Indulgent Cherry Smoothie: Without the guilt

Here’s a cherry smoothie that tastes good enough to eat for dessert.  Quite honestly, when I need to satisfy a craving for something sweet this is the smoothie I turn to.  Somehow, the combination of sweet cherries, creamy Greek yoghurt and oats makes me feel as though I’m eating something deliciously indulgent. 

I like to use almond milk for that classic cherry frangipane flavour but it works equally well with dairy, oat or soy milk too.  To boost the frangipane vibes even more, I opt for a scoop of vanilla flavour protein powder.

Cherry Smoothie Ingredients

Cherries

Nothing says summer like a big bowl of fresh juicy red cherries.  Eaten fresh they make a great snack or topping for oats, yoghurt, smoothie bowls and smoothies.  Equally, they can be enjoyed as a dessert in cakes, pies, ice cream and tarts.  Their slight sourness is also a great accompaniment to rich game meat. They are just so versatile!  

Now whilst I love nothing more than eating fresh and in-season cherries, I find the frozen cherries I buy from my local supermarket are delicious and retain their cherry shape perfectly once thawed and have already had the stones removed.  If you are using fresh cherries for this recipe then you’ll need to remove and discard the stones before blending.

Cherries are a good ‘go to’ snack if you are watching what you eat.  They are low in calories gram for gram versus other fruits.  They contain vitamins B and C that encourage hair growth and glowing skin.  Cherries are also known to be rich in antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.   

Bananas

Adding banana to this cherry smoothie really compliments the flavour of the cherries and offers nutritional benefits as well as natural sweetness.   See my tip below on how to save leftover bananas.

Oats

The nutritional benefits of oats have long been celebrated, leaving oats as somewhat of a status symbol and with the accolade of a superfood.  Oats contain soluble fibre, which is known to help slow digestion, suppress appetite and give the feeling of being full for longer.  Like cherries, they also contain antioxidants.  These antioxidants help reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. 

For this recipe, the oats are used in their ‘out of the packet’ state and there really is no difference if you use the rolled or jumbo variety.  They all get blended up with the other ingredients to create a smooth finish. 

I am unanimously pro-oats – always have been and always will be.  So it came as a surprize to me that there is such a divide between those that love and those that loathe oats.  Shockingly, there are some that say porridge oats are mushy and bland!  I personally love the heart-warming wholesomeness of a big bowl of steaming porridge oats.  I enjoy the ceremony of stirring the oats and milk as it transforms from lumpy liquid into something that is deliciously creamy and rich.  I love the never-ending options that can be scattered on top or stirred in to add flavour and texture. 

Other than using to make porridge, added to smoothies or made into overnight oats, they can be used in other sweet and savoury dishes to add interest, texture and flavour.  Try adding oats to home-made bread to add texture.  Or, why not add them to crumbles – both sweet and savoury – to add a bit of crunch?

For me, the bottom line is oats are nutritious, versatile and good value for money. 

I tend to make this as a Cherry Protein Smoothie by adding a scoop of good quality vanilla or chocolate flavoured protein powder.  I find it enhances the overall flavour and is a great option to enjoy as a post workout recovery snack to help rebuild muscle cells after a resistance workout. 

I add the protein powder just before blending and my preference is for a good quality vanilla flavoured protein powder because I just love the combination of cherries and almonds.  Chocolate works really well too to give a cherry and chocolate flavour to the finished smoothie. 

All in all, this is a great go to smoothie.  The protein from the protein powder and Greek yoghurt along with the low GI in the oats will help you steer clear of sugary snacks between meals.

 Cherry Smoothie Recipe Variations

Cherry flavored Avocado Milkshake

When I’m thinking that my kids (or me for that matter) are in need an extra boost of nutrients then I add half an avocado to this cherry smoothie recipe.  We have come to refer to it as a cherry flavoured avocado milkshake since I serve it in tall milkshake glasses with an obligatory stripy straw and cherry on top.  Adding avocado in particular provides more of a creamy, smooth texture once blitzed in the blender.  Place a roughly chopped half of avocado into in your blender with the other cherry smoothie ingredients.  Blitz until smooth before pouring into a glass and serving.  Just don’t forget the cherry on top for the authentic milkshake affect!

More Delicious Smoothie Recipes

For more delicious smoothie recipes containing berries, why not try my Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Healthy Blueberry Banana Smoothie, Easy Raspberry Smoothie or Healthy Coffee Smoothie. Or head on over to my blog for even more smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes.

Cherry Smoothie Recipe

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Indulgent Cherry Smoothie

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 130 g frozen cherries
  • 1-2 bananas (fresh or frozen and chopped into chunks)
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 130 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Instructions

  • Place the cherries into a blender or food processor. If using fresh, remove the stones first.
  • Remove the banana from its peel, break into pieces and add these to the blender
  • Add the oats and protein powder
  • Pour in the milk and Greek yoghurt
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Add more milk or yoghurt to adjust the consistency of the smoothie
  • Pour into a glass and pop in a couple of ice cubes to serve if desired

Cherry Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes

If you don’t have cherries to hand – either fresh or frozen or you’re not keen on the taste, then you could easily substitute the 130g of cherries in this recipe for 130g of your favorite soft fruit.  A whole banana (ideally frozen) and chopped into chunks would make a deliciously creamy banana smoothie that would pack a punch in terms of nutrient and flavor count.  Alternatively, use other soft fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

Tips

You can use fresh or frozen bananas for this recipe, just remember that the riper they are, the sweeter they will be.  To freeze bananas simply remove the peel and chop into 1-inch pieces, line a plastic container with baking parchment and then freeze.  They will be frozen after 2 hours and will last in the freezer for up to 1 month.  Freezing will prevent the banana from ripening further and saves the need for using ice cubes in your smoothie. 

If you prefer an even sweeter smoothie you could add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup just before serving. 

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