This cherry blueberry smoothie is a fruity and fun drink perfect for summer. Made without banana, this smoothie is thick and creamy from frozen fruit and a touch of oats. Delicious as a light breakfast or healthy afternoon snack!
Smoothies feel very versatile as they work so well for a light breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack or a little pick-me-up after a workout. This cherry smoothie joins my mango pomegranate smoothie and no yogurt peach smoothie in being very delicious but also very healthy too!
And for a more festive smoothie, you have to check out my cranberry blueberry smoothie! Definitely perfect for the holiday season.
This cherry blueberry smoothie with no banana makes the most of frozen fruit, and is so fruity and creamy at the same time! It feels like such a treat, yet is packed with healthy ingredients.
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Fun and fruity. Cherries and blueberries go together so well, and have a rich fruity flavour that is perfect for summer (and winter too!).
Minimal ingredients. Just five ingredients, and all are pantry or freezer staples in my home!
No banana or yogurt. We don't use either ingredient so as to keep this smoothie vegan, and suitable for a low histamine diet.
Quick and easy. Simply blend the ingredients together for a frozen fruit breakfast smoothie or snack!
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
Just a handful of ingredients to make this blueberry and cherry smoothie. You will need:
- Cherries and blueberries - I suggest using frozen fruit as it helps give the smoothie a thick and creamy texture.
- Oats - these thicken the smoothie and make it more filling and suitable for breakfast. Use gluten free oats if required.
- Coconut milk alternative - the pouring kind used to make coffee, rather than from a can.
- Desiccated coconut - adds extra creamy flavour, and makes for a nice topping also.
📖 Variations to the recipe
Swap coconut milk for another non-dairy milk. If you prefer not to use coconut milk alternative, any non-dairy milk is good. Choose the type that suits you best.
Use fresh fruit rather than frozen. I do think frozen is better, but if you want to use fresh then I suggest adding some ice and perhaps a pinch more oats to help thicken the smoothie.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Just one real step to make this cherry blueberry smoothie, but I'll make it into two just for fun . . .
Add the milk to a blender or NutriBullet, then the other ingredients (image 1). Blend to your smoothie (image 2).
Have a taste test and adjust with more milk to thin if you prefer. Add ice to taste, and then pour into your glass.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Put the milk in first to stop the oats and dry ingredients from sticking to the blending cup.
- In terms of coconut milk I use the type that you would add to coffee, not the canned type that you would cook a meal with. I like the Alpro coconut milk alternative.
- For a gluten-free version of the smoothie be sure to use gluten free oats such as Bob's red mill gluten free rolled oats.
- If using a cherry pitter (if using fresh fruit), do so in a bowl and with kitchen paper to cover your kitchen surfaces to avoid cherry splashes. If you are wearing white, I would also wear an apron . . .
📋 Frequently asked questions
Definitely! I actually suggest using frozen fruit as it will make the smoothie thicker and more creamy in texture.
Adding oats, chia seeds or hemp seeds and using frozen fruit all help to thicken a smoothie without using banana or yogurt. This post on yogurt substitutes in smoothies has lots of helpful ideas!
The smoothie is vegan as it is, and can be gluten free if using certified gluten free oats. Check the ingredients of your non-dairy milk to be sure it suits both dietary requirements.
🍽 More delicious smoothies and juices
Tiger nut and blueberry smoothie
Cantaloupe melon and peach smoothie
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Cherry Blueberry Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup oats
- ½ cup non-dairy milk (I suggest coconut)
- pinch desiccated coconut
- ice quantity to preference
- Pour the non-dairy milk into your blender, then add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth. Adjust with more milk to preference, and add ice to taste.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- I find it best to pour the non-dairy milk into the blender first, and then add the other ingredients.
- You can use both fresh and frozen fruit. If you use frozen fruit then you may not need to add ice (or not as much).
- Adjust with more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- cherries rate as 0, but have 'controversial' as a note.
- non-dairy milk has variable scores.
Great smoothie. I used cashew milk as that’s what I had on hand, and added a small pour of maple syrup to sweeten it. Thank you!
So glad you liked it! I should try cashew milk, as it's been a while since I did 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing Claire, looks delicious!! Will try tomorrow, hopefully!!
Hope you enjoy Cynthia!
This looks delicious and I’m a big fan of cherrys.
Mary Ellen Bosworth says
Is the dessicated coconut necessary for this recipe?
Hi Mary Ellen, the desiccated coconut isn't necessary to have a great smoothie! I would use a coconut milk alternative such as the Alpro one for a coconut taste, or if you prefer not to use coconut at all I would add some extra fruit in. Hope you like it! Claire