Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

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.

Cherry Almond Vanilla Smoothie

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.

Cherry Almond Vanilla Smoothie

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?

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

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.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

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.

Cherry Almond Smoothie

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

Yield: 1 serving

Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

A high protein smoothie that tastes just like Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. Delicious and nutritious and full of cherry vanilla flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


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


  1. Put all ingredients into blender and pulse if you want a textured/chunky consistency like the ice cream. If you want it smoother, just blend until smooth.


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.


  1. Cait's Plate

    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?! ;)

  2. Holly @

    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!

  3. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    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?!

  4. kari @ running ricig

    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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  6. Alex

    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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  14. Dominique

    Omg bless u this is going to be my breakfast! Literally just got cherries, almonds and vanilla protein powder and didn’t know what to do with them thank you so much ????????????????

    1. Natalie McLinden

      This was so good! The second time I froze it to make protein ice cream, topped with chocolate chips. Delicious!


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