High Protein Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

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Reminiscent of a cherry milkshake, this cherry vanilla smoothie will satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth but can double as a light and easy breakfast on busy mornings.

This smoothie. It’s like a a cherry milkshake. Actually, I might even go as far as to say that the flavors resemble Ben & Jerrys cherry garcia ice cream. I’m not promising that it will satisfy your craving for Ben & Jerrys (Let’s be real: smoothies are not ice cream), but if you like those flavors of cherry garcia or cherry milkshakes, you’re going to love this smoothie.

overhead shot of two smoothies on marble slab with black cherries

The perfect afternoon snack or light breakfast

This smoothie can double as a light breakfast (pair it with a piece of peanut butter toast for a more substantial meal) or an afternoon snack. It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients and has all of the components I look for in a meal or snack: produce, protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

My toddler LOVES this smoothie and we’ve been enjoying it together on hot summer afternoons.

What makes this cherry vanilla smoothie high protein?

Two ingredients: Greek yogurt and hemp seeds.

In fact, this smoothie packs in 11 grams of protein for only 150 calories.

cherry vanilla smoothie in milkshake glass with straw on marble background

How to customize your cherry vanilla smoothie

Make it dairy-free: use coconut yogurt or another plant-based yogurt. This will decrease the protein in the smoothie, but can still be a satisfying option!

Sweeten it up: This is already a pretty sweet smoothie because of the cherries. But if you prefer it even sweeter, you could add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup or use vanilla Greek yogurt.

Make it more of a meal: Add 1/2 an avocado or 1-2 Tbsp of peanut butter to make it even more filling.

Don’t have hemp seeds? You can use ground flax seed instead.

2 cherry vanilla smoothies with straws in fancy glass

On a smoothie kick? You will also love these:

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade Smoothie

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Did you make this cherry vanilla smoothie?

Leave a comment letting me know what you thought about it and rate it in the recipe card below! Save it to your Pinterest board so you can find it later, and don’t forget to share a picture of your creation on instagram and tag me (@busy.mom.nutrition). I love seeing what you’re up to!

Yield: 2 smoothies

High Protein Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

cherry vanilla smoothie in milkshake glass with straw on marble background

Reminiscent of a cherry milkshake, this cherry vanilla smoothie is high in protein and healthy fats, making it a satisfying light breakfast or afternoon snack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup frozen black cherries
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk (unsweetened almond or cow's work best, but any milk of choice is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds


Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.


1. Make it dairy-free: use coconut or another plant-based yogurt.

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