Cherry Almond Smoothie

by Sarah Jane Parker on February 17, 2014

Cherry Almond Smoothie - FitBetty.com

I love cherries! They can be super expensive this time of year, but I just had to buy some cherries for making Valentine’s Day treats this year. Of course this recipe didn’t make it out in time for Valentine’s Day, but this Cherry Almond Smoothie is a perfect anytime post-workout drink or just a fruity treat.

Cherries (especially tart ones) are a great recovery food. In fact, research shows that tart cherries are one of the best foods for fighting inflammation. While this smoothie is made with sweet cherries, you still get antioxidant benefits plus you can add a shot of tart cherry juice to the smoothie if you want even more. This smoothie is full of fruit sugars to help replenish glycogen post-workout, and you can add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to kick up the protein as well (you may have to add a bit more almond milk). 

Cherry Almond Smoothie
Serves 1
Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan; Free of: dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, grains
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter
Instructions
  1. In a blender pitcher or NutriBullet cup, combine the pitted fresh cherries, almond milk, and almond butter.
  2. Blend until pureed and smooth.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you want protein, blend in a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder (you may need to add more almond milk to get the consistency you like).
  2. For a chocolate version, blend in 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder according to your taste preference.
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CarlaAndChild February 17, 2014 at 7:07 am

OOOH.
Id never thought of combining these two!!!
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Sarah Jane Sarah Jane February 17, 2014 at 7:23 am

They are so yummy together! I usually add protein powder to my smoothies, but I didn’t this time: I just like the taste without it :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

mmm… I am just now coming to love cherries! Must try!
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Sarah Jane Sarah Jane February 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

I love cherries too! I always eat too many of them when I buy them since I don’t get them very often (they can be expensive!) ;)

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Amusingly Quirky Gal February 17, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I would never think to mix Cherries + Almond Butter together. They are two great flavors that I never thought to blend up. Can’t wait to give this a try.

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Sarah Jane Sarah Jane February 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Let me know if you try it! :)

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Jody - Fit at 56 February 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love cherries!
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Sarah Jane Sarah Jane February 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Thanks Jody! :)

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ChristyMilby February 27, 2014 at 7:58 am

So much health benefits from cherry. This would be perfect for my post workout recovery. Thanks for the tips!
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