Thick, creamy and filled with beautiful flavors, this Cherry Banana Smoothie is perfect energy-packed morning drink! Made with fresh fruits and SUPERFOODS, without any added sugars, it's healthy, antioxidant-rich delight that is just so delicious. Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, kids-friendly.
Sweetener: Maple syrup, honey or dates, optional and to taste
Toppings: cacao nibs
If you’re using fresh cherries: Always wash cherries before you use them and don't forget to remove the pits. Carefully place them into a colander, rinse under cold water. You don't need to pat them dry. Remove the pits using hands or cherry pit remover.
Take a blender or food processor and add 1 cup of cherries, 1 cup of almond milk, ½ banana. Mix on high speed until you get even creamy texture. Add in 1/4 cup walnuts, 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and dash of ground cloves, if using.
Blend again until everything is well combined.
Taste the smoothie and add sweetener if smoothie is not sweet enough. I recommend using raw honey or maple syrup, stevia or few dates.
Pour the smoothie in a serving glass and add toppings if you like. Serve with a large straw or a long ice-cream spoon.
If you’re using frozen cherries and/or banana: Follow the steps 2-3. Check consistency and add more milk if you feel that smoothie is to thick. Then proceed with steps 4 - 5.
ADDING SWEETENER: Depending on how sweet your cherries are, you may want to add 1-2 tsp of pure maple syrup, honey or few dates to the smoothie. This is totally based on your preference. FOR A THICKER SMOOTHIE: Use frozen banana cut into pieces. You may need a bit more milk to blend, but this will give you a frosty texture. For VEGAN: Use maple syrup or dates instead of honey.As a measure, I used US cup (240ml). Nutrition values are calculated without added toppings.Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but I have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.