Cherry Smoothie

You’re probably wondering why I would be posting a recipe for a cherry smoothie when the cherry season is for all intents and purposes over and fall is just around the corner.  Well, this delicious cherry smoothie is something I make and enjoy all year long—using frozen cherries.  In fact, if you were to use fresh cherries, you would have to pit them and then freeze them.  I must say, however, if that were the only way to make this yummy smoothie, I would do it!

I have experimented with all manner of combinations of fruit and milk and juices, but I like this so much it’s the only one I’ve made for a few years now.  Much as I love strawberries, when I’ve swapped them for the cherries, it just doesn’t measure up.  My girls like to throw in a strawberry or two and sometimes blueberries, but I much prefer straight cherries in mine.

I am a big fan of flax seeds and flax oil and often add them to recipes.  They are a rich source of omega 3, and the health benefits are many and well known.  The seeds need to be ground to release the oil, and I have a coffee grinder dedicated to grinding flax seeds.  I particularly like them in oatmeal.  The flax seed oil can be added to smoothies, salad dressings, or just about anything else that has a liquid component.  I made this smoothie without flax seed oil once when I had run out of it, and it tasted flat to me.  Since flax seed oil is expensive and not a staple for everyone, you might want to try the smoothie first without it.  But then make sure you take a fish oil supplement!

Cherry Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups rice milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
  • 1 tbl. flax seed oil

Directions

Peel the banana and put it in a blender with the remaining ingredients.  Process until the smoothie is a frothy liquid.  Pour and enjoy!  Makes 2 servings.

Fran’s Note: If you prefer a thicker smoothie, decrease the amount of milk.

Source: A frantastic original

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