Sweet Dark Cherry ((+ Almond)) Yogurt Smoothie

This lit­tle smooth­ie has recent­ly become my favorite quick break­fast — it’s pret­ty much the best smooth­ie I’ve ever had! And because I can con­trol the amount of added sug­ar, I feel like this smooth­ie is actu­al­ly a healthy choice!

It has a short list of ingre­di­ents, is packed with fla­vor and real­ly is a breeze make. But as you can imag­ine, there are a cou­ple of tricks to mak­ing this the best smooth­ie you’ll ever eat. 

First, let’s talk ingre­di­ents ::

  • Dark Sweet Cher­ries (frozen)
  • plain yogurt (I only use Straus Plain (whole milk) Euro­pean Style yogurt)*
  • hon­ey or sug­ar (brown or cane or raw — or what­ev­er is your favorite sweet­en­er)
  • pure vanil­la extract
  • almond extract
  • pink sea salt
  • 8–10 raw almonds (total­ly option­al)

*I find the yogurt at Sprouts, it’s pro­duced in Petaluma , CA — near Napa FYI.

Once you have gath­ered your ingre­di­ents, sim­ply place them in the food proces­sor and pulse until smooth.

As far as quan­ti­ties go, the ratio between fruit and yogurt is pure­ly up to you, but I have found a 50:50 ratio cre­ates more of an ice cream tex­ture and 30–40% fruit to 60–70% yogurt is a more drink­able con­sis­ten­cy.

Every oth­er day or so, I’ll add a hand­ful of raw almonds to my oth­er smooth­ie ingre­di­ents and then pulse in the food proces­sor as usu­al. The raw almonds add some extra crunch and sweet nut­ti­ness.

You can even add a hand­ful of spinach or a scoop of pro­tein pow­der or pow­dered col­la­gen. And obvi­ous­ly — the fruit can be switched up too!

There are two (okay 3) things that make this smooth­ie a real win­ner ::

  • frozen fruit; helps the smooth­ie to be chill and thick­ened
  • vanil­la and almond extracts; add a hint of fla­vor with­out added sug­ar
  • salt; helps to round out all of the fla­vors and real­ly high­light the nat­ur­al fla­vors of the fruit

Sweet Dark Cher­ry ((+ Almond)) Yogurt Smooth­ie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingre­di­ents
  1. 1 c sweet dark cher­ries, pit­ted frozen
  2. 1 1/2 c plain yogurt
  3. 1 t hon­ey*
  4. 1/8 t fine grain sea salt
  5. 1/4 t pure vanil­la extract
  6. 1/8 t almond extract
  7. 8–10 raw almonds (option­al)
Instruc­tions
  1. Add all ingre­di­ents to the food proces­sor, pulse until desired con­sis­ten­cy. To adjust con­sis­ten­cy (of too thick add addi­tion­al yogurt). Taste and add addi­tion­al sweet­en­er if need­ed.
  2. Serves 2
Notes
  1. *or your pre­ferred sweet­en­er to taste
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