Happy New Year everyone! How are the resolutions coming along 4 days in? To do my part, I have some healthy recipes lined up, before we get back to the good stuff. 😉
I had this vision in my head for cherry smoothies, and I am so excited that they turned out exactly as I thought they would! First of all, having frozen cherries in the house was kind of random. Probably a month ago, I was reaching into the freezer section at the market to grab the blueberries and raspberries I normally buy. For whatever reason, the bag of cherries popped into my line of sight. Cherries are my favorite berry that are in season for like 2 seconds every July. They were very reasonably priced, I think $2.69 for 12 ounces? Heck, I pay more than that when they are available fresh!
So into the cart they went. Then they sat in the freezer because my “inside the box” family couldn’t figure out what to do with them. “Where are the blueberries?” is what I heard. It was Christmas time, so I kind of ignored them too.
So Hello, new year-new berry excitement! First, I made the thickest, most luscious vanilla greek yogurt base. Seriously, this tastes like an ice cream. It is very lightly sweetened (I would even say you could go without the honey), since the cherries will add a good bit of natural sugars. Then, I blended the cherries up using my immersion blender, adding a it of water to smooth them out. Then I layered the Greek yogurt base with the cherries, and took a spoon or straw and swirled them a bit. I really love the pretty results! Eat with your eyes first.
- 1 Cup Frozen Cherries
- ¾ Cups Water
- 1 and ¼ Cup Greek Yogurt
- ¼ Cup Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- ½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- Using a blender or an immersion blender, puree the cherries with ½ cup water. Depending on the size of the cherries (and the power of your blender), you may need to let them defrost a bit first.
- In a bowl stir together the Greek yogurt, milk, ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon honey and vanilla until smooth. *Optional - for the smoothest texture use an immersion blender*
- Divide the Greek yogurt base between 2 glasses. Top each with half the cherry puree. Add a straw and swirl!