Cranberry Orange Avocado Smoothie (dairy-free, vegan)

This cranberry orange avocado smoothie is naturally sweetened with banana and can be made dairy-free and vegan!

Cranberry Orange Avocado Smoothie – naturally sweetened with banana and can be made dairy-free and vegan! From texanerin.com

I hope you all had a great Christmas! After taking a longer than intended break from all things blogging, I’m back with something naturally sweet, healthy, and refreshing! I don’t know about you but the last thing I want to do right now is bake some cookies or any other baked goods. Because I need sweetness in my life and because I still had leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving, I put together this cranberry orange avocado smoothie.

My goal was to create a bright red smoothie that tasted like a cranberry orange dessert. That’s not what happened here. You can hardly taste the cranberries. So think of this as a way to use up leftover cranberries! I can’t think of anything else to do with 1/2 cup of cranberries, so why not give this a try? ;) More cranberries and no banana would have made the cranberry flavor more apparent but I don’t even want to think about how much added sugar would be necessary.

If you don’t have any cranberries around, you could absolutely leave them out and make this as an banana orange avocado smoothie.

Cranberry Orange Avocado Smoothie from texanerin.com

I wanted to make this smoothie completely without sweetener but that was a challenge with just cranberries, orange juice and avocado. So I was forced to use banana. You can definitely taste the banana so if you don’t like the taste of bananas, add some sweetener of choice to your smoothie.

What you can’t taste is the avocado! Really. You can’t taste it at all. I always toss some into my smoothies for added nutrition. What I like to do is buy avocados when they’re on sale, scoop out the flesh, cut it up, and freeze. That way I can pop some avocado into my smoothie whenever I want! No waiting around for the avocados to ripen. Like bananas, avocados make smoothies super creamy. They’re nothing but good! :)

Bananas are great to freeze, too. I peel them, cut them into pieces and freeze them. That, along with freezing the avocados, helps make the smoothie extremely creamy. I really dig creamy so I added some Greek yogurt. If you can’t have dairy, you can easily leave it out and add some almond milk or more orange juice. Then it’d also be vegan! I’ve made this cranberry orange avocado smoothie without Greek yogurt or almond milk and loved it that way as well.

And if this cranberry orange avocado smoothie isn’t your speed, here are my two favorite smoothies (both of which have avocado!)

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie | texanerin.com
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
Banana Orange Avocado Smoothie | texanerin.com
Banana Orange Avocado Smoothie

Cranberry Orange Avocado Smoothie

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Cranberry Orange Avocado Smoothie (dairy-free, vegan)
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Ingredients

  • 1 large banana (210 grams banana with peel; 150 grams without the peel), cut into ½" chunks and frozen
  • ¼ (35 grams) avocado, cut into ½" chunks and frozen
  • ½ cup (50 grams) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) orange juice
  • ½ cup (120 ml) Greek yogurt, almond milk or additional orange juice, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Remove the banana and avocado from the freezer and microwave them for about 10 seconds to slightly defrost them. Or just let the fruit sit for about 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender, blend together all the ingredients.
  3. Add Greek yogurt, almond milk, or more orange juice, if desired. The smoothie will be very thick if you don't add any additional liquid.
  4. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 2 days.

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16 comments on “Cranberry Orange Avocado Smoothie (dairy-free, vegan)” — Add one!

  • Stacie
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    January 1, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    Hello from Defiantly Healthy! Your recipes look delish so we reposted them. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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    • Erin replies to Stacie
      January 5, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

      Happy New Year! So happy that you like the look of the recipes. :)

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  • Anna (Hidden Ponies) says
    December 31, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    I absolutely love the texture avocado lends to smoothies, and need to remember cranberries as an option more often! My body is craving this smoothie after so much Christmas sweetness :)

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  • laurasmess says
    December 31, 2013 @ 4:25 am

    I’ve never had a fresh cranberry as they’re not really available here in Aussieland. They look so beautiful though, merry and brightly coloured! Fantastic to add them to this smoothie, love the little cranberry specks in that creamy banana and avo goodness! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll see if I can track down some frozen cranberries… or otherwise shall I substitute raspberries? Thanks Erin! x

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    • Erin replies to laurasmess
      January 5, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

      What?! No fresh cranberries? Booo. If you do get your hands on them, definitely don’t use them in this smoothie! Use them in something that really showcases them. :) And raspberries is a great substitute! Sorry for the slow reply, Laura!

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  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says
    December 30, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    I am a huge avocado fan but have never put one in a smoothie. Changing that today :) Thanks for the recipe! Happy New year!

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    December 28, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    This is such a perfect flavour for the holidays! Love this!

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  • Kira - HealthAble Old Soul says
    December 28, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Your pictures make me LOVE it!

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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    December 28, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    I love the colour. I can’t wait to be home and use my blender :) I have no kitchen equipment in Barcelona. I used to think that my own kitchen is minimalistic, but this one I have for 3 months in Barcelona is like a virgin kitchen ;) I hope you had awesome Christmas. Kisses from Barca.

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  • Aaryn says
    December 28, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    I came down with a gnarly cold yesterday, so this is sounded unbelievably good! I wish it weren’t 10 pm. And that I weren’t sick. I’d so go to the store and get the goods.

    Hope your fam had an amazing holiday :)

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    • Erin replies to Aaryn
      December 28, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

      Oh, boo! Sorry about your cold. I hope that you recover quickly and that you’ll be able to go to the store soon for smoothie ingredients. :) And thanks – I enjoyed Christmas and I hope you did, too!

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