I’ve had a bag of frozen cranberries in my freezer since the holidays. I tried making a cranberry muffin/bread/cake thing and it turned out looking like a leopard with a blueish tint– tasty but not pretty at all!
This is a must more attractive looking use of cranberries– a creamy sweet tart smoothie made with frozen banana and frozen cranberries. I added a scoop of protein powder for a hint of vanilla and extra staying power. You could sweeten this drink up with a drizzle of your favorite liquid sweetener if preferred but I enjoyed this a little on the tart side. I used coconut milk as my non-dairy milk but apple juice or orange juice could be substituted for a sweeter smoothie and a different flavor.
Cran-Nana Sweet-Tart Smoothie
1/3 cup frozen (or fresh) unsweetened cranberries
1 large frozen ripe banana, cut into chunks (you could use fresh and add ice cubes but will not be as creamy)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp chia seed (or flaxseed meal), optional
3/4 cup non-dairy vanilla milk (coconut, almond, soy) OR (could use no-sugar-added apple or orange juice for different flavor or a combo)
drizzle of agave or honey for sweeter, optional (I omitted this but just in case you want a slightly sweeter drink)
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!