Transform a few simple ingredients into a nutrient-packed breakfast or snack with this Cherry Smoothie recipe. It’s creamy, naturally sweet, and packed with nutrition. Best of all? You don’t need any fancy specialty ingredients to pull it off!
Frozen cherries, which are easy to use since they are already pitted, are such a great fruit for smoothies. They are very sweet, which eliminates the need for any added sugars, and have a pretty pink color, and they pair well with a range of other produce. I like to use them in this Cherry Smoothie along with yogurt and nut butter for protein, banana for creaminess, and cauliflower for a dose of veggies.
TIP: This smoothie is super quick to make and is a nutritious morning meal or snack for the kids.
Ingredients in Cherry Smoothie
To make this simple smoothie you’ll need:
- Frozen cherries
- Plain, whole-milk yogurt
- Nut or seed butter
- Raw cauliflower
TIP: To make this even creamier, you can use frozen banana.
How to Make a Cherry Smoothie Step-by-Step
Making this healthy smoothie for kids is really easy. After you gather your ingredients, you simply need to add them to a blender and blend well. Then serve it up cold in a cup or reusable pouch. If the mixture needs a little help getting totally blended, stop the blender and scrape down the sides a bit or use the stick that came with your blender (if one did).
Can I make this into a Cherry Chocolate Smoothie?
Cherry and chocolate are two flavors that work really well together! To add chocolate flavor to this smoothie, add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. You may want to add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, but taste it and see what you think!
How can I make this Cherry Smoothie Vegan?
You can use a favorite nondairy yogurt in place of the dairy yogurt or substitute in a plant milk to make this smoothie vegan.
Can I make this without banana?
Sure thing. To make this Cherry Smoothie without bananas, simply leave it out. You can add an extra ½ cup of frozen cherries or add in ½ cup frozen mango.
Can I make this smoothie ahead?
You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge in a reusable pouch to serve later. I wouldn’t recommend making it more than 3-4 hours ahead though. The mixture will separate a little as it sits, so shake it up before serving.
Tips for Making the Best Cherry Smoothie
- Use frozen cherries and a fresh banana for a texture that’s not too thick.
- To make it thicker, almost like the consistency of frozen yogurt, use frozen cherries AND frozen banana.
- Use a banana with brown spots for the best sweetness.
- Use dairy or nondairy yogurt as desired, but try to use one with fat in it to give the kids the nutrition they need for development.
- Blend well to create a creamy consistency.
- Sub in frozen mango or additional cherries if you’d like to skip the banana.
- Serve in a small open cup, off a spoon for younger toddlers, or in a reusable pouch.
I’d love to hear what you think if you make this recipe so please leave a comment below with feedback!Print
Try this naturally sweet smoothie filled with cherries, banana, and creamy yogurt. Add the nut butter if desired for extra protein and flavor.
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a blender.
- Add any optional ingredients.
- Process until very smooth, starting on low and working up to high.
- Serve immediately.
Use a banana with brown spots for the best sweetness.
Dairy-free: Use nondairy yogurt.
Blend well to create a creamy consistency.
Sub in frozen mango or additional cherries if you’d like to skip the banana.
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