Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls with Soft-Baked Chocolate Granola

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls
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Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls

Recipe At-A-Glance

Start your day off right with this Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowl packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

Vegan, Gluten-Free

Ready in 5 minutes

I’m a food fan in general (obviously), but there are a few foods out there that I border on obsessed with. Like eggs. And Sriracha. And cheesecake.

Also high up on that list: cherries. Cherries and I go way back to the days of picking from a big cherry tree we had in our orchard growing up. I’d wrap a white t-shirt around my head (because dark hair + Midwestern summer sun = overheating), climb the low branches of the tree, and pick bucket after bucket of bright red, shiny, juicy tart cherries.

My fingers would be stained red and my arms would ache by the time the tree was fully picked. And even though they were tart cherries that weren’t meant for fresh eating, more than one of them would end up my mouth. I loved them!

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls

Back then, my parents would turn our bounty of cherries into preserves and pies, but now, I like to use my tart cherry stash in ways that are a little more nourishing to the body. Tart cherries (like all red/purple fruits and vegetables) are overflowing with antioxidants that are super wonderful for you. The more red and purple fruits and veggies you can eat, the better!

The cherry tree from my childhood died about five years ago, and we just recently replaced it with a new one, but it isn’t quite fruiting yet. So to get my cherry fix, last summer, we took a family trip to Door County, Wisconsin. Door County is right on the shores of Lake Michigan and is known for its amazing tart cherries. We spent a weekend drinking good beer, splashing in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan, and picking cherries! We picked a couple of bushels of tart cherries and drove them all the way back to Indiana with us. That’s how much I love cherries—I literally transported them across three state lines!

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls

We froze those cherries, and I’ve been rationing them out since August. With the exception of one quart we put away to brew beer with, we’re on our last bag of Wisconsin cherries, and I’m a little heartbroken about it. It’s been a good run, because the vast majority of those cherries have made their way into amazingly beautiful, super tasty smoothies—both of the drinkable variety and the scoopable variety.

If you haven’t jumped on the smoothie bowl trend yet, let me tell you why it’s awesome. First of all, instead of thinning out the smoothie so you can drink it, you make it nice and thick—almost like really soft soft-serve ice cream. It’s like having dessert for breakfast! And the second, and most important reason to try smoothies in a bowl—the toppings! You’re never going to get awesome chunks of soft-baked chocolate granola through a straw, but you can load them up on a spoon. And the only thing that makes a cherry smoothie even better is chocolate granola!

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls

Sometimes I make my own granola, but more often than not, I like to buy it from companies I trust—I can just never get the texture I like quite right at home (I’ve always said I’m a cook not a baker). I’m a chewy, soft-baked granola kinda gal. I mean, the crunchy stuff is fine, but I basically want broken up soft granola bars on my smoothie bowls. I’ve never been able to replicate that at home, and I honestly haven’t had much motivation to, because my friends at Van’s Foods have their very own soft-baked granola clusters that are out. of. this. world. They are soft, chewy, cluster-y (?) and packed full of flavor.

And, of course, like all Van’s products, they are made with ingredients you can be proud to feed your family. No artificial flavors or colors. No high fructose corn syrup. Just. Real. Food. Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters come in four different flavors (the Double Chocolate is my favorite, but the Banana Nut is also killer) and all of them are gluten-free. They are awesome on top of yogurt or smoothie bowls, but because they are clusters, they are also a great nutrient-dense whole grain snack on their own!

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls

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If you don’t happen to have a tart cherry stockpile that you drove 500 miles to pick, most grocery stores sell them in their frozen fruit section next to the frozen desserts. Make sure to grab ones that are unsweetened so you can control the sweetness at home. Enjoy!

 

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls with Soft-Baked Chocolate Granola

Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowls with Soft-Baked Chocolate Granola

Yield: 1 large serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Start your day off right with this Tart Cherry and Spinach Smoothie Bowl packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

Ingredients

For the Smoothie

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups frozen tart cherries
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut, soy or animal milk
  • Maple syrup, to taste (about 1 tablespoon)

For the Toppings

Instructions

  1. Combine all the smoothie ingredients into a blender, and blend on high until very smooth. You might need to add more liquid, but try to keep it as thick as possible.
  2. Pour into a bowl, and then top with toppings. Serve immediately.

 

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24 Responses
  1. Sara

    I like it on top of smoothies as well, and also on yogurt…I don’t love love love yogurt, but I like it better with a little granola on top.

  2. Sarah D.

    I tried making a spinach smoothie in a new blender I just got from our wedding. It ended up still having little bits of spinach in it and it just did not look appealing. Maybe I’ll have to invest in the Ninja that you love so much.

  3. Marty Crosson

    I eat it straight from the bag as a snack and I also like it with fruit and yoghurt (family calls this somewhat unappetizing dish “glop.”

  4. I would never guess there is spinach here because colour. I love tart cherries. In Ukraine we had 50% of tart and 50% of sweet. In Canada I have never seen tart cherries for sale yet.

  5. Ncky

    I live in Door County and LOVE when it’s cherry picking season!! I still have some in my freezer from last summer 🙂

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