Cranberry-Banana Smoothie

Vegan cranberry banana smoothie #glutenfree
Lip-smacking cranberry banana smoothie.

Here's a quick and simple cranberry infused recipe for breakfast that is refreshing, tart and food allergy friendly (around our humble casita, anyway). It's dairy-free, soy-free, egg, corn and nut free. And naturally, it's you-know-what free. Spring is around the corner, Babycakes.

Are you ready? Are you feeling a little bloated and pasty? Do you crave something light and refreshing?

Something to wake up your winter saturated taste buds?

I knew it. Pucker up.

Cranberry-Banana Smoothie - A Dairy-Free Recipe

You don't have to be a vegan to appreciate this quick and easy breakfast. Cranberries make it tart- so please taste test and adjust the sweetness to your liking.


1/2 cup frozen organic cranberries
1 small ripe banana, peeled, sliced (frozen bananas rock)
1 cup cold non-dairy milk
A splash of cranberry juice
1 tablespoon raw agave nectar, to taste
1-2 tablespoons vanilla rice protein powder, to taste


Combine the ingredients in a blender, cover and blend on a lower speed to process the cranberries. Add an ice cube or two if you like it super cold.

Rev it up to high till smooth and frothy.

Grab a straw.


Feel the cranberry love.

Serves 1.

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kotzebue said...

Cranberry & banana... I've never thought of that combination. I'll have to try it, once my 15 lb. bag of grapefruit is used up. I'm currently on a grapefruit-strawberry kick.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina, I love smoothies for breakfast (or lunch, or afternoon snack, or dinner) as well! It's one of my definite downfalls in terms of eating seasonally/locally. I'll buy frozen fruit year-round to keep myself in smoothies.
(I know you say not to comment as "anonymous" but I don't have a google password, I'm not a blogger, and I don't know what OpenID or URL mean. Sorry!)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness, what PERFECT timing!!! I'm getting my tonsils out next doctor suggested "bulking up" now as I'm not going to be able to/want to eat too much post-surgery, but this may be an ideal post-surgery item! I mean, it's cold, and there's some protein in there--a GREAT combination! Seriously, your ears must have been ringing because I was looking around for some good cold and/or soup recipes, and you posted about this fabulous-looking smoothie! THANKS!!! :D

Hippie said...

Hey, Karina! I've been mooching fabulous recipes from your blog for a long time now, but never posted a comment. Just wanted to say "thanks" for all the great recipes, photos and stories - this site always cheers me up. I don't have any food allergies, but I like to eat organic, natural, good-for-you foods and experiment with new ways of doing things. This sun-loving earth mama has been feeling very winter-worn lately, though. So I just bought myself a giant bag of absolutely georgeous ruby-red organic cranberries. Guess who's going to have goddess-worthy smoothies for breakfast this week? Love ya - keep up the great work!

Dani Spies said...

I have all the ingredients to try this one for breakfast!!! Thanks Karina:)

funwithyourfood said...

hmm Add some SOY yogurt and skip the soy powder and i'll be drinking that up for sure!!



Veghead said...

Hi! I have a question. I'm tryin' to make some gluten-free, vegan cookies for a friend of mine. Are ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips gluten free?

I'm vegan and she's g-f and I feel really bad because nobody ever makes stuff she can eat. Anyways. Thanks!

Karina said...

Heya Kotzebue! Grapefruit sounds clean and refreshing, too. :)

Hi Kristina- Oh, no worries. if you want your name to appear instead of anonymous, just click on the name choice- a field will pop up- you fill in your name- no registry required.

Hello Torrey, Ouch! Yes- smoothies will taste good to you. Good luck with the surgery- I had it done when I was young- it's not fun. Take care! Feel better!

Hiya Hippie! Thanks, Sweetheart. Enjoy the cranberry goodness.

Hey Dani and Teddy- Thanks- and enjoy!

Dear Veghead- How sweet of you! I'm not certain on the status of those chips. You'd need to call the company. I use vegan chips from Enjoy Life (I get them at Whole Foods). Good luck!

Happy Spring, Everyone...


Susan said...

Hi Karina, found your blog searching for GF recipes. Great blog! I love making smoothies. Vitamix is my #1 wish list, unfortunately they don't sell them in China. Just added you to my blogroll. Found some recipes I could try for my husband who has gluten allergy.

Ellen said...

Hi Karina,

Wondering about that protein powder. I had gum surgery a few days ago and am struggling with getting enough protein. Before I commit to an entire container of the one you used, can you tell me about it? I've had issues in the past with protein powders - somehow, I've always thought you could taste them because of their grittiness, or they were chalky. What's your take on the one you're using? Would love your thoughts.

Karina said...

Thanks, Susan!

Hi Ellen! Sorry to hear about the gum surgery- ouch! As for the protein powder- well. It's a protein powder. You know it's in there. But I'd say it's the best I've found. I got used to the texture/taste.

Feel better soon!


Jaxia said...

If you like them cold, I started doing this:

When my bananas start to get too ripe to eat, I peel them, cut them in half and place them in a freezer container.

Cutting the bananas in half makes them the perfect size for the Magic Bullet mugs, and I don't 'water' down my smoothie with ice! Plus, no more wasted, brown bananas to toss in the trash :)

Amy said...

I'm addicted to this cranberry bliss. And I'm supposed to rotate my foods because of food intolerances (so I don't create any new ones). This recipe is making it hard, because I could eat it every day!!! I count the days...

Karina, thank you for once again taking me out of my box. I would never (I mean never) have tried using cranberries. And, naturally, like all of your recipes, it is delicious.

Incidentally, for the first few days I could not find frozen organic cranberries, so I tried it using frozen organic cherries (leaving out the agave nectar). That was also amazing.

By the way, for anyone out there who does not own a Vitamix (like Susan) I recommend doing what ever you have to do to get one. I have had one for a number of years, and I use it several times a day. It is one of the best investments I have ever made. That baby can pretty much blend anything you throw its way.

~M said...

Good morning!
Thank you for the inspiration. I had a few spoonfuls of tart cranberry orange chutney so I used that, some frozen banana chunks, unsweetened cranberry juice, apple juice, and a bit of agave. What an excellent smoothie!! Thanks!

Meagan said...

Nutritional powerhouse? Cranberries. Yes please!