You can transform a few simple ingredients into a nutrient-packed breakfast or snack with this Cherry Smoothie. It’s creamy from yogurt and banana, is naturally sweet from the frozen cherries, boasts a solid dose of protein and hidden veggies! And 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 a great fruit for smoothies. They are very sweet 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.
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
How to Make a Cherry Smoothie Step-by-Step
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 1/2 cup of frozen cherries or add in 1/2 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.
- Use a banana with brown spots for the best flavor.
- 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.
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. (It’s yummy without it though!)
- 1 small very ripe-with-brown-spots bananas (fresh or frozen, sliced)
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1/2 cup raw cauliflower
- 1–2 tablespoons peanut butter, optional
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a blender and process until very smooth. Serve immediately.
Use frozen cherries and a fresh banana for a texture that’s not too thick.
Use a banana with brown spots for the best flavor.
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.
Pour the mixture into freezer pop molds to make homemade popsicles.