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Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Start your day off right with a healthy Cranberry Orange Smoothie! This easy smoothie recipe is full of fresh zesty flavor. Add in some protein powder for a great post workout treat!

Want more healthy smoothie ideas? Try this Green Monster Smoothie next. Give our pina colada smoothie a try next!

Still have leftover cranberries to use up from your holiday baking? Try blending them into a refreshing Cranberry Orange Smoothie!

Cranberry orange smoothie in a stemless wine glass.

Why This Recipe Works

I can’t get enough of cranberry-orange recipes, especially in the fall and winter.

Blending them into a smoothie satisfies that craving for tart citrus flavor while filling your body with good-for-you vitamins and protein. Easy and delicious!

  • Perfect cranberry orange flavor. If you like Cranberry Orange Muffins or Frozen Cranberry Orange Salad you’re going to love this smoothie!
  • Thick and creamy. Made with yogurt and frozen banana, this drink has the consistency of a good milkshake–but so much healthier.
  • Protein boost. Blend in a little protein powder to turn it into a perfect post-workout smoothie.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for a cranberry orange smoothie.
  • Vanilla yogurt – Any variety or brand you like is fine. I’ve made this with full fat, low fat and nonfat yogurt and had great results every time. Greek yogurt is my favorite, since it has more protein.
  • Cranberries – I use fresh cranberries, but frozen will work in this smoothie recipe too. Around the holidays, buy extra bags of fresh cranberries and toss them in the freezer. Perfect for using in today’s smoothie or our favorite cranberry christmas cake!
  • Orange juice – Fresh squeezed or from a bottle. It’s up to you.
  • Banana – Frozen banana is my preference for the thickest, creamiest smoothie. The sweetness balances the tart cranberries perfectly.
  • Protein powder – Vanilla or unflavored varieties are my preference. I usually try to find a low sugar version.

Tips and Tricks

Step by step photos showing how to make a smoothie.
  • If you make this recipe with all frozen fruit, it make be very thick as you blend it. Feel free to add a splash of milk or more orange juice until the smoothie reaches your preferred consistency.
  • Serve immediately in one big glass or divide it between two smaller glasses.
  • Add a few fresh cranberries to each smoothie for a pretty garnish. An orange wedge on the rim would be a fun finishing touch too.
  • Got leftover sugared cranberries? Toss them in the smoothie for a sweet treat! Or blend them with vanilla ice cream to make a milkshake!

Recipe FAQs

How much protein powder should I add?

The quantity of protein powder you add will depend on the brand and your personal taste. Check the label of your protein powder for serving size recommendations.

Can I use frozen cranberries?

Yes, frozen cranberries can be used in this smoothie recipe.

How can I make this recipe dairy free?

If you need this smoothie to be dairy free, you can replace the yogurt with a nondairy version. Almond, soy and nut-based yogurts are perfect here. I would avoid coconut based yogurts unless you want a coconut flavor in your cranberry orange smoothies.

Fresh cranberry and orange smoothie in a glass.

More Breakfast Recipes

Yield: 2 smoothies

Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Start your day off right with a healthy Cranberry Orange Smoothie! This easy smoothie recipe is full of fresh zesty flavor. Add in some protein powder for a great post workout treat!

Ingredients

  • Handful of ice (about 6 cubes)
  • 6 ounce Vanilla yogurt (any brand)
  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 large banana (I use mine frozen)
  • protein powder, optional

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine ice, yogurt, cranberries, orange juice and banana. Blend for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides halfway if needed.
  2. Add protein powder and blend, if desired. ENJOY!

Notes

  • If you make this recipe with all frozen fruit, it make be very thick as you blend it. Feel free to add a splash of milk or more orange juice until the smoothie reaches your preferred consistency.
  • Serve immediately in one big glass or divide it between two smaller glasses.
  • Add a few fresh cranberries to each smoothie for a pretty garnish. An orange wedge on the rim would be a fun finishing touch too.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    2

    Serving Size:

    1 cup

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 18g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Whip up a big Cranberry Orange Smoothie for a quick healthy breakfast or a refreshing snack after your workout! This recipe creates a thick creamy smoothie with the perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors.

    About Aimee

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    Posted on January 6, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I love your goals for the year, Aimee! I certainly need to eat better so I’ll start with this smoothie. The cranberry orange combo is a winner!

    2. Your goals sound great, and I share a few of them for sure! Less sugar and more healthy food is one of them too, and this smoothie is a great way to keep that up. I love the cranberry-orange combination!

    3. Your goals are exactly the same as mine!!! I definitely need to eat better, read my Bible more faithfully, and stop and enjoy what is happening in the here and now!!! Let’s keep each other accountable, ok?

    4. I love your goals! I haven’t been home much since before Christmas and it’s been such a nice break! This smoothie sounds so good!

    5. I love reading new year’s resolutions! One of my goals for the past few years has been to be present. It is easy to forget to stop and enjoy things. Great reminders! I would love to start the day with this smoothie. Love the flavor combination!

    6. Happy New Year! That’s a great smoothie to start your healthy resolution. I love the combo of cranberry + orange in anything 🙂

    7. Happy New Year, Aimee! Love all your resolutions and double love this smoothie. Looking forward to lots of delicious things from you in 2015!

    8. Looks delicious! I love throwing frozen fruits in my smoothies, but have never done a banana. I think it is time!

    9. Happy New Year! I love your resolution list-it was so nice to be present over Christmas vacation, I’m trying to keep that in my life! Love the cranberries in this smoothie-a great way to start the day!

      1. This was one of my most stress free holiday breaks in years….I need to take that time off every year 🙂 Happy New Year my friend 🙂

    10. Awesome resolutions and delicious looking smoothie! I’m big on resolutions and tracking my success… I feel like it’s always a good thing to come up with new goals!

    11. These are some great resolutions Aimee. I especially like the one about reading God’s Word more. It is one of my personal goals as well.

      You asked about devotional books. Here are some of my favorites: “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” by Cynthia Heald. This devotional showed me what it is to be a woman of God. She also writes “Becoming a Woman of Freedom”. I would also recommend “The Holiness of God” by RC Sproul. This one blew me away and gave me a fresh perspective on God’s glory. Good luck to you with your resolutions Aimee! Happy New Year. 🙂

    12. Perfect healthy smoothie for those who love cranberries and oranges, like me! I am totally down with your New Year’s Resolutions, Aimee. Living in the moment and enriching our faith lives is a recurring one for me and my husband. I am starting a new blogging schedule this year, too, and I’m hoping it works out. So, I’m wishing you all the best with yours. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

    13. Happy New Year, Aimmee. You’ve had a fab 2014, so here’s to an amazing 2015!

      Looks like a fantastic pick me up when I’m craving something sweet. Love the use of frozen bananas too.

    14. Happy New Year Aimee! This smoothie is the perfect lunch for me to stay on track for my NY resolution. Yes I have the typical lose weight this year! Well it’s actually lose weight before we take our adult trip to Cabo. 🙂 Pinned!

    15. Happy New Year, Aimee! Loving your resolutions for the new year! And this smoothie – yes, please! I adore cranberry smoothies!

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