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Cranberry Kale Cooler

Add some extra zip to your morning by blending up a tart n’ tangy cranberry green smoothie. Loaded with vitamin C and other immune-boosting nutrients.

cranberry smoothie recipe

Cranberries hit the produce section near the end of October and we are always happy to grab a few bags to use now and put in the freezer to enjoy all year long. These tart red berries are full of anthrocyanins which can may provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

We’ve all heard that cranberries are good for our urinary tracts. They can help prevent infections due to their high concentration of proanthocyanidins which prevent harmful bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Beyond that, 1 cup of raw cranberries provides 18% DV of dietary fiber, loads of vitamin C, and manganese.

This smoothie also contains orange, lime, and bananas, which adds more vitamin C and a large amount of potassium, respectively. Kale is a great leafy green to pair up with citrus and cranberries. The acidity of both help counter any bitterness from the kale and also make it easier to absorb the small amount of iron. Kale adds loads of vitamin K which is important for blood clotting, as well as more vitamin C, and vitamin A.

If you’re a fan of tart smoothies – you’ll love this cranberry green smoothie for sure! Get more recipes like this from Daily Blends – our green smoothie mobile app!

cranberry smoothie recipe

Here’s a cranberry smoothie recipe:



  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks


This smoothie is chockfull of vitamins C, A, and K. It’s tart and tangy and will help give your immune system the boost it needs to fight of colds and illness. 



  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 lime (squeezed)


* Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.

Note: 1 cup of raw cranberries plus 2 cups of water can be substituted for the unsweetened cranberry juice.

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  1. Laura

    November 4th, 2015 at 6:37 am

    This looks delicious. Question: are you juicing the raw cranberries first or using a different cranberry juice ?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    November 4th, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Hi Laura,

    Great question! We’re reaching for unsweetened cranberry juice (no sugar, fruit juice concentrate or high fructose corn syrup added). I love reaching for Lakewood brand available at Whole Foods.

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lasanna Wright

    November 8th, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Hello. How many cups/ servings does this recipe yield? I use a ninja personal blender; do you have any advice on how I should cut the recipes to accommodate a smaller blending unit?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Lindsey

    November 9th, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hi Lasanna! Our recipes usually yield between 4-5 cups. This one is closer to 4 cups. We suggest cutting the recipe in half for smaller blenders.

  5. MB

    November 19th, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    This was so refreshing! I made it with Lachinato Kale (dino kale) and cranberry-pomegranate juice. Very different from the other smoothies I have made and very delish ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for these great recipes.

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    November 20th, 2015 at 8:33 am

    YAY! Thanks for blendin’ with us, MB!

  7. Gillan

    November 24th, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I am allergic to bananas. Is there a replacement for those or can I do without?

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    November 24th, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Hi Gillian,

    Allergic to bananas? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Some great banana substitutes are mango, papaya, pear, unsweetened apple sauce, chia seeds, nut butters, and avocado (won’t add sweetness, but will add the creaminess we love).

    Learn more about our favorite banana-free recipes here…


  9. Christina

    November 24th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Could I use grapefruits instead of oranges? Or will nthat be a bit bitter?

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    November 24th, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Christina,

    Of course you can! If you find the grapefruit too tart add a natural sweetener to help balance the flavor. We love using honey, maple syrup, fresh dates, and bananas for a little added sweetness.


  11. Sarah

    December 9th, 2015 at 4:15 am

    How can 2 banana be good? Isn’t that to much sugar

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    December 9th, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for reaching out! Each smoothie has 3 cups of fruit in it, and it is recommended that an adult has 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit a day. When you drink 16oz of our green smoothie recipe you will be meeting, or just under your daily intake for fruit. If you feel like that is too much fruit, feel free to do 2 cups of fruit in each smoothie with 3 cups of leafy greens. Hope that helps. ๐Ÿ™‚



  13. Brian

    December 11th, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    So in the buildup to this recipe you tout the fiber-richness of raw cranberries, but then you say to use cranberry JUICE. Please explain.

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    December 14th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hi Brian,

    We love reaching for pressed raw organic cranberry juice (ex. Lakewood) in place of using another liquid base. Don’t want to miss out on an ounce of the fiber we love from fresh cranberries? You can substitute 1 cup of raw cranberries plus 2 cups of water for the juice in this recipe!

    Hope this helps!

  15. T. D.

    December 14th, 2015 at 11:15 am

    What is the value of a squeezed lime half? I can use the reserved lime juice for some other recipe, of course, but unpeeled, juiceless lime halves might even be unpalatably bitter. Wouldn’t a great deal of lime flavor be in the (discarded) juice? Gee…

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    December 14th, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Hi T.D.,

    Great question! The acids found in lime provide a great boost to your skin and stomach health, perfect for fighting off any cold or illness.

    Don’t want to waste the other half of lime? Double this recipe, the added acidity of the lime will help keep this smoothie rawkin’ for up to two days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Or add it to your water for a great immunity, flavor + metabolism boost!

    Hope this helps!

  17. T. D.

    December 14th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    “…helps…”? Nope, not quite; Is the juice from the squeezed lime-half going in, OR, the squeezed (peeled?) lime half itself? Or am I instructed in your recipe to just squeeze a lime-half for, say, good luck or wrist exercise? On the side, so to speak, ritualistically, get my smoothie Mojo goin’ on…That would be new, for me. Your recipe is unclear. “…1/2 lime, squeezed…”,…รผnd?Juice? Pulp? Dig?

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    December 15th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hi T.D.,

    So sorry! Let’s try this again! We suggest squeezing the juice of half of lime into this smoothie recipe. Add the juice to your smoothie with the remaining ingredients after blending your liquid base + leafy greens. Want even more lime flavor + nutritional boost?? Add some of the lime peel to this recipe! Just start small, as citrus peel is packed with flavor and can be overpowering if you add too much!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Andrine

    January 6th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Do you have the nutritional content of this and other smoothie recipes you post? Carb, fat, protein per serving??

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    January 7th, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Hi Andrine,

    We personally don’t focus on the numbers, and rather focus on how we fuel our bodies. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have the calorie or nutritional info. Three great resources for tracking are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

    Hope this helps!

  21. AM

    November 10th, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Absolutely love you folks and this site. Quick question, I just got a vitamix (which is amazing). Do I still need to blend the greens and liquids first or can I just throw it all in and use the Smoothie function.


  22. SGS Rawkstar

    November 14th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Hi AM,

    We love you too! With a powerhouse blender like Vitamix you shouldn’t have to prebend your leafy greens, simply toss everything in, hit smoothie + blend away!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Gaylon H.

    December 12th, 2016 at 9:03 am

    What are good swaps for bananas? I can’t eat them so what else would I be able to use please?

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    December 13th, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Hi Gaylon,

    Can’t have bananas? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Some of our favorite substitutes are mango, papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, nut butter, chia seeds, fresh dates, and avocado (won’t add sweetness, but the creaminess we love). Learn more about our favorite banana swaps and banana free recipes here…


  25. Oganikku Pantry

    January 4th, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Good day,

    This is amazing, i cannot wait to try out this cranberry kale cooler, i want to ask, am i able to make my own cranberry juice? due to where i stay they only have the packaged sweetened and preserved cranberry juice, i aint risking it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    January 11th, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Hi Oganikku,

    Of course! 1 cup of raw cranberries plus 2 cups of water can be substituted for the unsweetened cranberry juice.

  27. Karen

    January 10th, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    HI. How many calories would this have please.

  28. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    January 12th, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Hi Karen,

    YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! We personally try not to focus on the numbers, so we haven’t included the numbers in our recipes. We hope that you’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out.

    We do know many people would like to have this nutritional information, so we’ve begun to add it them to the newest recipes on our site. And we’ll continue to add this information to our older recipes too. In the meantime, three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

    Hope this helps!

    Hope this helps!

  29. Carissa

    November 14th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Yum!! Cannot wait to try this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Ginny

    November 15th, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Can you used spinach instead o kale

  31. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 20th, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Ginny,

    Yes! You can totally swap out the kale for spinach in this recipe.


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