This is an overhead image looking into a glass with a cherry smoothie in it and puffed quinoa. The glass sits on a white counter.
This cherry smoothie is made with frozen dark cherries blended into a perfectly sweet drink that only takes 5 minutes to make.

This cherry smoothie will make you fall in love with cherries again. It tastes like a cherry milkshake, feels so rich and decadent and uber refreshing!

Most smoothie recipes call for a frozen banana to give it a creamy, thick texture. This is a recipe for a cherry smoothie without banana and only five ingredients.

My kids loved this cherry smoothie, my husband kept asking for sips, and I was bummed when the final sip slurped. It’s a new family favorite smoothie recipe, I can’t wait for you to give it a try!

Health Benefits of Cherries:

Cherries are super rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. They’re a great source of vitamin C and are also said to improve symptoms of arthritis and improve sleep quality.

Ingredients for this cherry smoothie recipe:

Cherries. I used frozen cherries because they’re already pitted and frozen so they give the smoothie a thick, creamy texture. But, if you want to use fresh cherries you definitely can! Just make sure to remove the stems and pits before blending!

Ice. Gives it some extra chill and thickness!

Milk. I used unsweetened oat milk, but you can use any type of milk here. Whole milk, almond milk, or coconut milk are also great options!

Sweetener. I used agave nectar but you can also use honey or maple syrup.

Vanilla. Omg, I swear this is the secret ingredient! A splash of vanilla makes you feel like you’re sipping on a sweet cherry milkshake!! It really elevates this smoothie!

This is an overhead image looking into a blender with cherry smoothie inside. The blender sits on a white counter.

How do you make a cherry smoothie?

Blend! Place all your ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend on high for about 1 minute until smooth.

Pour & Garnish. Pour the smoothie into glasses and top with your favorite garnish! I used puffed quinoa because it’s so cute and crunchy, but you can add some fresh cherries, a sprig of mint, or just leave it au naturale.

This is an overhead image of a glass on a white counter. Inside the glass is a cherry smoothie topped with puffed quinoa. More puffed quinoa is scattered on the white counter. Another glass filled with cherry smoothie is in the top right corner of the image.

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Cherry Smoothie

  • Author: Lindsay Grimes Freedman
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 smoothies 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: smoothie
  • Diet: Vegan
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  • 8 oz. frozen cherries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat milk (or any milk – whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar (honey or maple syrup also works)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • puffed quinoa (optional)


  1. Place the cherries, ice, milk, agave, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. 
  2. Blend on high for about 1 minute until smooth. 
  3. Divide the smoothie into two glasses and top with puffed quinoa or your favorite garnish. 
  4. Enjoy!


More smoothie add-ins and variations:

  • Add a handful or two of spinach or kale to increase your leafy greens!
  • Add some frozen banana, frozen cauliflower, or berries to the mix.
  • Add a scoop or two of yogurt to bump up the protein in your smoothie.
  • Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder
  • Add a tablespoon or two of nut butter


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 228
  • Sugar: 40g
  • Sodium: 67mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.3g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg

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