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.

healthy cherry beverage

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!

4.48 from 36 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 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1 16oz smoothie


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


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


  • 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. 


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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  1. 5 stars
    This was my Sunday smoothie in which I used pineapple intsread of blueberry added half an avocado and some flaxseed, yum

    1. Hey Anita,

      Love how you built off this recipe and made it into your freestyle!!

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of my favs. So creamy, cherry cola flavored,yummy in the yummy green smoothie
    Easy to make, was gone like magic!

  3. 5 stars
    Loving the cherries in this smoothie! I would never have even considered cherries in a smoothie until I tried SGS. Such a rich flavour and colour!! Yummy!!

    1. Thanks Valerie,

      SO glad you loved this recipe!!

      Happy blending!

  4. 3 stars
    Not a favourite of mine. I believe the kale overpowers the cherries and blueberries too much. Might add more cherries to boost the flavour next time.

  5. 4 stars
    I usually like cherries by themselves but not really a fan of cherry foods or drinks. But I really liked this smoothie even though you could taste each of the different ingredients.

    1. Hey Joyce,

      I am so glad that even though you don’t usually like cherry flavored recipes, this one was a hit for you!

  6. Oops! I guess I should have blended, used spinach, had to use up, instead of kale. I used frozen cherries and blueberries, I loved! The flavour cut but found the coconut milk very thick! It’s my first time having coconut milk, I usually have almond, I had to add coconut water for my blender to blend it

  7. 4 stars
    I love cherries I just dont think the frozen ones I used were very sweet. I will try this one again