come out to 3.5 net carbs. And blackberries are even better, with only 3 net carbs in a half cup.
You can definitely enjoy strawberries in addition to other berries on keto, just be sure to pay attention to your serving sizes.
How to Make a Keto Smoothie
Making a keto-friendly smoothie can be tough, but it can be done. It all depends on using low-carb / low-sugar ingredients.
Most low-carb smoothies include lots of veggies. Since you can't add fruits like mango or pineapple for sweetness without adding tons of carbs, the only other option is to add a large quantity of low-carb sweetener or low-carb fruits.
Thankfully, using berries works great! You don’t have to use nearly as much sweetener, and the taste is still amazing.
More Easy Keto Breakfast Recipes
Here are some more ways to start the day with some no fuss delicious low-carb breakfasts.
- Blueberry Chia Pudding – super creamy, loaded with flavor, and only uses five simple ingredients
- Cinnamon Crumb Keto Coffee Cake – this will remind you of the not-so-healthy coffee cakes you enjoyed growing up.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding – it tastes like candy, but is actually a super healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert
- Homemade Protein Bars – no bake, easy to make, and so good
- Cranberry Smoothie Bowl - while the main recipe has banana, there is a great keto option in the post so this works too
- Coconut milk
- Frozen strawberries
- Stevia extract
This recipe couldn’t be easier.
Just toss (well, place--don't toss) everything in your blender, then blend until smooth, adjusting the coconut milk and sweetener to taste.
- Chia seeds: Adding some chia brings nice texture to the smoothie. Plus, they’re a good source of omega 3s and fiber.
- Raspberries or blueberries: To switch up the flavor, you can substitute some or all of the frozen strawberries for other berries. Just keep in mind that different berries have different carb counts.
- Flax seeds: Another seed that can add thickness, texture, and a bunch of health benefits to your smoothie.
Add any low carb toppings you like! Chia seeds, more berries, or chopped nuts are great if you’re having this strawberry avocado smoothie for breakfast or a snack.
Sweeteners: You can truly use whatever sweetener you like for this recipe. To make it extra smooth, you can use a powdered or liquid sweetener. If you have a high-powered blender, the sweetener should be blended pretty well without needing to use a powdered one (or making your own powdered sweetener).
Note that I used 2 different types of sweeteners. That's to give better flavor as noted in this post on stevia's flavor. You don't need to do that, but we like doing this with almost all of our low-carb sweeteners.
Milk Options: I use this homemade coconut milk for almost everything, but you can of course use almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, rice milk, or whatever milk you'd like. Of course oat and rice milk will add carbs to the recipe (cashew will as well, but not as many).
Storage: Smoothies have the best taste and texture when served immediately. But if you don’t finish your smoothie, you can store the rest covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Consistency: Add as much or as little coconut milk as you'd like, depending on how thin or thick you'd like your smoothie to be.
Strawberries: I recommend frozen strawberries for a colder, thicker smoothie, but if all you have is fresh, that will work too.
Salt: Optional, but all sweet recipes taste better with at least a dash, plus you get at least a bit of added minerals if you use a mineral-rich salt.
Special Diet Notes
AIP / Paleo: To make this recipe AIP or Paleo, use an AIP sweetener like coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey.
THM: As is, this recipe is THM:S on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan.
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Adjust coconut milk and/or sweetener as desired.
- Store any leftover smoothie in a glass container in the fridge for a few days or freeze in freezer cubes for future use.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.