Banana Cranberry Smoothie YUM!

Smoothies are a great way to start your day. My smoothie recipes are very simple. And who needs complicated recipes early in the morning anyway?

You only Need:
  • 3/4 cup milk (1% and 2% are better)
  • 1 banana (frozen or not)
  • 1/4 cup dried, frozen or fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- sweetener
- 2-3 cubes of frozen apple juice

If you are using fresh cranberries you might want to a sweetener such as honey, dates, frozen apple juice, or a regular sweetener.  Fresh cranberries can be bitter as well as sour.

If you are using dried cranberries you might want to rehydrate them.
 See How to Rehydrate Cranberries below.
If you don't rehydrate them you will have more hard bits of cranberry in your smoothie, which I quite like it, so I can scoop them with a spoon.

What To Do:
Put everything in the blender.
Blend it to your heart's content.

How to Rehydrate Cranberries

Put 1/4 cup cranberries in a bowl.

Add enough 'boiling' water to cover them and wait 10 minutes.

Ater the 10 min either put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool even more or use it as it is and add ice cubes to the smoothie.
You don't need to drain the water to make the smoothie. 


  1. Trying this today! Are the cranberries blended well or are there bits?

    1. With fresh cranberries usually no, and I add dates to make it sweeter.
      With dry cranberries it depends. If the cranberries are too dry there will always be bits and even if they are moist there will be some bits. If you want less bits you need to rehydrate the cranberries, check the end of the post.
      It will also depend on what kind of blender you have. If you have one of those Ninja blenders, (by the way this is not a joke, they really exist) or any professional blender then you can liquify rock, well not really, but you got the point.
      Happy blending!

  2. That's what I love about smoothies, they're great to experiment with! Love the fruit combo in this one!

  3. Cranberries are best for treating and preventing UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) in both males and females. Consuming Cranberry Concentrate Liquid should be prescribed by doctors as it has no side effects and besides UTI it is also very helpful in other health ailments. Thanks for sharing the recipe of the smoothie. I will try it soon.