This perfectly sweet and tart, fresh Cranberry Smoothie is the perfect Winter smoothie! Loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants from the oranges and fresh cranberries, this smoothie is great for your immune system.
Made dairy free using almond milk and with additional collagen, this delicious and easy cranberry smoothie promotes gut health. It's perfect for the holiday season or any time of year and is a great way to give your body a nutrient boost. You might also like to try my Berry Smoothie with sneaky greens, Banana and Raspberry Swirl Breakfast Smoothie or my Green Smoothie recipe.
What You'll Love About This Cranberry Smoothie
- Loaded with Vitamin C - cranberries and oranges are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which help to keep your immune system and skin healthy! There is 83 milligrams of Vitamin C per serve.
- Protein - collagen is a great source of protein with 11 grams per serve in this smoothie.
- Allergy Friendly - this delicious cranberry smoothie recipe is dairy free, gluten free and can be made nut free.
- Creamy cranberry smoothie - the frozen banana makes this smoothie oh so creamy, while still being zesty and refreshing.
- Immune boosting - this easy smoothie is great for the immune system, especially in the Winter months!
Ingredients Notes & Substitutions
Make this yummy, refreshing smoothie recipe with just a handful of simple ingredients, easily found at your local grocery store. Read on to see any notes and possible substitutions. As always, the ingredient quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- frozen cranberries - you can use frozen or fresh cranberries. These are raw cranberries, not dried cranberries. You could also use half a cup of unsweetened cranberry juice instead of frozen cranberries, if you can't find frozen cranberries.
- fresh oranges - I have used two small oranges, about 310 grams. Depending on what's available to you, this could be one large orange or two small oranges.
- frozen banana pieces - I always keep banana pieces in the freezer for smoothies. When you do your groceries, buy an extra 5 or 6 bananas, remove the skin and cut into about 4 pieces. Place the banana pieces into an airtight container and freeze.
- collagen powder - I love adding collagen powder to smoothies as it adds extra protein and helps to promote a healthy gut. If you can't find collagen powder, or if you prefer to keep this plant-based and vegan, you can use a scoop of protein powder (vegan) instead.
- Manuka honey - a little Manuka honey helps to balance out the tart cranberries. You can also use pure maple syrup, agave nectar or regular honey in place of Manuka honey if desired. I love that Manuka honey helps to promote immunity and is antibacterial.
- Almond milk - I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk for this smoothie recipe. You could also use cashew milk, oat milk or coconut milk.
How to Make a Cranberry Smoothie
Making this frozen cranberry smoothie is seriously easy. Simply add all of the ingredients into the blender jar of a high speed blender. Place the lid on and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy topped with extra cranberries, a drizzle of Manuka honey and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.
Tip: This smoothie is a little tart thanks to the cranberries, but balanced with the natural sweetness of the orange and banana. If you prefer a little extra sweetness then add more honey to your preferred level of sweetness.
There are so many amazing benefits to drinking this smoothie!
- Immune & Gut health - raw cranberries are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and antioxidants. These are all essential nutrients for the immune system. Oranges are also a great source of Vitamin C, with one orange providing approximately 92% of the daily requirement. The whites of the oranges contain pectin, a soluble fibre, which helps to feed good bacteria, promoting gut health. Collagen is a great source of an amino acid called Glutamine. Glutamine has been shown to have beneficial outcomes for gut health.
- Skin health - Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients for skin health. It helps to promote collagen formation in the body. Our skin is made up of collagen and the more collagen we have the more supple and hydrated our skin is.
- Urinary Tract Health - cranberries contain antioxidants and polyphenols that help to bind to harmful bacteria in the urinary tract and flush them out, helping to prevent and treat urinary tract infections.
- High speed blender
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Glass tumbler
- 1 frozen banana in pieces
- ½ cup frozen cranberries
- 2 small oranges peeled and sliced (310 grams)
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon manuka honey
- 2 tablespoons collagen powder
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- Add all of the ingredients, except for the hemp seeds, to a high speed blender.
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Serve smoothie straight away topped with extra cranberries, an extra drizzle of manuka honey and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.