Really, the title of this post should be “Cherry Almond Pie in a Glass” because it’s that yummy!
This smoothie was created because I had an abundance of frozen cherries in my way-too-small-freezer. My first idea was to throw some almond butter into the mix because cherries and almonds are meant to be. Then I thought, “why not bump up the almond flavor by throwing in a tiny bit of almond extract?” Almond extract; talk about a ton of flavor! The result was -“why do I have to share this with my husband?”- kind of good!
The good news is that this smoothie is pretty healthy. Unsweetened almond milk, almond butter, sweet frozen cherries, 1 or 2 dates for a touch of sweetness, a pinch of cinnamon, a splash of almond extract + vanilla extract and BOOM you’ve got yourself one healthy and tasty
Of course, because it’s a smoothie you can add in any other healthy, feel-good ingredients you desire, such as a spoonful of coconut oil, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, or a handful of spinach. All of these ingredients would be a great way to boost the health benefits and staying power of this smoothie without affecting the delicious flavor too much. My recipe for Cherry Almond Smoothie is simply a starting point.
Normally I love to add a handful or two of spinach to all my smoothies. It’s a super easy way to get a serving of greens without actually having to eat them. However, when I added spinach to this particular smoothie it turned a muddy gray-brown color that’s not very appetizing. Fine by me, I would still drink it. BUT I knew I wouldn’t be able to convince you guys that this smoothie is amazing if it was a gross color. Now, this beautiful purple cherry hue on the other hand…
- 2 to 3 dates, pitted
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can make your own or use store-bought)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter (can make your own or use store-bought)
- ¾ cup frozen sweet cherries
- ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract (optional, but recommended to achieve yummy almond flavor)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- EXTRAS FOR NUTRITION BOOST (OPTIONAL):
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- Ice cubes for thickness
- Spinach (this does tend to turn the smoothie an unappealing color)
- In a small bowl soak your dates in very hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to soften them up. Drain them from the water before using.
- To a blender add all of the ingredients. Blend on high until everything is well incorporated. Scrape down sides as needed. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking: add more cinnamon, another date, or a few more cherries.
- Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
Nutrition info is for 2 servings and without any extra ingredients.