Recipe: Cherry Smoothie Bowl

With cherry season comes an abundant supply of fresh pies, jams and cheesecakes. Cherries may be most often recognized in desserts, but they’re also delicious extras in savory dishes. Try tossing them in a salad or risotto, on top of bruschetta, or even used as a glaze.

Cherries are a top pick (no pun intended) when it comes to boosting your health thanks to their vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants (including quercetin and anthocyanins). They have been studied for their possible effects on post-workout recovery, our sleep cycle, cancer benefits and even arthritis.

Want a super-healthy way to incorporate them into your daily routine? Check out this recipe. I topped mine with a chopped chocolate energy bar to up the nutrition and add a delightful sweetness.

Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
1 cup frozen, pitted cherries (or 3/4 cup if fresh)
1 medium banana, chopped
1 tablespoon nut or seed butter, unsalted preferred
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (optional)
Additional ice cubes to thicken (if needed)

*Additional topping ideas: unsweetened shredded coconut, nuts, cherries, sliced bananas, chopped energy bar

Instructions

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except the toppings.

Cover and blend until a smooth and thick consistency is achieved. Add additional ice cubes to thicken if necessary.

Slowly transfer the smoothie mixture into a bowl and fill to the rim. Add additional toppings (about 1/4 cup each) of your choice.

Serve cold with a spoon and enjoy!

Kathryn Pfeffer-Scanlan MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and recent transplant to Boulder, Colo. After working as an inpatient dietitian for almost five years in Boston, she is expanding her expertise in the health and wellness industry. Katie is passionate about cooking and food photography, sharing her culinary adventures on her food blog, One Hungry Bunny, and exploring her new Rocky Mountain surroundings. Follow Katie on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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