Get your day off to a great start with this delicious Cherry Almond Smoothie! Made with fresh, or frozen cherries, almonds and yogurt, this cherry smoothie recipe is nutritious and loaded with protein. Great as a quick breakfast, mid-day healthy snack or a post-workout recovery shake.
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Need a simple, delicious cherry smoothie recipe that is actually satisfying and keeps you full? Look no further, this almond and cherry smoothie checks all those boxes.
Made with either fresh or frozen cherries, this protein-rich smoothie needs just six simple ingredients and only five minutes to make.
What do I need to make a cherry smoothie?
- Cherries, fresh or frozen
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or your choice of dairy or plant-based milk
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Almonds, unsalted and raw is ideal
- Granular sweetener, like Whole Earth Granular monk fruit sweetener
- Almond extract
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to the recipe card. Thanks!
How do I make a cherry smoothie?
- Smoothies are quick and simple to make with the use of a blender. First, start by adding all of the ingredients to the blender jar; almond milk, yogurt, cherries, almonds, sweetener and almond extract. For a thicker smoothie add about 1 1/2 cups of ice.
- Next, blend on medium-high speed for 30-45 seconds or until all of the ingredients and ice are completely smooth and pureed.
- Pour into a glass and top with additional sliced almonds and or a cherry, if desired. Enjoy right away while cold.
Helpful Tool: I highly recommend the Blendtec Designer Series Blender for making smoothies. Blendtec has a very powerful motor and cuts through frozen ingredients with ease.
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How can I add more protein to my smoothie?
The easiest way to add more protein to a smoothie is to include a good quality protein powder or collagen powder. I like Orgain Organic Vanilla Protein Powder as well as Zhou Nutrition Collagen Peptides. Both of these would be a great addition to add extra protein to this or any other smoothie.
Other ingredients to add to a smoothie for extra protein are additional Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, which are both high in protein.
FAQ about making smoothies at home:
Peaches, plums, apricots, apples and pears as well as citrus fruits like oranges and lemons all go well with cherries.
Yes. Cherries can definitely be blended. For fresh cherries, be sure to remove the internal pit as well as the stem before blending.
Cherries are great paired with almonds, pistachios and walnuts, as well as most chocolates. In addition to numerous dessert, cherries can also be added to green salads and paired with cheeses as appetizers.
Yes, when cherries are frozen they retain all of their nutritional value. Cherries are a good source of potassium, and have anti-inflammatory and valuable antioxidants, which can be helpful in workout recovery.
Cherries can be helpful with digestion and helping you poop. A good source of fiber, snacking on fresh cherries can be a good way to “get regular.”
Love fresh cherries? Check out these other recipes that use fresh cherries:
- Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad
- Cherry Crisp with Almond Crumble
- Cream Cheese Cherry Scones
- Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt
- Cherry Tart Recipe
- Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries
- Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix
- Cherry Milkshake
Love smoothies for breakfast? Here are some other ideas:
- Coconut Smoothie
- Berry Pomegranate Smoothie
- Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
- Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
- Mango Peach Smoothie
- Raspberry Almond Smoothie Bowl at Real Housemoms
- How to Make Smoothies – a tutorial at Food.com
- Breakfast Meal Prep
Love this cherry smoothie recipe? Check out some of my other healthy smoothie recipes:
- 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 3/4 c. cherries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp. almonds, unsalted
- 2 tsp. granular monk fruit sweetener
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1 1/2 c. ice, optional
To a blender, add the milk, yogurt, cherries, almonds, sweetener and almond extract. For a thicker smoothie, add the ice. This is helpful if you are using fresh, unfrozen cherries.
Blend all ingredients for 30-45 seconds on medium-high speed until all ingredients are completely pureed and smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy right away while cold.
Ice is optional, but recommended if you prefer a thick smoothie.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 21g