Healthy Frozen Strawberry Lemonade - a refreshing plant-based smoothie! (2022)

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This healthy frozen strawberry lemonade recipe is totally vegan and made with only 3 whole food ingredients, plus water and ice. Frozen strawberries, a lemon, and some dates are all you need to make this naturally sweetened, great tasting refreshment beloved by both kids and adults alike. You can also make a grown ups-only version and spike it with a little rum or tequila for a fruity summer cocktail with real plant-based ingredients.

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You all know I have expressed my love for my Vitamix many times and for many reasons (easy creamy blender soups and vegan cheese sauces to name but a few). But one of the things Vitamix has given me is the easiest and most delicious smoothies and frozen drinks ever, like today’s fun vegan frozen strawberry lemonade recipe! It’s so easy to make and only takes a few minutes from start to sip.

This naturally dairy-free frozen strawberry lemonade is chock full of just a few simple, whole foods plus a little ice and water. It really couldn’t be an easier recipe for when you’re looking for a simple yet refreshing drink just perfect for a hot summer day. You can also easily “adultify” this drink with a little bit of spirits for those warmer summer evenings.

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Why We Love This Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

  • Delicious but healthy. Fresh lemon, frozen strawberries, and dates instead of sugar help to make this a healthier version of a traditional lemonade, but you would NEVER know.
  • Perfect refreshing treat for summer. Perfect to beat the heat, you’ll love this frosty frozen fruit treat.
  • Easy to make in just minutes right in your Vitamix or other high-powered blender!
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Ingredients

You only need 5 ingredients (3 + water/ice!) to make this frozen strawberry lemonade smoothie!

One Lemon – Yep, a whole lemon! Just peel it and pop it in the blender, seeds and all. The Vitamix will just pulverize them. And did you know lemon seeds (like many seeds) contain the nutritional elements of the plants they become?! So eating lemon seeds offers, among other things, an extra boost of vitamin C. And no, a lemon tree won’t grow in your belly.

Frozen strawberries – Frozen strawberries add to the cool frostiness of this cold refreshment and cut down on the amount of ice you’d need, so it’s not watered down. You can also use frozen fresh berries if you happen to grow your own or find a great sale at the grocery store.

DatesDates are going to be our natural sweetener in all of this! If your dates are not soft and gooey, soak them in warm or hot water for 5-10 minutes before using.

Cold water + Crushed Ice – To get everything going and add extra frostiness. Make sure you use the coldest water you can for best results!

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Substitution Options

If you don’t have or can’t tolerate one of the above ingredients, here are our best substitution tips. Remember that substituting any of the ingredients may lead to a (not always pleasant) change in the final product. Let us know in the comments if you try any subs and how they work out for you!

For the lemon: Lime could be used for a different vibe, but you might need to add a little more sweetener depending on your tartness tolerance. Concentrated lemon juice could also be used at a ratio of 3-4 Tbsp per lemon. Not all concentrated lemon juices are created equal, so play around. If you’ve found you’ve used a little too much concentrate, add a few more dates or some more strawberries.

For the strawberries: Feel free to mix up the frozen fruit you use! Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and peaches all sound lovely as an addition to a blended frozen lemonade! You could have a different flavored lemonade every day of the week!

For the dates: You can also use date paste or syrup, agave maybe, or sweeten with straight up cane sugar if that’s more your jam. Any of these switches may affect the overall texture of the final product though, so you may need to reduce the water and ice you use.

How to Make Frozen Lemonade in a Vitamix

Add everything to the blender and, starting on a low speed and gradually increasing, blend on high until totally frosty and smooth. You want to make sure you’re using a large high-powered blender for this recipe, or you may not achieve the right texture.

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How to Serve Strawberry Lemon Smoothie

Pour into two large mason jars or cups of choice and top with a lemon wedge, strawberry, and sprig of mint if desired. Enjoy!

Orrrrr… you could maybe serve it with some Champagne or Prosecco, or other favorite sparkling wine for a fun summer brunch refreshment. You could also opt for something a little stronger and use tequila and/or rum for a strawberry lemonade daiquiri feel for later in the day or evening.

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How to Store Leftover Smoothie

FRIDGE: Store leftover frozen strawberry lemonade in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 1-2 days.

FREEZER: You can freeze leftover smoothie in single servings, an ice cube tray, or 2 Tbsp Souper Cubes for up to 10 weeks. You can then blend up the smoothie cubes with more liquid straight from the freezer. You can also add them to an airtight jar and let them defrost in the fridge overnight. Just give it a good shake before drinking in the morning!

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Yield: 2 large smoothies

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

This healthy frozen strawberry lemonade recipe is totally vegan and made with only 3 whole food ingredients, plus water and ice. Frozen strawberries, a lemon, and some dates are all you need to make this naturally sweetened, great tasting refreshment beloved by both kids and adults alike. You can also make a grown ups-only version and spike it with a little rum or tequila for a fruity summer cocktail with real plant-based ingredients.

Prep Time10 minutes

Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole lemon, peeled
  • 2.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 7 - 9 dates*
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Instructions

  1. BLEND: Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix) and blend - starting at the lowest speed and slowly increasing to high. Blend on high for 2-4 minutes until everything is completely liquified.
  2. SERVE: Pour this smoothie into large mason jars or cups of choice and top with a lemon wedge, strawberry, and sprig of mint if desired. Enjoy!
  3. STORE: Store leftover frozen strawberry lemonade in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 1-2 days.You can freeze leftover smoothie in single servings, an ice cube tray, or 2 Tbsp Souper Cubes for up to 10 weeks. You can then blend up the smoothie cubes with more liquid straight from the freezer. You can also add them to an airtight jar and let them defrost in the fridge overnight. Just give it a good shake before drinking in the morning!

Notes

DATES: If your dates are dry and not soft and gooey, soak them in hot or warm water for 5-10 minutes before adding to the blender.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1/2 recipe

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 171Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not always be accurate.

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