Tart cherry smoothie bowls with cherry almond granola | Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free
Looks like it’s breakfast week on A Couple Cooks! In addition to these chai waffles, we’ve created these delicious tart cherry smoothie bowls as part of our work with cherries for the Cherry Marketing Institute. We used frozen Montmorency tart cherries as the basis for a smoothie, lightly sweetened with maple syrup and a bright squeeze of lemon juice, and topped it with dried cherry almond granola. It’s one of our favorites yet. It’s also incredibly versatile, as it’s vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, refined-sugar free, gluten-free — basically, almost anyone can eat it!
We’re working with the Cherry Marketing Institute to create a few recipes with tart cherries. A bit of info on them if you are interested: Montmorency tart cherries are mainly grown on small family orchards in the US and Canada (yeah!), and are available year round dried, frozen, and as juice in grocery stores and online. We love them for their taste, but they’re also rich in nutrients, with health benefits ranging from inflammation and exercise recovery to sleep. They’re a great snack since they can fulfill that sweet craving — you can eat them plain right out of the container (our favorite!) or pair with nuts or seeds, which makes for a fantastic combo of fiber and protein. Check out more details about Montmorency tart cherries and their nutritional benefits here.
For the full recipe, head over to our Smoothie in a Bowl post on ChooseCherries.com.