Cherry Smoothie

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This Cherry Smoothie takes just minutes to make and only requires four ingredients: frozen sweet cherries, almond milk, frozen banana and almond butter. It’s healthy, filling, creamy, and full of flavor! This smoothie is dairy free and naturally vegan.

We’re obsessed with smoothies around these parts; they’re the perfect way to start your day or quell your sugar cravings! Be sure to try our other favorites: the best Green Smoothie recipe, this Mango Smoothie, or an Acai Bowl.

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Cherry Smoothie

A few months ago I shared this delicious Blueberry Smoothie. That smoothie has become one of my go-tos for a quick breakfast — it’s creamy, filling and flavorful. After finding frozen cherries on sale, I had to try them in place of blueberries in the smoothie. 

From the first time I tried it, I was hooked! Since then, Cherry Smoothies have been on repeat in my house and I have no doubt it will become one of your new favorite smoothies as well. 

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What can you do with frozen cherries?

Make a Cherry Smoothie, of course! This smoothie is the perfect way to use up frozen cherries, since frozen are better than fresh for smoothie consistency. Some other ways to use frozen cherries: try a tart cherry crisp, cherry danish or this cherry jam.

Cherry Smoothie tips

I know, how complicated can making a smoothie be, right?! But I still have a few tips to share!

  1. Try to use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. There are only four ingredients in the smoothie, so getting the best and freshest of each ingredient really counts! Make sure you use sweet cherries, not tart cherries, for this smoothie.
  2. If needed, add a little maple syrup, stevia or honey to further sweeten this smoothie. (I find the fruit sweetens it enough, though.)
  3. Measure: While it is much easier to just eyeball a smoothie and throw it all together, I highly recommend measuring ingredients the first few times so you get proportions/quantities right. Throwing random quantities in a blender can often end up giving you way too much smoothie or tasting, well, nasty.

QUICK TIP

Freeze the banana: The key to a super-thick and creamy smoothie is a frozen banana! I like to prep the bananas right after getting back from the grocery store, so I don’t forget.  Remove the peel, slice the banana into coins, place in freezer-safe containers or bags, and freeze overnight.

Image of all the ingredients in the blender about to be blended for this healthy Cherry Smoothie.

Health benefits of Cherry Smoothies

  • Frozen cherries: Sweet cherries are high in vitamins and minerals, (potassium, calcium, vitamin A and folic acid). They are also high in antioxidants and fiber.*
  • Frozen bananas: Bananas are linked to moderating blood sugar levels after meals, which also means it may reduce appetite as the stomach empties slower. The frozen banana is also the “secret” for giving this smoothie it’s creamy texture and sweet flavor.
  • Almond butter: Nut butter is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. It also gives this smoothie so much flavor and increases the creaminess. Almond butter also helps make this smoothie more filling.
  • Vanilla almond milk: Almond milk is low in calories and sugar while being high in calcium and other vitamins. Almond milk is also naturally dairy free, vegan, and lactose free. I like using vanilla-flavored for an extra bit of flavor.

*While I do have my background in health, (B.S. Exercise and Wellness) I am not a doctor or certified nutritionist. Always consult your doctor or certified nutritionist as needed.

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Cherry Smoothie FAQs

Can you blend cherries?

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Cherry Smoothie

5 from 6 votes
This Cherry Smoothie takes mere minutes to make and only requires four ingredients: frozen cherries, milk, frozen banana, and almond butter. It's healthy, filling, creamy, and full of flavor! This smoothie is dairy free and naturally vegan.
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Cherry Smoothie

5 from 6 votes
This Cherry Smoothie takes mere minutes to make and only requires four ingredients: frozen cherries, milk, frozen banana, and almond butter. It's healthy, filling, creamy, and full of flavor! This smoothie is dairy free and naturally vegan.
Course Breakfast, Drinks, lunch, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword cherry smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 -2 smoothies
Calories 419kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice - Note 1)
  • 1 cup frozen sweet cherries
  • heaping 3/4 cup frozen banana coins (~1 medium-sized RIPE banana)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Instructions

  • NIGHT BEFORE: Peel the banana and slice into coins. Place the coins in a sealed bag in the freezer.
  • DAY OF: Combine the almond milk, frozen cherries, frozen banana, and almond butter in a large, powerful blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust if needed. (Depending on sweetness of banana, you may need to add a bit of honey or maple syrup; we usually don't need to add either!)
  • Enjoy immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Any milk works in this smoothie, but it won't be dairy-free or vegan with cows' milk.ย 

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 429mg | Iron: 2mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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    1. I’m so sorry about that! I’ve updated it! The calories/macros are for 2 servings of the smoothies! Thanks for catching that!

  1. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS! Added a little extra almond milk to thin it out a tad, used vanilla almond butter, added a dash vanilla extract & about 1 tsp truvia. SO GOOD.

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