Cherry Bakewell tart smoothie (cherry almond) – the classic British tart in healthy smoothie form!
Have you ever had a Bakewell tart? They are an absolute classic tea time treat in Britain but I don’t know whether they have made it over the pond to the US or not. If you haven’t heard of them then in brief it consists of a shortcrust pastry base topped with a layer of jam, almond frangipane and either a sprinkling of flaked almonds or a layer of icing and a glacé cherry.
It is well worth seeking one out, or just making your own, as they are incredibly tasty and the cherry and almond flavours work so well together. It isn’t exactly the healthiest treat though, so I decided to turn the classic flavours into a healthy smoothie so that you can enjoy one any day.
Obviously, this being a smoothie recipe it is barely a recipe at all – just bung everything into a blender, blitz and enjoy! I use frozen cherries partly for convenience and partly because that means that you don’t need to add ice which would water down the flavour. I add oats, chia seeds and almond butter for protein and to make the smoothie more filling so you could happily have one for breakfast. I like to use almond milk as obviously this is a cherry almond smoothie, and this also means that it is suitable for vegans.
To give a little bit of sweetness I use a touch of maple syrup, you could use honey instead if you like, though in that case the smoothie would obviously no longer be vegan. I like to add a drop of almond extract to amp up the almond flavour a bit; 1/8th tsp is enough to make it almondy without overpowering the cherry but you can up it to ¼ tsp if you want more of an almond punch.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Makes 1 smoothie.
- 1 cup frozen pitted cherries
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbsp porridge oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp almond extract