This vegan Cranberry Smoothie is a delicious, sweet, tart, and gorgeously vibrant, seasonal sip. Use fresh or frozen cranberries or even leftover cranberry sauce! Ready in just minutes!
This delightful drink is so easy to make. Just throw everything into a blender and purée. It tastes like a cranberry pie you can drink. So good!
Wake up and start your day with this sweet and tangy Cranberry Smoothie!
Ingredients you need
Cranberries ~ Fresh or frozen cranberries can be used. If they are frozen, there is no need to thaw them first. Throw them in frozen and skip the ice.
Cranberries are rich in vitamins and minerals, like vitamins C, E, and K. They also contain good amounts of fiber, manganese, and copper, along with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. [source]
You can even use leftover cranberry sauce! We always make too much for Thanksgiving and this is a great way to use it up! We are partial to my Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce, but whatever you have will work.
You can also use leftover cranberry sauce to make my Cranberry Oat Crumble Bars.
Banana ~ Banana offers natural sweetness and a creamy texture. I usually use a fresh banana, but a frozen banana may be used, as well.
Pecans ~ Pecans are soft and buttery and blend up perfectly. They complement the cranberries perfectly. Tastes like cranberry pie!
Milk ~ Any non-dairy milk will do. I like to choose an unsweetened, plain variety, like almond milk or oat milk.
Sweetener ~ I like a tablespoon or two of pure maple syrup when I make this with fresh cranberries (or frozen). However, if you are using leftover cranberry sauce, you can skip the extra sweetener.
Flavorings ~ A little bit of cinnamon and a vanilla bring home the cozy holiday vibes.
Extras ~ This easy cranberry smoothie is so tasty as is, but if you want to switch it up a bit here are some extras you could add: a scoop of vegan protein powder, a splash of orange juice or orange zest, or a ½ cup of frozen mixed berries.
How to make the recipe
Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and purée until smooth and creamy.
Add an extra splash of milk if you like a thinner consistency.
Pro tips and tricks
~ Use fresh or frozen cranberries. Do not use dried cranberries!
~ You can also use leftover cranberry sauce! Omit the maple syrup if using leftover sauce.
~ For a nut-free option, use oats instead of pecans.
~ Use a high-speed blender for best results.
~ Blend until smooth and creamy. Add additional milk 1-2 tablespoons at a time if you like a thinner consistency.
You can make a smoothie with cranberry juice, but you’ll get more nutritional benefits from using the whole fruit.
Yes, you can put whole cranberries, fresh or frozen, right into the blender.
Obviously, you should make this creamy Cranberry Smoothie or this Coconut Water Smoothie, which also features fresh cranberries. They’re also great in baking. Try my Cranberry Banana Bread and Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins. And, you will love this Cranberry Jalapeño Dip for serving at holiday parties!
More vegan smoothie recipes
- Strawberry Beet Smoothie
- Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- Orange Banana Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pear Smoothie
- Coconut Blackberry Smoothie
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Vegan Cranberry Smoothie
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.