A high protein smoothie that tastes just like Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. Delicious and nutritious and full of cherry vanilla flavor.
Confession: The only Ben & Jerry’s flavor I’ve ever tasted is Cherry Garcia.
Fact: This smoothie tastes just like it.
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.
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?
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.
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.
So, if you have cherries on hand, I suggest you make this and if you don’t, I suggest you go buy some cherries.
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ almond milk
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- 2 tbsp whole almonds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- ½ 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.