Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

This fresh cranberry smoothie has a sweet, tangy flavor that is totally refreshing in the morning!

One of my great joys during the holiday season is stocking up on fresh cranberries.

A canning jar glass filled with Fresh Cranberry Smoothie and topped with a fresh cranberry.

Why Drink Smoothies?

Smoothies are a fantastic way to cram tons of good-for-you nutrients into one meal. Think of it as a super-powered snack or meal you can enjoy on the go.

Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are a superfood. They are packed with good nutrients that nourish and power your body through the day.

Can You Eat Raw Cranberries?

Absolutely!! While they certainly are not sweet like other berries, they are tart and full of delicious flavor.

Clean Eating Fresh Cranberry Green Smoothie

Are cranberries good for you?

While most of us are used to getting our cranberries from a can or eating them in their dried and sweetened state, it’s good to remember that fresh cranberries are not only full of refreshing flavor, but also bursting with good-for-you nutrients!

A cup of raw cranberries contains 0.39 g of protein, 0.13 g of fat, 12.20 g of carbohydrates, 4.6 g of dietary fiber and 4.04 g of natural sugars, primarily in the form of glucose and fructose. Cranberries are low in salt, low in fat, high in fiber and cholesterol-free. With a reasonable 194 calories per cup, cranberries are a dieter’s ally; their abundant level of fiber can create a feeling of fullness and help prevent overeating. Cranberries are a good source of potassium, offering up 85 mg per cup; this essential mineral is vital to maintaining stable blood pressure. They also provide healthy amounts of antioxidant vitamin C — with 13.3 mg per cup — as well as 0.36 mg per cup of manganese, a trace mineral that helps the body produce superoxide dismutase, a potent antioxidant.

Variations On This Fresh Cranberry Smoothie

I have two different versions of this recipe below. The first is my most recent version, and the second is the first version I ever made. Both are delicious!

What Can I Add To A Fresh Cranberry Smoothie?

If you want to mix things up a bit, there are plenty of foods that go with fresh cranberries. Keeping in mind you’ll most likely need a sweetener of some sort (they are very tart!), here are some ideas for ingredients to try in a cranberry smoothie.

  • Plain yogurt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Bananas (especially frozen!)
  • Apples
  • Dates
  • Oaranges
  • Oats
  • Pears
  • Watermelon
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Spinach

What Sweeteners Are Best In This Fresh Cranberry Smoothie?

You can use just about any sweetener you prefer in a smoothie. But the ones that are generally the most beneficial to the body will usually be honey or maple syrup. Just keep in mind that all sweeteners have a slightly different level of sweetness. So you may have to adjust to get the right level for your own tastes.

An overhead view looking down into a canning jar glass filled with this Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

Enjoying Fresh Cranberries All Year Round

The only bummer about cranberries, is that you can only find them in stores once per year! But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them all year round. Simply freeze them! Fresh cranberries freeze really, really well, leaving you with the perfect addition to many types of smoothies, at any time of year.

Fresh cranberries frozen on a cookie sheet.

How To Freeze Fresh Cranberries

Clean and separate out the bad or mushy cranberries. Dry them well on a towel. When they are totally dry, place them on a baking pan and put them in the freezer for 2-4 hours (never more than 8 hours!). Then transfer them to a container with an airtight lid and store them in the freezer for up to one year.

What To Make With Bags Of Fresh Cranberries? 

If you don’t intend on freezing excess cranberries, there are lots of recipes to help you use them up. Here are a few.

Can You Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce?

Technically, yes. It will work beautifully! Just keep in mind what else is in the cranberry sauce. It’s easy to add a ton of sugar to an otherwise healthy smoothie if the cranberry sauce was canned or made with lots of regular, processed sugar.

Ingredients For A Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (frozen work best for smoothie thickness)
  • ½ cup milk
  • sweetener to taste

Ingredients From Original Recipe

  • 2 cups chopped collard greens (pack tight for measuring)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 medium banana (or frozen mango if you don’t like bananas)
  • 1/3 cup zucchini (raw, sliced for measuring)
  • 1 cup whole, fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice

How To Make A Fresh Cranberry Smoothie

The Fresh Cranberry Smoothie ingredients sitting unblended in a blender.

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

The blended smoothie in a blender.

Adjust sweetener and blend briefly to mix it in.

Clean Eating Fresh Cranberry Green Smoothie

If you want a green smoothie, blend in some spinach or some of the other veggies mentioned above.

The finished Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe in a glass.

Pour into your favorite smoothie cup and enjoy.

Smoothie Equipment

A good blender is essential to good texture in a smoothie. There are two that I highly recommend. One on the upper end, and one on the lower to mid-range in price.


Absolutely! In fact, you’ll get the most nutrients from these amazing berries by eating them raw! (Although, some people with certain health conditions cannot have cranberries.)

So this year, I’m determined to make a lot more recipes using fresh cranberries. Because one thing I’m learning in this long but educational quest for health is that the more nutritious your food is, the better your body functions. If every bite you put in your mouth is packed with as many good-for-you nutrients as possible, you can’t help but feel great!


If you need more ideas for how to use up raw cranberries, here are some suggestions:

  • In oatmeal
  • In smoothies (other than this one)
  • Use them for baking.
  • Us them with cooked grains such as wild rice.
  • Cook them with sweetener for cranberry sauce.

More Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

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A canning jar glass filled with Fresh Cranberry Smoothie and topped with a fresh cranberry.

Fresh Cranberry Smoothie

A refreshing smoothie to start your morning off right.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 270kcal



  • Blender


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (frozen work best for smoothie thickness)
  • ½ cup milk
  • sweetener to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
    The Fresh Cranberry Smoothie ingredients sitting unblended in a blender.
  • Adjust sweetener and blend briefly to mix it in.
    The blended smoothie in a blender.
  • Pour into your favorite smoothie cup and enjoy.
    A Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe in a glass.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 442mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 12/01/2012.

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  1. I’ve always like cranberry juice, but never used cranberries in a recipe! You definitely have creativity and give inspiration to try new things!!

  2. I can’t wait to try this one Tiffany! I am loving my morning smoothies so new suggestions always are appreciated!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    I buy the Trader Joe’s brand. But there are many on the market. Mangos because they make a good substitute for bananas (texture).

  4. graciouspantry says:

    No, I have never tried dehydrating anything. Yes, Mini Chef loves smoothies. Maybe you need to start off with very simple combinations like grapes, bananas and strawberries.

  5. graciouspantry says:

    I buy the fresh stuff at the store and toss them in the freezer myself. You can use them either way. Fresh or fresh-frozen.

  6. Sarah Mauer Enwald says:

    Made this today. Used baby spinach in place of zucchini and added 2 TBS protein powder. Not bad!

  7. Tammie Moran Smith says:

    This is interesting. I ike collard greens, but I have never thought to put them in my smoothie. I do love spinach or kale in my smoothie. I guess I will give the collarrd greens a try sometime soon.

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  9. graciouspantry says:

    Ya, any time you add tofu, you need to intensify the flavors in the recipe just a bit.

  10. I’m only one person, does this keep @ all? I know you have a family but I love when you have recipes for two also. I’m a newbie cook so when someone says “just half it” it just never comes out quite right. Thanks for all you’ve taught me so far in my journey!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I think with a smoothie recipe, you’re pretty safe to cut it in half. There isn’t going to be anything that changes significantly enough to really alter the flavor. But if you do have leftovers, it’s always fun to freeze them into popsicles. 🙂

  11. Ah! I bought all the recommended ingredients and then forgot to add the zucchini!
    Its ok, I guess I will just have to make it again tomorrow 🙂 It is extremely delicious. Even my dad is who is suspicious of healthy foods liked it! I added just a touch of honey to mellow out the tartness of the berries

  12. Can these be frozen for later

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danyelle – Only if you want to eat it like popsicles. I don’t recommend thawing and then drinking.