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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Are you ready for some super up-close shots of an irresistible summer smoothie? Because for some reason this entire photo shoot occurred with my camera hovering about 5 inches away from the subjects.

I guess I was just hungry and wanting to dive into the thick pale pink pools of liquid strawberry cheesecake.

Can you really blame me?

I haven’t been consuming nearly enough smoothies this summer, and given the stifling heat and heavy humidity we experienced a couple of weeks ago (thankfully it has since cooled off) you’d think I’d have been gulping them down day-in-and-day-out.

An ice-cold nutrition-packed smoothie on a hot day makes for a perfectly refreshing and fulfilling breakfast, which is exactly how I enjoyed this one. Although it tastes like dessert, there’s actually very little added sugar (by way of honey); in fact, if you can get your hands on some super sweet strawberries, you may not even need any additional sweetener. I’ve found that strawbs are on their way out for the season – at least up here in MA – so this particular container of berries needed a little added sweetness.

I also like a little texture in my smoothies. Here, crushed graham crackers add both flavor and crunch, which is a welcomed addition to the creamy smoothie.

You can either sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on top and drink the smoothie with a straw, or – as I like to do – mix the crumbs right into the silky smoothie and eat the whole concoction with a spoon.

Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, naturally flavored with fresh strawberries and sweetened with honey, thickened with rolled oats, and finished off with graham cracker crumbs, this strawberry cheesecake smoothie will become a summertime staple in your breakfast repertoire!

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: breakfast dessert snack vegetarian strawberries greek yogurt cottage cheese cheesecake smoothie summer

Ingredients (1 large, 2 small servings)

  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup 1% whipped cottage cheese
  • 3 Tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, preferably organic, hulled
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey (or more, to taste)
  • crushed honey graham crackers

Instructions

Place all ingredients – except for graham crackers – in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve topped with crushed graham crackers.

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20 thoughts on “Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

  1. Yummy! This looks great. I’ve had a smoothie almost every day this summer. I’m just to lazy to cook anything. I also use cottage cheese in my smoothies but hadn’t heard of whipped until I read this. Off to Google I go. :)

  2. I’ve been consuming smoothies every morning during the week. Thank you for the inspiration!! I have a tendency to take similar photos because I’m always starving and want more than anything to drop the camera and take a bite/drink!

    I haven’t tried cottage cheese in a smoothie yet. Definitely on the list!

  3. I am going to have to try Whole Foods to see if I can find whipped cottage cheese. Around here (Minnesota) unless I go to the co-op, I can’t find cottage cheese without stabilizers, and the co-op doesn’t have whipped. It’s really frustrating that even the organic cottage cheese has stabilizers. (Organic Valley, I’m looking at you.)

  4. This looks both refreshing and filling! I too have not consumed enough smoothies during this hot summer season. Unfortunately, my lactose intolerance makes it challenging to find smoothies that fit in to my dairy-free diet. Do you have any recipes or dairy substitutes to recommend? I appreciate your input!

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