Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Fresh Cran-Apple Smoothie

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I’m am loving fall right now! It’s been gorgeous. The leaves are at their peak.

The fall scene behind my house.

What My Back Yard Looks Like

And I have a host of new fresh produce to play with, such as winter squash and cranberries.

Bag of Cranberries

Being raised with canned jellied cranberry sauce as a kid, I never really had fresh cranberries. I don’t know what to do with them — suggestions welcome in the comments! *hint* *hint*

Cran-Apple Breakfast SmoothieI decided to start simple and make a smoothie.

Good choice!

The cranberries added such a nice tartness and color to my morning smoothie.

It was a nice change and a filling breakfast.

Here’s what I did …

  • 1 small apple
  • 1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used full fat)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 10 ice cubes

Put the apple, cranberries and yogurt into the blender first. This is always my technique when working with fresh (unfrozen) fruit or vegetables.

crane apple smoothie step 1

It blends all the fruit into a nice puree.

crane apple smoothie step 2

I didn’t put the honey in right away so I could taste how tart the base would be. This way I could add just enough for my taste.

Taste cran apple puree

I decided on a tablespoon of honey to take the edge off. Those cranberries are tart!

Add the honey, ice cubes and cinnamon to the blender and blend again until smooth. Pour into a nice class and marvel at your perfect fall smoothie!

Cran Apple Smoothie

So much better than that juice cocktail from the grocery store. ;)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1  Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
260 4g 5g old: 5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
37g 3g 50g 6g

See other recipes using: apple, cinnamon, cranberries, yogurt

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    November 4, 2013

    Take fresh cranberries and make into cranberry sauce. Any recipe out there will suffice. Use homemade cranberry sauce in this roast beef recipe: It's also just as good without the mustard. It is SERIOUSLY yummy and freezes very well! Come to think of it, CRANBERRIES freeze very well, in the bag just like that so you can save them for later if you need to. Hope that you enjoy!


    November 4, 2013

    I make a cranberry orange sauce, then use that for oatmeal, sandwiches, etc. I use a simple recipe of a bag of cranberries, juice on an orange, the zest of the orange, pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 c brown sugar. Mix it up in a saucepan until the berries start to pop. Nothing better!

    blender dude

    November 4, 2013

    This looks good. Don't see too many smoothie recipes featuring cranberries. Will have to try. Also, great photography!


    November 5, 2013

    I use a little less then a 1/4th cup of cranberries with a half a cup of blueberries (about 60 grams) and a couple of drops of stevia to counter the tartness. It goes great with the blue berries and you still get the distinctive cranberry taste and health benefits.


    November 5, 2013

    I want to try this but freeze it after blending to make like an ice cream :) Thanks for the idea!

    Lisa Burke

    November 5, 2013

    I have a sugared candy cranberry recipe that is AWESOME!

    Vera Michael

    November 6, 2013

    I make a Christmas jam..using a bag of cranberries, coarsely chopped, 2 (10 oz pkg) of frozen strawberries, 4 cups sugar and 1 pack of turns out so pretty and yummy. This smoothie is somethin I am going to try. Thank you.

    Vera Michael

    November 6, 2013

    Wonder how a smoothie with the cranberries and strawberries would turn out...I think yummy

    Renee V.

    November 7, 2013

    Something simple and basic that I LOVE is a cranberry banana oatmeal: old fashioned made with chopped banana and minced/chopped cranberries. It's also really yummy with some canned peaches in water/juice. Hit me up if you've got more questions. I also really love make a salsa with fresh produce and toss on crackers w cheese or over a protein for dinner. I've actually been looking for my local store to have them on the shelves so I can stock up, I LOVE THEM!!!!


    November 9, 2013

    I am in love with the refreshing taste. Really good. I cut recipe in half because of the calorie content and used a small vanilla activia yogurt for the yogurt. Yummy. Thank you for a new way to use cranberries.