One of my strategies to find the light as the autumn establishes itself and the days shorten, is to keep my smoothie habit going. It’s such a great lunch and having devoted a drawer in my freezer to bags of summery fruit, you can have the flavours (and colours) of summer all year around.
I’m making my Cherry Pineapple Smoothie a few times a week, interspersed with homemade soups or warmed up leftovers from the night before and am still totally loving working from home for reasons such as these. It’s such a pleasure to not be eating hospital sandwiches from a plastic pack or a chocolate bar with a side serving of steaming hot guilt!
Pineapple is a brilliant addition to smoothies if you like them on the sweeter side (I do) and it masks the banana flavour very well. Against the exoticism of the pineapple, the very British berry richness of the cherries work extremely well together. You don’t need many cherries for the flavour to come through which is handy, as they are the most expensive of the fruits used here.
I’ve recently been using cashew nut butter more and more in my cooking (did you see my Steak, Mushrooms and Bulgar which uses it to create a creamy sauce without adding actual dairy cream?) and I add a single tablespoon here. It’s a good thickener in place of oats (although you can add some rolled oats as well if you want a really filling smoothie) plus the nutty flavour, reminiscent of peanut butter makes this feel like a real treat too.
Using unsweetened almond milk rather than cow’s milk makes my Cherry Pineapple Smoothie vegan/dairy free, for those who need it to be so. It is delicious whichever milk you choose but I like using the almond milk as it provides variation and different nutrients in a diet which already consumes enough dairy milk.
- A nugget of frozen spinach or a handful of fresh leaves
- Half a frozen banana
- 4 chunks of frozen pineapple about 1 inch across each
- 8-10 frozen cherries
- 1 tbsp cashew nut butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp linseeds flax seeds
- 250 ml almond milk or dairy milk if you prefer
- Upto 250ml water
- Optional - upto 2 tbsp oats
Place all the ingredients in your high powered blender (such as a Nutribullet or NutriNinja) apart from the water and blitz for 60 seconds.
Take the lid off and check the texture - it is likely to be very thick like a slushy at this point, so do feel free to add up to 250ml of water to thin it down to your liking. Give it another 30 second blast to mix it well.
This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will earn a little commission if you chose to buy items I’ve advertised, helping me to bring you all these recipes for free!
Like this post? Then why not try these related recipes:
What a delicious sounding smoothie! Love the idea of freezing spinach in individual portions to use too.
I must admit I buy bags of frozen spinach and they have 2tbsp ish sized nuggets of spinach ready to throw in my nutribullet 🙂
Ooooh, hidden spinach! I love it. I’m the sort of person that needs to hide greens from myself so I can eat more of them. although, it’s not really hiding if you know it’s in there is it?! Perfect smoothie to start the day off right!
Weeeell, they are kinda hidden as you can see or taste the spinach here Amanda lol ;). I can’t do kale in my smoothies as I find its taste overpowering but spinach is ace 😀
I love some summercolors and flavors every now and then when winter becomes… a little to gray. Will start freezing my smoothie bags!
I miss the colour of summer for sure – it’s getting colder here by the day but the stunning array of autumnal shades from the trees surrounding where we live aren’t quite in full force just yet. This smoothie helps brighten my day 😀
Hubby & I are huge fans of smoothies!
Love the flavors of this recipe. 🙂
Thanks Amy – I hope you both give it a try then 😀
Interesting that cherries are more expensive than pineapple, completely the flip side here.. Pineapples are always really expensive but cherries when available are pretty much free, not just as I have 3 trees but even in stores they run to something daft like 40p a kilo 😮
40p a kilo?!?!?!? I’m deffo buying the next hut down from you Brian lol 😉 Hungary here I come!
What a gorgeous recipe! I love all your hints and tips – and a great flavour combination. Yum! 🙂 Eb x
Aw thank you Eb, I’m really glad you enjoyed it 😀
Love the cashew nut butter idea!
It’s a delish addition 🙂