Cranberry Smoothie

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This easy cranberry smoothie combines cranberries with frozen berries, banana and yogurt for a creamy and delicious sippable breakfast or snack!

I’m so excited to share this bright, cheerful smoothie with you today! It’s packed with fresh berries and tons of flavor. I know you’re going to love it!

You can make this cranberry smoothie with unsweetened cranberry juice, fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries if you have some on hand. That’s the great thing about smoothie recipes, they are super flexible.

Two glasses of cranberry smoothie. Frozen cranberries are next to the glasses.

Smoothies are a great recipe to make for a nutrient filled breakfast or snack. This cranberry smoothie is made with just a few key ingredients and is the perfect refreshing drink on a warm summer day!

Cranberry Health Benefits

Cranberries are a little powerhouse fruit! Did you know they’re 90% water?! The other 10% is packed with carbohydrates, fiber and important vitamins and minerals – especially vitamin C. Cranberries are a great source of something called bioactive plant compounds which have been shown to prevent urinary tract infections, stomach cancer and heart disease. (Source)

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Cranberries are packed with important vitamins, minerals and plant compounds. They are a great addition to your diet!
Frozen strawberries, frozen banana, greek yogurt and cranberries measured out into bowls.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this easy smoothie:

  • frozen mixed berries – any mixture works! I love using frozen strawberries or a berry blend.
  • frozen banana – to add a hint of sweetness and creaminess.
  • Greek yogurt – you can use plain or vanilla yogurt. You can also use non-dairy yogurt to make this smoothie vegan or dairy-free.
  • cranberry juice/cranberries – if you’re using cranberry juice, be sure to look for unsweetened cranberry juice. You can also use fresh or frozen cranberries! This smoothie is a great way to use up leftover cranberries from the holidays!

What if I Don’t Like Bananas?

I know there are some of you that don’t like bananas so thought we would address that right off the bat! Like I mentioned above, the banana adds a hint of sweetness and creaminess to this smoothie. To replace the creaminess, I like to add avocado, frozen cauliflower rice or frozen zucchini (trust me, it works!). The berries might add enough sweetness, but you could add in some honey or maple syrup to taste if needed.

Glass with cranberry smoothie. A white and red paper straw and frozen cranberries are next to the glass.

Optional Additions & Ideas

As you can tell from the ingredient list, I kept this smoothie recipe super simple! If you want to spice it up a bit, here are some things you could add:

  • protein powderprotein powder will make this smoothie more filling and add flavor depending on the type of protein powder you use. I recommend adding 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder while blending.
  • fresh ginger – add an extra zip with some fresh grated ginger.
  • orange – doesn’t orange + cranberry sound delicious! Add a little orange zest or freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • cacao nibs – chocolate and cranberries are the perfect match. Add some cacao nibs or cacao powder for a chocolate twist.
  • make it a bowl – pour the smoothie into a bowl, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy with a spoon.
Cranberry smoothie bowl topped with oats, cacao nibs and raspberries.

Can I Prep This Cranberry Smoothie Ahead of Time?

Yes! There are two ways you can prep your smoothie ahead of time.

  1. Get your ingredients ready. The first way is to simply prep your ingredients. Measure out the frozen berries and put in a silicone bag or reusable container along with the banana in the freezer. When it’s time to make your smoothie, you’ll just dump the ingredients in along with the yogurt and cranberry juice.
  2. Blend it up and store. Your second option is to make the smoothie in full and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. I recommend storing in an airtight container like a mason jar for 1-2 days. Some separation may occur so shake your smoothie or give it a quick blend before enjoying.
Glass with cranberry smoothie. A white and red paper straw and frozen cranberries are next to the glass.

More Smoothie Recipes to Try:

Cranberry Smoothie

5 from 10 votes
This easy cranberry smoothie combines unsweetened cranberry juice with frozen berries, banana and yogurt for a creamy and delicious sippable breakfast or snack!
Two glasses of cranberry smoothie. Frozen cranberries are next to the glasses.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, or 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • Toppings of choice (fresh raspberries, banana slices, cacao nibs, granola and a drizzle of almond butter) 

Instructions
 

  • Blend: Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash more cranberry juice, orange juice or almond milk.
  • Serve: Pour into a glass and enjoy. You can also serve this in a bowl topped with your toppings of choice.

Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie Calories: 259kcal Carbohydrates: 54g Protein: 8g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 41mg Potassium: 549mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 35g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry smoothie

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    16 comments
    1. Giftbasketworldwide
      September 14, 2021 AT 2:59 am

      Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe. I can hardly wait to try it.

    2. Taylor Byers
      June 22, 2021 AT 11:38 am

      5 stars
      This smoothie is SO YUMMY! It has such a sweet and decadent flavor and is packed with nutrients! I added a scoop of protein powder to add more protein! This smoothie turned out thick and creamy. I will definitely be making many more times!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 23, 2021 AT 10:39 am

        I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Taylor! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate 🙂

    3. Amyb
      June 20, 2021 AT 6:32 pm

      5 stars
      Wow!!! Not only is this smoothie a beautiful color, but it taste fantastic!! I’ve already made it twice this weekend and all my friends loved it too!!! Super refreshing and flavorful!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 10:56 am

        Ah yay! I’m so pumped this smoothie was a hit, Amy!! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Beth
      June 18, 2021 AT 4:03 pm

      5 stars
      I accidentally bought a bag of frozen cranberries so I was so excited to try this smoothie! I really liked it. I had to add some unsweetened almond milk since I used cranberries instead of cranberry juice but it turned out really well. I was even able to hide a handful of spinach in it and the flavors were so strong you’d never know. It is a little on the tart side but I really enjoyed it. Will be making again

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 11:47 am

        Yay! I’m glad this cranberry smoothie was a hit, Beth! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

    5. Liz
      June 14, 2021 AT 8:06 pm

      5 stars
      So bright and refreshing! After DMing you on Instagram for advice, I ended up using frozen cauliflower in place of the banana due to my allergy and it gave it a nice, smooth texture! Thanks Brittany!

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