After making whipped feta crostini a few weeks ago, I had a little extra cream cheese to use up. I didn’t want to buy bagels, because I knew I’d run out of cream cheese before I’d run out of bagels, and then I’d be tempted to buy more cream cheese—it’s a vicious cycle, you know? As it happened, I also had a bunch of strawberries I needed to finish. Because who goes to Costco and buys two pounds of strawberries three days before leaving town? *raises hand* So I decided to make a strawberry cheesecake smoothie!
If you’ve never put cream cheese in a smoothie before, you’re in for a real treat. It makes it super luscious and silky smooth, while also adding some protein! The graham cracker crumbs are totally optional, but they add a little visual pizzazz…plus, if you’ve ever thought it was a shame to toss out the crumbs at the bottom of the box, here’s a solution! I had some extra crumbs sitting around after making s’mores cupcakes, so in they went! If you haven’t already noticed, the theme of this smoothie was basically “use up all the things.” Annnnd then when I was going through the pantry, I also happened to find an unopened bottle of strawberry extract, which I have no recollection of purchasing—but obviously I must have at some point, since it’s not really the sort of thing the boyfriend would buy on impulse while at the store. So that went into the blender, too.
So if you ever happen to find yourself with cream cheese, strawberries, graham cracker crumbs, and strawberry extract, this is THE recipe for you! Or you could also buy things intentionally in order to make this. That works too 😉
- 2-3 cups strawberries
- 3 ounces light cream cheese
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon strawberry extract (optional, see note)
- 1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
- graham cracker crumbs, for garnish (optional)
- Put all the ingredients (except the graham cracker crumbs, if using) in a blender and blend until smooth. You may want to add an extra 2-3 tablespoons almond milk if the blender is having difficulty. Pour into glasses. Optional: sprinkle some graham crackers crumbs on top.
- Measuring whole strawberries by volume is a little tricky, so anywhere between 2-3 cups is fine.
- I like to freeze the strawberries an hour or so before making smoothies (or use frozen strawberries), but this is not absolutely necessary.
- For an extra boost of strawberry flavor, add 1 teaspoon strawberry extract. I find that the smoothie has enough flavor without it, but I happened to have some strawberry extract on hand, so I threw some in as an experiment and it was mighty tasty.
- Your smoothies will be pinker than the ones shown in the photos. I took pictures of the first batch (which included a frozen banana) and ended up tweaking the ingredients afterward.
HomeSweetJones (@HomeSweetJones) says
Oh yum! This totally looks worthy of putting the ingredients on the shopping list.
Haha yes, agreed! Thanks, Maggie!
This sounds really yummy! How convenient that all of your leftovers went together so well!! 🙂 I’ve never tried cream cheese in a smoothie before, but I bet it is great.
It really was quite serendipitous! I imagine you could achieve a similar cheesecake-y feel with Greek yogurt, but I happened to have cream cheese, so that’s what I used. I hope you get a chance to try it!
Alaina @ A Not So Quiet Kitchen says
This looks so good!!! I love cheesecake in all forms, so this smoothie is must try 🙂 I know that I’ve made some of my best dinners by just throwing together a bunch of things I needed to use before they went bad! It’s so nice when that works out!
Thanks, Alaina! Let me know what you think if you try it. And yes, it’s SO nice when leftover ingredients actually go together…although that seems to be a rare thing in my household!
Oh yum! My kids would love this too!
I’m sure! I have fond memories of blending up smoothies as a summertime snack as a kid 🙂
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I thought plain old strawberry smoothies were pretty awesome. But cheesecake ones? Wow! I bet this is so delicious 🙂
I like to think of them as belonging to separate categories. I’ve got a favorite all-fruit strawberry smoothie, but when I want something a little different and more indulgent, this one hits the spot!
Brilliant – it’s like a cake in a glass! Loving it 🙂
Yup, exactly! Thanks, Ginger!
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
Now you’re talking 😀 Cheesecake smoothie here I come! Will be trying this definitely, lots of strawberries in my backyard. I hope the birds haven’t found them!
Ooh, that sounds lovely to have strawberries growing in your own yard! I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as we do 🙂
So yummy! Who would have thought to make a cheesecake smoothie? This is giving me tons of ideas!! 😀
Thanks, Julianna! I’m glad this caught your eye.
This looks so pretty and refreshing, Mara! Happy FF!
Thanks so much! Happy (belated) Fiesta Friday 🙂
Mara, I like the way you think!!! Leftovers usually drive new recipes for me. But even with those recipes, I usually have to buy something else, which produces new leftovers! (I know, you know how this goes!) This smoothie looks creamy, thick and sweet! It would be a perfect way to start my day!
The cycle can be endless! I guess that’s okay, since we never stop needing food. I hope you get a chance to try this!
What an innovative recipe, Mara ! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Suchitra, and thanks for stopping by 🙂
Looks SO good, Mara! Stumbled and yummed this recipe 🙂
I’m glad this caught your eye! Thanks so much for sharing it 🙂