This Cherry Berry Coconut Limeade Smoothie (that was a mouthful, wasn’t it!?) recipe was supposed to go live a few weeks ago but a series of events took place that prevented me from doing it.
My first set of pictures did not turn out, re-shooting kept getting postponed because of a stretch of dark, cloudy conditions (poor lighting = hard to take good natural light pictures) and then I got distracted with strawberries. It’s OK though, I think it’s kind of fitting that this be the time it goes live. Last week, my berry beet ginger smoothie was featured in an article on Fitness Magazine’s website (very cool!), so I think a great way to celebrate is with another smoothie recipe!
Cherries are one of my favourite fruits, so they just add to my love of summer. What’s not to love about them? They’re sweet, juicy, and can be eaten as-is or used in many summery recipes—like this dairy-free cherry vanilla ice cream I pinned not long ago to save for later. Yum. And then of course, you can also make this Cherry Berry Coconut Limeade Smoothie.
This recipe says summer to me. It’s refreshing, it’s cool, and it’s sweet…but tart at the same time—like a summer lemonade—except it’s not lemon juice it gets its tartness from, it’s lime juice (is your mouth watering at the mention of lemon and lime juice? Mine is!). It’s also a little tropical with the addition of the chilled coconut milk. Just the type of drink you crave on a hot day, isn’t it?
Refreshing, cool, sweet, tart, tropical. *heart eyes*
You’ll notice this smoothie recipe calls for chia and hemp seeds. They are optional, so it’s up to you whether you want to add them or not. They do not take away or add to the flavour at all, you won’t even notice they are there. Just like my Berry, Beet, Ginger Smoothie (and every smoothie I make!), I add chia and hemp seeds to bump up the nutrition factor. So add them if you’d like, leave them out if you don’t have them. The taste is not affected at all, either way.
This recipe tastes best with fresh cherries and strawberries, but if a craving hits you when they’re not in season, frozen berries will work too! And one more thing…I used strawberries in my smoothie (I still have some leftovers from our recent strawberry picking outing!) but if you don’t have strawberries, feel free to substitute sweet raspberries or blueberries.
Cherry Berry Coconut Limeade Smoothie
- 1 1/4 cups pitted cherries
- 3/4 cup strawberries
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 of a medium banana
- 1/2 cup chilled coconut milk
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds (optional)
- Wash cherries and strawberries
- Slice and pit the cherries
- Remove stems from strawberries
- Add cherries, strawberries, lime juice, banana, coconut milk, water, chia and hemp seeds (if using) to blender.
- Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.