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Very Cherry Berry Smoothie (recipe by “Oishii!”)

Here’s another tasty smoothie, this time all in red and named by my partner David, with red tart cherry juice, strawberries, and raspberries.

I’ve noticed over the past few years that cherry juice is gaining in popularity. I’m a big fan of fresh tart cherries (such as Montmorency), but they have a very short growing season, available only for a few weeks around the end of June and beginning of July in the Midwest.  I’m happy to see that our producers are marketing them not only fresh and dried, but also more often in juiced and in concentrated forms as well.

For some information about the nutritional benefits of cherries, check out the website for the National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation.

Ingredients
makes 2 servings

  • 2 cups (9 ounces) frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt (I like Dannon brand)
  • 1 cup 100% red tart cherry juice (Trader Joe’s brand is great or see below for substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Preparation

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide between two glasses.

Prep Tip: Purchase fresh fruit when it is on sale, clean, and freeze it in single layers in plastic freezer bags.

Ingredient Note: A cheaper alternative to 100% red tart cherry juice is to use canned frozen cherry juice.  Old Orchard makes delicious 100% fruit juice blends such as cherry pomegranate. You can skip the honey if you use these already sweet juices.

Smoothie

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I develop in my test kitchen. My inspiration comes from cooking magazines (Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine), cookbooks, blogs, online food communities such as Chowhound.com, popular restaurants, tv shows, friends, and family.

Now it’s your turn. Do you love cherries or do you have any great ideas for smoothies? We would love to hear from you if you enjoyed this post. -Michael

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