A cool and creamy cherry açaí smoothie is the perfect summertime treat. Superfood açaí blends with tart cherries and creamy cashew milk for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast or snack. This vibrant açaí smoothie comes together in minutes and fills you up for hours.
What is açaí?
Açaí is low in calories and packed with antioxidants. Plus, this Brazilian superfood fruit is brimming with vitamins and fiber.
Açaí is a berry that grows in large clumps on the acai palm tree in South America. The berries are tiny, with dark purple flesh. To remove the flesh from the pit, the berries are soaked in water. The resulting purple pulp is then consumed, or in this case frozen for smoothie packs.
What does acai taste like?
Açaí is tart and earthy, without much sweetness. If you combined a blackberry and chocolate, you’d get a flavor similar to açaí.
Where can I find acai for my smoothie?
Look in frozen fruit section of your grocery store. Along with the other frozen fruit, you’ll find freezer packs of açaí puree. Open the frozen smoothie pack, squeeze the frozen açaí into the blender and you’re done—so simple and easy!
Acai bowl vs. smoothie
Fruity, cold and served in a bowl, açaí bowls have a thick, creamy sorbet-like consistency. They require a spoon to eat. An açaí smoothie has a creamy consistency and is easy to sip in a glass with a straw. An açaí bowl calls for less, if any, liquid. An açaí smoothie has enough liquid to make it drinkable.
Health Benefits of Cherry Açaí Smoothie
Not only are cherries packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, cherries have also been associated with reduced muscle pain after exercise and improved sleep. We could all use a few extra zzz’s!
This smoothie is naturally sweetened with banana. Bananas contain pectin and low-glycemic sugars, so they won’t cause your blood sugar to spike. Yu can use either fresh or frozen banana for this acai smoothie recipe.
If you’re looking for an alternative to dairy milk, cashew milk is an excellent option. It adds a creamy thickness and irresistible nutty flavor to smoothies. Cashews contain heart-healthy fats, folate and magnesuim.
How To blend cashews in a smoothie
You’ll need to soak the cashews in water to soften them. You can soften cashews with three methods. The first method involves soaking the cashews overnight in the fridge for 8 hours in water. The second method involves boiling the cashews in water for about 15 minutes. The third method involves bringing water to a boil, then turning off the heat and adding the cashews to soak in the hot water for 30 minutes to an hour.
Once the cashews are softened, add them to a blender along with the other smoothie ingredients.
More cherry, the more merry!
Yes, açaí is the star of this smoothie. Yet cherries are really where the tasty flavors come from. If you love cherries like me, give them a try in some of our other smoothies:
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- Cherry Almond Cinnamon Green Smoothie
- Healthy Cherry Smoothie
- Cherry Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
- Coconut Cherry Paleo Green Smoothie
Cherry Açaí Smoothie
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 1 tbs raw cashews
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup cherries - frozen
- 1 packet frozen açaí
- 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost - optional
- Blend cashews and cashew milk with banana and cherries. Blend until smooth.
- Add açaí packet. Blend until creamy.
- If you can't find fresh cherries, look for frozen organic cherries in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
- Soak cashews in cashew milk overnight for a creamier smoothie.
- Decrease the liquid to 1/2 cup and top with your favorite fruits and granola, for a delicious breakfast acai bowl.
- Feel free to swap the frozen acai packet for dried acai if that's easier for you to find.