I love cherries…any type really. Fresh, frozen, jarred, bing, rainier..it doesn’t matter..I will eat all of them. I created this recipe with fresh cherries over the summer, but then I froze a bunch of cherries and just made it again with frozen ones. It’s still just as tasty! My kids beg for smoothies, so I make sure to keep my smoothies pretty healthy. These fresh cherry smoothies are kid tested and mommy approved!
Cherries have a very short growing season and ripen from June to mid-August in North America, but in Australia and New Zealand they are associated with Christmas since they ripen in late December. So, if you can’t get your hands on any fresh cherries, then check out places like Costco as they usually sell frozen, unsweetened cherries in large bags.
I love how versatile this smoothie is. Feel free to use Greek yogurt or a non-dairy version….use honey or agave to sweeten. But please keep the almond extract. The almond flavor goes so nice with the cherry flavor. It’s my secret ingredient in my cherry pies that makes everyone beg for the recipe!