Tart Cherry Protein Smoothie

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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This Tart Cherry Protein Smoothie is a banana-free, meal prep-friendly, delicious smoothie that is packed with flavor and nutrition!

Tart Cherry Protein Smoothie

I'm such a sucker for tart cherry ANYTHING. I love a tart cherry candy, a tart cherry reduction, and especially a tart cherry + sparkling water mocktail (my pregnancy sip of choice). This smoothie is really another excuse to enjoy some tart cherry! It's another really simple smoothie solution (like my Green Protein Freezer Smoothies) that can be EASILY packed up in a freezer bag.

Tart cherries (or really, the juice) made their way into health food isle stardom because of two main reason: 1, they're DELICIOUS and 2, they're densely packed with antioxidants and are generally regarded as anti-inflammatory.

Tart Cherry Protein Smoothie

Tart Cherry Protein Smoothie

For this smoothie, I actually used frozen tart cherries (regular frozen cherries work, too) that were already pitted. The cherries are meaty enough that this smoothie really doesn't need a banana for thickness, which is a big score for all the folks who can't enjoy bananas! The cherries are blended with some protein powder (of your choice, my favorite grass-fed whey option is THIS ONE), a few cubes of frozen coconut milk (for creaminess), a few chia seeds, and some kind of water or juice. Note that if you want an especially tart version of this smoothie, use orange juice. If you want to up your potassium intake, I recommend coconut water. And lastly, if you'd prefer to not add any more (natural) sugar to the smoothie, simply use water.

Give it a whirl and enjoy!

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  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x




  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

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  1. Chelsea says:

    This looks delish! I haven’t found any frozen tart cherries at my local store, but I have found tart cherry juice (without a bunch of crap added). Does the nutrient absorption change if I were to use a different frozen fruit and cherry juice instead of the coconut water?

  2. Jenny says:

    Hello, freezing the coconut milk is brilliant. Is this coconut milk from a can or coconut milk from a carton?

  3. Tara says:

    Do you let the chia seeds soak for a little while so that they softened?

  4. Jennifer says:

    This looks great! Sorry for the silly question, but when freezing the coconut milk ice cubes – do you suggest just freezing the cream on top or the entire can with the added water?