Cherry almond vanilla smoothie

Confession: The only Ben & Jerry’s flavor I’ve ever tasted is Cherry Garcia.

Fact: This smoothie tastes just like it.

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If you’re anything like me you have 5lbs. of cherries sitting in your fridge, you’ve been too busy at lunch time to think of putting together much more than a smoothie and yet you want something that fills you up.

If that’s your dilemma, this is your solution.

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I have been in love with the cherry + almond combination ever since trying Ashley’s buckwheat bake months ago. Having 5lbs. of cherries in your fridge seems like a good occasion to recreate that flavor in smoothie form, no?

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It’s high in protein and filling. The only thing missing is some vegetables, otherwise it’d be a complete meal. I thought about throwing in some spinach for that reason alone but, I really hate what spinach does to the otherwise beautiful color of a fruit smoothies. And plus, fruit > spinach in the summer when cherries are in season in my opinion. Smile

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I actually left this smoothie kind of chunky instead of blending it to a smooth consistency. With the pitted fresh cherries and whole almonds, I kind of wanted a “chew factor” to the smoothie. Chewing my drink also makes it feel more like a meal than a snack and that hopefully means I won’t be raiding the pantry an hour after.

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So, if you have cherries on hand, I suggest you make this and if you don’t, I suggest you go buy some cherries.


Cherry almond vanilla


Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 almond milk
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 2 tbsp whole almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup ice


Put all ingredients into blender and pulse for a “chewy” consistency. If you want it smooth, just use puree setting and blend longer.

What’s your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor? Obviously, cherry garcia for me since it’s all I’ve ever had!

Or, favorite ice cream flavor in general? I’m usually a mint chocolate chip fan but, the mint can’t be too “fake” tasting.

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    Oh my gosh – LOVE that second photo! Is it sad that I have a hard time choosing between what I love more in your posts – your recipes or your pictures?! ;)

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    LOVE the color of that smoothie! I’ve been on a PB and banana smoothie kick for the past few weeks but would love to try that and get a PINK smoothie :) Only dairy-free ice cream I eat is So Delicious coconut milk brand. I can’t handle real ice cream, but I really like the chocolate coconut milk kind!

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    The color of that smoothie is so pretty! Gotta love that shade of pink :)
    If you were to try another B and J flavor, I would suggest Half-Baked: chocolate fudge brownie and cookie dough mixed into vanilla ice cream… I mean how the heck can you go wrong with something like that?!

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    I just remembered I have like 6lbs of cherries in my fridge! Awesome!!

    Cherry Garcia is a delicious flavor…my favorite is the brownie froyo. I pick out all the brownies and give the ice cream to Mike.

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    I found myself in a similar situation a few months ago with a heap of cherries and no idea what to do with them. I ended up making a cobbler, but next time I will remember this smoothie recipe. And I agree, I like the chew-factor with cherries.


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