Wednesday, July 21

Summertime Smoothies: Cinnamon-Spiked Cherry and Banana Smoothie

Cinnamon Spiked Cherry and Banana Smoothie

If someone said she wanted a "smoothie" back in the early 1930's, she wasn't talking about the frosty, blended drink made with fresh or frozen fruit. She was talking about body-shaping undergarments, like bras and girdles, that would "smooth" out her figure.

Nowadays, girdles are out, but smoothies are in. Whether it's a simple strawberry-banana breakfast smoothie made in your own kitchen or a $7 acai berry and juice concoction that promises eternal youth, smoothies are everywhere.

Though some of the earliest blended fruit drinks surfaced in the late 1930's and early 1940's, smoothies as we know them, emerged in the 1960's. According to Wikipedia, Stephen Kuhnau, the owner of the chain Smoothie King admits that he didn't create the word "smoothie;" he credits hippies from the late 1960's with coining the term. No matter who came up with the name, it's now synonymous with healthy, fun, and refreshing drinks.

fresh cherries

Smoothies are generally made with fresh or frozen fruit and a liquid such as water, juice, or milk. Yogurt makes thicker smoothies. Sometimes sweeteners like agave nectar or honey are added. There are even green smoothies made from green vegetables such as spinach and kale. As for flavor combinations, let your imagination soar. But if you need some ideas, then please back here. Over the next several weeks I'll be sharing some of my favorite summertime smoothie recipes with you.

And ladies, in case you didn't catch the moral of the story, here it is: Drink more smoothies so you don't have to wear a smoothie.

Cinnamon-Spiked Cherry and Banana Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
Print recipe only here.

1/2 cup pitted fresh cherries (or unthawed frozen)
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup vanilla soy milk (or milk of your choice)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Add more milk if you like it thinner.

You might also enjoy these cherry dessert recipes from Food Blogga:
Cherry and Blackberry Clafoutis 
Almond Panna Cotta with Glazed Cherries
Quick Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse with Cherries

You might also enjoy these cherry drink recipes: 
Cherry Mojito recipe at YumSugar
Cherry Limeade recipe at What Geeks Eat
Blue Lagoon Margarita recipe at Recipe Girl


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I am always looking for new smoothies since I drink them 1-2 times a day. I usually add frozen cherries but never add fresh. It sounds delicious.

Joanne said...

I never knew that girdles used to be called smoothies but I find it quite amusing! I love cinnamon in everything and cherries have been rocking my world...this is going to have to be made.

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

Oh yum, your smoothie looks divine! You made me crave for a smoothie! :)

Unknown said...

I love the look of this smoothie and can't wait to see the others you have been making! Yum!

We Are Not Martha said...

Oooh I love the idea of combining cherry and cinnamon! This sounds perfectly awesome!


Abby said...

I think a cherry smoothie sounds great! And it's pink. Can't go wrong with pink!

Thanks for the clafoutis recipe. It was so very, very good. I'm getting good feedback from readers, too!

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Katie@Cozydelicious said...

Yum! I lov ethe combo of cherries and cinnamon. So comforting, but also lovely and light!