This cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl is a protein-packed and nourishing way to start your morning. Quick and easy, ready in under five minutes!cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl with cherries, almonds, chia seeds in grey speckled bowl with graham crackers

Who doesn’t love a cold, refreshing smoothie bowl? Especially one that’s packed with nourishing ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make!

Smoothies are such an easy breakfast to make in the morning. Throw your ingredients into a blender and 60 seconds later, breakfast is served.

But I think that smoothie bowls are even more satisfying for breakfast. Slightly thicker than regular smoothies, smoothie bowl smoothies are meant to be eaten out of a bowl with a spoon.

Not only does their thicker consistency make them more satisfying but the toppings add more satisfaction and staying power as well. Top ’em off with nuts, more fruit, seeds, granola, etc. for a satisfying crunch and some added fiber and/or protein.

Apparently I have a thing for dessert-inspired breakfasts. I mean there’s been the Wild Blueberry Basil Cheesecake Smoothie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie, Carrot Cake Overnight Oats and Apple Pie Teff Porridge.

This smoothie bowl is perfect for any morning you’re craving something cold and refreshing but it would also be super cute for Valentine’s Day. I mean that color!

Ingredients You’ll Need

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Notes on ingredients:

Frozen dark sweet cherries: make sure you use frozen cherries as this will help make your smoothie bowl nice and cold.

Cottage cheese: This helps to thicken the smoothie and give it a creamy consistency. I tried testing it with Greek yogurt as a substitute but the consistency came out much thinner (more smoothie-like than smoothie bowl).

Almond milk: You could use any non-dairy milk alternative or cow’s milk as a substitute!

How to Make a Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Ready in less than five minutes, all you need is a blender! Preferably a high-speed blender.

Throw all the ingredients – frozen cherries, cottage cheese, protein powder, lemon zest, vanilla extract, graham crackers, and milk into the blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with the toppings of your choice!

cherry smoothie bowl ingredients top view of blender with cherries, cottage cheese, protein powder, graham crackers

Expert Tip: If your smoothie bowl is thinner than you would like it to be, add more frozen cherries to thicken it. If you want the consistency thinner, add more liquid.

Topping Ideas for the Smoothie Bowl:

  • Granola
  • Slivered almonds
  • Fresh cherries
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Pumpkin seeds
close up of cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl in grey bowl with cherries, almonds, chia seeds

Recipe FAQs

Can I use fresh cherries instead of frozen?

I wouldn’t recommend it because then you’ll have to add a lot of ice and it will dilute the flavor and impact the thickness of the smoothie. You could take fresh cherries, pit them, and freeze them yourself and then use those!

Any substitutions for cottage cheese?

I tested this with Greek yogurt and the consistency was thinner than I like for a smoothie bowl so you’d have to add more cherries to thicken it.

What’s the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl?

Just the thickness! Smoothie bowls are a much thicker smoothie that can be eaten with a spoon out of a bowl versus a smoothie that is much thinner in consistency and can easily be sipped out of a glass.

My smoothie isn’t thick enough. What should I do?

If your smoothie bowl is thinner than you would like it to be, add more frozen cherries to thicken it. If you want the consistency thinner, add more liquid.

cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl with cherries, almonds, chia seeds in speckled grey bowl with graham crackers

For more smoothie inspiration, check out my recipes below!

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Cherry Smoothie Bowl


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  • Author: Kara Lydon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: One serving

Description

This cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl is a protein-packed and nourishing way to start your morning. Quick and easy, ready in under five minutes!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Optional toppings: fresh cherries, sliced almonds, granola, chia seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, crushed graham cracker

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl and add desired toppings.

Notes

  1. If your smoothie bowl is thinner than you would like it to be, add more frozen cherries to thicken it. If you want the consistency thinner, add more liquid.
  2. If you want to use fresh cherries, you could take the cherries, pit them, and freeze them yourself and then use those! I wouldn’t recommend using fresh in the recipe though because then you’ll need to add ice and it will impact the consistency.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender

Keywords: cherry smoothie bowl, cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl, cherry smoothie, cherry cheesecake smoothie

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2 Comments

  1. Oh, yes!!! My kind of breakfast!

  2. I seriously love the idea of using cherries in smoothies. I am so trying that next time I get a smoothie craving!