Cranberry Coconut Smoothie

by Amie on August 8, 2011

There’s nothing like a chilled Summertime smoothie.

Especially when you arrive back in humid Manhattan after a few days in breezy n’ cool San Diego.

BlogHer was amazing. I had the best weekend meeting new bloggie friends and catching up with my fellow bloggie pals.

To my surprise, two of my favorite gals, Monica and Kath where at the  BlogHer Conference.  It was so great to finally meet Monica in person and to catch up with my pal Kath.

I had a great time soaking up the San Diego sunshine, attending panels and walking the Expo Hall meeting the folks behind some of my favorite brands.

I attended a Knorr Cooking Class, Stonyfield Yogurt Party, California Raisins Luncheon and so much more.

I spoke at the conference on Friday and was shocked by the amazing comments I received from my audience via Twitter, emails and in person throughout the weekend. Thank you all so much…I’m already counting down the days until BlogHer next year when it’s back here in The Big Apple.

Anyhoo, back to the smoothie.

Because it’s delicious.

And just simply fun to slurp n’ sip on when the summer heat’s getting to you.

Instead of the traditional smoothie, I decided to get a lil’ bit creative. You will LOVE this smoothie.

Refreshing is an understatement.

Flavorful, smooth, sweet n’ fun to sip.

It makes me wanna move to California and drink smoothies everyday.

I added a fresh n’ ripe avocado just because.

A few raw cashews, chia seeds and flax seeds and a nice balance of protein and healthy fats.

You can add in or substitute the cashews for another nut but I just love the creaminess in raw cashews.  They create such a smooth nut butter consistency, don’t they?

There’s just something about soft nuts like cashews n’ peanuts. They always compliment my baked goods, dressings and marinades unlike almonds, which I find hard to get creamy.

Get my drift?

Am I alone on this one?

This succulent smoothie is hands down one of my top 5 favorites.

I may just have to make it again tomorrow.

I simply can’t resist the coolness this will bring to your mouth.  But I’m sure you have no idea how that feels, right?

I didn’t think so.

Cranberry Coconut Smoothie

Gluten-Free

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 10 fresh cherries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt)
  • 2 fresh Basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 5 raw cashews
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender; pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour into serving glass; serve chilled.
  3. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Savvy August 8, 2011 at 6:48 am

Wow! This smoothie looks great! The pink color is so appetizing. :)

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!

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Amie August 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

Thanks so much; the pink color was amazing. I was so surprised but it tastes great. Have a great day and thank you for your comment!

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A Tablespoon of Liz August 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

Yum, I’ve never thought to put cranberries in a smoothie! this looks amazing!

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Amie August 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

Thanks Liz; great to hear from you. Hope you enjoy this recipe. xo

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RunEatRepeat August 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I am so happy we met! Hope you had a nice trip home :) After we parted ways I felt sad that I didn’t invite you to my room to chill until your flight. Sorry, I don’t think sometimes :(

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Amie August 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Aww you are so great and it was truly such a pleasure meet you too! I had so much fun and no worries as I hung out in the lobby and the airport before my flight! Really hope to see you again soon. oxoxo Have a wonderful afternoon!

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Sherilyn @ Wholepromise August 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hello

Sounds like you had a great time at Blogher. This drink looks absolutely delicious and the inclusion of the cranberries sounds yummo.

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Amie August 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Awww you are so great; always a pleasure to hear from you, Sherilyn. Hope you are having a wonderful week; wish you were at BlogHer! Enjoy this cranberry smoothie; it’s delish.
xoxo

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Deborah August 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

What a gorgeous smoothie – especially served in those jars! :)

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Amie August 11, 2011 at 7:39 am

Thank you, Deborah; I just love these jars…they’re so pretty and the smoothies are so tasty; drinking out of these glasses is so fun! Hope you are well. Have a great day!

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Linda August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I just wanted to thank you for this delicious recipe! I loved the basil touch and would of never thought to add it, but I actually have a basil plant so it was perfect…I’m gonna tell my friends about it!

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Amie August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Awwww; thank you, Linda it’s so great to hear from you! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. And the fact that your children loved it too is a great thing! Yeaaa… have a wonderful afternoon and I am so glad you commented! Hope to chat soon. xo

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Linda August 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Oh, and the best part is that my kids loved it too…so great getting extra nutrients in their shake!

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Tracy August 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

This looks so lovely! So glad to find your blog, too. So nice to “meet” you! :-)

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Amie August 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Awww you are fabulous and I am so happy to have met you today, as well. Looking forward to keeping in touch and hopefully seeing you again soon! xooxo Keep up the great work and enjoy your last few weeks in NYC!! xoxo

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Laurel Moll August 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi Amie,
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! This cranberry coconut smoothie looks amazing. I’ll have to give it a try. What interesting ingredients for the recipe!

Best of luck to you!
Cheers,
Laurel

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Amie August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

Thanks Laurel; great to hear from you! I love your blog, as well and I’m so happy to have found it. Enjoy your day. xo

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Janea January 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

How is it with all that fruit? I worry about overloading the fruit amount in one serving of smoothie. I”m trying to find a good breakfast smoothie that is friendly to a belly that is messed up and that has some protein still. (I’m not the best eater).

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Amie January 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Thanks Janea; great to hear from you. I don’t do well with lots of fruit therefore I use hemp seeds and chia seeds for protein along with Greek yogurt in my smoothies. Try using a banana and sweeten it up with some stevia and cinnamon. How’s that sound to you?

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Maria April 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

I wish I was sipping on this right now!

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Amie April 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Thanks Maria; So excited to see you on Wednesday at the Dole Summit! My apologies for the delay in response to your comment as I was traveling and just got to your comment. Hope you had a great weekend. Safe Travels to Cali!
xox

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Katharina June 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

Wow! Dried cranberries in the smoothie? With basil, coconut shreds, cashews? Those ingredients stand out to me, and seem like they make the smoothie shine ;) Will have to try this! Thanks for sharing.

xo!

p.s. I’m based in NYC too!

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Amie June 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it. We should meet up this summer to say hi in NYC!

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Katharina June 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Yes, we should! That would be great :D let’s keep in touch. Are you currently in the area, or will be soon?

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Amie June 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Would love to; I’m off to LA for work then to NJ for the beach but will be back in mid July- let’s touch base then and we’ll set a date for July or August!
Enjoy your day; excited to meet you soon!!

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Jamie June 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for all of the smoothie recipes. The layout is nice to look at and I enjoyed the Cranberry Coconut Smoothie – excellent in the Hawaiian heat!

~ Jamie

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Amie June 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Thank you Jamie; enjoy!!! So jealous you are in Hawaii. Have a great day and wonderful to hear from you!

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Sarah March 26, 2013 at 5:57 am

OMG this looks delicious and the color, so vibrant, I could stare at those photos for hours. Just looking at it makes you feel healthy.

I love coconut, the smell just reminds me of white sandy beaches and blue skies.

Will definitely try this.

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Amie March 26, 2013 at 7:30 am

Thanks Sarah; have a lovely day and enjoy! The coconut is the best part!

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