I have an irrational fear that someone will get upset I’m posting smoothies in Fall and Winter… please, I mean the best! I’ve been super curious about a cranberry smoothie lately, so I made it happen. Cranberries are totally in season right now, so you’re going to have to let this one slide. I’m not trying to cook every meal, okay? Okay. We’re cool. This new Orange Cranberry Greens Protein Smoothie is also very cool. Check it out (jump to recipe)!
It’s the cinnamon that ties all this frothy goodness together. If any smoothie can remind you of bread, it’s this one. Have you had cranberry bread? Whoever thought to try oranges and cranberries together was a true culinary genius. I took their bright idea and blended it together in my Nutribullet.
This recipe has no additional sugars, beyond the fruits and protein powder. I prefer to use vanilla protein powder, so the smoothie can grab a little sweetness without me having to add any extra. Combined with the orange (which is pretty much mulled, juiced and gone in 1.5 seconds), the flavors tone down the cranberry tart-ness but do not hide the delicious cranberry taste.
In a perfect world, this smoothie would be a beautiful blushed crimson color, speckled with tiny greens and little bright cranberry pieces. Unfortunately, red/white fruits and green leaves make a less-than-festive tan-ish color than I’m not too fond of. At least there’s red specks.
I think this smoothie would work perfectly as a Thanksgiving morning breakfast – quick, easy, and little no clean-up. In fact, I might do just that!
For this recipe, or if you are meal prepping, I would highly recommend freezing your banana and cranberries. That way your smoothie will be nice and cold. No one likes a warm smoothie 👎
You MUST try this new smoothie with happy Fall flavors – orange, cranberry, and CINNAMON make this creamy breakfast (or lunch!) complete!
- 1 medium banana, frozen
- 1 cup whole cranberries, frozen
- 1 navel orange, peeled
- 1 cup baby spinach or other greens, packed
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in your preferred blender, and blend until smooth.
- If using a Nutribullet, I would recommend greens on the bottom (as they will be packed down by the weight of the remaining ingredients). I would also recommend putting the orange on the top (as the juice created will provide liquid to the remainder of the smoothie).
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 369
- Sugar: 32.3g
- Fat: 1.6g
- Carbohydrates: 64.8g
- Fiber: 12.7g
- Protein: 29.1g
Equipment Used in this Recipe
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