Did you play favourites with chocolate bars when you were little or did you like them all?

I always considered Cherry Ripe bars (and Bounty bars, come to think of it) ‘too mature’ for my tastes when I was growing up.  Maybe it was a coconut thing?  Who knows.  Kids are weird.

These days I’m so mature I make them into smoothies!  And call them breakfast!

If you can get your hands on fresh cherries that you can pit and freeze yourself, this little gem will taste all the sweeter.  If not, packaged frozen cherries tend to be a little more sour but will work just as well.

Serve in a large sundae glass with two straws and invite your lovebug to share.  He won’t think you’re weird at all. 😉


Healthy 'Cherry Ripe' Smoothie

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 banana peeled and frozen
  • 4 Medjool dates pitted
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Handful of ice


  • Place all ingredients into blender, liquids first.
  • Blend on low speed, then high, until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into glasses, decorate with cherries, cacao nibs and shredded coconut, and enjoy! x


Healthy 'Cherry Ripe' Smoothie


6 Comments on Healthy ‘Cherry Ripe’ Smoothie

  1. Barb@ThatWasVegan?
    September 20, 2013 at 7:28 am (11 years ago)

    I’ve never heard of that candy bar, but if it’s anything like that smoothie I bet it was delicious. I’ve been in a total smoothie rut (kale, bananas, berries and milk, etc)… and clearly I need to be taking it up a notch!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      September 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm (11 years ago)

      haha, get into the candy-bar-turned-healthy-smoothies, Barb! They’ll change your life! 🙂

  2. Nicole Marie Story
    September 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm (11 years ago)

    I have a raw vegan best friend (aged 61 and she forages my lunches!!!)… and this recipe is going directly to her at this very moment. If I had the ingredients on hand, I’d be making it myself at this 5am hour. I shall settle for coffee… 😉 … but I shall lust after this recipe until it can be mine!!! Thank you for sharing. It’s so pretty!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      September 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm (11 years ago)

      My pleasure! I hope you have a beautiful lunch date and delicious fun sharing it. 🙂

  3. Alison
    October 26, 2013 at 10:54 am (11 years ago)

    Ok, so this is the most amazing smoothie (and possibly the yummiest vegan “dish”!!!) ever! I actually dream about when the next time I can have it (is twice a day too much?). Thanks for creating such a yum recipe!!!!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm (11 years ago)

      hehe, never too much! 🙂 So glad you love it as much as I do, Alison.