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This cherry smoothie bowl is thick, creamy, and naturally sweetened with fruit. Use plant-based milk to make it vegan and top it with chopped nuts, coconut, or any other toppings of choice!
Why you’ll love this cherry smoothie bowl
- It is thick and creamy
- It is super easy to make
- It has only 5 simple ingredients
- It is vegan and gluten-free
- It contains plenty of nutrients from the cherries and banana
*For quantities, scroll down to the recipe box below.
Here is everything you will need to make this delicious cherry smoothie bowl!
Frozen banana: Your banana must be frozen for this recipe. Frozen banana will create a smooth and creamy smoothie bowl.
Frozen cherries: Cherries make this smoothie bowl deliciously sweet and they provide plenty of antioxidants.
Almond butter or peanut butter: This adds a subtle nutty flavor and adds some creaminess to the smoothie bowl.
Vanilla extract: This adds a subtle taste of vanilla that blends nicely with cherries.
Plant-based milk: A small amount of milk is required to get this smoothie bowl blended. You can use whatever type of milk you’d like, but if you want to keep this recipe vegan, make sure you use a plant-based milk.
Make sure your bananas are ripe before freezing. The bananas should be very spotty before you freeze them. This will give a sweeter taste and create a smoother texture.
Slice your banana before blending. I find it best to peel and slice your banana before you even freeze it. Slice it into pieces, then place the pieces in a container, separating each layer with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
If your banana is already frozen, you can still slice it. Just let it sit out of the freezer for a minute and it should slice fairly easily with a sharp knife.
Buy frozen cherries that have already been pitted. This is just to make things easier for you.
Don’t add too much milk. Smoothie bowls are meant to be really thick, kind of like a soft serve ice cream. If you add too much milk, the smoothie bowl will get too thin. I recommend starting with a small amount of milk and slowly adding more only if needed to get things blended.
This is why you need to have a high-powered blender or food processor to make thick and creamy smoothie bowls.
Substitutions and Adjustments
Use any type of milk you’d like. To keep this smoothie bowl vegan, use a plant-based milk. I like to use oat milk or almond milk. The amount of milk is so small that it shouldn’t affect the flavor of the smoothie bowl, but I would still avoid any type of milk with an overpowering taste.
You can omit the nut butter. Peanut butter or almond butter add flavor and creaminess to this cherry smoothie bowl. If you don’t want to add a nut butter, you can omit it. If you choose to omit this, start with a bit less milk because you won’t need quite as much.
- Chopped nuts
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate sauce
- Chocolate chips or shredded chocolate
More smoothie bowl recipes
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl
- Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl
- Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
- Banana Coffee Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen very ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries (pitted)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup plant-based milk (or more if necessary)
- Ensure fruit is completely frozen and slice the banana for easier blending.
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
If you don’t have a high-powered blender or food processor, you may have trouble getting this smoothie bowl blended. Add some more milk slowly until everything blends, but don’t add too much milk. You want your smoothie bowl to be thick so you can eat it with a spoon!