This Cherry Smoothie is so sweet and delicious. It is made with just three ingredients which makes it a great healthy treat for you and your family!
This smoothie is made up of frozen cherries and fresh pineapple. When it is cherry season around here we like to buy them from the farmers market and stock up on them. We freeze the cherries so we can use them in smoothies during the winter months.
For this smoothie I like to use tart cherries. They are the bright red ones also known as sour cherries.
I recently found out I have arthritis in my neck and am looking for anti-inflammatory foods to help with that. There is research that tart cherries are good for helping with arthritis, so I am trying to increase cherries and other anti-inflammatory foods into my diet.
Pineapple is the other fruit in this smoothie and is also an anti-inflammatory food. And the flavors of the cherries and pineapples blend so well! This is one of my favorite smoothies that we make in our home. For the healthy benefits and the delicious flavor!
How to freeze cherries:
Wash the cherries by running them under warm water. Pit the cherries and discard the pits.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cherries in a single layer on the covered baking sheet and place them in the freezer.
Once frozen, put them in a freezer safe bag or container.
By freezing them this way, the cherries won’t stick together and it will be easier to take out how many you need when using them later for smoothies, etc.
How to make a Cherry Smoothie:
Slice up your pineapple. Here is a great post on how to slice pineapple.
Measure out the cherries and pineapple. Use “heaping” cups of each. By heaping, I mean a rounded top of fruit in the measuring cup. Be generous with the fruit.
Add the water, pineapple and cherries into your blender.
Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
If pitting cherries keeps you from buying them, pick up a cherry pitters! We have one and using it makes the job a whole lot easier! Worth every penny!
If you don’t have any in your freezer, you can find already pitted cherries in the frozen department of most grocery stores.
To add protein to the smoothie, add in a tablespoon or two of flax seed or chia seeds.
Why use frozen cherries in the smoothie? Using frozen fruit makes the smoothie nice and thick. It also chills it so you don’t need to add ice to the smoothie.
Which cherries do I use for this smoothie? I like to use the tart cherries for this smoothie. However you can use either the tart or the sweet cherries.
Can I use frozen pineapple instead of frozen cherries? Yes, whichever fruit you have frozen and ready to go will work. I like to use one frozen and one fresh fruit. If you use all frozen fruit, it might be a little too thick.
How much does this recipe make? This recipe makes just about 4 cups smoothie. If you want more to share, it is easy to double the recipe.
How do I store extra smoothie? Place the smoothie in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It will most likely settle at the bottom so you should stir it a little before serving.
Want another delicious cherry recipe? Make my cherry pie recipe. It is delicious and I add a little something special to the top to make it unique and also pretty to look at!
This delicious and refreshing Cherry Smoothie is made with just three ingredients. It is a great healthy drink for you and your family.
- 2 heaping cups frozen cherries pitted
- 1 ½ heaping cups fresh pineapple diced
- 1 cup water
In a blender, combine all the ingredients.
Blend until smooth.
Use some frozen fruit so the smoothie is nice and thick. It also chills it so you don't need to add ice to the smoothie. It is best to use some frozen and fresh fruit. If you use all frozen, the smoothie might turn out too thick.
I like to use the tart cherries for this smoothie. However you can sweet cherries if you prefer those.
This recipe makes just about 4 cups smoothie. If you want more to share, it is easy to double the recipe.
Place any extra smoothie in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It will most likely settle at the bottom so you should stir it a little before serving.
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Update Note: This recipe was originally posted earlier in 2016, but was published again in 2019 to include step by step directions and new photos.