Thursday, June 21, 2012

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

June is strawberry season here in Ohio..


I did a flip flop (well, my heart did anyway!) when I came across this recipe at Cupcakes & Kale Chips, after she linked it up to Weekend Potluck. Hurrah!  Brianne opened her post by apologizing for taking 'the easy way out' in an improv cooking challenge. 

PU-LEEEZE!!! =) I told her NO need for apologies.  I knew I would go wild over this simple recipe, though I did adapt it a little bit. She was surprised at all the attention the recipe brought her blog too!! Good for her!

Even when it isn't strawberry season, you can make this luscious treat any time because you use frozen strawberries!

This is an amazingly delicious smoothie that I enjoyed for my dinner meal (we'd been to a graduation open house and I wasn't very hungry). 

It's pretty healthy too with 'skinny' options..I love that about any recipe!

Cream cheese is my #1 favorite ingredient - added to this combo of terrific flavors and I'll all over it. 

Many options to how you might like to fix this for yourself, but no matter what, I can tell you you're gonna be SO glad you tried this simple recipe. 

I do love QUICK & EASY! 

I always keep sliced bananas in the freezer too so I can add it to any smoothie and make it cold.  MMMM! 

(Adapted from Cupcakes & Kale Chips)

1/2 c. frozen strawberries
(original recipe calls for 1 full cup, but I couldn't suck it through a straw...if that's your preference, then add more berries)

half of a frozen banana, preferably sliced

1 ozs. (about 2 Tb. cream cheese) - I used light
(or 2 Tb. cottage cheese)

1/2 c. vanilla Greek yogurt, or plain
(I used Weight Watchers vanilla as it needed to be used up)

3/4 c. 1% milk 

1 tsp. vanilla, or more

stevia, splenda or sugar to taste

Optional: Strawberries or crushed graham cracker, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish, in blender.  Puree until smooth. 

(You could add flax or chia seeds for a healthier boost.) 

There ya go!!  Suck it down...but not too fast, or you'll get a brain freeze. 

Linked to 

Breakfast Ideas Monday
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Foodie Friends Friday
Scrumptious Sunday
Mop it up Monday
Gooseberry Patch Roundup - Smoothies