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Apple Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Dark cherries are paired with sweet apple for a smoothie that’s refreshing and filling – the perfect breakfast choice that’s easy to make and customize! Gluten free, dairy free, paleo and vegan.

Apple Cherry Smoothie Bowl on a table with fresh fruit and orange juice

January is the month where everyone and their mother tries dieting, eating healthier, working out more, and generally trying to better themselves. I have absolutely nothing against that because it’s a noble effort, but for me… well, I prefer balance.

And in my case, balance means eating chocolate cake whenever I want and then running a bit extra to work it off. Or that I eat a gigantic helping of mac and cheese, but then eat salads for the next couple days (speaking of which, I really can’t get enough of this salad right now). 

Apple Cherry Smoothie Bowl on a table with fresh fruit

It also means that some mornings I eat cinnamon rolls, and others I have something healthier, like this apple cherry smoothie bowl. 

The best part of smoothie bowls? How easy they are! Just throw it all in a blender (aff link) or food processor and pulse to combine. Frankly, the hardest part is figuring out what toppings with which to garnish it.

Dark sweet cherries, apples and chia seeds in a food processor

How to add apple to your smoothie bowl

In the case of this smoothie, you will need to core the apple to get rid of the seeds, but aside from that just chuck it all in there together.

I tend to slice my apple into chunks before I blend it just because it’s easier on my particular food processor, but if you’ve got a high powered one with good performance, just throw the apple in whole – skin and all.

I always eat my apple skins, whether I’m snacking or baking because that’s where most of the fiber and vitamins are. So don’t deprive yourself of those! You know, “an apple a day…” and whatnot.

Autumn Glory Apples on a marble countertop

Sometimes the apple skin is the best part!

In the case of Autumn Glory Apples, the skin might be my favorite part. It’s so flavorful it would be a total waste to discard it. You’ve heard me gush about these apples before, but they’re seriously incredible.

The smell alone makes it worth stocking up and filling a bowl on your kitchen table. They’re crisp with hints of cinnamon and caramel, making them a sweet addition to any dish (or just to eat as a snack, which I do frequently).

Overhead shot of Apple Cherry Smoothie Bowl on a table with fresh fruit

What to include in your smoothie bowl

For this particular smoothie bowl, I like to include:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup of frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, cherry juice or water
  • 1/2 frozen banana (optional)
  • 1/4 cup oats (optional)
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

And then garnish the crap out of it with:

  • another thinly sliced apple
  • a handful of sliced cherries
  • homemade granola
  • sliced almonds

You can see about half of the sliced apple in these pictures, and I actually diced the other half and stirred it into the rest of the bowl.

Closeup of sliced apples in a smoothie bowl

I don’t like banana – do I have to include it?

Nope! I add half of a frozen banana to thicken the smoothie, but you don’t have to if you don’t care for the taste (since banana flavor can be pretty prominent).

I also add 1/4 cup oats to mine to give it a little texture, but you could omit that if you wanted (or use gluten free oats, if necessary for your dietary needs).

Is the almond extract essential?

One thing I highly recommend not omitting is the almond extract – it gives it a really delightful flavor. I just love the combination of cherries and almonds together, so it works really well. .

Overhead picture of smoothie bowl topped with sliced apples, cherries and nuts

This makes 2 cups worth of smoothie, so depending on how hungry you are you could always divide this into two servings – one for you, and one to share. 

Ehhh, sharing’s overrated. Just toss it in the fridge or freezer to save for yourself for later.

Closeup of smoothie bowl topped with sliced apples, cherries and nuts

Added bonus: no added sweeteners!

You’ll probably notice that I don’t add any sweetener – no sugar, no honey, no agave, nothin’. The apples are sweet enough to give you all the sweetness you need!

If you use a different kind that’s more tart than sweet, you may need to add a little sweetener of your choice depending on your personal taste.

Apple Cherry Smoothie Bowl on a table with fresh fruit and orange juice

Get to blending, my friends! And if you’re looking for more uses for these gorgeous Autumn Glory Apples, checkout my recipe for homemade apple cinnamon toaster strudels or this collection of fall-inspired recipes over on Hunger Thirst Play.

After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!

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Apple Cheery Smoothie Bowl on a table with fresh fruit and orange juice

Apple Cherry Smoothie Bowl


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Dark cherries are paired with sweet apple for a smoothie that’s refreshing and filling – the perfect breakfast choice that’s easy to make and customize! Gluten free, dairy free, paleo and vegan.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Autumn Glory Apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, cherry juice or water
  • 1/2 banana, frozen*
  • 1/4 cup oats or gluten free oats (optional)*
  • 23 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. In a blender (aff link) or food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until combined and mostly smooth.
  2. Top with ingredients of your choice! I like 1/2 a sliced Autumn Glory Apple, homemade granola, sliced almonds and a combination of sliced golden and dark cherries. Enjoy!

Notes

*You don’t have to include the banana or oatmeal, this just gives it some extra bulk and texture. Should you choose to leave them out, you can simply pour into a glass and drink!

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple smoothie bowl, cherry smoothie bowl, apple cherry smoothie

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This post is sponsored by Autumn Glory Apples, but – as always – all opinions are my own!

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Mackenzie

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

I love that this smoothie bowl gives you the best flavors of different seasons; autumn with the crisp apples and summer with the bright cherries! Makes it perfect for this time of year when I have one foot in both of those seasons. :) Can't wait to try!

Kristina

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

This looks like a delicious and healthy bowl!

Amelie

Monday 5th of February 2018

I LOVE smoothie bowls and this combo sounds really interesting. My kids love cherries, so I'm sure they'll like it as well.

thehappyhealthymama

Monday 5th of February 2018

Girl, I'm with you--it's all about balance!! This doesn't look even close to depravation, anyway! So much goodness in that bowl.

staceymdoyle

Sunday 4th of February 2018

Love the cherries and apples together in this, sounds so good!

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