In honour of Canada Day, I’m sharing a red and white smoothie recipe inspired by one of my favourite summer desserts — cherry crumble! It’s cherry season in Canada, so I wanted to incorporate cherries into a healthy, nutrition packed smoothie that you can enjoy anytime of day (even though it tastes like a dessert!). My Cherry Crumble Smoothie also contains an unexpected superfood vegetable that makes it naturally sweet and decadent tasting — just like real cherry crumble.
CHERRY CRUMBLE SMOOTHIE
Have you ever added cooked sweet potato to your smoothie?! I know it sounds weird, but honestly it’s so delicious! Sweet potatoes give the smoothie a rich, velvety texture and they’re high in vitamins A, B, C, beta-carotene and fibre. The addition of sweet potato and oats make this smoothie very filling, and they’re also what gives the smoothie that cherry crumble quality. Make this for breakfast, and you’ll be satisfied long into the afternoon.
Let’s not forget the star of the show — the cherries! Did you know that just 10 cherries account for a serving of fruit? They’re absolutely delicious and loaded with powerful antioxidants to help you fight inflammation, free radical damage and signs of aging. Canadian cherries also contain high levels of melatonin, which can help you get a better night’s sleep, combat stress and reduce jet lag. In this recipe they’re complimented by a dash of cinnamon, which helps to lower blood sugar and reduce heart disease risk factors. Use cinnamon in my kitchen a lot — it’s a simple spice that can do wonders for your health when consumed regularly.
Yield: 2 cups (16 oz)
• 1 cup frozen cherries (pitted)
• 1/2 cup frozen bananas
• 3/4 cup cooked sweet potatoes
• 1/4 cup quick oats
• 1 cup unsweetned almond milk
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
• 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
• Dash of cinnamon
1. Cook your sweet potato. For a super quick method, dice 3/4 cup of sweet potatoes, and add to a 1 cup glass measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup with water, covering the potatoes. Microwave on high heat for 2 minutes (you’ll hear the water boiling). Strain the potatoes and allow to cool before adding to the Vitamix with the rest of your ingredients. Can’t wait? That’s okay — you can add them right away, your smoothie will just have a thinner consistency.
2. Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth.
3. Serve in a mason jar, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, sprinkle of oats or shredded coconut and a fresh cherry.
- 1 cup frozen cherries pitted
- 1/2 cup frozen bananas
- 3/4 cup cooked sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1 cup unsweetned almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Dash of cinnamon
Cook your sweet potato. For a super quick method, dice 3/4 cup of sweet potatoes, and add to a 1 cup glass measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup with water, covering the potatoes. Microwave on high heat for 2 minutes (you'll hear the water boiling). Strain the potatoes and allow to cool before adding to the Vitamix with the rest of your ingredients. Can't wait? That's okay -- you can add them right away, your smoothie will just have a thinner consistency.
Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth.
Serve in a mason jar, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, sprinkle of oats or shredded coconut and a fresh cherry.
What are your favourite seasonal fruits? Feel free to leave me your favourites in the comments, I’d love to try them in a smoothie! And if you try my Cherry Crumble Smoothie, let me know how you like it.
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This looks amazing! I’ve added the ingredients to my next order; can’t wait to try it out! My favourite in-season fruit right now is nectarines; so sweet and juicy :).
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Anneke! Let me know how you like it. The cherries are just so good right now! And the nectarines — I’ve been eating lots of those lately too. 🙂
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Happy belated Canada Day and what a way to mark it? Your smoothie sounds delicious and it’s so substantial. I hate nothing more than wishy washy smoothies that leave you hungry after an hour. I am loving the local cherries all around at the moment and intend to take full advantage of them while I can!
Thanks Mel! Happy belated Canada Day to you, too. I love summer cherries — even the the choke cherries are popping out here. I might whip up a recipe with them this year. Your vegan caramel shake looks incredible — I’ll pop by your blog later tonight to savour it! Have a great weekend!
What a great way to use up leftover cooked sweet potatoes! I make smoothies every day, but I’ve never added sweet potato! Great idea.
They make smoothies SO creamy and delicious — you’ll have to let me know if you try it! Thanks for stopping by, Elaine!
Oh my goodness, Justine, that smoothie looks great! I had never thought of adding sweet potatoes to a smoothie, but I can see it working very well. Gorgeous pictures, I pinned it, and will try to make it as soon as we have all the ingredients!
Thanks so much, Nicoletta! They’re my smoothie secret weapon when I tire of banana based smoothies for dairy-free creaminess. Please report back if you try the recipe!
What a delicious looking smoothie. I love the sweet potato addition. I bet it’s perfect with the cherries. Beautiful photos!
Thanks so much, Colleen! 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by.
Gah! Justine, this is stunning. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious, too! I mean, you truly cannot go wrong with cherries. There’s just a lil’ sumpin’ special about’em.
Thanks so much girl! Looking forward to stopping by your blog later today to check out your amazing Sweet Potato Brunch Skillet. 🙂
I can’t believe there are sweet potatoes in these smoothies! Insane. You sure know how to hide healthy food in the most delicious-looking recipes, Justine. 🙂
Thanks so much, Cassie! Give it a try sometime, cooked sweet potatoes make the creamiest smoothies ever. I should actually whip one of these up this summer… this is last year’s recipe!
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