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This sweet and simple cherry smoothie recipe makes a healthy and satisfying meal, snack or dessert. Frozen cherries, cherry juice, bananas, and vanilla greek yogurt are blended together for a perfectly simple and easy hunger fix.
Smoothies are the perfect meal or snack time solution when you want a no-fuss option with minimal clean up and healthy ingredients. My family loves smoothies! We are constantly making our favorite Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Apple Smoothie, and Skinny Berry Smoothie. Sometimes we get fancy and make smoothie bowls, like this Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl or Cranberry Smoothie Bowl.
But when I am craving something sweet, simple and classic this cherry smoothie is the perfect solution!
How to make a cherry smoothie
Start by gathering the ingredients. This recipe is super simple! All you need are frozen sweet cherries, sweet cherry juice, banana and vanilla greek yogurt.
Put everything in a blender. I like to put the liquid at the bottom, I think it helps everything blend a lot easier. Sometimes when you are dealing with frozen fruit it can take a while to drop and putting the liquid in first will help it reach the blade easier.
Next, pulse the blender a few times to get things going. Once everything is beginning to combine well, increase the speed and continue blending on medium speed until desired consistency is reached.
Getting the perfect smoothie consistency
Once your smoothie is blended, you may want to adjust the consistency. To make the cherry smoothie recipe thinner, you can add a bit more cherry juice. If you want to thicken it up, add more frozen cherries. The most important part of getting perfect smoothie consistency is to add the liquid slowly. Start with the minimum amount you need and work your way up.
Are cherry smoothies healthy?
Yes! The ingredients in this smoothie are loaded with tons of nutritional benefits. As long as you avoid added sugar with the frozen cherries and the juice, this smoothie is very healthy.
- Cherries: Cherries are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are well known for their antioxidant properties and are loaded with Vitamin A and Folic Acid.
- Bananas: Bananas are great for your skin, are high in Vitamin C, aid in digestion and are excellent for heart health.
- Greek Yogurt: Greek Yogurt boosts your metabolism, improves gut health, strengthens bones and encourages good mental health.
What is a good replacement for yogurt in a smoothie?
If you are not a fan of yogurt, there are many alternatives you can choose instead. Try coconut cream, nut yogurt, soaked chia seeds or protein powder. No matter which substitute you choose, try and add something that has the general consistency of greek yogurt.
Storing leftovers – If you are planning to make a double batch of this recipe or happen to have leftovers, you can store this recipe in the refrigerator in a glass with an airtight lid for up to two days.
Freezing – You can also freeze it in a freezer safe container and thaw it when you are ready to enjoy it. I love freezing it in an ice cube tray and blending the cubes up when they begin to thaw. It tastes like a fresh smoothie!
No matter how you serve it, the smoothies always taste extra special if you garnish them with a few extra cherries on top and a sprig of mint.
More Cherry recipes to try:
- 1/2 cup black cherry juice
- 1 cup frozen black cherries
- 1 banana
- 5.3 ounces vanilla greek yogurt one snack size container
- Combine all ingredients in the blender.
- Pulse until well combined, then blend on medium low speed until smooth.
- Slowly add more cherry juice until desired consistency is achieved.