A Cherry Smoothie, made with a hint of vanilla, is a refreshing day to start your day. This green smoothie is full of nutrients to help fuel you through the busiest of mornings. You can enjoy this milkshake as a healthy snack in the afternoon or even as dessert in the evening. This super easy recipe is vegan and gluten free.
It’s no secret that I love cherries. They’re my favorite fruit, and they’re only in season for a very limited time each year. When the stores first start stocking them, the price can be rather ridiculous, but I buy them anyway. I just can’t pass up a display of fresh cherries in the grocery store.
When cherries aren’t in season, I stash frozen bags of them away in my basement freezer. While I like to snack on the fresh variety, frozen cherries are great for smoothies. And I have smoothies several days a week for breakfast, so I pretty much always have bags of cherries on hand.
Vanilla Cherry Smoothie
Chocolate is usually my flavor of choice to mix with cherries, but sometimes I find myself craving something a little lighter. On those days, I reach for the vanilla extract.
This recipe is super simple. It’s pretty much just fruit and greens with a few add-ins. I’ve used ground flax seeds (or flax seed meal) for their omega fatty acid content and hemp seeds for a little bit of protein.
How to Make a Vanilla Cherry Smoothie
It couldn’t be easier to make this recipe! You simply throw everything together in a blender and mix until smoothie and creamy. It only takes in seconds in my Blendtec.
I use frozen bananas in this recipe. I don’t eat bananas straight – they’re far too mushy for me. So I usually put them in the freezer for my smoothies as soon as I get them home from the store. If your bananas aren’t frozen, you can throw a few ice cubes in the blender along with the rest of the ingredients, to make sure it’s cold. (Because nothing is worse than a warm smoothie.)
Unless you want to pit a lot of fresh cherries, it’s best to use the frozen kind in your smoothie. A 10-ounce bag of them says it’s actually 3 servings. But I since I have my smoothies for breakfast, I like the them on the large side, and I get two servings out of this recipe.
I pretty much never measure my greens. I just plop a couple big handfuls of them into my blender.
How to Customize Your Cherry Smoothie
It’s easy to make this recipe your own!
- I had originally created this recipe a few years ago with Vega One French Vanilla protein powder, after they kindly sent me some samples to try. I’ve used hemp seeds for protein here, but go ahead and add a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder, if you want.
- You can use pretty much any type of leafy green veggie you like. I find that baby spinach and baby kale have the most neutral flavors, and they don’t overpower the cherry and vanilla.
- If you can’t eat bananas, you can use an avocado.
- Cherries and almonds go together nicely, so you can add a touch of almond extract to your smoothie.
Vanilla Cherry Smoothie
- 3 cups frozen cherries (10 ounce bag)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk or your favorite nondairy milk
- 2 cups baby spinach or baby kale
Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. If the seems too thick, add a little more nondairy milk. Serve cold.
More smoothie recipes you might enjoy include:
More cherry recipes you might enjoy include:
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl
- Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding Parfaits
- Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream