Summertime is here, even though the official start isn’t until next week. But schools are out, the weather is warm, and it’s time for seasonal fruits and veggies. One of my favorite parts of Summer is being able to buy fresh cherries at the grocery store. I believe the best way to eat seasonal fruits is in a freshly blended smoothie, or maybe an indulgent dessert too 😉 But we’re trying to keep things a bit healthier today. Usually after my morning workout I blend some fruit and protein for breakfast to refuel my body. This Cherry Pie Smoothie Recipe is refreshing on a hot day and tastes like one of our favorite summer treats.
The smoothies uses fresh cherries of course, oatmeal, yogurt, and almond butter for the ‘pie’, and a little almond extract for extra flavor. I also like adding some greens or vegetables to my smoothies, so I throw in a handful of spinach, kale, or use the newest trend, frozen cauliflower. Hello sneaky extra vitamins! This is completely optional, but I promise you won’t even taste it. Simply add all the ingredients to a high powered blender, this tasty treat takes less than 5 minutes to make.
Occasionally I’ll add extra protein powder when making a smoothie with greek yogurt, but since the yogurt has a decent amount of protein it’s not necessary. Feel free to add a scoop of vanilla or maybe even chocolate. Shakeology, Naked Whey, and Vega are some of my favorite proteins.
Oh did I mention that this will probably also curb your sweet tooth cravings. The sweetness from the cherries and vanilla yogurt give it a great taste and you’ll feel like you’re drinking dessert. Enjoy 🙂
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- handful of frozen cauliflower (optional)
- If not using frozen cauliflower I suggest adding a few ice cubes
- 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup to sweeten if needed (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to a high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Add more milk to thin or more ice to thicken. Serve immediately.
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Linking up with Jenn and Laura for What I Ate Wednesday and Esther, Annmarie, Farrah, and Jess for Foodie Fridays. And you can view other Smoothie Recipes Here.
What do you make with fresh cherries?
What’s your favorite summer fruit and/or vegetable?
Tell me something delicious that’s been on your plate lately.