cherry, banana & nectarine smoothie

I definitely think I’m going through a cherry phase at the moment. I can’t stop buying them, eating them or making recipes with them – and I’m actually going through punnet loads. Although they can be quite pricey to buy, I always think they’re worth the extra money because they’re just so delicious – and they make up for the fact I’m never able to enjoy any of the ripe local strawberries during this time of the year, as I’m allergic!

So, when I would have naturally chosen to eat a strawberry, or needed to use some to make something, I just go for cherries instead. I think they make a pretty great, tasty alternative anyway and they’re great in summer recipes! At the moment I’ve been using cherries to make things that are cooling and refreshing. I’m currently working on a Cherry Almond Ice Cream (which is almost perfected), and I recently made this fruity smoothie.

Whenever I go out on runs or do exercise, I like to reward myself afterwards with something sweet like some fruit, chocolate or in this case, a smoothie. After a recent long walk, I was really craving a smoothie and decided to make one using my current abundance of cherries. I wanted it to taste really fruity, so I combined the cherries with a banana and a nectarine. Then, to boost the flavour I added in my new favourite ingredient – lucuma powder (which gives a very slight caramel/sweet taste). Lastly, I blended them all together with some almond milk, and threw in some ice-cubes at the end for a cooling finish.

Usually, I add in some vegetables to my smoothies. But I wanted this to feel more like a treat, so I just stuck to the fruity ingredients I really love. I would say this recipe serves 1-2, depending on how much you want to drink. The amount of ice also affects this, as the more you add in, the more the drink will thin out. I just add in a handful, so use a bit at a time to suit your taste. I hope you like it!

cherry, banana & nectarine smoothie

serves 1-2

ingredients

1/2 cup (85g) pitted cherries

1 medium banana, peeled

1 nectarine, de-stoned

1/2 tsp lucuma powder

1 cup (250ml) almond milk

handful of ice cubes

method

1. Add the cherries, banana, nectarine, lucuma powder and almond milk into your blender – I used my Froothie Optimum 2.1 Blender, and blend until smooth. Then, add in some ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Lastly, pour into glasses and serve.

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33 thoughts on “cherry, banana & nectarine smoothie

  1. I love cherries in smoothies, especially when there is some cocoa powder in there too.

    I have been having a chocolate and cherry smoothie after my runs and it is the perfect way to refuel.

  2. This smoothie sounds and looks delicious! These are all my favourite fruits – I definitely need to give it a try! 😀

  3. Cherry and banana are two of my favorite smoothie ingredients! Kinda my go-to combo. And I love that you keep sharing all these new ways to use lucuma powder 🙂 Definitely going to try this!

  4. I’ve been on a cherry kick all summer long! love this smoothie! I had to look up lucuma powder! 😛 never heard of this before!

  5. Love cherries! This looks wonderful! So fresh! Pinned!

  6. I can’t get enough of cherries, either! This smoothie sounds delicious, Harriet! I love that you combined nectarines in here, too. It’s a fruit that I always forget about! Love this smooth and creamy treat!

  7. Who wouldn’t love cherries! Your smoothie looks and sounds very healthy and delicious.

  8. We’ve been enjoying lots of cherries lately too! This smoothie sounds like the perfect treat after a run! Love the cherry, banana, and nectarine combo!

  9. My mom is allergic to strawberries!!
    But cherries are so good…nothing is missed 😉

  10. What a great idea, Harriet! I never to think to incorporate cherries into smoothies, but they’re so naturally sweet and delectable that it makes me think, why not! I love that you combined it with the banana and nectarine for a truly sweet and fruity treat. I can imagine coming home from a long walk and enjoying this too. It looks so refreshing and tasty! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  11. Smoothie looks super awesome and delish — full of awesome flavors! Addition of cocoa powder sounds incredible, Harriet! Perfect looking refreshing smoothie!:)

  12. Oh wow, you are allergic to strawberries?? I am sorry! 🙁 And I thought being allergic to chocolate was bad! I totally understand your love of cherries… I LOVE them as well! Blitzed into a smoothie WITH bananas and nectarine? YUM! Perfect breakfast of snack! Cheers, girlie!

  13. those are all such delicious flavors! I could sip on this smoothie all day long!

  14. Oh I just love a good smoothie and let me just say I am so in love with this one. I can’t wait to make this, this weekend. Thanks for this recipe.

    Kia / House of KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

  15. I can totally join you on the cherry wagon! Looks incredible!

  16. Yummy smoothie, the ingredients mix sounds so good.

    ~xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

  17. I’m ALL about fruity smoothies! this looks like a really yum-o recipe! 😉

  18. I like a sweet treat after my workouts, too! And anything with nectarines is totally my scene. This looks great!

  19. Me too! Cherries find their way into everrrrrythang at my house. They’re one of my favorites to snack on frozen. I love that you combined them with nectarines here! This smoothie looks and sounds fantastic, wonderful job!

  20. So – I am probably the only one that doesn’t love cherries plain – but throw them in a smoothie like this with nanners and ooh – I’d inhale it up in seconds!

  21. I love cherries! Sadly they’re pretty much out of season here. This sounds like the perfect snack, Harriet. 🙂

  22. Love cherries in smoothies! This is so pretty Harriet! My favorite cherry smoothie is one that I add lime to and make it a slushy..SO good! Of course I love cherries with chocolate too, always a good combo! Love this easy smoothie and love that you added lucuma…one of my favorite ingredients!

  23. YESS!! I deffo like it 😀
    But I have to say, since I started adding veggies into my smoothies the pure-fruit smoothies are almost too sweet for me. So yep, this would also be more like a treat for me

  24. I would totally freeze this, then thaw 1/2 way and go nuts on it! 😉

  25. Allergic to strawberries?? That stinks! But cherries are definitely just as delicious! Love them! This smoothie sounds completely fantastic … and I cannot wait for the cherry almond ice cream! 🙂

  26. Aw, you’re allergic to strawberries?! Well, cherries more than make up for it, I’d say! This smoothie sounds so delicious, Harriet! I just love all the stone fruits and I like the fact that you made this to be more of a treat…let’s save the veggies for dinner this time, right? I’ve never heard of lucuma powder, but will have to look for it, especially if it tastes like caramel!

  27. This looks so delicious Harriet! The colour is amazing 🙂

  28. perfect summery drink. Cherries are my absolute fav too!! I cant stop eating them!

  29. What a great combo, Harriet! 🙂 I love cherries!

  30. I love cherries in the summer time! Great idea for a post-run snack 🙂

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  31. Prettiest smoothie <3 Love it. And I'm a little cherry obsessed lately as well 😀 Love the lucuma in there btw!

  32. I can’t get lucuma at the health food store here, what can I use instead?

    1. Hi Shennae, maybe maca or a protein powder you like? If not you can always just leave it out! I hope this helps 🙂

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