It’s cherry season, and I love cherries, so here’s a simple smoothie that highlights their great flavor. Cherries can go well with many combinations, but in this recipe I didn’t want to dilute their flavor. I just used cherries, almonds, and vanilla extract. You could make this with frozen cherries, which would save you the work of pitting them, but I used fresh cherries. I have an old cherry pitter that looks like this one that makes pitting easy. I also used peeled almonds to make it smoother.
1/2 cup water
1.5 cups pitted cherries
1/2 cup peeled almonds*
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 ice cubes
Yields ~2.5 cups of delicious cherry smoothie.
Blend on high until smooth (~60 seconds) and enjoy. I blended for a little extra time to get the almonds extra smooth. The power of a Vitamix or Blendtec is essential to get the almonds to a smooth consistency.
Depending on your taste and your cherries you may want to add a little sweetener, but for me cherries are usually plenty sweet.
I’ve been meaning to try vanilla pods, but I haven’t yet. They sound exciting, though less convenient than the extract.
Cherry season always ends too soon, so don’t delay! I found this handy chart that shows we are entering the peak of California cherry season, and there’s about a month to go. Luckily the season doesn’t end there; cherries from the Northwest are available through August. Of course you can always use frozen cherries, but I haven’t seen them at Trader Joe’s lately.
*To peel almonds I soak them overnight, and then pinch them out of their peel. Alternatively you could buy blanched and peeled almonds, or you could use almond milk and/or almond butter. Using almonds with skins would also work, but this is a more delicate recipe, so it’s nice to have the slightly smoother result.