A great way to start your day or to end it, this Vanilla Cherry Smoothie is delicious and easy to make.
I think that smoothies generally fall into one of two categories – the healthy breakfast smoothie, or the not quite as healthy “dessert” smoothie. This vanilla cherry smoothie definitely falls into the dessert category for me and would actually be a great milkshake as well.
I spent a large portion of my life not loving eating breakfast, and although I’m better about it now, for a long time the only breakfast I could tolerate were smoothies. This one has been one of my go-to recipes, and it’s perfect because it can easily be adapted to fit your smoothie mood!
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Flavor: the overwhelming flavor is the cherries, but you can detect the Greek yogurt and raspberries as well.
Texture: thick and creamy.
Ease: super easy! Toss all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the water and softer ingredients first.
- Frozen cherries (I prefer dark sweet cherries for this recipe instead of tart cherries)
- Frozen Raspberries
- Orange Juice, milk, or water (see notes below)
- Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Vanilla Extract(optional)
- Sweetener of choice (optional)
- Orange Juice, Milk, Or Water
Tips and Tricks
To make this an even easier breakfast, you can pre-portion all of the frozen ingredients into freezer safe glass or plastic containers, or into plastic baggies and then just pull the container out of the freezer along with the liquid of your choice and the yogurt and you’re good to go!
To add extra protein to this, you can add your favorite vanilla protein powder or flax seeds or chia seeds.
You can add a handful of spinach or other leafy greens to get an extra helping of veggies!
If you don’t like the flavor of Greek yogurt, you could substitute cottage cheese. You’ll still get all or most of the protein of yogurt, but without the yogurt flavor. Cottage cheese is usually cheaper too!
Are smoothies good for weight loss? It depends on the smoothie. Generally, smoothies have a lot of fruit, which has a lot of sugar, but in general I think you’re better off with a smoothie that incorporates fruit, healthy fats, and protein than you’d be with a bowl of cereal. I’m not a nutritionist though, so make sure you do your own research.
Do I need to have yogurt? You don’t! Yogurt is a good thickening agent for smoothies, but you can thicken them with other things as well. You could use oat flour as a thickener, which also has a lot of protein and fiber. You could use extra ice. Keep in mind that the smoothie wont be as creamy without yogurt though.
How do I make this a milkshake as you stated at the top? Easy! Just swap out vanilla ice cream for the yogurt!
Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
- 1 cup of milk water, or orange juice (see recipe notes)
- 1 cup of frozen cherries
- ½ cup of frozen raspberries
- ⅓ cup of Vanilla Greek yogurt use plain if you cant find vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract if you can't find Vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1-2 cups of ice
- Sweetener if needed
- Mix everything together in a blender.
- Taste and add sweetener if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
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