Sharing my first recipe of 2020 and it’s a mighty good one!
As you may know, I love experimenting with smoothie recipes. I developed this cherry ‘cheesecake’ smoothie recipe about 2 months ago during completion of my Culinary Nutrition Expert certification. As part of the certification program, we choose one health condition and developed various healing recipes and materials to support someone with it. I chose the inflammatory joint condition “gout”. A few close people to me have been diagnosed with gout and I felt learning more on it would help me help them.
Having now graduated from the Culinary Nutrition Expert Certification Program, I have a variety of information, recipes, and meal plans I put together to help those with gout. If you or anyone are interested in learning more or accessing any of these materials, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With this said, this cherry ‘cheesecake’ recipe was part of one of my “healing gout friendly meal plans” and it’s been a great hit! I’ve been obsessed with its flavour and simplicity, making it time and time again.
Why it’s great for someone with joint inflammation or gout?
This smoothie incorporates one of the richest gout healing foods – cherries! Cherries have been shown to significantly decrease levels of uric acid in the blood (high levels of uric acid can lead to the formation of crystals in the joints, causing inflammation and pain). A study published in 2012 found that patients with gout who consumed cherries over a two-day period showed a 35% lower risk of gout attacks.[i]
This smoothie also incorporates lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is high in Vitamin C and is very alkalizing, helping uric acid in the blood stabilize, helping to reduce risk of inflammation.
Why I love this smoothie recipe?
- Although I developed it with joint inflammation in mind, it’s really great for everyone
- It tastes like a light whipped version of an actually cherry cheesecake without all that added junk
- It takes only 5 minutes to make (or less)
- It’s packed with flavour
- It’s a nice naturally sweet pick-me-up
- The natural pinky-purple colour is awesome
What makes this cherry ‘cheesecake’ smoothie a healthy option for everyone?
- It uses clean simple ingredients
- It’s naturally sweetened
- It’s dairy, gluten, and soy free
- It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, and good fats
- Great for joint health
Steps to making this recipe:
- STEP 1 – Make the cashew-coconut milk combo
- STEP 2 – Add all other ingredients
- STEP 3 – Blend and serve
A few tips for making this recipe…
- I prefer using frozen cherries for added texture and simplicity of them being pitted
- Vanilla is a must, don’t skip this little but might ingredient for this recipe
- Sweeten as you go – the cherries make this smoothie naturally sweet, if you want to make it sweeter add a little maple syrup or honey a small amount at a time until desired sweetness is achieve
Cherry ‘Cheesecake’ Smoothie Recipe
Cherry ‘Cheesecake’ Smoothie
- Measuring Utensils
- High Speed Blender
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ¾ cup frozen cherries
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp raw honey or high grade maple syrup
- 1 tbsp unflavoured collagen
- 1 tbsp chia and/or hemp hearts
- Add the cashews and coconut milk to a high speed blender and blend well (1-2 minutes).
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend on high for another minute.
- If you find the smoothie too thick for your liking, add ¼ cup more water or coconut milk.
[i] Yuqing Zhang, Tuhina Neogi, Clara Chen, Christine Chaisson, David Hunter, Hyon K. Choi. Cherry Consumption and the Risk of Recurrent Gout Attacks. Arthritis & Rheumatism, September 28, 2012 DOI: 10.1002/art.34677