Cherry season is jolly. I love these little things and just grabbing a few out of the fridge for a snack make me happy. I don’t even care that they are a little more work than your average fruit. Although, I do have a tip coming atcha for pitting several of them without having red cherry juice exploding all over you and your kitchen. To utilize my cherries as more than just the perfect snack, I made none other than a cherry smoothie bowl. I love smoothie bowls if you haven’t noticed by the multiple recipes I’ve previously shared. Many say that drinking a meal doesn’t leave your brain feeling as satisfied, but something about spoon (or fork, or spork, or even hand) to mouth does the trick. I’m fine with a liquid-ish meal, but do enjoy all the extra toppings I can add on when I eat my smoothies with a spoon out of a bowl.
I topped this one with some G2G (Good 2 Go) protein bars to help keep me a little full. I’m currently doing a Whole 30 and these are not Whole 30 approved (the smoothie is though!) so I have to leave them off for the time being. I had not started yet when I was playing around with this recipe two weeks ago. Regularly, these yummy bars are a great way to add protein to my morning breakfast without adding in a lot of processed crap that I know better than to be eating on the reg. I use about 1/2 of one on top of my smoothie bowls. The almond chocolate chip G2G bar is my personal favorite. My man friend likes the peanut butter chocolate chip. To try some– use code ‘Lauren’ for 20% off of your order.
Now for the best trick to pitting your cherries. Start with an empty wine bottle or other glass bottle, especially if you’re doing a Whole 30 like me right now because there are only full bottles of wine staring at you. Next, grab a thicker plastic straw. I use washable ones that I often use to drink my smoothies when I’m not consuming them in bowl form. Take the stem off of your cherry and hold it over the open part of the wine bottle. Then push the straw through the center of the cherry until the pit falls into the glass bottle. BOOM! You’ve pitted your cherry easily without staining your clothes or making a huge mess. You’re welcome.
Snag the recipe for this delightful little smoothie bowl below. Oh, and if you happen to find yourself doing a Whole 30 right now like I am then hollllaaa. I love support and giving it during them!
- 4 ounces of almond/coconut milk*
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen*
- 1 cup of cherries, pitted
- 1 Tablespoon of almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon of cacao powder
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. To achieve desired thickness, add additional milk and/or add ice cubes as needed.
- Pour into bowl. Top with unsweetened cacao nibs, coconut, almonds, cherries, and a sliced G2G bar.
*My personal favorite is Califa farms toasted almond-coconut blend. It’s carrageanen and sugar free. It’s a delicious everyday dairy substitute. If you don’t want (or have time to) freeze your banana, you can add ice cubes to achieve desired thickness.