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Cherry Ginger Smoothie Recipe

Cherry Ginger SmoothieSponsored RecipeWhy are cherries only sold in bags? They should sell them in cartons, like strawberries! While I love cherries, those big bags end up sitting in the fridge for quite a while when you’re the only cherry eater in the house. Whenever we have extra fruit on hand, I like to use them up in smoothies, but sweet cherries are a little bit tricky because while they’re great for snacking, they just don’t shine in a smoothie.

Cherries need a little oomph if you’re going to put them in a smoothie. Something to add some complexity to their sweetness. Chocolate works and so do other more assertive fruits, but my favorite thing to add to cherry smoothies is fresh ginger because when it comes to adding oomph, there’s nothing oomph-ier than ginger.

Cherry Ginger Smoothie IngredientsHemp, Cherries & Ginger
I like to grate the ginger before adding it to my smoothie because ginger has a tendency to be fibrous; if you throw it into your blender whole, you’re likely to end up with hair-like “strings” in your smoothie. The ginger gives the smoothie a warm, spicy flavor β€” if you enjoy strong ginger beer, the kind that warms you from the inside out, you’ll love this smoothie.

Cherries on Cutting BoardPitting CherriesCherry Pits
Pitting cherries can be messy, but it’s one of those kitchen tasks that gives you some time to contemplate the meaning of life, robots, robots that could pit cherries for you, etc. You’re forced to slow down and be in the moment because multitasking is impossible when your fingers are stained red with cherry juice. If you find yourself pitting cherries on a regular basis, it’s probably best to invest in a cherry pitter (or cherry pitting robot), but a sturdy straw works in a pinch β€” just push it through the center of each cherry and push the pit out.

Cherry Ginger Smoothie
A smoothie with cherries alone won’t have much body to it, so to add some creaminess, I use a frozen banana. I’ve added hemp seeds for a little protein, and a small amount of unsweetened vanilla quinoa milk to make everything blend easily β€” and because the vanilla adds another layer of flavor that works well with the cherries and ginger. You only need a small amount of liquid because the cherries will release a lot of juice when you blend them!

Cherry Ginger Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 big smoothie, or 2 smaller smoothies

Cherry Ginger Smoothie

Grated ginger adds warmth and complexity to this easy summer fruit smoothie.


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy vanilla milk
  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 large frozen ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
  • 2-3 teaspoons grated ginger


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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  • Reply
    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
    June 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Kiersten! That straw trick for cherry pitting is genius! I wish I had known that when I was testing my almond cherry muffins… so many muffin batches, so many cherries. I will definitely be doing that in the future. And this smoothie, yum! Something to shake up my smoothie routine. Thanks!

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I was really proud of myself for coming up with it, then I googled it and apparently it’s a thing. Oh well! πŸ™‚

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    June 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I love that you added ginger!!! Cherries are a big deal here in Michigan and I love your straw trick.

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      I LOVE Michigan cherries! We used to go on vacation there every summer and Michigan has the best fruit – sigh.

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    dishing up the dirt
    June 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

    We have been trading veggies for cherries at the farmers markets recently and we have a TON of cherries stashed in the fridge. This smoothie is calling my name. Also, I hate pitting cherries without a cherry pitter and finally googled an easier method since I was getting too frustrated. Check this out! http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/fast-fresh/fast-and-fresh-pit-cherries

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks for the link – that is so easy! I guess I need to get a mallet now. πŸ™‚

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    June 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Love love this smoothie…ginger and cherry…I have to try this soon!!!

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    June 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I don’t like that they sell cherries in big bags either…but that would be because I’m always tempted to eat the whole bag at once. They can be pretty addictive. I love that you paired the cherries with ginger for this. I’m always looking for ways to spike everything I consume with ginger. Next time I buy a bag of cherries I’ll try really hard not to eat the whole thing at once, so I can give this a try πŸ™‚

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      I’m totally on board with putting ginger in everything I eat. πŸ™‚

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I love cherries and am also the only cherry eater in my house! The straw thing is brilliant, I never thought of that before. I use fresh ginger in my green juices all the time, but never have used it in a regular smoothie. I have to give this a try!

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      It’s so good in smoothies! Whenever I have ginger leftover from a recipe, I use it that way. πŸ™‚

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    June 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Yum, cherry season! Perfect for this time of year. Great tip on pitting cherries with a straw- that’s always so difficult!

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      It’s definitely a pain, especially when you’ve got a lot of them to pit!

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    June 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    This will be tomorrow morning’s breakfast! Thanks!

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    June 27, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Love this combo – I’m on a ginger kick lately too. Funny you mentioned the bags, I just bought some organic cherries and they came in a carton like strawberries.. actually a little more heavy duty!

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I’ve seen them like that at the farmers market a few times, but never at the grocery store!

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    Christine | No Gojis No Glory
    June 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    How can you be the only cherry eater in the house, they’re so darn delicious! Although I’m not a huge fan of ginger, I know of it’s health benefits and I’ve been getting better at incorporating it into our meals. So I’ll definitely be trying this…I’ll just have my Sous Chef (my husband) pit the cherries πŸ˜‰

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      Kiersten Frase
      June 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Ginger is definitely an acquired taste, I think. πŸ™‚

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    July 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Uh…WHY have I not been adding ginger to my cherry smoothies? That’s a failure I’ll need to fix immediately!

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      Kiersten Frase
      July 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      The only thing better than a cherry smoothie is a gingery cherry smoothie!

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    July 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    You obviously must have had a sixth sense that I am a cherry ADDICT. And a ginger addict. This is probably my ultimate smoothie.

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    Li Eldridge
    July 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This sounds yummy! Will have to try the straw trick πŸ™‚

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    Li Eldridge
    July 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

    oops…fixed my email addy

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    July 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Can’t wait to make this smoothie…..just purchased some black cherries….and the ginger sounds good in it also….

    Now where do we sign up for the $500.00 Gift Card…..you said to hop over to the Marketplace ? Sorry, but what is that ? New to your blog…..

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    Patricia Caradonna
    July 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I am going to the grocery store to buy all of the ingredients tonight after work. Thanks you!

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    August 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

    OMG this is amazing! I do not believe I had not seen your blog I’m loving the tips. Sorry if any spelling is not my native language error.
    I have a doubt cherry is very hard to find here in my town and when you think it’s too expensive you have any tips for fruit subistituir.

    Thank you

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      Kiersten Frase
      August 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      I would try fresh peaches! They’re one of my favorite fruits to pair with ginger. πŸ™‚

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