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