This cherry berry smoothie is a great way to eat more fruit. A great option for breakfast, as a snack, or alongside a full meal - it's fruity, fresh and full of good-for-you ingredients.
This cherry blueberry smoothie will impress even the most doubtful smoothie drinkers.
Instead of fresh cherries and blueberries, this smoothie uses frozen options to make a creamy cold drink that you can enjoy even outside of cherry season.
Not to mention, pre-pitted frozen cherries save you the effort of pitting. Frozen berries are often cheaper too, so we consider it a win, win, win!
Why This Cherry Berry Smoothie Recipe Works
Tart cherries, frozen berries and banana combine with milk for a delicious and refreshing drink. An easy way to eat your favourite fruits, this cherry smoothie only requires a few ingredients and a few minutes but tastes amazing nevertheless. If you're not a morning person, this smoothie is the perfect way to squeeze in a healthy breakfast with minimal effort. It also looks great, as the vibrant colours of the frozen fruit blend up into a beautiful purple. Aesthetic breakfast, anyone? Yes please!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Frozen cherries: Frozen fruits are a great affordable alternative to fresh produce, but you can use fresh cherries if they're in season and available to you. Just make sure to pit them first!
- Frozen blueberries: Blueberries add antioxidants, delicious flavour, and contribute to lovely purple hue. If you prefer strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries, feel free to swap for your favourite berry. Fresh berries work as well as frozen, so feel free to go with either.
- Banana: This healthy smoothie has no added sweetener - just banana! Use frozen bananas for a super creamy texture, but if you don't have any on-hand, fresh bananas taste great too.
- Milk: This recipe is written with regular dairy milk, but soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk and coconut water all taste great in this smoothie too!
Want to bulk-up your smoothie to make it less of a snack and more of a light meal? Try adding a few ingredients to take it to the next level.
- Seeds: Adding seeds is a great way to increase the amount of healthy fat in this smoothie. Hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds are all great options and are practically flavourless when blended up.
- Plain yogurt: Plain greek yogurt adds extra protein, calcium and probiotics to this smoothie. A few tablespoons will thicken this smoothie and make it more satiating.
- Protein: If you'd like to increase the protein content of this smoothie, feel free to add a protein powder. We'd recommend vanilla protein powder, which will blend well with this smoothie's berry flavor.
- Ice cubes: If you're using unfrozen bananas and would like to make your smoothie colder, adding between 1-3 ice cubes will do the trick.
- Spinach: A handful of spinach adds some greens and healthy vitamins including iron, vitamin C, vitaminK and more.
- Coconut flakes: To add a little texture, sprinkle a few coconut flakes on top of your smoothie. Or, you can blend them in for a slightly coconut-y flavour.
- Avocado: Avocado will add creaminess and healthy fat, and best of all, you can't even taste it!
What Blender Should I Use?
This smoothie isn't super thick, so any blender should work. A NutriBullet will suffice, but a higher-powered blender or food processor will also do the trick.
Yes! Just swap frozen for fresh and it'll work just as well! The only thing to note is that you must first pit the cherries.
To achieve a smooth, liquid smoothie, ensure that you blend on high speed to break up any fruit chunks or skin.
Yes, you can. Either put the smoothie in a cup with a lid or cover the glass with foil or cling wrap and store in the fridge overnight. You. might need to stir your smoothie in the morning to re-mix it, but it will still be good drink.
Most grocery stores will have frozen cherries in the freezer section next to other frozen fruit. If you can't find frozen cherries, you can substitute them for raspberries or strawberries instead.
Sure can! If making a smoothie bowl, we suggest doubling the bananas for a thicker texture. Add your favourite toppings including granola, nut butter and other sliced fruit and you're good to go.
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