When restaurants start introducing seasonal menu items, that’s when you know that a new season has arrived in full force. Starbucks recently celebrated the official start of spring with a limited-edition Cherry Blossom Frappuccino made with strawberries, white chocolate sauce, matcha syrup, and topped with whipped cream and matcha powder. Even though the drink didn’t have any actual cherries in it, it had the pale blush color of cherry blossoms.
As lovely as the Cherry Blossom Frappuccino looked, the combination of ingredients made it a decadent sugar crash in the making. So, with the help of the nutrition team, we decided to give the recipe a Beachbody twist. We made a healthy version using Vanilla Shakeology that had the same pale pink color, but integrated actual cherries into the recipe as well.
Then we took it one step further and transformed our shake recipe into beautiful a smoothie bowl (if you want to turn it back into a shake, just add all the ingredients to the blender instead of reserving them to go on top of the bowl.) With toppings like frozen cherries, sliced strawberries, shredded coconut, and raw green pumpkin seeds that mimic spring leaves, this is definitely an Instagram-worthy breakfast or snack. Don’t forget a sprinkle of emerald matcha to make the color palette even more stunning!
Pro tip: To make the bowl thick enough to support the cherries and strawberries, we used three cups of ice. If making this as a shake, you may prefer to only use one cup of ice.
Cherry Blossom Smoothie Bowl
This Cherry Blossom smoothie is made with Shakeology, cherries, strawberries, and more.
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
- ¾ cup frozen unsweetened black cherries pitted, divided use
- ½ tsp. matcha powder
- ½ cup strawberries sliced
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds
Place water, almond milk, Shakeology, half of the cherries, matcha, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
Place smoothie in a medium bowl. Top with remaining cherries, strawberries, coconut, and pumpkin seeds; serve immediately.
If you love the flavors, but don't want to make a bowl, blend everything together to create a delicious smoothie!
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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1 Protein Liquid
2 Balanced Liquids
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Photos by Kirsten Morningstar