In honour of Canada Day, I’m sharing a red and white smoothie recipe inspired by one of my favourite summer desserts — cherry crumble! It’s cherry season in Canada, so I wanted to incorporate cherries into a healthy, nutrition packed smoothie that you can enjoy anytime of day (even though it tastes like a dessert!). My Cherry Crumble Smoothie also contains an unexpected superfood vegetable that makes it naturally sweet and decadent tasting — just like real cherry crumble.
Have you ever added cooked sweet potato to your smoothie?! I know it sounds weird, but honestly it’s so delicious! Sweet potatoes give the smoothie a rich, velvety texture and they’re high in vitamins A, B, C, beta-carotene and fibre. The addition of sweet potato and oats make this smoothie very filling, and they’re also what gives the smoothie that cherry crumble quality. Make this for breakfast, and you’ll be satisfied long into the afternoon.
Let’s not forget the star of the show — the cherries! Did you know that just 10 cherries account for a serving of fruit? They’re absolutely delicious and loaded with powerful antioxidants to help you fight inflammation, free radical damage and signs of aging. Canadian cherries also contain high levels of melatonin, which can help you get a better night’s sleep, combat stress and reduce jet lag. In this recipe they’re complimented by a dash of cinnamon, which helps to lower blood sugar and reduce heart disease risk factors. Use cinnamon in my kitchen a lot — it’s a simple spice that can do wonders for your health when consumed regularly.
CHERRY CRUMBLE SMOOTHIE
Yield: 2 cups (16 oz)
• 1 cup frozen cherries (pitted)
• 1/2 cup frozen bananas
• 3/4 cup cooked sweet potatoes
• 1/4 cup quick oats
• 1 cup unsweetned almond milk
• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
• 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
• Dash of cinnamon
First, cook your sweet potato. For a super quick method, dice 3/4 cup of sweet potatoes, and add to a 1 cup glass measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup with water, covering the potatoes. Microwave on high heat for 2 minutes (you’ll hear the water boiling). Strain the potatoes and allow to cool before adding to the Vitamix with the rest of your ingredients. Can’t wait? That’s okay — you can add them right away, your smoothie will just have a thinner consistency.
Then, combine all ingredients in your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth. Serve in a mason jar, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, sprinkle of oats or shredded coconut and a fresh cherry.
What are your favourite seasonal fruits? Feel free to leave me your favourites in the comments, I’d love to try them in a smoothie! And if you try my Cherry Crumble Smoothie, let me know how you like it.
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