Cherry Walnut Smoothie

Cherry walnut smoothies are packed with antioxidants and make for a well-balanced breakfast.

Cherry Walnut Smoothie - packed with antioxidants

It’s cherry season, and you know that that means! Cherry pie, cherry barbecue sauce, cherry chutney, cherries on your salads, in your oatmeal, on your chicken, all over your face, hands, hair. Cherries all around!

As it turns out, cherries make for an excellent smoothie. I never would have known this fun fact had I not purchased eleventy billion pounds of cherries to make all the things out of them. When all the things had been made, but there were still three-quarters of eleventy billion pounds of cherries sitting all plump, smug, and in need of proper placement, I sat scratching the hairs on my chiny chin chin, going, “whaaaat else can I put cherries in? What else could pooooossibly be a cherry receptacle?  Let’s have a looksy on pinterest for cherry pinspiration. Lookit all them cherry recipes Golly gee, I’m hungry. I could really use a smoothie. What should I put in my smoothie? Perhaps I should be pinteresting smoothie ideas. Oh.”

And that’s how this sumptuous smoothie came to be.

Cherry Walnut Smoothie - packed with antioxidants

Cherries contain a jamboree of health benefits. Wanna hear all about them? Great!

Cherries are an anti-inflammatory, help you sleep (great source of melatonin), keep your joints healthy, and burn belly fat. I repeat: cherries help burn belly fat. Start the day with a tasty beverage that also replaces sit-ups? Yes, let’s do that. Cherries are full of antioxidants, making them a detoxifying cancer-fighting food. They are low on the glycemic index, are healthful for your cardiovascular system, and lower the risk of gout.

Cherry Walnut Smoothie - packed with antioxidants!

Like cherries, walnuts are also packed with antioxidants. They’re filled with omega 3 fatty acids, folate, and melatonin. In addition, walnuts help reduce your insulin level. All of these factors combined make for a nutrient-packed superfood smoothie.

Ain’t no one got time for sit-ups. Let’s drink our ab workout!

Cherry Walnut Smoothie - packed with antioxidants

Cherry Walnut Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie
Author: Julia


  • 1 ripe banana peeled and frozen
  • 1 cup ripe cherries pitted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw walnuts chopped


  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.


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  1. Kelsey @aslolife

    I will always cheer to drinking my ab workout! I really need to get to our farmers market this week to see if we have any cherries yet–with such a cold winter, everything seems to be ripening just a little later than usual. Love the walnut addition too!

    1. Julia Post author

      My train of thought is if I put cherries in my cocktails, will that cancel out the affect booze has on my belly fat? These are the things I think about while I should be doing an ab workout 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      YES! I’ve heard cherries and cherry juice are amazing for your joints. When I was training for a half marathon (uhhh….a few years ago, ha!), I was drinking all the cherry juice. SO happy to hear you’re into the natural joint remedy, too 😀

  2. Emma

    I wish I was long on cherries! They’re so expensive here that I only buy them occasionally, as much as I love them.
    Cherry walnut sounds like a lovely combination.

  3. Alissa

    I will gladly replace my ab workout with this smoothie! It looks so good and I never thought to put walnuts in a smoothie! Awesome idea. I’m all about the smoothies this summer and I will definitely give this one a try 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Truthfully, this is the first time I put nuts in a smoothie. I thought it would make the smoothie gritty, but I didn’t notice a texture difference at all. I love the added protein…lots of fun!

  4. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I love love love the lighting in your photos. You captured the cherries beautifully!
    I’m a huge cherry lover and telling me they burn belly fat is just icing on the cake. This looks fabulish and I can’t wait to see what else you’ve come up with!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thank ya, sister!! I owe all of my photography improvement henceforth to Eva from Adventures in Cooking. The woman is a photography genius! So happy I’m taking her food photo workshop!

      Let’s never do another ab workout again. Not ever. Amen.

  5. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    Holy moly seester. The one time I put walnuts in a smoothie, I nearly died over the nutty creaminess. I must go back to that habit! As for cherries, I have a boatload in the fridge so this is happening STAT!

  6. Joanne

    So…has my cherry overconsumption been making me sleepy?! Or is that just the fact that I’ve only slept 6 hours a night all week? Hmm.

    More cherries are all I want in my life. Love how kismet brought you and this smoothie together.

  7. flgirl

    This was sooooo good! Made it as written and then a second time adding some flax seeds, some kale/spinach, a touch of maple syrup, and a little dark choc. (Just to make it super healthy) Haha! Both were yummy! Great recipe!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks so much! I’m so happy you like the smoothie – it’s one of my go-tos, and the flax + greens idea sounds fabulous – a perfectly healthy snack!

  8. Kathy Goddard

    I made this, it’s yummy, my caveat, I only had the cherries, banana, and walnuts, I used coconut oil, 2% milk, a little honey. Now I’ll buy the real ingredients and l make it the correct way.

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