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An amazing cherry banana smoothie you will enjoy as a breakfast treat or mid-day snack. Kids and adults will love it.
One thing I love to indulge in during the summer is a nice, creamy, ice-cold smoothie! I enjoy playing around with different flavors and pairings and a recent one we have fallen in love with is this Cherry Banana Smoothie. The beautiful cherries mixed with the bananas and a hint of honey are a refreshing treat in the summer heat.
Ingredients for Cherry Banana Smoothie
Find these simple ingredients at your local grocery store. We love to buy in bulk at places like Costco and Sams whenever possible.
- Pitted dark cherries (fresh or frozen cherries are fine)
- Frozen banana (can also use a ripe banana)
- Plain Greek yogurt – when we don’t have this on hand we opt for vanilla yogurt
- milk – we use 1% dairy milk but you can swap for almond milk or any milk of your choice
- orange juice
- honey (if you like the taste)
The best part of these smoothies is the tart cherries that add a bit of zing to the smoothie. They make a wonderful summer treat or a healthy breakfast on hot summer days. We can’t get enough of this delicious drink.
*To add an extra punch of protein you can also add a scoop of your favorite protein powder
I love that the ingredients for a smoothie are healthy breakfast compared to a box of cereal we might normally pull out of the pantry. The kids love smoothies, they’re easy to bring in the car on the way to work, and they taste amazing.
You can’t go wrong customizing your smoothie any way you want, so play around with the number of cherries or bananas you add to your mixture. Make it your own!
How to Make The Best Banana Cherry Smoothie
The steps for making a smoothie are simple. Add your ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
One tip for making the perfect smoothie is to use at least one frozen item to make your smoothie cold and frosty. If you don’t have frozen ingredients, add some ice cubes to obtain that texture.
It will also help to add your wet ingredients to the blender first. This frees up the blades and keeps the larger, frozen items from stopping them up.
If you want your smoothie extra sweet, add the honey or a teaspoon of vanilla extract. The sweetness of the cherries is usually enough, but this is an option if needed.
Are Banana Smoothies Good for You?
Bananas have tons of vital nutrients your body needs. They have potassium, magnesium, and vitamin c. It is a calorie-dense fruit that tastes great with almost anything. Add peanut butter, vanilla greek yogurt, fresh cherries, coconut milk, cocoa powder, or pineapple juice for a healthy smoothie option. Bananas also pair well with a handful of spinach. You can barely taste it in the smoothie, so adding some always ups the dietary value.
What are Other Healthy Things I Can Add to My Smoothie?
Smoothies are an extremely versatile food. Mix anything you want in a blender and make your own unique smoothie. While this smoothie isn’t meant to be a green smoothie, you can easily add a handful of spinach without it affecting the taste. Other fun options are chia seeds or flax seeds. They add plenty of nutrients and you can’t even taste them.
If you don’t like orange juice, you can leave that option out or play around with other fruit juices you prefer more. Protein powder is always a great option if you want to add more calories or make this easy and quick breakfast more filling. You can’t go wrong with these great additions!
Enjoy this delicious afternoon snack and try out these other smoothie recipes over the summer:
Cherry Banana Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen pitted dark cherries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ½ tbsp honey optional
- Mix together all ingredients in blender. Serves 2-4 depending on size of glass you desire.