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Cranberry Juice Smoothie

A refreshing cranberry juice smoothie with a sweet-tart punch! This tangy fruit smoothie is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

cranberry smoothies with cranberries on top.

Why You’ll Love it:

I’m all about some zip! I love a tangy drink and this cranberry juice smoothie hit the spot. It’s the perfect balance of sweet strawberries and tart cranberries.

It’s easy to customize to fit your sweet-tart threshold. If you prefer more pucker, use less honey. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add more.

This smoothie with cranberry juice is packed with feel-good vitamins and disease-fighting antioxidants. I enjoy it as a mid-morning snack to hold me over until lunch.

Key Ingredients:

frozen strawberries, frozen cranberries, banana, cranberry juice.

Banana – Cranberries are very tart, and bananas add sweetness! Be sure to use a ripe banana for the best results. When a banana ripens, it’s starch converts to sugar!

Frozen strawberries – Sweet strawberries pair well with tart cranberries. Be sure to use frozen strawberries to thicken this smoothie without the need for ice.

Frozen cranberries – You can find frozen cranberries in the frozen fruit aisle at a well-stocked grocery store. Cranberries are a rich source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants!

Cranberry juice – Adds a punch of cranberry flavor!

Honey – Cranberries are very tart. Typically, I don’t like to add sweeteners to my smoothies, but this one needs it. Add honey to taste. I only used one teaspoon for a sweet-tart flavor. For a sweeter smoothie, add more. If you don’t want to use honey, you can use maple syrup or a pitted date.

How to Make a Cranberry Juice Smoothie:

Combine ingredients: In the pitcher of your blender, combine the banana, frozen strawberries, frozen cranberries, cranberry juice, and honey.

a blender with frozen strawberries, cranberries, and banana.

Blend: Blend until thick and creamy. Start on low then increase the speed to high. The smoothie will be very thick. Add a splash more cranberry juice and blend to incorporate. Taste for sweetness.

cranberry smoothie in blender.

Serve: Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately.

pouring cranberry smoothie into a glass.

Recipe Tips:

  • Taste for sweetness. Cranberries are extremely tart! I personally love a sweet-tart punch. If you like your smoothies on the sweeter side, add more honey to taste.
  • Add the banana first. Always put the fresh fruit closest to the blade. It helps get everything in the blender moving and creates a super smooth texture.
  • If possible, use a high-speed blender. A high powered blender does a better job at breaking down the cranberry skins.
  • Add more liquid as needed. I blend my smoothies thick, then I add more liquid at the end. This is easier than fixing a runny smoothie, plus I prefer a thick consistency. Add a splash more liquid at the end until you achieve the consistency you prefer.
cranberry smoothie in a glass with cranberries on top.


  • Yogurt – For extra creaminess, add 1/4 cup of yogurt.
  • Fruit – Swap the strawberries with frozen pineapple or mango for a tropical flair! Both pair well with tart cranberries.
  • Chia seeds – Add a tablespoon of chia seeds for healthy fats and plant-based protein.
  • Juice – If you don’t have cranberry juice, swap with orange juice or almond milk. Almond milk will taste slightly less tangy.
  • Sweetener – You can use maple syrup or a pitted date in place of the honey.


This cranberry juice smoothie is best enjoyed immediately! Smoothies only take 5 minutes to make, so I always recommend making them fresh.

You can store this smoothie in the fridge for 24 hours, but I prefer to freeze it into smoothie pops! Pour any leftover smoothie into a popsicle mold, add popsicle sticks, and freeze overnight.

Smoothie pops taste best when they melt a little!

the top of a cranberry smoothie near strawberries and juice.

Health Benefits of Cranberries:

Cranberries are small, brightly hued fruits with a sour punch. These bright red berries are packed with health benefits:

  • Antioxidants – High in flavanol polyphenols with anti-inflammatory effects!
  • Vitamins & minerals – Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin K1, and copper!
  • A-type Proanthocyanidins – Also referred to as condensed tannins, these phytonutrients have been shown to help prevent UTI‘s.


What fruits go well with cranberry juice?

Tart cranberries pair well with sweet and/or tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, bananas, strawberries, and oranges.

Refreshing Smoothie Recipes:

cranberry smoothie in a glass.

Cranberry Juice Smoothie

A refreshing cranberry juice smoothie with a sweet-tart punch! This tangy fruit smoothie is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 255 kcal


  • high-speed blender


  • 1 banana peeled
  • cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries
  • cup cranberry juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey


  • In the pitcher of a high-speed blender, combine the banana, frozen strawberries, frozen cranberries, cranberry juice, and honey.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy. The smoothie will be thick at this point. Add a splash more cranberry juice to reach the desired consistency. Blend to incorporate.
  • Pour the smoothies into glasses and enjoy!


Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 472mgFiber: 4gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 104mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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