Cherry Almond Smoothie (with or without protein powder)

Hi everybody!

I hope y’all are doing well and enjoying the fall weather. It’s been pretty chilly at night here lately but the days haven’t been too bad. At least the sun’s been out for the most part, which makes me happy. 🙂

In recent months, my daughter Hannah has been really into making smoothies. It seems that smoothies are all the rage these days. Lots of places are starting to offer them now. I was never that keen on smoothies before, but Hannah has gotten me more interested in them.

Today I’m sharing a smoothie recipe that I came up with the other day. I need more protein so I added some vanilla protein powder but if you prefer, you can omit it. The almonds get so finely ground that you don’t even know they’re in it but they add lots of awesome nutrients (not to mention the yummy flavor)!

Also, you can double the recipe and use your blender.

I really like this smoothie and I’m sure you will too!

Happy cooking (or, in this case, blending)!

~Renee

Getting ready to toast the almonds.

Getting ready to toast the almonds.

Frozen cherries are in the cup and I'm adding the yogurt.

Frozen cherries are in the cup and I’m adding the yogurt.

The protein powder is optional but I added it to mine.

The protein powder is optional but I added it to mine.

The almond extract is already in and here goes the vanilla.

The almond extract is already in and here goes the vanilla.

All the ingredients are in my Ninja's single serve cup. Don't they look good?!

All the ingredients are in my Ninja’s single serve cup. Don’t they look good?!

It was a too thick so I'm adding a tad more milk.

It was a too thick so I’m adding a tad more milk.

Yummy smoothie! (And, the color is only from the cherries...no red dye here!)

Yummy smoothie! (And, the color is only from the cherries…no red dye here!)

Cherry Almond Smoothie

1/8 Cup Sliced Almonds

1 Cup (heaping) Frozen Sweet Cherries

1 Tablespoon (heaping) Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 Scoop Protein Powder (optional)

1/8 tsp Pure Almond Extract

1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or to taste)

1/4-1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or soy milk)

Toast almonds, if desired, in a 325°F oven for about 4-5 minutes, stirring after about 2 minutes (I used my little toaster oven.); cool completely.

In a single-serve blender cup or a blender, add 1/4 almond milk and the remaining ingredients. Pulse to blend completely, stopping to add extra milk if it’s too thick.

And, that’s it! Enjoy!

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

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