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Creamy Cranberry Vanilla Smoothie

November 19, 2014 (Updated on July 9, 2021)

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This powerhouse Creamy Cranberry Vanilla Smoothie is packed with good-for-you ingredients and tastes like a decedent treat. The perfect smoothie to kick off your morning or to sip on as an afternoon snack!

We are huge fans of smoothies around here. I have one most mornings and love that I can start the day off with a filling combination of fruits and veggies, plus good fat and protein. My two-year-old and husband split their own version, and we’ve found it’s a great way to get her a nutrient packed meal even when she’s not in the mood to eat much else.

Inspired by the beautiful colors of winter produce, this smoothie blends immunity-boosting cranberries, pomegranates and mandarin oranges for a perfect morning pick-me-up. Pair it with a warm cup of tea and you’re off to a great start.


RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS

1 | Add a little extra maple syrup or dates to sweeten the smoothie to your child’s taste.

2 | Freeze the smoothie in pop molds for a cool, creamy treat.

4 | Use frozen cranberries in place of fresh and skip the ice. 


THIS RECIPE IS . . .

Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegetarian


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Creamy Cranberry Vanilla Smoothie

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This powerhouse Creamy Cranberry Vanilla Smoothie is packed with good-for-you ingredients and tastes like a decadent treat. The perfect smoothie to kick off your morning or to sip on as an afternoon snack!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils seeds
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk from a can
  • Seeds from 1/3 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pitted Medjool date or 2 teaspoons maple syrup optional
  • 1-2 cups ice

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until very smooth. Enjoy.

Notes

Add a little extra maple syrup or dates to sweeten the smoothie to your child's taste.
Freeze the smoothie in pop molds for a cool, creamy treat.
Use frozen cranberries in place of fresh and skip the ice.

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6 comments to " Creamy Cranberry Vanilla Smoothie "

  • Stacy

    Such a pretty, pink smoothie!I don’t have a lot of experience with cranberries. Do you use fresh, cooked or frozen?

    • realfoodwholelife@gmail.com

      Stacy,
      Good question! I used fresh raw cranberries, but raw frozen would be awesome too. You could use less ice that way, too.

  • Kathryn Grace

    That is one seriously good-looking smoothie, and a recipe I want to try, so I’m pinning it. Sharing it also on Twitter and made it Recipe of the Day today on Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods on Facebook.
    Thank you for sharing it. This is the second or third time I’ve run across your site, and I’ve loved everything I’ve seen. Following now, so I don’t miss your posts.

  • Ann Bartholomew

    Can I sub coconut butter for the cashews?

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