Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie + KitchenAid Stand Mixer + LeCreuset Dutch Oven Go Tart Giveaway

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It’s amazing what the right smoothie can do.

This one gives me energy and makes me feel refreshed and revitalized.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

Partly because it’s not a super sweet smoothie. I used Montmorency tart cherries, which have a unique sour-sweet taste. The slight tartness wakes up my tastebuds and cuts through the cobwebs in my brain without needing to pour a cup of coffee.

It’s a great smoothie pre- or post-workout, or any time you need a little pick-me-up. It’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and packed with tons of bold flavor.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

The tart cherries are rich in vitamin A and for fruits and vegetables, a sour taste is often a cue for more phytonutrient compounds inside. Montmorency tart cherries contain anthocyanins, a flavonoid that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinguishing  taste.

Tart cherries are available in dried, frozen and juice forms so you can enjoy these superfruits year-round.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

The banana is packed with potassium, and coconut water is like nature’s sports drink and naturally balances and replenishes electrolytes.

The cherry flavor is bold yet tempered by the smooth, creamy banana. Bananas are such workhorses in smoothies. I always keep a stash of banana chunks in the freezer so I can toss a few into the blender for smoothies. No need for ice that way, either.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

I sweetened it to taste so that it’s sweet-yet-tart like a glass of lemonade should be. It’s refreshing and zingy without having to pucker up.

It’s interesting that expert trend trackers say sour is the new spicy, which will no doubt change the food industry. To learn more about going tart instead, and to find recipes and serving ideas for tart cherries, visit choosecherries.com

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

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Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie

By Averie Sunshine
This smoothie gives me energy and makes me feel refreshed and revitalized. It’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and packed with tons of bold cherry flavor, tempered by smooth, creamy banana. It’s zingy and wakes me up, without having to pucker up. Tart cherries are rich in Vitamin A, the banana has potassium, and coconut water is a natural electrolyte replenisher, making it a great choice pre- or post-workout, or anytime you need a little pick-me-up.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups Montmorency tart cherries, frozen
  • 2 medium/large ripe bananas, previously frozen in chunks is ideal
  • 1 cup coconut water, water may be substituted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • sweetener, to taste (granulated sugar, agave, stevia, zero-calorie sweetener, etc.)

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Serve immediately. Extra portions may be frozen in freezer-safe (plastic) glasses for up to 3 months. Allow to soften at room temp before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 390kcal, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 171mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 38g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own. #GoTart Giveaway

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  1. Finally tried yesterday, holy crap this is amazing! I cut out the sweetener and subbed kefir and water for the coconut water. I’m in love, and my Trader Joe’s just had a sale on Montmorency Cherries.

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! I bet kefir would be great in this smoothie!

  2. I have a tree in my front yard that grows only cherries that are sour, not sweet idk if that will work

  3. Can’t wait to try this for my vegan toddler – he loves smoothies but has allergies. Perfect for mama too!

  4. I love cherries, and love adding them to recipes for added flavor! I cannot wait to try Tart in smoothies, and everything else! :) #GOTART

  5. I love using unflavored gelatin and tart cherry juice to make a post-workout treat, but I’ll try this recipe too.

  6. When I was an athlete at Cornell University in 2007-2009, they were already having us drink tart cherry juice after workouts. Guess it’s catching on everywhere now! #awesomesnack #works

  7. I was just saying to my friend today about how i can’t wait for cherries to be in season again and summertime. This post gets me so excited for the spring and all of this snow to finally melt away here in New England!

  8. I always put cherries in my smoothies, it’s a nice way to add a sweet taste without adding sugar! Love cherries :)

  9. Dried cherries >>> dried cranberries or raisins. Love seeing them in everything from granola to salads.

  10. Mmm tart cherries…that looks so refreshing! I’m definitely trying this. I think my husband and girls would enjoy too!

  11. I haven’t been a fan of cherries for much of my life, but recently I’ve found that I love them raw and fresh. I’d love to try them in muffins or a pie as well!

  12. Up until a year ago I was not a fan of cherries. Then I had a cherry veggie smoothie which changed my mind. I would be thrilled to get picked!

  13. I have actually never tried a dried tart cherry but I think that they would be really good in smoothies or cookies. I use fresh tart cherries in crisps and cobblers. Yum!

  14. Bings are my absolute favorite (I gotta confess) but the tart ones run a close second. Sadly around here they’re only in season for a couple of weeks…

  15. Cherry smoothies sound awesome! :D I love the little mason jars especially. I wish we had some at home. Maybe we do, I’ll have to go look.

  16. I don’t know if I have ever had tart cherries, but I would love to try this recipe! I love smoothies, and I would probably use the cherries in a green smoothie.

  17. I have never had tart cherries, but now I think I will have to try some. I have had regular cherries, just them plain.

  18. Cherries in a smoothie sounds wonderful! What can be used in the place of bananas? Love all the red appliances!! Thanks for having the giveaway!

  19. Love tart cherries! Grew up with fresh tart cherries from our own tree in MI, miss the fresh but you can always get juice, dried or frozen. Still, pie is the best and those are best with fresh.

  20. Tart cherries are so lovely! My dad used to bring home tart cherry concentrate and mix it with club soda – deeelicious!

  21. I love cherries in any form, but especially the dried tart cherries. I have used them in many recipes, and I get compliments for that “secret ” burst of tartness. An especially good combination is with semisweet or dark chocolate in your chocolate chip cookies. I will love exploring using tart cherry juice and frozen Montmorency cherries using the kitchen appliances in this incredible giveaway. Thanks!

  22. I love cherries but never thought about a cherry smoothie! I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite smoothie!

  23. I absolutely LOVE tart cherries (well, I love all cherries equally if I’m being honest!). I have some yummy tart cherry juice several times a week before bed. I’d drink it every day if I could afford it!

    Thanks for this recipe – it looks *so* good! Time to break out the blender. :)

  24. I just found a recipe for cherry ginger ale. Can’t wait to try it. Also my new kitchen is in need of a stand mixer and Dutch oven!!

  25. This looks absolutely fabulous and the photographs are like Summer which considering the current weather make them a pleasure to look at.

  26. Cherries are my absolutely most favorite fruit in the whole world! I wish they were
    easier to find in the frozen section when it’s not cherry season!

  27. We love all things cherry in our house! Cherry pies, cherry tarts, and so on. Can’t wait to try a cherry smootie!

  28. cherries are my fave! I absolutely love the color that the cherries gave this smoothie. Sooo vibrant! I could take down one of these this morning.

  29. MMM! Delicious! I’ve always loved cherries and GoTart just makes it easier to have them more often. Thank you for feeding my addiction lol

  30. Never tried tart cherries but I bet they would be good with melted dark chocolate and chopped pistachios – spread on pan – cool and enjoy with a glass of red wine for dessert.

  31. What an amazing giveaway! I adore tart cherries in cobblers and crisps! And this smoothie is just what I need right now! Keeping my fingers crossed, I still don’t own a kitchenaid! This would be a dream come true!

  32. We love cherries and use them in a lot of things. Not sure if these would work for the Larabar copycat recipe I use but we are in search of the perfect cherry for that now that Costco stopped carrying their own brand!

  33. I have never used them before but would love to. This smoothie looks awesome and am going to try it if I can find the cherries.

  34. Beautiful! How vibrant do these look. I seriously went from craving cake and all sorts of unhealthy things to craving this tart, refreshing smoothie in an instant. My body thanks you :)

  35. I haven’t used tart cherries before, so I don’t have a favorite way! But, if I did, I would definitely go with a smoothie recipe, and probably add a bit of honey or agave nectar and definitely some blueberries—even if they were frozen!

  36. I have tart cherries in my post run smoothie, and make my tart cherry juice into popsicles during the summer. Wait…what’s summer again? I forget.

  37. I love drinking the Montmorency juice straight! I like to drink it at night because tart cherries are supposed to help you sleep. Delicious!

  38. Tart cherries in salads alongside raisins are pretty great, and I’ve had them covered in chocolate before–yumm-o!

    This smoothie looks pretty darn good. I’m all for on the go things!

  39. i have not tried tart cherries before but I bet they would be great in oatmeal or baked in oatmeal cookies or eaten with oat groats..

  40. What a fantastic giveaway! I have two Montmorency Cherry Trees in my backyard. I love making smoothies out of frozen cherries from the tree, frozen bananas, coconut or almond milk, raw cacao, vanilla and honey. It’s like a chocolate-covered cherry in smoothie form. Yum!

  41. I love the flavor of tart cherries. We make smoothies all the time. I don’t know why we haven’t been using them. Great recipe idea.

  42. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE tart cherries in my healthy yogurt parfaits. All hail wonderful, protein filled greek yogurt – plain. So fun to add granola and fruits.

  43. This sounds SOO delicious! Cherries are really trending right now. I’m already hooked on plain tart cherry juice. YUM!

  44. My favorite pie to eat is a tart cherry pie with crumble topping. I am asked to make it every holiday. I would love to try this smoothie!

  45. I’m actually drinking a green smoothie made with frozen tart cherries, power greens, frozen banana, maca, almond milk, chia seeds & vanilla stevia right now. It’s delicious! (but not as pretty as yours)

  46. you smoothie sounds delish, i have never heard of these cherries. i love anything cherry, so would make pie, danish, jam, cake, what wouldn’t i make. thanks so much for a great giveaway

  47. I would be in Cherry Heaven! Absolutely one of my most favorite fruit and flavors! I love cherries in my morning yogurt, I add them to a lot of baked items of course! Gimme gimmeeeeee some cherry loveeee!

  48. Look at the color of this smoothie-Wow! I love cherries and can’t wait to make this super drink.

  49. Oh my – I add probably 10 cherries to the top of any sundae – I can’t get enough. Cherries are an obsession for me.

  50. That looks so refreshing, even though I’m living in a tundra with -17 below degrees right now. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  51. There is a cheese & sour cherry coffee cake recipe I’ve tried that is AMAZING! I love the mix of sweet & sour together.

  52. My wedding was in northern Michigan (cherry country) and my husband and I enjoy putting them in everything both for their flavor and the wonderful memories they inspire.

  53. Mmmm. I love baking with cranberries, so I would like to try some wake up breakfast muffins with tart cherries. Thanks for give away, Averie.

  54. Love cherries!. I like making chocolate cherry smoothies, making cherry jams, and adding them to baked goods.

  55. This would be amazing to win! My husband has gout and the cherries would be excellent for him! Can’t wait to try the smoothie, I’m thinking it will be my breakfast this morning!

  56. Averie, I love how refreshing this is! I usually walk over to Starbucks and get a $4 green tea lemonade, but I really need to change my routine and make this in the mornings. It would be the perfect start to my day!

  57. Can’t wait for morning to make a cherry smoothie. I love red food! But I will use a teaspoon of honey for sweetner. Yum! Hurry, Morning!

  58. I like cherries pretty much in any form, dried, baked in products, juice, raw or dipped in chocolate. I think they are good in any form.

  59. I love dried tart cherries as an all-day snack! They taste just like sour-patch kids to me, without the guilt afterwards!

  60. Wow! This is the coolest giveaway on the planet! I totally love cherries which are so good for you in so many ways. I drink cherry juice to relax in the evening before bed, and if the nasty gouty arthritis I inherited from my Dad starts to bother me, cherries are great for that, too. Thanks for offering this amazing giveaway! :)

  61. I love love love dried tart cherries and add them to cookies, greek yogurt, cereal & more. Because tart cherries are primarily a Michigan crop and I lived in Traverse City, home of the National Cherry Festival, I am quite aware of how versatile they are but would love to win this prize package!!

  62. I’ve been drinking tart Cherry juice for several months, I’ve quit taking pills to sleep at night! Also put frozen cherries in my daily smoothies.

  63. I love dried cherries and I love to #GoTart by baking some of my favorite cherry desserts with tart cherries.

  64. I’ve never actually had tart cherries but I’ve been wanting to get them for my husband because I read that it is THE most anti-inflammatory food there is :)

  65. I’d use them for oatmeal, smoothies, and in salads. Tart cherry juice is great for lowering uric acid levels, so I love that, too!

  66. Love love cherries. So many wonderful nutritional benefits and they taste delicious too. I would absolutely love to win this give away and use the supply to experiment with recipes and spread the cherry word.. And I would love a bright red mixer…my kitchen is lacking bright colors (and a mixer!!!) #gotart!

  67. i drink 1/4 cup of cherry juice each night (almost) to help relax me and help me sleep. My doctor suggested I go this. And it works. So this cherry smoothie would really make me sleepy. ;)

  68. This cherry smoothie looks amazing! I drink a smoothie every morning before I work out and I am always looking for new smoothie recipes, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing, pinned :)

  69. Thanks to Sally, I am now OBSESSED with cherries in my smoothies! This looks amazing! (And I totally agree about using frozen bananas instead of ice!!!)

  70. Love cherries of any kind. What a great recipe for a cherry smoothie. Tart will be an interesting flavor to try.

  71. My favorite way to enjoy cherries is by the pool in the summer! Nothing tastes more refreshing than a tart cherry in the summer!!

  72. i absolutely love dried cherries! i usually put them on salads, oatmeal, baking, etc! can’t go wrong with dried cherries!

  73. This is such a unique idea for a smoothie! Since I absolutely LOVE cherries, I will definitely be trying this out :) Thank you and pinned!

  74. This smoothie recipe looks yummy! I might try mine with a little almond extract in place of the vanilla. I love almond extract in cherry pie, and think it would be a delicious addition to this!

  75. My favorite way to enjoy tart cherries is in my oatmeal! I top my oats with chopped pecans, a little maple syrup, and tart cherries. So good!

  76. Smoothie looks delicious! Perfect for any time of day! I love putting dried cherries in my homemade granola bars!

  77. I love eating fresh cherries! Probably my favorite way to enjoy them (if I’m not baking desserts with them, of course!). Love the gorgeous color in your smoothies Averie; it really pops!

  78. I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear that “sour” is the new trend! I love all things sour (well, dairy products excluded). Yay!

  79. I have some frozen sweet cherries to try this with today, but I will definitely try with tart cherries after I get to the grocery store! Thanks for the recipe!

  80. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this variety of cherries before! And here I call myself a food blogger — the nerve! This smoothie looks jam-packed with so much flavor and is such a stunningly beautiful color, I can just tell by looking at it that it would be super refreshing!

  81. I love tart cherries! When I was younger, my mom made cherry pie quite often from the cherry tree in our backyard. What I wouldn’t give to have a piece of that pie again!

  82. As an alternative smoothie idea…..Chocolate cherry smoothie – add cocoa powder, leave out banana on this one and and or chocolate protein powder. Yummm!!!! :)

  83. Love the color of everything! Smoothies seems like it would be wonderful refreshment in the summer time

  84. I love smoothies like this and can’t wait to try one with tart cherries. My favorite to use tart cherries is in an amazing crisp I made last summer with fresh ones.

  85. I love cherries and smoothies. My grandparents had a couple of sour cherry trees and my siblings and I picked them by the bucketful each May when we were kids.

  86. Cherries are best plain and fresh from the cherry tree. That’s really the only way to eat them Or as a maraschino cherry, in a whiskey cocktail. :)

  87. Glad to have a new smoothie recipe to try. I make smoothies daily and it can get repetitive sometimes.

  88. Cherries have been my favorite fruit since I was little, but I never thought to put them in smoothies. I’m grabbing a bag on my way home to try this out!

  89. I have never tried tart cherries but would absolutely LOVE to try them in both oatmeal, and oatmeal-coconut-cherry cookies!! (Especially if I won the stand-mixer!!)

  90. I love using tart cherries in smoothies already, but I really love them in my morning parfait! I usually throw in some blackberries, strawberries and raspberries too when in season. Crunchy, smooth and tart all in one powerful bowl – delicious!

  91. My favorite way to enjoy cherries (aside from just eating them) is on top of Sweet Potato Pie at Thanksgiving. But this smoothie sounds pretty darn amazing too.

  92. I love putting dried cherries on top of my oatmeal- the flavor alone of the cherries is enough for me without having to sweeten it! I also love to throw some on top of a salad with some walnuts or add it to my homemade granola.

  93. Yumm!! This smoothie sounds so good! I especially love dried tart cherries, they’re amazing to snack on. I reallyyyy want to win this package! It would be so amazing and help me make all my pastries and smoothies faster and in larger quantities! Cheers :)

  94. Averie, you are speaking my love language here. Cherries and smoothies and KitchenAids and LeCreuset? Loving it. I think eating cherries plain is my favorite way to #gotart. Or in a beautiful smoothie like this! :) Thanks for hosting this, Averie!

  95. Cherries are my favorites!!! This smoothies looks so delish…as delicious as that cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer!!!!

  96. I love that tart/sour things are making a comeback – sometimes I get so tired of overly sweetened treats. Thanks for the great recipe!

  97. I make my own trail mix for long work days with raw almonds, roasted walnuts, dark chocolate chips and dried cherries. I also love dried cherries in my homemade oat-date bars (that I made using your recipe!)!

  98. I’ve heard good things about tart cherries and definitely want to try it! I like that you made this smoothie with coconut water, yum!

  99. Such a beautiful smoothie. This smoothie sounds like a great way to start the week. Can’t wait to give this a try. Your photographs are always amazing!!!

  100. Actually, one of my favorite smoothies is vanilla cherry! I want to try this one now with coconut milk.

  101. Tart cherries have such great inflammation-fighting properties as well, making them a perfect addition to our diets! Thanks for the great post to get us thinking about cherries.

  102. Hard to choose one way – I could eat raw cherries all day everyday, plain, in cereal, yoghurt etc., but also love dried cherries as a snack or in salads :)

  103. This looks amazing, and it could be my new favorite way to enjoy cherries. Right now it’s fresh and shoveled into my mouth by the fistful, or dried in cherry pecan granola bars.

  104. I was hoping you would come up with a cherry recipe. We are fortunate to live in a region known for its cherries and I have lots of them in my freezer right now, but needed a less-fattening recipe (love pie … but my body doesn’t always love it!). Also, thanks for the cherry link. I read the above comment about choosecherries from the woman from Lansing–I’m about 1 1/2 hours from there. Can’t wait to check it out. (Can you tell we Michiganders are passionate about our produce?)

  105. Averie – love the bright color in this cherry smoothie – definitely a pick-me-up for pre or post workout!

  106. I love to eat tart cherries just by the handful. Pop them in my mouth and yum. I love cherry pie and recently found a recipe for a cherry sauce that I am going to give a try. A cherry smoothie–a delicious way to kick start the day!

  107. That’s so exciting to see some real Michigan cherries on your blog! :) I live in Lansing – just a few miles south of DeWitt (home of ChooseCherries)! I would be baking up a STORM with these tart cherries. And of course, I would try this smoothie.. sounds delicious!

  108. Wow–awesome giveaway! I’ve been loving tart things lately and would love to try this tart smoothie.

  109. I am all about smoothies right now! I just made a chocolate cherry version yesterday morning for a post-yoga treat, and I think this vibrant revitalizer version is next!!!

  110. I admit to not having had tart cherries. But I enjoy sweet cherries as they are! I will need to try these tart cherries out!