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5 from 6 votes

Very cherry smoothie

This Very Cherry Smoothie packs a wallop of cherry flavor from ½ cup of dark cherries and a dash of almond extract. Almond extract is one of my favorite secret ingredients for increasing the yum in a smoothie. That extra roundness of cherry flavor makes it that much more delicious.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: dairy free, kid friendly, snack
Servings: 1 people
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson


  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds*
  • ½ cup vanilla soy milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1-2 kale leaves or collard leaves, ribs removed (optional)**
  • ½ cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 banana frozen in chunks
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 ice cubes optional


  • Add the chia seeds, vanilla soy milk, kale or collard leaves (if using), cherries, banana, and almond extract to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  • For an icier, thicker smoothie, add ice cubes to blender and blend until thoroughly combined. Pour into glass and serve.


*If you don't have a high speed blender, you may want to grind the chia seeds in a clean coffee grinder before putting into the blender. That way there won't be any whole seeds remaining in the smoothie.
**If you don't have a high speed blender, I also recommend blending the ground chia, soy milk, and kale or collard leaves first in the blender before adding the remaining ingredients. Kale & collards are thick & fibrous. They break down better if you blend them completely before adding more ingredients to the blender jar. If you have a high speed blender, this isn't an issue.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Vitamin C: 27.1mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 2.1mg