You will love this delicious cranberry smoothie with pea and avocado. Less fruit and more vegetables means it isn’t as sweet as most smoothies, but still bursting with flavour, is packed with protein and has a wonderful creamy texture. Easy to make, it’s a great way to start the day.
I like some variation in my morning routine. Sometimes I start the day with overnight oats or porridge, and at other times I prefer a smoothie like this cranberry smoothie with pea and avocado. Smoothies take no time to make: pop everything into the blender and blitz it up; best of all, by making my own, I can adjust it to exactly how I like it.
I’m especially careful about how much fruit I use; a pure fruit smoothie is just too sweet and sugary, one portion of fruit at the most please! I like to use the opportunity to follow my mantra of adding one serving of vegetables, preferably raw, to every meal, and start the day as I mean to go on!
This smoothie is made with Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry juice. This drink is a rich source of antioxidants and fibre, and doesn’t have any added sugar or preservatives. I really like the fact that it’s not too sweet, making it a great base for the smoothie.
Also, as it’s made with whole cranberries and berries rather that just the juice, it’s already nice and thick was well as richly flavoured; perfect for the job. Each glass contains 40 crushed cranberries.
We’ve been enjoying the Ocean Spray Whole berry with our breakfast and also mixed with sparkling water for a before dinner drink. I’m going to make ice pops from it too!
At first glance peas might seem an odd ingredient for a smoothie, but when you think about it they are sweet, packed with protein (to keep you fuller for longer), and are a relatively frugal ingredient.
The avocado adds a silky creaminess to the smoothie, but if you are not too worried about the fruit content then you can leave it out and add a whole banana.
This smoothie has only one downside; it’s looks. There’s no getting away from the colour: yes, it really is that less-than-appetizing green/brown colour. However, what it lacks in looks it makes up for with flavour, so don’t let that put you off. Also, you can add some interest to presentation by topping it with fresh blueberries and raspberries, chia seeds, and a few leaves of fresh mint.
How do I make this Cranberry Smoothie with Peas and Avocado ?
Simple! Throw all the ingredients into a power blender, or food processor and whizz. Add a little more juice if needed and serve in a glass garnished with a few berries, a sprig of mint and some (optional) chia seeds.
Can I make this cranberry smoothie using fresh peas?
Absolutely yes! But you don’t have too: frozen peas are just as good, less fuss, and have the advantage of cooling the whole drink. Peas are frozen so soon after they’re picked that the sweetness and flavour is locked in.
I don’t have a smoothie maker. How can I make this cranberry smoothie?
If you don’t have a smoothie maker or power blender, it’s not a problem. Add all the ingredients to a steep sided jug, and blend with a stick blender. Inexpensive examples are available from many different sources for only a few pounds, and they’re great for making soups as well as smoothies.
How Can I Vary This Cranberry Smoothie with Peas and Avocado?
Use your imagination!
- How about adding some orange segments for citrus flavours.
- Or blend in some apple.
- Add almond or peanut butter for a hint of nut.
- Fresh kale for a vibrantly green healthy smoothie.
- Add a handful of oats for a smoothie bowl.
- Add a generous dollop of yogurt.
Can I make this cranberry smoothie in advance?
I don’t recommend you make this the night before, but it will be perfectly happy in a flask in your bag for half an hour or so. Give it a shake or good stir before you drink it.
Love smoothies? Check out my pomegranate smoothie!
Cranberry Smoothie with Peas and Avocado
- 250 ml cranberry juice
- 1 tbsp blueberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup peas (frozen)
- 1 sprig fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp chia seeds ((optional))
- 1 tbs mixed berries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2 sprigs fresh mint
- Add all ingredients to a blender or smoothie maker. It's easiest to scoop out the avocado flesh with a spoon.
- Blend until smooth.
- Adjust consistency by adding more cranberry juice if needed.
- Serve garnished with a few extra berries, a spring of mint and sprinkle of chia seed.
Ocean Spray Whole Berry is available from selected supermarkets for around £3 for 850ml.
Recipe for this cranberry smoothie with peas and avocado commissioned by Ocean Spray. All opinions our own.