Fresh, ripe cherries make the perfect sweet pink drink!
Smoothies are such an easy way to have a healthy, delicious, and fancy treat. In fact, if you were to walk into a smoothie shop or a café and ask for this exact smoothie, you would probably pay a pretty penny. That is because there is so much goodness packed into this drink!
But with this recipe in hand, you will never have to buy an overpriced smoothie again, you can make it yourself for a lot less but still get the same, amazing tasting drink.
"so much goodness packed into this drink!"
Ingredients in a Cherry Smoothie Recipe
Our cherry smoothie recipe begins with sweet cherries. Feel free to buy fresh cherries, remove the pits and then freeze them. If cherries aren’t in season where you live, simply buy a bag of frozen cherries from your grocery store.
Frozen cherries typically have the pits already removed, saving you a little time in your drink prep!
Try using dark cherries or tart cherries to make the drink a little different each time. You may want to add a touch of honey when using tart cherries- they can be quite sour!
We like to use coconut milk in this recipe as it gives the cherry smoothie a nice, sweet and tropical taste. However, feel free to use whatever kind of milk you’d like! They will all work great.
Vanilla protein powder also adds a nice flavor but plain protein powder will work too. You can also skip the protein powder if you want a lighter version of the smoothie. It will still taste just as great!
Frozen Banana helps make the smoothie nice and thick. Bananas add a lot of healthy nutrients like potassium. Cherries and banana also taste fantastic together.
How to Make a Sweet Cherry Smoothie
To make this smoothie, all you need is a powerful blender and some fruit. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and puree until very smooth. Pour the thick smoothie into glasses and enjoy! Simple smoothie recipes are the best!
What to Add to A Smoothie
We love our sweet cherry smoothie recipe just as it is. However, you can give a few of these add-in’s a try. It’s always fun to try new ingredients in your favorite drinks.
- Greek yogurt in place of coconut milk
- Vanilla extract to help bring out the cherries sweetness
- Unsweetened cocoa powder for a tasty chocolate cherry smoothie
- Chocolate protein powder for a chocolatey twist
- Frozen peach in place of banana
- Coconut milk ice cubes rather than plain
- A scoop of hemp seeds or flaxseeds for more nutritional value
You Asked, We’re Answering!
Here are the answers to a few of your top questions about sweet cherry smoothie. If you still have questions, feel free to shoot us a message and we will respond ASAP!
What should you not mix in a smoothie?
When crafting the perfect smoothie, try not to add too much sugar. Most smoothies, like this tasty cherry smoothie recipe, already have lots of fruit. Fruit is naturally high in sugar and should be sweet enough to drink. Adding extra sugar, syrup and honey can put the sugar content of the smoothie over the edge. Many plant based milks and flavored yogurts are also high in sugar. A little sugar or added sweetener is okay but be careful how much you add. You don’t want to be drinking a glass of pure sugar!
Can you blend whole cherries?
Cherries need to be pitted before blending. The hard stone inside the cherry should be removed and discarded before blending.
What is the best base for a smoothie?
Any kind of milk is a great base for a smoothie. Milks are quite healthy, containing lots of calcium, vitamin D and healthy fats. Plant based milks are just as nutritious, if not more so. Using milk in a smoothie will also give your drink a nice, creamy texture. Milk is definitely our preferred smoothie base.
Is it OK to have a smoothie everyday?
Enjoying a smoothie every day is definitely okay. Most smoothies have lots of healthy ingredients that are a great addition to your daily routine.
What fruits go well with cherry?
Cherries go well with so many other fruits. The mild, sweet taste of cherries is the perfect complement to lots of other fruit. Cherries go well with bananas, apples, oranges, peaches, apricots, plums, and berries.
How many cherries a day should you eat?
You can eat quite a few cherries every day without any negative side effects. Some studies have shown that eating two cups of cherries per day will reduce the uric acid in the body. Around 25 sweet cherries a day can help you get better sleep.
Can fruit smoothies make you gain weight?
Fruit smoothies can make you gain weight is consumed in excess. Fruit smoothies do contain lots of natural sugars. Sugar equals calories. While the sugar in fruit smoothies is natural and can be viewed as healthy, it can still add up in your diet. Enjoy fruit smoothies in moderation, just as you should with most foods.
What can you do with cherry pits?
Before you toss those cherry pits, consider making cherry pit vinegar, cherry pit infused whipped cream, or cherry pit simple syrup.
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