Pie for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do! That’s exactly what you’ll be thinking when you sip on this rich and indulgent Cherry Pie Smoothie. Loaded with oats, chia seeds and cherries, this smoothie really does taste just like cherry pie, but without the sugar, and with all the nutrients. Please and thank you.
Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just drinking pie for breakfast. Scroll along, scroll along…
SCREECH. Ear perk. Head tilt.
“What’s that you said? Pie? For breakfast? Gimme!”
Okay, let’s dish. Truth be told, I have been known to eat actual pie for breakfast. That leftover pumpkin pie isn’t going to eat itself.
Perhaps sadly, this isn’t a cherry pie blended into a smoothie (but let’s be real, don’t tempt me on that one). This cherry smoothie might be walking on the healthier side of indulgence, but it’s still just that – a perfectly sweet, tart, and decadent summer treat. Or breakfast. Your choice!
Cherry Pie Smoothie Ingredients
Just 8 ingredients (all of them vegan!) and five minutes and you’ll be sipping pie for breakfast too. This wholesome spread results in a meal-in-a-glass packed with protein, calcium, iron and lots of healthy fats.
- Old-Fashioned Oats: Here is your “crust”, and also your base for protein and fiber. Don’t use steel cut oats – it will not be a pleasing experiment.
- Chia Seeds: When making vegan smoothies I always toss in some chia seeds. They do a bang-up job of mimicking the thick and creamy texture of yogurt, without actually adding yogurt (and also bringing some nutritional punch to the party).
- Fresh or Frozen Cherries: Confession time. I’m so not pitting two cups of cherries for a smoothie. If you have small children, you get it. If you have an aversion to anything resembling “work” before breakfast, you get it. I don’t masochist before 8 AM. Frozen cherries work beautifully in this recipe, but if you’ve already pitting a bunch of cherries for, say, PIE – then go for it.
- Banana: No sugar here! A banana adds just enough sweetness to keep this smoothie sweet, but it isn’t overwhelmingly banana-tasting.
- Cashew Milk: I have been loving on rich and creamy cashew milk in our smoothies the last few months. You can substitute your favorite nut-milk of choice, or opt for the increasingly popular oat milk.
- Honey or Maple Syrup: If you’re a strict vegan, go for maple syrup. The recipe calls for one tablespoon per smoothie, but if you’re sweet tooth isn’t as strong as ours, start with half that amount.
- Vanilla Extract and Almond Extract: Cherry Pie just isn’t cherry pie without vanilla and almond extract, and using both here too really helps to nail that “OMG IT’S BASICALLY PIE” flavor.
How to Make a Cherry Pie Smoothie
If you don’t have a high-powdered blender, like a Vitamix, first blend the oats and chia seeds until they’re pulverized. This will ensure you get the smoothie-est texture possible.
After that, add the remaining ingredients to the blender and set that baby to high. Blend for about a minute until your cherry smoothie is completely creamy. You might want to scrape down the sides once or twice to get any residual oats or chia seeds into the mix.
Pour your smoothie into your favorite “I’m so fabulous because I’m eating pie for breakfast” glass.
And if you’re feeling extra fancy, garnish it with chia seeds and some sliced fresh cherries – this is a great way to enjoy the bounty of cherry season without having to pit eleventy billion cherries for a smoothie!
Tips for Making and Drinking This Cherry Smoothie
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- Use either frozen or fresh cherries. I split the difference and use frozen in the smoothie and fresh for a garnish.
- The chia seeds are a must for a thick and creamy texture in a smoothie without using yogurt.
- Use your favorite nut milk (we love cashew milk) or be super on-trend and use oat milk.
- You don’t need a high-powered blender like a Vitamix to make this recipe (although it does help!), but take an extra 30 seconds to first blend the oats and chia seeds until pulverized – the smoothie will come out much creamier. We have this fairly basic Oster, which has a smoothie setting and it does a really nice job.
- This recipe is super-duper kid friendly! Both my 9 and 3-year old boys think it’s a “treat”, and for my sugar junkie children, that’s a big win for me.
- This is our favorite smoothie cup. It’s glass, but so far indestructible (credit to my toddler for testing its durability).
More Refreshing Drinks You’ll Love
- My Go-To Mango Green Smoothie
- Protein-Packed Mango Avocado Smoothie
- Iced London Fog
- Fresh Carrot Orange Ginger Juice
- Mint and Basil Lemonade
Did you make this Cherry Pie Smoothie? I’d love to know how it turned out! Leave a comment and a rating below.
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- ⅔ c old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 c frozen or fresh cherries
- 1 banana, diced
- 1 c unsweetened cashew milk, or other non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ c ice, or 1 cup, if using fresh cherries
- Place the oats and chia seeds in a blender, then blend on high until pulverized.
- Add the cherries, banana, cashew milk, honey or maple syrup, and extracts, along with half a cup of ice. Blend on high until smooth, scraping down the sides once if needed.
- Pour into a glass, and (optional) garnish with chia seeds and fresh cherries.
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