Banana-Free Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Banana-Free Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

I love bananas, but sometimes you just need a banana break. The problem is that bananas are the perfect plant-based smoothie ingredient because they help make it creamy without adding dairy. As it turns out, avocado has the same effect. But what kind of smoothie can you make with avocado? This one:

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie with Cinnamon

Cherries are in season right now, meaning they taste great and you can typically find them at the grocery store (or even better at a farmer’s market) for a reasonable price, which makes summer the perfect time for a cherry smoothie.

Cherries

Don’t let the color of this smoothie deter you, it tastes amazing.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie Blender Before_After

Vanilla extract and cinnamon give this smoothie extra (and delicious) flavor and avocado makes it creamy (no, the smoothie doesn’t taste like avocado).

This smoothie is:

Creamy
Nutritious
Naturally sweet
Green
+ Banana-free

Try it for yourself and tell me what you think. Share in the comments and tag a photo #dietconfessionals on Instagram.

Looking for another banana-free smoothie option? Check out this Mango Mint Smoothie – it will change your life!

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Banana-Free Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Banana-Free Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

  • Author: Karlie
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothies

Description

The perfect summer smoothie! A vegan, gluten-free, banana-free refreshing treat for breakfast or a snack. This smoothie is banana-free – it gets its creaminess from heart healthy avocado.


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Ingredients

  • 1 c unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 c cherries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • a generous handful of kale or spinach
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/21 tsp cinnamon (depending on personal preference)
  • Optional: 1 serving vegan protein powder

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

  • If you are using fresh cherries and avocado (as opposed to frozen), you may want to add a few ice cubes to the blender to make it cold.
  • If you use a vanilla vegan protein powder like I do, you may want to decrease the amount of vanilla extract to 1 tsp.
  • Nutrition facts are for estimate only and don’t include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 14.9
  • Sodium: 104.5
  • Carbohydrates: 40.9
  • Fiber: 12.7
  • Protein: 7.1
  • Cholesterol: 0
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