This perfectly refreshing, wonderfully tart and sweet cranberry smoothie recipe makes a healthy and delicious drink to enjoy all winter long. These creamy vegan smoothies feature bold and tangy cranberries, spicy ginger, bananas, and vitamin-c packed oranges for a burst of sunshine even on the coldest winter days.
Fresh and festive cranberry smoothies are perfect for winter. They are loaded with plenty of health-full ingredients, like tart cranberries and sweet oranges, to help boost your immune system and keep you feeling sunny even during the coldest months.
And it’s easy to make thick, creamy smoothies using plant-based non-dairy ingredients… So they actually are as good and good for you as they taste!
Ingredients Needed to Make this Vegan Cranberry Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie is a great balance of sweet, tangy, and tart flavors. It has some of the best winter ingredients for making a bright and refreshing seasonal drink that tastes like the holidays! But it is so good I promise you’ll be making these cranberry smoothies well into early spring.
For this recipe you need:
- Almond milk
- Agave nectar
I prefer almond milk, however, feel free to use your favorite plant-based beverage for this recipe. Coconut milk and cashew milk are both super yummy!
And although the agave nectar is optional, it does add a lovely bit of sweetness to help mellow out the bitterness from the cranberries.
How to Make the Best Dairy-Free Cranberry Smoothie
This easy vegan smoothie recipe takes only minutes to make using a high-powered blender.
Simply load all of the ingredients into the blender jar, and blend until smooth. You can add an extra splash of almond milk if the smoothie is too thick.
My recipe as listed below makes 2 large smoothies, but is easy to double or triple for larger batches.
Pour into glasses and serve right away. Smoothies are best when enjoyed fresh and creamy, and typically it isn’t a good idea to make them ahead.
However, if you do have extra cranberry smoothie, you can pour leftovers into an ice tray and freeze. Then toss the frozen cubes into the blender the next time you’re making a smoothie drink!
Tips for Making a Thicker Smoothie
Use frozen cranberries and other fruit(s) to make a super thick and luscious smoothie. You can either purchase the cranberries already frozen, or buy fresh and then wash and freeze for at least one hour on a baking sheet before using.
Similarly, you can purchase frozen bananas that are ready to use, or slice and quickly freeze a banana for an hour on a baking sheet to add even more thickness to your smoothie.
Other Fruits You Can Add to Cranberry Smoothies
Include fresh or frozen (see notes above) pineapple and/or mango chunks to make a cranberry smoothie with an extra sweet kick. I also recommend swapping the almond milk with coconut milk if you prefer to make a more tropical smoothie.
Navel oranges are my personal favorite to use, however, any sweet citrus fruit will work. Substitute with mandarins, Valencia oranges, or even ruby red grapefruit.
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- 1 cup almond milk can substitute with any plant milk
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 navel orange peeled
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger peeled
- 1 Tablespoon agave nectar optional
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into glasses and enjoy!
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