Looking for a smoothie with a lower glycemic index? Look no further than this cherry smoothie recipe made with just four plant-based simple ingredients.

My family loves cherries and we can’t get enough of them. Of course, nothing beats fresh cherries, but frozen ones are often more affordable and can be used year-round.

cherry smoothie
Table of Contents
  1. Cherry Smoothie Recipe
  2. Ingredient Swaps
  3. Sweet vs Tart Cherries
  4. Low Glycemic Fruits for Smoothies
  5. Cherry Smoothie FAQs
  6. More Berry Smoothies
  7. Healthy Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Cherry Smoothie Recipe

If you want a quick and nourishing smoothie then this four-ingredient one is an easy win:

  1. Blend kale and canned coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.

Make sure you pit the cherries before adding them to the blender (I often buy frozen so I can skip this step!). Make sure at least one fruit is frozen to enjoy a refreshingly cool smoothie. Feel free to add in a plant-based protein powder to up the protein and fiber and turn this cherry smoothie into a complete breakfast.

Ingredient Swaps

If kale is a bit too strong for you, swap it out for the leafy green of your choice. All kinds of berries are low in sugar and have antioxidants, so you can use mixed berries or any other berry combo you want.

If you need less fat, use a light canned coconut, or carton coconut milk. Just know that this smoothie might not be as thick with carton coconut milk.

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Antioxidant powerhouse

Free radicals are chemicals that can damage our bodies’ cells. While we can fight these free radicals with stuff already inside the body, we also rely on antioxidants from food to help in the fight.

Antioxidant supplements tout all kinds of miraculous properties, yet I believe in getting them in through plants like kale and cherries.

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Sweet vs Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are, well, tart, and sweet cherries are sweet. Another distinction is that sweet cherries tend to be bigger and a deeper, darker red, where as tart cherries are brighter red and small. Both are high in antioxidants and great to use in smoothies.

Most studies regarding the health benefits of cherries have been conducted using Montmorency cherries, the most common variety of tart cherries. The cherries, fresh, frozen or dried and their juice can help with muscle recovery after intense physical activity.

Both types of cherries contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that we associate with sleep. It is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin, both of which help with mood and sleep. Tryptophan supplementation has been shown to reduce irritability, PMS, depression and anxiety.

When blending this cherry smoothie, it’s truly up to you which type of cherry you use. All of them are winners in our book!

cherry smoothie recipe

Low Glycemic Fruits for Smoothies

Berries and cherries are low glycemic foods, meaning that eating them won’t drastically affect blood sugar levels. These fruits are naturally lower in sugar and high in fiber, which also keeps blood sugar levels steady. Low sugar fruits include:

  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Apricots
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Dates
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Prunes

Fun fact: Bananas are often though of as high on the glycemic index, but they are actually considered low glycemic with an index score of 55. (Anything 55 and under is considered low glycemic.)

Tropical fruits tend to be high on the glycemic index. Pineapple, figs, cantaloupe, watermelon and guava are especially high in sugars.

Cherry Smoothie FAQs

What goes well with cherries?

I paired kale with cherries in this smoothie because they compliment each other so well, a little tart and a little sweet. Coconut milk also goes well with cherries, drawing out the natural sweetness of the coconut.

How do you blend cherries?

Make sure your cherries are pitted before blending (no need to blend the pits!). You can use fresh or frozen cherries. If you don’t have a high powered blender, make sure the cherries are thawed a bit before blending. Cherries actually blend quite well!

Can I put whole cherries into a blender?

I don’t recommend it. The cherry pits will probably harm your blender blades, and you don’t really want to eat them. Pit the cherries before blending or just buy frozen, already pitted cherries to save a bit of time.

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More Berry Smoothies

If you loved this cherry smoothie recipe then you’ll love these berry smoothies as well!

So many options, how are you going to choose? Give my cherry smoothie a blend, then get ready to buy bulk fruit next time it goes on sale. You’ve got smoothies to blend. Don’t forget to leave a rating + review once you’ve tried it!

4.46 from 35 votes

Healthy Cherry Smoothie

Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats, which helps curb your appetite and give you energy. The berries and cherries lower the glycemic index making it a great after dinner treat. This Healthy Cherry Smoothie is a great breakfast.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1 16oz smoothie

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup coconut milk canned or carton
  • 1 cup cherries
  • ½ cup blueberries

Instructions 

  • Blend kale and coconut milk together until smooth.
  • Add remaining fruit and blend again.

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • Can substitute cherries + blueberries with any berries or a mixed berry blend.
  • Swap out the kale with another leafy green like spinach.
  • Use canned coconut milk for a creamier smoothie with healthy fat, use carton coconut milk for a lighter smoothie with less healthy fat. 

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 36mg, Potassium: 597mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 6822IU, Vitamin C: 79mg, Calcium: 291mg, Iron: 2mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is probably my favorite so far! I used part coconut milk, part coconut water since the coconut milk was too strong last time.

    1. Way to adjust the recipe to make it work for you. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Hey Anita,

      If it is too sweet for you, you can always swap the measurements for the fruits and veggies.

      Hope that helps!

  2. 5 stars
    Major love from my whole family today. It tastes like a cherry cola float!! Definitely making this smoothie again.

    1. I love how you described this one. You are exactly right!! 🙂

  3. 4 stars
    I didn’t have cherries so used raspberry/blackberry combo. It was good but probably better with the cherries.

    1. Hey Bonnie,

      SO glad you were able to make this work with what you had on hand!

  4. 3 stars
    It was good..still not sure how I feel about the kale! Might try it with spinach next time!

    1. Hey Cory,

      Make sure you are pick the stems off the kale leaves to avoid that bitter taste. If you prefer to not use the kale spinach is perfectly fine!

  5. 5 stars
    Love the smoothies, today mine is a combo of blueberries raspberries and blackberries though since I didn’t have cherries. Definitely loving this daily habit!

  6. 3 stars
    Not bad, I love cherries, just not sure if I’m a fan of them in smoothies. This one seemed to lack the creaminess others have.

  7. 5 stars
    Tastes great! Half way done! Feel great with this simple change of a green smoothie a day!