Make Panera’s strawberry smoothie at home for a fraction of the price! It boasts 16 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Enjoy as a refreshing breakfast drink or healthy snack.
Why You’ll Love it:
So I did what I do best, I picked up Panera’s strawberry smoothie so I could do a side-by-side comparison and make my own!
This Panera copycat recipe is just as delicious as the original. It tastes like a sweet strawberry yogurt drink. And it’s only 259 calories with 16 grams of protein.
It’s kid-friendly and perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
- Greek yogurt – It’s high in protein with no added sugar AND it makes for a super creamy smoothie. I buy Costco’s Kirkland brand.
- Frozen strawberries – Panera uses strawberry puree, but since that’s hard to find, I used frozen strawberries. Most store-bought purees are loaded with added sugar anyway.
- Apple & white grape juice – For a sweet liquid base! If you only have apple juice, that’s fine too.
- Stevia – Panera’s strawberry smoothie is sweetened with stevia so that’s what I chose too. I used stevia in the raw. If you don’t like stevia, you can omit it and add more honey instead.
- Honey – For just the right sweetness, without too much of a “stevia” flavor.
How to Make Panera’s Strawberry Smoothie:
This smoothie takes 2 minutes to make!
- Combine ingredients: In your blender, combine all the ingredients. I always start with soft ingredients, then end with the liquid. It gives the blades something to catch and the liquid sinks to the bottom no matter when you add it.
- Blend: Start with the blender on low speed, then gradually increase the speed to high. Blend until smooth.
- Adjust: Taste for sweetness level and consistency. For more sweetness, add more honey. If the smoothie’s too thick, add a splash more juice and blend to incorporate.
- Serve: Pour into a glass and enjoy while frosty and cold!
- Panera’s strawberry smoothie is very sweet! If you prefer less sweetness, start with less stevia/honey, then add more as desired.
- For a sweeter smoothie without Stevia, swap the plain Greek yogurt with vanilla or strawberry.
- Adjust the consistency to your liking. I prefer a smoothie to be thick yet pourable. If a smoothie’s too thick, all you need to do is add a little bit more liquid to thin it out.
Variations & Substitutions:
This strawberry smoothie is basic and easy to customize! My favorite addition is hemp hearts and oats.
- Hemp hearts – Add 1 tablespoon of hemp hearts for plant-based protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Or 2 teaspoons of chia seeds.
- Oats – Add 1/4 cup of rolled oats for filling whole grains and a subtle oatmeal flavor.
- Banana – Add a banana for extra creaminess and natural sweetness.
- Protein powder – Add 3 tablespoons of protein powder for a boost of protein. Omit the stevia or it will be too sweet.
I recommend drinking a smoothie right away! It only takes a few minutes to make AND it tastes the best immediately.
If you want to store it, you can store it in a thermos or insulated cup with a lid for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes:
- Low Calorie Berry Smoothie Bowl
- Classic Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Protein Smoothie
- Strawberry Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- McDonald’s Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
Panera Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
- ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1½ cups frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup apple juice
- ¼ cup white grape juice
- ¾ teaspoon stevia in the raw See note
- 2 teaspoons honey
- In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the Greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, apple juice, white grape juice, stevia, and honey.
- Start the blender on low speed, then increase the speed to high. Blend until smooth.
- If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash more juice and blend to incorporate.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.