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
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If you’re anything like me you have 5 pounds 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 and almond combination ever since trying Ashley’s buckwheat bake months ago.

Having 5 pounds 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.

Plus, fruit > spinach in the summer when cherries are in season in my opinion. Save the leafy greens for winter when you need a cold busting smoothie.

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.

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Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A high protein smoothie that tastes just like Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. Delicious and nutritious and full of cherry vanilla flavor.

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 28gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 155mgFiber: 10gSugar: 25g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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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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25 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 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!

  5. Ooh that looks yum! I think my favourite ice cream flavour would have to be the haagen daz pralines and cream or maybe peanut butter! :)

  6. 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?! ;)

  7. Gina your recipe looks great and the photography is just sooooo pretty, too!!! Lovely!