I get really excited about cherry season every year and yet I never seem to do many cherry recipes for the blog. I usually just eat them along with my breakfast and that’s about it. I think the main reason is that fresh cherries are so messy and I absolutely hate pitting cherries! Lately, I’ve been buying some frozen pitted cherries to keep in the freezer because they’re actually so much easier to work within desserts and so when I saw a recipe for a cherry ripe smoothie pop up on my Instagram feed I knew I had to try it because it sounded like my type of smoothie.
I have adapted my recipe from my new insta friend Summer who goes by @nutri_mum she also has a delicious raw treats business called @cleaneats_company. I love discovering people on Instagram that I can connect to! Often my recipe inspiration comes from small Instagram accounts from people that enjoy very similar food to me! I had seen a few cherry ripe smoothie recipes before but I loved all the ingredients in this one so I had to try it! With Summer’s permission I have tweaked the recipe and now I am sharing it here too (because it’s a great recipe and it needs a blog post)
I love that this recipe used açai and chocolate for a huge antioxidant hit. In typical me style I’ve also added nut butter because I can’t go past it! Plus it’s so good for hormone health I’m always finding ways to sneak some nut butters in wherever I can. I personally seem to struggle to make my smoothies really really thick and ice cream like (like banana ice cream) I always add way too much plant milk and it ends up too liquidy. I think for this recipe it’s most delicious very thick and so I’m going to keep practising until I get it right.
You can definitely use fresh cherries for this recipe as well but frozen ones are more likely to give you that ice cream consistency. The recipe is vegan, dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar-free.
|Vegan Cherry Ripe Açai Smoothie Bowl|| |
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 frozen açai pouch
- 1 TBSP cacao powder
- 1 TBSP almond butter
- 2 TBSP shredded coconut
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- Splash almond milk
- OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
- Chocolate granola, chocolate sauce, coconut flakes, fresh cherries, chia seeds
- Place all smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add just a little milk and keep adding for desired consistency.
- Pour into bowls and top with desired toppings