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This cherry smoothie recipe is bursting with fruity flavor! Blend it up to curb a sweets craving or a healthy way to start the day.

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Cherries aren’t a common fruit in smoothies…but we think they should be. Try this frosty Cherry Smoothie! It’s fruity and sweet, with big cherry flavor contrasting with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. Of course it’s more common to make smoothies with good old strawberries and blueberries. But when you find a bag of frozen cherries: snap them up for this tasty puree!

Ingredients in a cherry smoothie

This cherry smoothie is bursting with sweet flavor and only requires a few ingredients, some of which you might already have on hand. Of course the most important ingredient is frozen cherries! Check the frozen section in your local grocery (they can sometimes be hard to find). Here’s what you’ll need in total:

  • Frozen cherries: we used sweet, but you can use frozen tart cherries if you can find them!
  • Banana
  • Greek yogurt
  • Orange juice, or substitute cherry juice if you happen to have it on hand
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice

Blend them up, and it makes a beautiful pink puree: perfect for sipping and full of healthy ingredients. For a dairy-free smoothie, omit the Greek yogurt and add one of the protein adders below (you may need to add a bit more liquid to get it to blend).

Cherry Smoothie

Variation: chocolate cherry smoothie

This cherry smoothie is highlighted with vanilla extract, since cherries and vanilla go hand in hand. But what about cherries and…chocolate? Here’s a way to make a smoothie that tastes like a healthy chocolate milkshake:

  • Add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder to the recipe below
  • Sweeten with 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

Ways to add protein

This cherry smoothie has a bit of Greek yogurt for a bit of protein and a creamy texture. But you can add even more protein, especially if you’re using this as a meal replacement. Here are a few options:

  • More Greek yogurt. Go up to ½ cup, or even more to taste.
  • Almond butter or cashew butter. Add 1 tablespoon nut butter to add an additional 4 grams protein.
  • Chia seeds. You can add plant-based protein and fiber with chia seeds: 2 tablespoons chia seeds adds 4 grams protein and 11 grams fiber.
  • Vanilla or chocolate protein powder: Protein powder works well too! We use this protein powder that has natural ingredients and a flavor that’s not too artificial.
Cherry smoothie

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This cherry smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the Greek yogurt.

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Cherry Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies or 1 large 1x

Description

This cherry smoothie recipe is bursting with fruity flavor! Blend it up to curb a sweets craving or a healthy way to start the day.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups frozen cherries (we use sweet cherries)
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt*
  • ½ cup orange juice (or cherry juice)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary and adding a splash more water or juice if necessary. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Notes

*Variation: For a chocolate cherry smoothie, add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup. For a dairy-free smoothie, omit the Greek yogurt and add one of the protein adders in the post above (you may need to add a bit more liquid to get it to blend).

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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3 Comments

  1. Distroyer A. Deamon says:

    Is which better or orange or cherry juice? remember me Distroyer






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We like the cherry juice better if you have it!

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!