Cherry Smoothie | Banana Cherry Smoothie

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A simple Cherry Smoothie recipe that makes a delicious vegan drink with fresh cherries and almond milk – and can be made with or without banana. It’s quick to blend up for a healthy breakfast, and sweet enough to enjoy as an afternoon snack or light dessert. Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photos to prepare a refreshing and nutritious Banana Cherry smoothie from scratch.

cherry smoothie in a glass with text layovers.

About Cherry Smoothie

This healthy fruit smoothie recipe is a delicious way to use fresh cherries when they are in season. Not only are these vibrant fruits wonderfully tasty, they also happen to be very healthy!

Cherries are packed full of antioxidants, fibre, potassium, and vitamin C – and they are also very low in calories. When blended, versus juiced, cherries retain more of these nutrients. And because fresh cherries are naturally sweet, there’s no need to add more sugar!

For a the sweetest and most terrifically thick smoothie, I suggest that you add a banana to the cherry smoothie recipe. This is personally my favorite way to make the smoothie. But feel free to leave out the banana – whatever you prefer!

I’ve also made this easy recipe with almond milk for a dairy-free vegan drink. It is therefore a protein-rich smoothie that will fill you up without being too heavy, and is great to enjoy for breakfast, a snack, or healthy dessert.

Blend up a refreshing fruit smoothie with cherries anytime you need a sweet and healthy snack!

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Cherry Smoothie

1. First rinse ¾ cup of fresh sweet cherries (100 grams) in water for a minute or so.

Then soak the cherries in a bowl of water with ½ tablespoon of regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar for 15 to 20 minutes. This is done to get rid of pesticides.

However, if you’ve used organic cherries you can simply thoroughly rinse the cherries.

cherries soaked in water in a black rimmed white bowl.

2. If you’ve soaked the cherries, after 20 minutes rinse cherries again a couple of times under fresh water. Gently dry the cherries on a kitchen towel.

Then remove the stems, pit the cherries and discard the seeds. Roughly chop the cherries, if you like.

chopped cherries.

3. Now add the cherries to a blender.

chopped cherries in blender.

4. Then add 1 large peeled and chopped banana. Pour in ½ cup of almond milk.

bananas and almond milk in a blender.

5. Add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

adding vanilla to bananas and almond milk.

6. Blend until smooth.

blended cherries with banana and almond milk.

7. Pour the cherry smoothie into a tall glass and serve right away.

banana cherry smoothie in a glass.


Can I make a cherry smoothie with frozen cherries?

Yes you can. Frozen cherries will make the smoothie thicker, so you might need to add a splash more almond milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.

How do I make this cherry smoothie recipe without bananas?

Feel free to leave out the banana if you want, and instead add more cherries.

How do I make an even thicker cherry smoothie?

Make a thicker smoothie by using frozen cherries, as mentioned above. You can also slice and freeze the banana for an hour before blending to make the thickest smoothie recipe.

What if my cherry smoothie is too thick?

After blending, add a splash more almond milk and blend again. Repeat until the smoothie consistency is as thin as you like.

What can I use in place of almond milk?

Substitute almond milk with thin coconut milk for a tropical taste. You also can use whole or low fat dairy milk, if you like.

How many servings does this recipe make?

As-is this cherry smoothie recipe makes one large serving. It can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger portion or more servings.

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Cherry Smoothie | Banana Cherry Smoothie

This Cherry Smoothie is a delicious, thick, healthy smoothie made with fresh cherries and almond milk. To thicken the smoothie, I have added a banana, but it can be skipped and you can use more cherries instead.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine World
Course Beverages
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 1


  • ¾ cup cherries – 100 grams, fresh and sweet tasting
  • 1 banana – large
  • ½ cup Almond Milk or lite coconut milk or water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract – optional


  • Rinse cherries in water first for a couple of times. Then soak cherries in a bowl of water for 15 to 20 minutes in which ½ tablespoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar is added. This is done to get rid of pesticides.
  • Later rinse cherries again a couple of times with fresh water. Drain all the water. Then remove the stems.
  • Pit the cherries and discard the seeds. You can chop the cherries roughly if you want. Add the cherries in a blender.
  • Add 1 large chopped banana. Pour almond milk. You can also use lite coconut milk or thin coconut milk.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • Blend till fine and smooth.
  • Pour in a glass and serve Cherry Smoothie straight away.


  • Choose to make the smoothie with sweeter cherries. They should not taste sour or tart. 
  • Opt to make the smoothie with any plant based milk of your choice.
  • You could add your preferred sweetener if you prefer. 
  • Frozen cherries also work well in the recipe. Please do not use canned, tinned or dried cherries to make this smoothie.
  • Scale the recipe up to make for more servings. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Smoothie | Banana Cherry Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 652mg19%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 142IU3%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 163mg16%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 28µg7%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 43mg11%
Phosphorus 48mg5%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Cherry Smoothie recipe from the archives, originally published in March 2018 has been updated and republished on January 2023.

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