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I hope you are not getting sick of my green smoothie recipes because me love me some green smoothies. My latest – super simple yet totally delicious recipe – has dark sweet cherries. Yum!
I thought to use cherries when I came across a bag of frozen cherries as I was purchasing some frozen tropical fruit for my tropical green smoothie recipe. I almost always use frozen fruit in my smoothie recipes. It makes for a cold smoothie – without using ice – and always gives it a real nice consistency. However, there are limited fruits that are sold frozen so my options are usually limited. So when I saw the cherries I grabbed them and immediately thought cherry vanilla green smoothie.
I combined the cherries with a little pure vanilla extract, banana, coconut milk, some ground flax seed, and a cup or so of kale. As always you can use any liquid or green you like.
Like my blueberry kale green smoothie the cherries give it a dark color so it does not turn as green as in the other smoothies. Also, the cherries are naturally sweet. So combined with the banana and vanilla you barely (if at all) taste the kale. This is a great smoothie for kids or someone who is just starting out with green smoothies.
Cherries are low in calories, high in fiber, and have some awesome health benefits. They help ease arthritis pain, fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and are known to help you sleep. Combined with the other ingredients and this green smoothie packs quite the nutritional punch.
I will say that finding frozen cherries is not easy. The only place I have found them is Wegmans. However, cherry season is coming up so pick a bunch and freeze to keep on hand for cherry vanilla smoothies. You will be glad you did.
- 2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1 medium banana
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup kale
- water for consistency
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. Add water - if needed - for consistency.
Smoothie ingredients can be made into a smoothie freezer kit ahead of time. Or you can completely make ahead of time and store for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Consistency will change but flavor will still be tasty.
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