December 26, 2018

Healing Cranberry Smoothie

Healing Cranberry Smoothie! The perfect breakfast or snack to counteract all the holiday sweets! Packed with nutrition! 

Let’s balance things out a little bit, shall we? Since craving (and eating) chocolate, gingerbread & peppermint everything over the past few weeks, I’m ready for a little holiday break.

This is typically the time of year when I start craving unprocessed, vegetable-filled meals. Don’t get me wrong, you know I’m not going to deny myself my favorite dishes; however, I find that I really do prefer produce-heavy meals most of the time.

I notice a dramatic shift in energy and clarity when my diet is full of plants. As much as I want to enjoy the same feeling from extra-cheese pizza and cinnamon rolls, unfortunately, that’s just not the case.

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I first created this cranberry smoothie a few years ago when my freezer was overflowing with cranberries, and I was craving something sweet, yet nourishing.

I wanted something refreshing, cold and seasonal. The combination of orange and cranberry is amazing to me. I love the tart berry and sweet, refreshing orange together. Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get ‘back on track‘, but this time I wasn’t in the mood for the usual green suspects.

cranberry orange smoothie

How have I not put cranberries in a smoothie before? Orange and cranberry are the yin and yang to sweet and tart. Add a little banana for extra creaminess, and this is one smoothie you’ll be firing up the blender for day after day. Besides being ready in no-time flat, it’s become my favorite thing to sip after a hot yoga class.

Whole cranberries also pack quite a nutritious punch! Besides being one of the best sources of antioxidants, they’re also loaded with:

vitamin C
vitamin E
and fiber!

Plus, research shows that consuming the whole cranberry is more beneficial to your heart than taking concentrated cranberry supplements. Since fresh cranberries are so abundant this time of year, buy a few bags to store in the freezer! Keeping them frozen also negates the need for ice in this smoothie.

healing cranberry orange smoothie

I’ve included maple syrup in the ingredients, but that’s completely optional. My thoughts- the first time you make this, only add in a little or no sweetener. Then, if you want it sweeter, add a little more.

Sometimes I like this pucker tart and sometimes I like this a little more sweet. Therefore, the maple add is completely optional! I shared with Vander a few weeks ago and he went gaga for it. So funny to see him love smoothies!

healing cranberry smoothie

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 


Healing Cranberry Smoothie

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Smoothie, Juice
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: smoothie, breakfast, snack


Healing Cranberry Smoothie! The perfect breakfast or snack after all the holiday sweets! Packed with nutrition!

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Smoothie, Juice
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: smoothie, breakfast, snack
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Smoothie, Juice
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: smoothie, breakfast, snack


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup whole cranberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 12 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Place the ingredients into a high powered blender, like in the order listed: water, cranberries, oranges and banana.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. If desired, add in 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Sometimes I want this more tart and sometimes I want things a little sweeter!


  • If you are using a standard blender, you might need to puree a few times until smooth.
  • A warning that this smoothie is a bit tart! While I love that sour/tart flavor of cranberries and orange, you may prefer it a little more sweet. In that case, add a little stevia, agave, maple, honey, whatever you prefer in with the ingredients. You can also decrease the cranberries to 1/2 cup.

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  1. I added greek yogurt (with less sugar) instead of the maple syrup. It was a bit tangy and refreshing! Pinned this recipe.

  2. i used a grapefruit and a clementine because i didn’t have oranges, and i added a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and it was so good!

  3. This sounds yummy. So you don’t have to cook the cranberries? They aren’t too hard? I have a NutriBullet. Thanks

    • It won’t have the same texture; I’d recommend reducing overall liquid so it’s still a smoothie instead of a cranberry/orange juice.

  4. Really like this smoothie. It’s tart, but very refreshing. When I make it for my kids, I add in a little more orange and less cranberries.

  5. I made this smoothie today and it is so good!!! It was perfect for me, just the way the recipe is. Thank you for sharing. It will be in my smoothie favorites.

  6. I was thinking the same exact thing last week: why have I never put cranberries in a smoothie?? They were the perfect tangy complement! I need to remember that for the future… And buy LOTS of cranberries to freeze in the meantime! Pinned!

    • My freezer has cranberries runneth over! I’ve been popping them into other smoothies as well over the last few weeks and love the tart flavor! It’s a much better alternative than my traditional cranberry love- jam on everything!

  7. I love starting my day with a smoothie for all the reasons you talked about. Overall, it just makes me feel good. I’ve been stocking up on cranberries lately because I know they will be harder to find next month. Can’t wait to try this smoothie!