Cherry Spinach Smoothie

Cherry Spinach Smoothie, a simple fruit and leafy green smoothie with fresh or frozen spinach and cherries. Ready in 5 minutes!

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Love cherries? Love spinach? Make them into a tasty smoothie! This super simple smoothie is plant-based, has only 6 simple ingredients, and is ready in only 5 minutes.

👉 Ready to learn how to make a creamy smoothie with spinach and cherries? Let’s do it!


🍒 Ingredients

  • Spinach: a handful of spinach provides not only a deep green color, but a dose of nutrients like vitamin C, iron, and folate
  • Cherries: fresh or frozen cherries work; frozen cherries mean you may not need additional ice cubes
  • Banana: using banana in smoothies means a creamy texture without dairy
  • Milk: we’re using a thick plant-based milk like oat or creamy soy milk for a thicker consistency
  • Vanilla: a touch of vanilla extract for deep flavor
  • Chia seeds: contain fiber and thickens the smoothie
  • Ice Cubes: just a few ice cubes make this smoothie cold without ending up like a slushy (omit if using frozen cherries)
  • Recommended tools: high powered blender, small glasses
bowls of spinach, cherries, banana, chia seeds, milk, and vanilla on a table for a smoothie
Ingredients: spinach, cherries, banana, milk, vanilla, chia seeds

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Blend smoothie ingredients

To make the smoothie, simply add the spinach, cherries, banana, plant-based milk, and vanilla extract with ice cubes (optional, if you want it to be cold) to a blender.

Then blend on the high setting until ingredients are smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

👉 Pro tips for the right smoothie consistency: If smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If smoothie is too thin, add more cherries.

a purple spinach and cherry smooth inside a blender after blending
Blend ingredients

2️⃣ Step Two: Garnish and serve smoothie

To serve the smoothie, simply pour it from the blender into a glass and top with cherries as a garnish. Then sip and enjoy!

a cherry spinach smoothie with cherries and spinach garnish on a white table
Garnish and enjoy!

💡 Ideas for serving

  • As a breakfast smoothie. Drink as-is for a simple nutritious breakfast smoothie, or add a dash or protein powder for longer-lasting satiety.
  • As a smoothie bowl. Pour the smoothie into bowl and top with your favorite granola, nuts or seeds, or other toppings like coconut flakes.
  • As a smoothie “nice cream.” Pour smoothie into an ice cream pan and freeze for at least 4 hours, then scoop and serve as a plant-based ice cream.

🧊 How to store

  1. Refrigerator storage: If eating within just a couple of hours, you can store the smoothie in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
  2. Freezer storage: If you’re making this smoothie ahead of time, store in the freezer for up to 7 days and then remove to the refrigerator a couple of hours (or even the night before) eating to let it melt but still cold.

♻️ Sustainable kitchen tips

We’re all about sustainability here at Fork in the Road, so here are a few tips to go green (literally) when making this smoothie.

Make it during spinach and cherry season. The best time to make this smoothie is when both cherries and spinach are both in season, which is in the summer.

Use frozen cherries and spinach on the off season. Making this smoothie in the winter? Frozen spinach and frozen cherries are perfect for this smoothie, and using them cold means you won’t need to add extra ice.

a dark purple cherry spinach smoothie in a glass with a cherry and spinach as garnish on a white table with fresh cherries

🥤 More smoothie recipes

Want more fruity smoothie recipes? Try this Blackberry Spinach Smoothie, Raspberry Spinach Smoothie, and Strawberry Spinach Smoothie.

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Cherry Spinach Smoothie

Kristina Todini, RDN
Cherry Spinach Smoothie, a simple fruit and leafy green smoothie with fresh or frozen spinach and cherries. Ready in 5 minutes!
5 star (1 rating)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast + Brunch
Cuisine Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 1 smoothie
Calories 251 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 high powered blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup cherries sliced, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup banana frozen*
  • ½ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Optional: 2-3 ice cubes if banana is not frozen

Instructions
 

  • Blend smoothie ingredients: Add spinach, cherries, banana, plant-based milk, and vanilla extract with the optional ice cubes to a blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. If smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If smoothie is too thin, add more cherries.
    1 cup spinach, ½ cup cherries, 1/2 cup banana, ½ cup plant-based milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, Optional: 2-3 ice cubes
  • Garnish and serve: Pour blended smoothie from the blender into a glass and top with cherries for garnish.

Notes

Make ahead: Make this smoothie recipe up to a week ahead of time and freeze until ready to eat.
Leftover and storage: If eating within just a couple of hours, you can store the smoothie in the refrigerator to keep it cold. If you’re making this smoothie ahead of time, store in the freezer for up to 7 days and then remove to the refrigerator a couple of hours (or even the night before) eating to let it melt but still cold.
Nutrition notes: This smoothie uses only plant-based ingredients, so it is suitable for vegan diets. It is also gluten free. Nutrition information is an estimate and is calculated using all ingredients listed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 83mgPotassium: 703mgFiber: 9gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 3158IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 3mg
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