This delicious Strawberry & Zucchini Smoothie is a great way to sneak in your veggies. This dairy-free and vegan-friendly recipe is perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack.

two glasses of pink smoothie with a zucchini in the background

Zucchini Smoothie

When thinking about how to use up a zucchini squash, have you ever thought about putting it in a smoothie? This recipe uses zucchini squash that has been steamed and frozen (see how I make Instant Pot Zucchini Slices just for this purpose).

Once you blend the frozen zucchini with strawberries, nut milk, nut butter, and some dates, you can’t taste the squash at all. This is the perfect healthy smoothie for picky-eaters who don’t like to eat their veggies. Or, this is also a great recipe if you’re just trying to get more vegetables into your diet.

creamy strawberry pink smoothie in a glass

Recipe Steps

Step One

Gather up you ingredients, including the frozen zucchini, frozen strawberries, nut butter, dates, and almond milk.

You can feel free to get creative with your ingredients if you don’t have exactly the ones I used. You’ll ultimately need:

  • one cup of frozen zucchini
  • one cup of frozen fruit (frozen cherries would be amazing),
  • 1 cup of plant milk (or regular milk if you can tolerate dairy)
  • 4 dates or some sort of sweetener
  • nut or seed butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, or pumpkin seed butter. For paleo or Whole30, use almond butter or pumpkin seed butter.
zucchini smoothie ingredients laid out on a white surface

Step Two

Once you have your ingredients, it’s time to blend them up! Ideally, you would have a Blendtec or a Vitamix to ensure that the smoothie gets very creamy and fully blended.

pink smoothie in a glass

Step Three

Once you’ve blended your smoothie, then you can serve it right out of the blender. This recipe makes two servings, so you can share it or you can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

FAQs

Can I use raw (unfrozen) zucchini?

Yes, you can. But, there are a few reasons why steamed and frozen zucchini is best. Steaming the zucchini can make it easier to digest. Steaming the zucchini also helps reduce the risk of any food borne bacteria on the surface. Freezing the zucchini also helps mask the flavor of it in the smoothie.

Can I leave out the dates?

Yes, you can. But, if you prefer a sweeter smoothie, then I highly recommend adding dates.

Can I add protein powder?

Yes, absolutely! I usually add a collagen protein (not vegan). For a vegan protein powder, look for a pea protein or other great plant-based powders on the market.

How do I freeze zucchini?

The easiest way is to use a pressure cooker. But, you can also steam sliced zucchini on the stovetop for about 5 minutes. Then, transfer the steamed zucchini to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze the baking sheet for about 6 hours, and then transfer the frozen zucchini to a zip-top bag to store in the freezer.

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Here is the printable recipe:

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Strawberry & Zucchini Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

two glasses of zucchini smoothie ready to drink

This delicious Strawberry & Zucchini Smoothie is a great way to sneak in your veggies. This dairy-free and vegan-friendly recipe is perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen chopped zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 4 pitted dates

Instructions

  1. In the base of a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk, strawberries, zucchini, nut butter, and dates.
  2. Process on high for about 30 seconds, or until the smoothie is creamy and fully blended.
  3. Serve immediately, or pour into a glass with a lid and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Keywords: smoothie with frozen zucchini, vegan strawberry smoothie, hidden veggies smoothie

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