Cranberry Smoothie


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This cranberry smoothie is sweet, tart, deliciously creamy, and loaded with antioxidants from one of winter’s favorite fruits.

A glass of cranberry smoothie with a straw
Photo: Gayle McLeod

Whether you’re flooded with leftover cranberries from making a holiday cranberry sauce, or simply just like their flavor, you’ll want to make this cranberry smoothie recipe.

It’s got that cranberry-orange pairing we all love (like my cranberry-orange muffins), with added sweetness from bananas and creaminess from your milk of choice. Plus, it’s the perfect refreshment to enjoy in January when you’re getting back into a healthy kick.

Ingredients for cranberry smoothie on a table

Cranberry Smoothie Ingredients

Just four ingredients are needed for this. Simple is best!

  • Milk: Choose whichever type of milk you prefer, whether it’s dairy or dairy-free! I personally love to use almond milk or cashew milk.
  • Cranberries: Both fresh or frozen cranberries work great in this recipe. Frozen cranberries will make for thicker, more slushy smoothie.
  • Banana: While you can use a fresh banana, a frozen one will help thicken the smoothie. And if you need some guidance, here’s my post on how to freeze bananas.
  • Orange: I’m using a navel orange, but you could use any variety.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

How To Make a Cranberry Smoothie

Take the lid off your high-powered blender, toss in all the ingredients, and blend away! And if you find the smoothie too thin or tart, I’ve got a few tips below to help counter those issues.

Blending cranberry smoothie in a Vitamix blender

Helpful tip: If you want the smoothie thicker, substitute half the milk for yogurt (it can be plain or Greek yogurt). If you want the cranberry smoothie a bit sweeter, add a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey.

More Smoothie Recipes

When you’re in smoothie mood, peruse my list of smoothie recipes! But here are a few of my favorites I have a feeling you’ll love.

Keep this smoothie recipe on hand when you’ve got leftover cranberries! Once you make it, let me know how it turned out in a comment below.

Two cups of cranberry smoothie

Cranberry Smoothie

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This cranberry smoothie is the perfect way to make use of leftover cranberries! It's sweet and tart, lightly creamy, and so refreshing.


  • 1 cup milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 orange, peeled


  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
    Blending a cranberry smoothie in a blender

Lisa’s Tips

  • For a creamier texture, substitute half of the milk for yogurt. 
  • Cranberries are naturally a bit tart. If you’d like to sweeten it up, feel free to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey. 


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Smoothie
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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