This Cherry Smoothie is made with frozen cherries, includes yogurt and milk and no bananas. The recipe can also be used to make a healthy smoothie bowl that can be topped with your favourite add-ons.
Cherries are one of my favourite summer fruits. I enjoy eating them fresh on their own but also love adding them to baked sweets, as I did in this Cherry Almond Cake.
When it comes to making smoothies I like to use frozen cherries. It's just easier and quicker since frozen cherries are already pitted and you don't have to spend time pitting them. Plus frozen cherries also help to make this smoothie really frosty and thick like a cherry shake.
How to Make a Cherry Smoothie
Smoothies are easy to make and using frozen pitted cherries makes this recipe a breeze. Here are the ingredients I used for this banana-free Cherry Smoothie:
- I used frozen sweet cherries for this smoothie but you can also use fresh pitted cherries.
- Mik, dairy or non-dairy.
- Yogurt, dairy or non-dairy. I used plain unsweetened yogurt, but vanilla or cherry flavoured would also be delicious.
- Maple syrup to sweeten the smoothie. If you use a sweetened yogurt you many not need to add any sweetener. It's best to blend the ingredients, taste and adjust for sweetness.
- A touch of almond extract. Almonds and cherries taste so good together plus almond extract intensifies the flavour of cherries. If you don't have any or don't like it, you can use vanilla extract for a cherry vanilla flavoured smoothie.
- Ice cubes for an extra cold and frosty smoothie. Can be omitted if you don't like your smoothies as cold.
To make the smoothie, place all of your ingredients in the jar of your blender and blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into cups and enjoy!
Of course, smoothie recipes are super adaptable so you can play around with the ingredients by reducing the quantity of cherries and adding another fruit.
- For a blueberry cherry smoothie, reduce cherries to one cup and add 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries.
- Or you can try a cherry pineapple smoothie by replacing half a cup of cherries with fresh or frozen pineapple chunks.
- For a peach cherry smoothie, use 3/4 cup of fresh or frozen peach chunks and 3/4 cup of frozen or fresh pitted cherries.
Tip: The important thing when playing around with the ingredients in a smoothie is trying to keep the same total amount of fruit (and vegetables) in the recipe. And then use the same amount of yogurt and milk indicated in the recipe.
Cherry Smoothie Bowl
This recipe can also be used to make a cherry smoothie bowl that can be topped with your favourite add-ons. Dried coconut, sliced almonds, chia and hemp seeds would all make delicious toppers. And if you're feeling like you deserve an extra little treat you can sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on there as well 😉.
Smoothies taste best when they are served immediately. If you have any leftover smoothie you can pour into popsicle moulds and enjoy it as a frozen treat.
Calories in this Smoothie:
This recipe will make approximately three servings and each serving contains about 138 calories.
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- 1-½ cups cherries frozen
- 1 cup milk dairy or non-dairy
- ½ cup yogurt plain, vanilla or cherry flavoured
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- ½ teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Place the ice, cherries, milk, yogurt, maple syrup and almond extract in a blender jar.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- Nutrition values are based on 3 servings. There are approximately 138 calories per serving.
- If you use a sweetened yogurt you many not need to add any sweetener. It's best to blend the ingredients, taste and adjust for sweetness.