Cranberry Pear Smoothie – Bring On The Fall Flavors!

Cranberry Pear Smoothie

Smoothies don’t always have to include berries. By stepping outside the box, there’s a whole world of flavour combinations awaiting you! I thought I’d share my favourite fall smoothies.

Cranberries have become my new ‘go to’ smoothie fruit. I love that they are tart, relatively low on the glycemic index and offer all kinds of anti oxidants. It’s not news that cranberries also help with urinary tract health. For all those ladies out there that get what my sister calls ‘C.U.T.I. ‘ (acute urinary tract infection) pronounced cutie, ‘like you’re such a cutie patootie’. Except a C.U.T.I  is never cute. Cranberries also help promote mouth health by inhibiting mouth bacteria (your hygienist will thank you) and it’s research is showing promising results for cancer prevention.

But let’s get real. I like to eat them because they taste good (and they’re inexpensive!). But here’s the surprising part. Even though they are tart, I find that if I add them to a smoothie, I’m less likely to add other sweeteners, like honey or maple. It’s like it’s supposed to be tart, so why change it? I love the tart flavour. It’s surprisingly refreshing.

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Fall Cranberry Pear Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp all spice

Throw it all in the blender and process until smooth. Add a couple ice cubes if it’s not thick enough, but I find just the frozen cranberries is enough. Garnish with cinnamon if you like and drink up.

 

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8 Responses to Cranberry Pear Smoothie – Bring On The Fall Flavors!

  1. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva September 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Pinned! Looks delicious France! I adore cranberries in smoothies too….my pumpkin cranberry smoothie is calling my name lately with my fresh pumpkin purée sitting at the ready! Fall is here!
    Welcome back to the crowded world (I think at least), I am sure it is an adjustment after so much quiet! But having all your kitchen and foods available will be a real treat, I am sure!

  2. mjskit September 23, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    I’m with Tessa – pinned! I have everything but the pear, but I did just buy a peck of local apples. Sounds like a great smoothie to me!

  3. Koko September 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I have never tried cranberries in a smoothie! I would have thought that they would be much too tart. I will have to try this out, because I have had a big bag of frozen cranberries in my freezer and haven’t known what to do with them!

    • beyondthepeel October 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Do try it Koko. I think you’ll be surprised how delicious they are in smoothies. From frozen they are also a great thickener.

  4. Amber H September 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum! I love the ingredients here. Tart is my favorite. I like to purchase fresh cranberries and freeze them. And I think a smoothie book would be great, France! One hundred is so many! I’m impressed with your creativity. There are endless possibilities. I think we get into ruts and use the same ingredients over and over. A smoothie book would be such an inspiration.

    So glad to have you back!!!

    xo,
    –Amber

    • beyondthepeel October 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      I’m a queen of taking on WAY too many projects. I did save all my ideas though so maybe one day! Here’s hoping.

  5. inspirededibles October 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I agree, celebrate tartness! This recipe absolutely sings fall and it’s so beautiful too. I’m intrigued by the all spice here; very neat addition. I hope you’re keeping well France – xo

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