Remember when I admitted to being a crazy person and just having cherries for the first time in my life on the Fourth of July?
Well, I’m still OBSESSED. I was sad to see the price go up (way up) for fresh cherries on our last trip to Costco. But I was happy to see an organic frozen variety to enjoy instead! I actually never put fresh cherries in a smoothie, because it seems like way too much work to pit them first. I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of fancy tool for that, but I don’t own it. And if I’m spending much time at all on breakfast, we all know that I’m making eggs. And asking Kyle to make bacon. Because splattering bacon grease scares me.
I happily bought these frozen cherries for my morning smoothie affair these days. Frozen fruit is way better than fresh fruit for smoothies (in my opinion) because it makes the shake so much creamier! Frozen bananas and grapes have ruled my smoothie world in the past. And now cherries have officially taken over.
I also don’t ever let the fruit go solo. To me, a smoothie must have three things to make it worth my while: Frozen fruit, nut butter and something green. My something green is always spinach, because I just don’t really do kale that often. This cherry cashew smoothie is a perfect combination of three fantastic foods!
Cashew butter has ruled the food processor lately. Only because I’m out of pistachios. And because cashews are Paleo, while peanuts are not. But I think I am about to start blending peanuts in with my cashew butter again because it’s so much more cost effective! I love this whole Paleo lifestyle, and we have actually SAVED money on groceries since ditching dairy and grains. But I am always game to save a little more in the grocery budget, and peanuts can do that. Plus, I am of the strong opinion that peanut butter can do no harm, so I want to bring it back into my life. And then I’ll probably also bring back some chickpeas and make peanut butter truffles. But that’s besides the point, because today we’re making smoothies!
I’ve made this smoothie with and without protein powder. Both variations are refreshing choices in 100 degree Dallas weather! I actually forgot you can make shakes without protein powder. I suppose that is what differentiates a shake from a smoothie. It seemed foreign to me until I talked to a friend the other day who only drinks raw shakes. Like, I just assumed all smoothies had protein powder. How rude of me? 🙂 It’s totally discriminatory against all the fruits and veggies that make smoothies like this super nutritious all on their own!
I think it’s time to blend your own—packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. Yum!
Cherry Cashew Smoothie
Yield 1 smoothie
- heaping 1/2 cup frozen organic pitted cherries
- handful (about 1 cup) of spinach
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology (optional)
- 2 small ice cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- dash stevia
- Add cherries, spinach, cashew butter, protein powder and ice cubes to blender or magic bullet.
- Add almond milk until it covers the top of all ingredients, or about one cup.
- Blend and serve.
Nutrition information includes Shakeology.
Serving Size 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 386 mg
Total Carbohydrates 32 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Sugars 18 g
Protein 21 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.