Cherry, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

July 14, 2014

Cherry Smoothie

Confession time. I don’t really like frozen blended drinks. My drinks are ordered almost solely over ice. No frozen margaritas. Definitely no thanks to frappuchinos and iced capps. 

Because of this aversion, I always thought smoothies were, well, gross. Why would you blend perfectly wonderful fruit with ice?

When I had an overabundance of cherries and bananas the other day, I was at a loss of what to do. We’re on a health kick over here, so baking something decadent was mostly out of the question. It’s also summer, which means turning on the over is less than appealing. 

That’s when I decided to give smoothies one last chance at redemption. But this was going to be on my terms. So, I divided the bananas and cherries into ziplock bags and threw them into the freezer.

The next day, I noticed that the strawberries were also a little worse for the wear. They too would have a meeting with the blender. With that, I added the frozen bananas and cherries, the slightly wilted strawberries and a little vanilla almond milk to the blender. 

I now had a very beautiful fuchsia drink, speckled with dark purple bits of cherry. After a tentative first sip, I was sold. By freezing the fruit, you avoid the dreaded ice chunks. It was actually more of a milkshake consistency (when the milkshake is a little thawed and easily drinkable) than anything.

The vanilla almond milk also added a little extra sweetness and creaminess to the smoothie. Not to mention that you’re also getting a good couple of servings of fruit in what tastes like an indulgence.

I’d call that a win. 


Cherry, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie
Serves 2
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  1. 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  2. 1 cup cherries, pitted and frozen
  3. 1 cup strawberries, stems removed
  4. 1/2-1 cup vanilla almond milk
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender, beginning with 1/2 cup of almond milk. Blend at high. If the mixture seems too thick, add more almond milk and blend again.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth, divide in two glasses and enjoy.


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