This cherry smoothie recipe is a beautiful blend of coconut, cherry, cinnamon & vanilla. It's pertinently pink, wickedly delicious and wholly virtuous.
I enjoy all seasons, but summer has a particular perk - fresh cherries. But the cherry season is so short-lived. Luckily, my pertinently pink cherry smoothie recipe can be made year-round. It's super speedy to make, wickedly delicious and wholly virtuous.
Why this Recipe Works
The colour of this cherry smoothie is a beautiful warm blush pink and the coconut sits alongside the cherries perfectly, tempering their slightly sweet, slightly tart nature with a touch of tropical creaminess.
This recipe is a real celebration of those deep crimson beauties.
But cherries are not only charming on the palate. They are also amazingly good for you too. There’s actually a large bunch of health benefits that this humble fruit can boast about.
However, my favourite justification for frequently whipping up this cherry smoothie recipe has to be that cherries are, in fact, brilliant for improving your memory. Socially, I’m always on the verge of being late, disorganised and just plain forgetful, so hand me a glass!
I’m pleased to tell you that this cherry smoothie recipe can be made all year round since either fresh or frozen cherries can be used.
I've splashed in a little vanilla and a touch of cinnamon to add extra taste dimensions to this drink. Although these flavours are very subtle, they really turn this smoothie into a well-rounded glass full of goodness.
Coconut water adds a gentle depth to this drink that water alone does not quite manage. Most supermarkets stock coconut water these days, so it should be easy to pick up.
Step by Step Instructions
Smoothies are notoriously quick and easy to make and this cherry smoothie recipe is no exception to the rule:
Step 1: If using fresh cherries, remove the stems and stones, then add to a blender jug along with all other ingredients
Step 2: Secure the lid and blitz until smooth
Step 3: Pour and serve
Tips and FAQs
As straightforward as this cherry smoothie might seem, here are a few pointers to help you get the best out of this recipe:
- if you are using frozen cherries there is no need to add ice
- ice is not strictly necessary even if using fresh cherries over frozen. The ice is optional if all ingredients are well chilled
- Ensure that all stalks and stones are removed from fresh cherries since a stray stone in the blender will blunt the blade and adversely affect the flavour of this cherry smoothie should it get broken up
- This drink does separate quickly, so serve it straight away. Reblend it by stirring or shaking
Frequently Asked Questions
The ingredients in this cherry smoothie recipe are all relatively soft, so any blender should be capable of processing it. However, high powered blenders generally create a creamier, smoother drink.
Note: If you intend to add ice to the mix, ensure your blender is sufficiently high powered to handle it. Check the instruction booklet if necessary.
Yes, this drink can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Pour it into a bottle with a screwtop lid and keep refrigerated. It will separate, so shake vigorously before pouring it into a glass - hence the screw top lid.
Try topping it with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut and some seeds if you fancy having something to chew whilst you sip.
If this cherry smoothie has piqued your interest in blended drinks then try making my mango & apricot smoothie. It's yellow, fruity and rather tasty - rather like sunshine in a glass.
You can find all manner of smoothies and other refreshing fruity creations in my library of cold drinks.
Have you made this recipe? Let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment and/ or rating below. I really do appreciate your feedback.
Cherry Smoothie with Coconut
- 200 ml/ ¾ cup + 2 tbsp Coconut water
- 150 g/ 6oz Pitted cherries - fresh or frozen (see note above)
- 100 g/ 4oz Chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen - see note above)
- 2 tsp (heaped) Dessicated (flaked) coconut
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth
- Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately
- I recommend serving this smoothie immediately after blending since natural separation of the ingredients does occur after 5-10 minutes (it's still tasty though)
- When separation occurs the drink can be easily reblended by shaking or stirring vigorously
- You can make this drink with fresh or frozen cherries. Likewise, the pineapple can be fresh, frozen or tinned
- For ease of blending, I suggest that only one of these fruits be frozen - either the cherries or the pineapple - not both
- Assuming that one of the fruits is frozen there is no need to add ice to the blender
- Check your blender can handle ice if you are adding it to your smoothie