Start your day off right with this healthy Cherry Smoothie! You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this quick and easy smoothie. Be sure to check out some add-in ideas in the post below!
Want more healthy breakfast ideas? Try these Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins! These Banana Breakfast Cookies also make a delicious on-the-go breakfast. For more smoothie recipes check out all my Drink/Smoothie Recipes here.
Cherry Smoothie Recipe
We love making a healthy green smoothie for breakfast most mornings! Our go-to frozen fruit for smoothies is usually a blend of frozen berries. The other day I used frozen cherries in place of our usual berry blend.
The result: an AMAZING Cherry Smoothie that is made from the simplest ingredients!
Ingredients for a Cherry Smoothie
Fresh or Frozen Cherries: You can’t beat the convince of frozen pitted cherries! If you have a lot of fresh cherries on hand they will work great too. You can add more ice to the smoothie when using fresh cherries.
Banana or Mango: Either banana or mango is delicious in this smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen of either one.
A handful of greens: I’m always looking for ways to get more greens in my diet. This smoothie perfectly hides a handful of spinach or baby kale. If you have picky eaters, the dark color of the cherries hides the color of the greens. You can also use one of these reusable silicone smoothie pouches to hid any smoothie color! I love those pouches because they’re also a great mess-free way to give my kids a smoothie for breakfast.
Soaked nuts: This is a unique ingredient that I love adding to my smoothies! If you’re dairy-free and have wondered how to make a creamy smoothie with no yogurt this is the trick. I soak 1/4 cup almonds overnight or add 1/4 cup cashews. Cashews are a softer nut and will blend up nice and creamy without the soaking time. The nuts add nutrition and a yummy creamy texture.
Orange juice: A little orange juice goes a long way in making this smoothie delicious. You can use all orange juice or half water/half orange juice.
Ice: Ice is a must for cold and thick smoothies. The amount of ice you’ll need to add depends on if you use fresh or frozen fruit. Start with 1/2 cup and add more to reach the thickness you like.
This smoothie makes the perfect base recipe for your favorite add-ins. Add any of these ingredients to switch it up.
- For Fiber: Chia seeds or ground flaxseed
- For Protein: Vanilla protein powder or collagen peptides
- For Healthy Fats: Almond butter or 1/4 an avocado
I usually always add a little extra protein and fiber to my smoothies. These add-ins will make a heartier smoothie that doesn’t leave you feeling hungry a few hours later.
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Do you have a go-to favorite smoothie recipe? This smoothie is sure to become a welcome addition to your healthy eating routine.
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Cherry Smoothie Recipe
- 1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight (or 6-12 hours) or 1/4 cup cashews (no need to soak)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 frozen banana, or 1 cup frozen mango
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1-2 cups spinach
- 1/2-1 cup ice
- Chia Seeds/Flax Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Protein Powder
- The night before: Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with water. If using cashews you can soak them for 30 minutes or simply add them straight to the blender.
- The next morning: Drain the water, and place the almonds and water in a high-speed blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until the almonds are creamy and you've made a thick almond milk.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until fully incorporated. Enjoy!