Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie

 Strawberry Banana Quinoa Smoothie full of protein
"Hey Mom!"


"Could you make me a smoothie? But I don't want it to taste all powdery and pasty with all that health stuff you put in it?"

"Oh...okay, thanks for letting me know."

So, I do admit when I make a smoothie for myself I often add protein powder and flax powder and other "healthy" ingredients. I've been trying to pass those off on my boys too. I figured why not up the protein level of their snacks. They will be more full and will stop eating the other "not-so-healthy" snacks I bought them. Makes sense right? I knew you would agree.

Anyway, their taste buds are soooooo sensitive they can pick out almost anything, especially flax and vanilla protein powder...apparently. However, they CANNOT pick out the quinoa, or chia seeds or wheat germ I've added. They have no idea it's even there.

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Smoothie the kids will love it
So basically I have been beefing up their smoothies with a few undetected health items. Is that so bad? Oh, I'll tell them about it one day, but for now they are drinking quinoa and they are loving it.

The reason I love this whole grain is that it is high in protein. It contains all nine essential amino acids...making it a "complete protein". It's also full of magnesium and fiber...more good stuff. I also add chia seeds, which I learned about when I visited Dole for a healthy blogger summit.

Did you know chia seeds are the richest plant source available for Omega-3's. In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon, a true superfood. I also add wheat germ for B vitamins and more fiber. It seems this healthy trifecta doesn't make the smoothie taste "healthy", even though it is. It's the perfect after-school snack and fills the kids up until dinner is on the table. Much better than sodas or cookies.

Strawberry Banana Quinoa Smoothie full of protein and tastes great smoothie strawberry quinoa
Just try it! And here are the cute lids for the jars.

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Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 4 cups


  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 (6 oz) low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon wheat germ
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries (if you have fresh, freeze them first)
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla almond milk (such as Pacific brand, much less calories than others)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon xantham gum, optional (for a thicker smoothie)


  • Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth, about 45 seconds.

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23 Comments and 20 Replies

  1. Sues 1

    Quinoa in a smoothie?? I often add flax and/or chia, but have never even thought about quinoa. What a great idea… these look fabulous! :)

    p.s. I love your mason jar covers!

  2. I would have never thought to add quinoa to a smoothie! It’s genius!

  3. Gale 5

    Great combination of ingredients! Where did you get your mason jar lids from? They are so very cute!

  4. I’m on a huge smoothie kick–why have i not tried quinoa yet? love this idea!

  5. Okay I totally need to try this right now. I have a bag of chia seeds sitting in my cupboard and I haven’t figured out how to use them. I know there are like a zillion recipes that probably use chia seeds but I need something quick and easy. Strawberry banana shakes are my favorite!

  6. hahaha! I love this story. It cracks me up that you snuck the quinoa in there, undetected!

  7. I love the idea of quinoa in a smoothie! My smoothies never fill me up for very long, probably because they lack protein. But I’ll be adding quinoa from now on!

    • Cathy 14

      I know what you mean, smoothies can turn into this carb laden, fattening drink if you let it and you’re hungry an hour later. I’ve found protein is key when comes to making one. The quinoa is something everyone has access to instead of protein powder.

  8. Yes, kids can have a very keen taste for healthy additives :) I always add chia seeds, but cooked quinoa in a smoothie is something I’ll have to try!

  9. What a fantastic idea! You know, I don’t make smoothies for myself very often and so don’t think of making them for the kids. But they do love them when we’re in restaurants. This would be such a great way to boost their nutrients. Thanks for a great idea!

    • Cathy 18

      I know but once you get in the habit it’s a quick snack the kids love. Have a great evening!

  10. katie 19

    I love that your still able to trick them!!! These sound awesome!

  11. Sara Swart 21

    Do you need a really good blender to disguise the Chia seeds, or is it that the taste is neutral so they don’t mind the texture? My basic blender doesn’t puree the seeds.

    • Cathy 22

      Well, I do have a Blendtec which is very high-powered so I don’t know how it would be with another blender. If I were you I would soak the chia seeds in the milk for 15 minutes prior to making the smoothie, they turn into a gel and then maybe won’t be an issue.

  12. Maegan @ The BakerMama 23

    Love this idea! We always have a little leftover quinoa and now I have a great way to use it the next morning! Sounds delicious and nutritious!

  13. Oh my goodness! I am a smoothie addict. It’s my breakfast each and every morning. Usually I make green smoothies. I’ve never had a smoothie with quinoa in it! How inventive. I love quinoa and I can’t wait to try drinking it ;) I’ll be making this tomorrow morning for breakfast!

  14. What an interesting smoothie! I bet it’s lovely – can’t wait to try!

  15. I love this! I always add chia seeds to my smoothies. Never thought to add quinoa, nice addition since I use it several times a week already :) . And can I just say that the tops of your jars are super cute!

  16. April 31

    This sounds so perfect. I’m looking for more protein sources for my dairy free daughter. Have you tried this without the yogurt by any chance or will that not hide the quinoa/chia enough? Thanks!

  17. Brendan 33

    I’m definitely going to try this. I find my fruit smoothies don’t fill me up for very long. (I know one person has suggested adding silken tofu, but I don’t love the idea of so much soy). Anyway, a smoothie I bet your kids would like is one I make a lot. I use a vegan protein powder mix (I think it has hemp, brown rice, pea, and chia) and I use the chocolate flavored one. It tastes good but has a slightly off aftertaste (as protein powders often so). So I put it in my blendtec with almond milk, a heaping spoon of almond butter, a frozen banana, and a teaspoon of extra cacao. The nut butter totally masks the weird aftertaste. The final product has a chocolate peanut butter milkshake taste to it. It does have a bit more fat than your average smoothie, but its a good source of fats, and its very filling and delicious.

  18. Esther 34

    YUM!!! Just curious if you’ve ever calculated calories on this shake. I make one similar snd mine came out at 377. Just curiosity :)

  19. Health Freek 36

    How to cook quinoa? Do i need to soak it overnight?

  20. Helen 38

    Has Quinoa got to be cooked to put in a smoothy ? Or can it be added as is ?

  21. Johanna Lalite 40

    i have being trying to get my daughter who is 9 years to use Quinoa and chia but to no avail. I definitely will give your recipe a try. Thanks for the tip.

  22. Michael 41

    What is the nutritional and calorie count on this?

  23. Strawberry banana quinoa smoothie definitely looks yummi! I look forward to trying this. I love your recipe cuz it contains healthy ingredients! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing, Cathy


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