Cherry Blossom Smoothies


Another smoothie recipe? Well, if there is one thing we’ve learned in testing the submissions to our most recent recipe contest, it’s that creating a good new smoothie recipe does take a little finesse. We’ve tested numerous beverages and several simply fell short, but these Cherry Blossom Smoothies were a strangely addictive delight. The recipe was submitted by Leigh-Ann Kearley as a Sippable entry in the BIG Snackable Recipe Contest (entries are now closed, but the winners will be announced on that post!).

This recipe for cherry blossom smoothies is an incredible combination of cherries, coconut, peanut butter and chocolate! It's a healthier dairy-free and vegan take on a popular Canadian chocolate confection.

Alisa’s Notes

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingSince I have tested and approved this recipe for cherry blossom smoothies as one I would repeat, I’ve added it to the “Alisa’s Recipes” section. Here are my personal notes on the recipe:

Sweetener: I used 8 drops of pure stevia extract to sweeten, which worked out wonderfully, but I think that 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey or agave nectar or even 1 to 2 tablespoons of vanilla dairy-free protein powder would also be good sweetener options.

Chocolate Touch: Since this recipe is inspired by the popular Canadian confection known as Cherry Blossom Candy Bars, I thought it well themed to top the smoothies with shaved dairy-free chocolate. They are delicious without the added garnish, but chocolate never hurts.

Salt? I used a peanut butter that was unsalted, so I added a pinch of salt, which was a welcome addition to the flavor.

Special Diet Notes: Cherry Blossom Smoothies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For peanut-free & tree nut-free cherry blossom smoothies, you can substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter.

Cherry Blossom Smoothies
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Serves: 1 large or 2 snack-size smoothies
  1. Place the cherries, dairy-free yogurt, milk beverage, peanut butter and extracts in your blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Taste test, and blend in your favorite sweetener, to taste If desired. Blend in ice for a slightly thicker, icier consistency.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. In the ingredients list you have listed dairy free vanilla cultured coconut milk. I was wondering what that was. In directions yogurt is mentioned. Is that what you mean by the cultured milk ? If so you should say it’s yogurt in the ingredient list. It looks good but seeing there’s is Peanut Butter, ( which I like ) is in there was thinking that was an odd ingredient with ?. But I’ll,try if you are saying to use coconut yogurt can I substitute with a dairy coconut yogurt. Only reason I ask is yogurt over all is real expensive. The coconut yogurt is even more expensive and I live in Hawaii so even more expensive. Maybe you could provide a coconut milk yogurt recipe, since I make my own coconut milk.????❤️

    • Hi Jennifer, “cultured coconut milk” is the actual term used by many brands rather than yogurt – to avoid legalities – which is why I’m specific that way on the ingredients. It is dairy-free coconut-based yogurt as far as you and I are concerned 🙂

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  5. This really sounds insanely good. Decadent and refreshing at the same time. I should try out adding coconut extract to more things- I bet that makes the flavors of this really pop! Especially with the touch of salt!

  6. This is a very tempting recipe for me. I’m lactose intolerant and I generally just take a lactaid pill and don’t worry too much about diary, but I’ve been wanting to figure out ways to eliminate dairy and the lactaid pills. I need to get more almond milk and coconut milk into my diet. I think I’ll start with this delicious looking smoothie!

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