Cherry Banana Smoothie
The last time I shared a favorite smoothie recipe, I detailed how to make a green smoothie. Well, folks, this cherry banana smoothie might be even better. Have you ever tried frozen cherries?! They are so good! This week alone I’ve gone through an entire bag. I’ve purchased frozen cherries from most grocery stores, but almost definitely Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods will carry them. I’m obviously a huge cherry fan — obsessed with dried cherries in toasted coconut couscous, in oatmeal banana cookies and Sicilian roasted cauliflower…the list goes on and on. Now, I’m a frozen cherry convert.
This smoothie is really a meal in a glass — it’s packed with good-for-you nutrients, belly-filling protein, fiber and fat. Plus how much more convenient can you get than using frozen fruit? From the bag to the blender, it’s so quick. And! Frozen fruit really is very healthy. No need to turn your nose up at it! In fact, so long as it’s unsweetened (as in the only ingredient is the fruit), it’s just as healthy as fresh fruit. And it’s cheaper. Win, win, win.
Ingredients in 4 smoothies:
1/2 cup Bai Brasilia Blueberry
2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cup unsweetened frozen cherries
1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1 cup ice
- In a blender, combine Bai Brasilia Blueberry, almond milk, frozen cherries, and greek yogurt, blend until smooth
- Add in banana, oats and ice, continue to blend until smooth
- Serve immediately
The best tip I can offer for keeping smoothie calories in check (because we all know they can get so out of control!) is to keep your liquid base as low calorie as possible. The Brasilia Blueberry I used here, has only 5 calories in an 8 oz serving. So low! And the flavor! Who can resist blueberry> Plus, when it’s paired with almond milk, it creates a super creamy texture and sweet flavor. I mean…hello, so good!
For a very brief moment, I’m pretty sure I was temporarily transported to the tropics. Obviously that feeling quickly diminished when I stepped outside in the blustery New York City weather, but that’s neither here nor there.
What’s your favorite fruit to add to a smoothie? Have you ever used oats to thicken a drink? Do tell! I’d love to hear from you. Hope you enjoy…