Simple Strawberry Smoothies

Simple Strawberry Smoothies

How to make Simple Strawberry Smoothies, with the emphasis on SIMPLE.

Sometimes we complicate things on purpose. In an effort to seem more sophisticated or elegant, we make life harder than it has to be.

High heels are the perfect example of this. Yes, they make your calves look great and are cute-as-heck. BUT they are also extremely bad for your back, uncomfortable, slightly dangerous, and make climbing stairs nearly impossible. We wear them anyway, praying we won’t fall over or twist our ankle.

This sort of thing happens in the culinary world as well.  Take Beef Wellington. It is completely delightful, but is it really worth all the time and preparation that goes into a GOOD Beef Wellington? Is it more delicious than a great seared steak with sauteed mushrooms? Is the “glitz” factor really worth all the extra work? Not in my opinion.

How To Make Simple Strawberry Smoothies

The other day I was flipping through one of my favorite cooking magazines and noticed a smoothie recipe. It immediately caught my attention because of the vast array of ingredients–15 to be exact. I stopped in wonder. “Who in their right mind is going to go to the store and buy 15 items just to make smoothies?” Some smoothie-makers like to add protein powder, flax or minerals to their smoothies to up the health benefits, but I wasn’t fooled. My beloved magazine was putting on airs to dress up a smoothie. Like wearing heels with your gym shorts, this just doesn’t make sense.

So today I want to share a Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe that has nothing to prove. I believe this to be the BEST smoothie recipe because:

  1. It requires only  3 ingredients.
  2. The ingredients can be changed to suit your taste or diet.
  3. It’s thick and creamy.
  4. And it has DOUBLE the flavor of regular smoothies.

How to make Simple Strawberry Smoothies: All you need is milk, frozen strawberries, and strawberry jam. Simply throw them all into a good blender and whirr away!

The strawberry jam is the secret weapon in this simple smoothie recipe. It not only sweetens the smoothie, but intensifies the strawberri-ness, without any fake flavoring syrups of extracts.

Frozen strawberries are preferred to fresh strawberries, because they thicken and chill the smoothie without any added ice to water it down. Plus frozen berries allow you to make smoothies any time of year.

The cow’s milk can be interchanged with kefir or any sort of non dairy milk that you like. You could also use sugar-free jam or “spreadable fruit” to decrease the sugar levels.

And of course, use ANY sort of fruit and jam to make this “best” smoothie recipe your flavor of choice–raspberry, blackberry, mango, the sky is the limit.

This simple strawberry smoothie recipe is proof that glitz and glamor can take you only so far. Sometimes the simple choice provides the greatest pleasure.

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Yield: 4 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Simple Strawberry Smoothies

Ingredients:

3 cups frozen strawberries
1 1/2 cups milk (any variety)
1/3 cup strawberry jam

Directions:

Place the frozen strawberries, strawberry jam and milk in the blender.

Place the lid over the top.

Puree until smooth.

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

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97 Responses to “Simple Strawberry Smoothies”

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    Malli — June 6, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Oh how simple and easy—never thought a shake could be easier to make!! ThnX for sharing ur idea
    Cheers!

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    brandi@BranAppetit — June 6, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    that is simple! I would never think to put jam in the smoothie, but it’s a great idea.

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    thepickyeater — June 6, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    love the straws !!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — June 6, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    These look super refreshing and delicious. I love a cold, cold smoothie on these hot days!

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    Katarina — June 6, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    Looks great!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — June 6, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    love the jam in it, would’ve never thought to add it! thanks for the tip! I LOVE those straws by the way!

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    Steve @ HPD — June 6, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    The only kind of smoothie I ever make is the Mystery Smoothie. Any fruit that’s going to go bad before I get around to eating it goes into the freezer. Then it comes out in random order. Usually use yogurt instead of milk or kefir, plus just a spash of fruit juice just to keep the blender moving.

    Wonder why “smoothie” stuck instead of “fruit shake”?

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    Parsley Sage — June 6, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    So very good. I’m a firm believer in simple, quick and easy recipes that make delicious non-complicated food. Well done!

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — June 6, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    We have smoothies daily. Usually with frozen organic blueberries, bananas or blackberries. Also simple and easy.
    Love the pictures with the straws. Very pretty.

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    Tricia B — June 6, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    We love smoothies but never tried jelly or jam or preserves! What a terrific idea. Also … The photos are incredible! Beautifully delicious.

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    Priya Sreeram — June 6, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    looks heavenly !

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    Maris (In Good taste) — June 6, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    You definetly had me at simple but the your photos! Oh my! Gorgeous!

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    Jennifer in SC — June 6, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Brilliant! Making for the boys (and me) in the morning. Thanks!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 6, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Yum! I love the addition of the strawberries jam. Gorgeous photos!

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    Dan — June 6, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I never thought about adding jam. I frequently add a ripe banana as well. I find it compliments the strawberries.

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    amy — June 6, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    where did the straws come from? I love them!

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    carolinaheartstrings — June 6, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Well YUM is all I can say. It looks fantastic tasting and your pictures are wonderful.

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    Kristen — June 6, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    What an easy recipe! I am definitely going to keep this one in mind for summer.

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    Bravo! I use yogurt instead of milk, but I love the idea of going with jam instead of sugar. Pure genius. Amen to the heels comment too. I haven’t worn high, high heels in a long time.

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    Sawsan@chef in disguise — June 6, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    My favorite smoothy has to be mango..
    and you are absolutely right..the simplest things are the best

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    Baking Serendipity — June 6, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    15 ingredients!?! I can’t imagine going through all that effort for a smoothie. You are right. Simpler is better and this smoothie looks fantastic! I’ve never used jam in mine before…definitely something to try :)

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    Emily @Cleanliness — June 6, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    The photos are GORGEOUS!

    As is the recipe :)

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    Melissa Finn — June 6, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I love strawberry smoothies!

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    maggie — June 6, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Beautiful photos, I’d love to have a glass right now. Love the idea of putting jam in the shake. It must give the most strawberry flavor.

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    Judy — June 6, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    kudos to that simple *secret* ingredient! The strawberry jam is indeed a good touch

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    Christine — June 6, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Sounds wonderful. Refreshing. Love strawberry smoothie. Thanks for sharing.

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    CLAIRE — June 6, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    such cute straws!

    i love strawberry milkshakes, but i would be willing to “be healthy” for this smoothie!
    I would have never thought to add jam… so easy and perfect for summer!

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    alison — June 6, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    We will be trying this one. I love how simple it is…I always have these ingredients around. Thanks!

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    La Cheshire Chat — June 6, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Now that is basically MY recipe, except I use yoghurt. Just plain, natural yoghurt and fruit, nothing else. HOWEVER, the jam is just the bomb. Wow.
    Thank you, GREAT idea!

    Kind regards, Kitty

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    Belinda @zomppa — June 6, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    With that jam, definitely sweet! Very charming.

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    Sara — June 6, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I’m all for easy things! I don’t wear high heels and complicated tight dresses that would make me uncomfortable. And I rarely cook complicated dishes. Hurray for this wonderful smoothie!

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    Ann Claire — June 6, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Putting jam in a smoothie is genius! I must try it!!

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    Ana Helena Campbell — June 6, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    Our family love smoothies! The strawberry smoothie has been on the top of our list for years but lately we are making lots of peanut butter smoothies in our house. Great protein! Your photos are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing you recipe with us.

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    • Kayla — July 22nd, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

      How would i go about making a peanut butter smoothie?

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    Kristen — June 6, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    We’re big smoothie fans around here. This looks so great!

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    torviewtoronto — June 6, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    haven’t had with strawberry jam looks wonderful

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 6, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    How simple, yet delicious! Never would have added jam, but it is a great idea. I love your cute straws too!

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    Tiffany — June 6, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    My favorite smoothie is any smoothie with fresh ginger in it!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — June 6, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    Simple ideas are often the best. This sounds like my kind of smoothie!

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    Valerie — June 7, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    I love it! And i like the frozen strawberries! We don’t have to add ice, it’s much better i think.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 7, 2011 @ 2:02 am

    I admit it, I’m a smoothie maker that throws in a lot of add-ins. From protein powder to chia seeds and pretty much anything else that sounds remotely healthy that I have lying aorund the house, lol. Sometimes you just want a simple uncomplicated smoothie like this that reminds you of the ones you had when you were a kid.

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    The Mistress of Spices — June 7, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    Sounds so simple but must be so delicious! I can’t wait to get some strawberries and make this. I wish I could find gorgeous straws like that too!

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    Linda — June 7, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    I totally agree with you; simple is best and three ingredients even better! Jam is a great idea! The possibilities are endless; I’m so glad you posted this! And I love your pics! The pink smoothie, red and white striped straws, like a summer party!

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    A Little Yumminess — June 7, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    We are into smoothies these days and these look like they are right up our alley. LOVE the straws!! I have to get some of those!

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    kankana — June 7, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    aha Strawberry jam .. that is a great idea. Looks so creamy and perfect!

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    sweetlife — June 7, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    STUNNING!!!

    sweetlife

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    briarrose — June 7, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    I so have a mental picture of heels with gym shorts. Excellent smoothie recipe. The jam is brilliant.

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    bakerbynature — June 7, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I love simplicity; It seems some of the best things come from it.

    This looks divine and so refreshing for a hot day!

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    Angie's Recipes — June 7, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    A simple but delicious and healthy drink!

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    Amy @ Serve at Once — June 7, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    I frequently make strawberries smoothies for breakfast, but it’s never occurred to me to add strawberry jam! I’ll have to try that sometime–I’m sure the flavor-boost is awesome. I LOVE your straws!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — June 8, 2011 @ 2:55 am

    this is just gorgeous!! thank you for sharing this. i love your photos:)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 8, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    beautiful and refreshing!

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    Kate@Diethood.com — June 8, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    I like simple, and I love delicious…this is both! YES!!

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    Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen — June 8, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I’m diggin the pink color of these smoothies. I’m really wanting to try these and interested in the difference the jam makes!

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    elle marie — June 8, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    What a fantastic drink for June! I have some “all fruit” in the fridge that I can use to sweeten up the drink (it’s made with grape juice concentrate), I’d love to dive into this after my workout!

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — June 11, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    My sentiments exactly! Simply sensational strawberry smoothies :)

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    Dmarie — June 11, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    my fav is probably strawberry, tho’ I make more blueberry smoothies, with the idea that the blueberries have more anti-oxidants in them. (not sure if this is true! ;)

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    Jason Phelps — June 12, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    I love the idea of using jam in a smoothie. Make a lot of sense!

    Jason

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    kita — June 13, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    the spiral straws in these shots really add a lot of dimension to the photos. Im loving looking at the pictures of these smoothies. They sound delicious!

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    Jennifer — June 13, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Jam is something I wouldn’t have thought of, definitely worth a try. I scraped a vanilla bean into a milkshake a few times and it was delicious.

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    Eileen — June 15, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    Love the looks of these smoothies. Can’t go wrong with 3 simple ingredients either. Cute straws – where did you get them?

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    Valerie — June 28, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    I am desperatly looking for strawberries to make your delicious smoothie!

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    Valerie — June 29, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Finally i found stawberries!! And i’ve made your smoothie, i think i can it’s the best smoothie ever!

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    Gitte — July 3, 2011 @ 3:33 am

    I totally agree, fifteen ingredients in a smoothie is a little rediculous. And yours with only three ingredients sounds amazing. I’ll have to try the jam trick :)

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    Alisa — July 8, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    It looks wonderful especially adding the strawberry jam. This is definitely one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment. I found you from the foodie blog roll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this strawberry widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about strawberry recipes,thanks!

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    fatima — August 3, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    lovely recipe i love it thanks :)

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    Noorya Niazi — November 16, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    I would have never known smoothies were so simple in the past i have tried to create a super delicious smoothies instead i get a super disgusting smoothie and i would have never put strawberry jam but nice touch and BTW loving the cool candy like straws i need to totally get some :D Thanks for the amazing tip !!

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    Lori — December 4, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    I make these for my girls all the time. I usually added a tablespoon of wheat germ to get in a little nutrition.

    Okay, like, this is the second reference in a post that you did to Beef Wellington. I got to tell you. I am not a foo foo foodie at all but I have made Beef Wellington (its on my blog, complete with referrals to some good resources). It is so worth it. I made it with my own puff pastry which is also much more simpler than you could ever dream. It is so tasty. Beef Wellington is so good that I have made it twice, since.

    I just read your fondant post and I have to say I really feel like I need to make it soon.

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    Firstlady — January 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Wonderful idea. Made it today. Tastes great!!!!

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    Jenifer De La Garza — January 27, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    These smoothies are amazing! I added banana to mine and I am thrilled with how easy they are.

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    Maria Gilbert — January 30, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    This was delicious! I used Laura Lynn frozen strawberries in syrup 1 cup, 1/2 cup 2% milk and 1 TBSP. strawberry preserves. it made a cup and a half., that was all I needed to drink! since the strawberries were in syrup I believe you wouldn’t have to use preserves or jam.Thanks So Much!

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    Hundewanderer — February 4, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I was looking for a simple strawberry smoothie recipe, and I like your way of thinking =)

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    milk-shake — February 13, 2012 @ 3:18 am

    Very good recipe :)

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    Asiya — March 1, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    Love the simplicity of this! Makes it something you can make on a whim!

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    Amy — March 8, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Just made it and I LOVE it! Great job using the jam. I added 1 t. lemon juice to balance out the sweet and it’s perfect.

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    Jazmin Martinez — April 30, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    Ses, check out this smoothie recipe. Let me know if this email went thru?

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    Charity — June 2, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    This is so yummy. My 4 yr old declared it is the best smoothie ever and that I should sell them so others know I make the best smoothies.

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    Shelly — August 27, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    Delicious! The jam idea was amazing I LOVE IT. I used a bag of frozen mixed fruit (mango pineapple strawberry) and used peach jam! It was a nice mix of flavors and sooo delicious!!!

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    Amanda — January 10, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Sounds so good!! Cant wait to try the jam trick!

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    Becky — April 22, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    What size drinks does this make? i.e. 8oz, 6oz. etc.

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    Bevin — April 22, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    These are AMAZING!!!! I froze some in popsicle molds and they are sooooo delicious! We’ll be eating a LOT of these this summer. Thanks for the recipe!

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    katie — July 11, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    This smoothie looks so good! Must start adding jams to my smoothies!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 11, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    What a great idea to use jam!! Beautiful Color!

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    Sherri S. — October 17, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    This was good and tasty. Def will be making it again in the future. Fortunately I had some homemade strawberry jam that made it all the more spectacular. :)

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    Milad — March 14, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    Just made this and I’m hooked already! Can’t wait to make it in the summer time

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    K Dancy — May 13, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    Perfect strawberry smoothie recipe – as a busy wife and mom, this was easy AND delicious!

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