Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Looking for a smoothie bowl recipe? This granola smoothie bowl with tart cherries is a delicious plant based breakfast that’s loaded with nutrients.

Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl Recipe

This post was created in partnership with Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions are our own.

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!

Related: Homemade Acai Bowl

Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Montmorency tart cherry nutrition facts

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, 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.

Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl Recipe

How to make this granola smoothie bowl recipe

A good smoothie bowl base has a thick texture, almost like ice cream. Many smoothie bowls use frozen bananas to create a creamy, frozen base: here we’ve used frozen Montmorency tart cherries! The best tool for a smoothie bowl base is a high-speed blender, which quickly and easily blends frozen fruit. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, a regular blender works as well, but you may need to stop and scrape the bowl of the blender more often while blending. For this cherry smoothie, simply blend together frozen Montmorency cherries, lemon juice, a banana, maple syrup, and almond milk.

For topping this granola smoothie bowl, we’ve created a special granola recipe using dried tart cherries! We’d recommend making the granola the day before you want to eat the smoothie bowl. It takes 45 minutes to bake, and is made simply with oats, maple syrup, sliced almonds, and dried Montmorency tart cherries.

The key to serving a smoothie bowl is to serve it immediately. Once you blend your smoothie, it immediately starts to melt. Pro tip: freeze your serving bowl while making the smoothie! This slows down the melting process once your smoothie hits the bowl. Make sure your granola is ready to go, so you can immediately top and serve the smoothie bowl once the smoothie is ready.

Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Looking for more vegan breakfast ideas?

Outside of this cherry granola smoothie bowl recipe, we have dozens of vegan breakfast ideas and quick healthy breakfast recipes on our website. Here are a few of our favorites:

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This cherry granola smoothie bowl recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

Tart Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Looking for a smoothie bowl recipe? This granola smoothie bowl with tart cherries is a delicious plant based breakfast that’s loaded with nutrients.


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  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Smoothie bowl recipe, Granola smoothie bowl, Smoothie bowl, Smoothie recipe, Cherry smoothie, tart cherries, Naturally Sweetened, Granola Recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    March 10, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Wow, talk about the perfect way to say rise and shine! This looks beautimous!!!!!!!!

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    Elyse H.
    March 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    YUM! I love dried cherries in my granola!!

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    Ellie | Hungry by Nature
    March 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

    so gorgeous! this looks incredible – both the smoothie and granola!!

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    March 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve never tried tart cherries but I’ve heard they have amazing health benefits! And this smoothie bowl looks amazing!! :)

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    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    March 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This is the most beautiful smoothie bowl I’ve ever seen! Im sure it tastes incredible!

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    March 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Tart cherries and granola…my two favorite things <3 <3 <3

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    March 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

    This looks so healthy and delicious! Can be my new breakfast meal starting tomorrow onward. Thanks for sharing!

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    March 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    This looks amazing! Cant wait to try this out, perfect combo. I also have a blog and would love to get your feedback it <3 xoxo

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    Scott Williams
    June 3, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Instead of using cherries, I ended up using strawberries and it was so delicious. I used to eat eggs in the past for breakfast and never felt as energized as I do now when I eat meals like this. Thanks for sharing :)

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    David Summerbell
    June 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    i just stumbled across this recipe this afternoon while searching for granola recipes. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to use up most of all the cherries I had! Mine came out close to the ones you made, but WOW. So delicious!!! I would definitely make these again. Thanks for sharing.

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    Green Press
    February 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Looks stunning and delicious! Great toppings you have here.

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