Cranberry Smoothie

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vegan cranberry smoothie

The New Year is nigh and I’m thinking about how to force myself to work out and what recipes to make with the leftover cranberry sauce from the Christmas.   I was really getting back into T Tapp and then in a freak accident my son ended up head butting me in the throat and thyroid area.  I’ve been recovering from that and working out sounded like hell.  Pure hell.

When I was a kid, I never “exercised,” I played and that’s what I’m going to work on this year.  Learning to turn exercise into play so it isn’t a chore that I have to force myself to do.  I had some inklings of trying crossfit but my husband gave me the LOOK.  I did find this 30 Day Body Weight Challenge (it’s free) I’m GOING to join  so I’ll share how it worked for me in February.

With the leftover cranberry sauce, I  wanted to do something stupid easy and fun.  Hence, this simple cranberry smoothie recipe. I used canned coconut milk, but honestly, I can’t stand the taste of full fat coconut milk in a drink.  I refuse to buy light so I always  end of pouring the full fat coconut milk into a quart ball glass  jar and adding one can of water and mixing it.  I get the fat and reduce that super strong coconut flavor.  I did this with the smoothie and even Mr. Bejelly’s coconut hating self liked it.

vegan cranberry smoothie

The little tore this up! No joke, the kid has transformed into a smoothie drinking monster.  The best thing about this recipe is that it’s sweet and sour and the same time.  If you want more sweet, add some maple syrup or honey but we loved it as is.

vegan cranberry smoothie

Cranberry Smoothie

Course: Paleo Drink
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix for 1 minute.
  2. Enjoy!

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  1. Betty Rocker December 30, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I love this recipe, and thanks for sharing the challenge! We are excited to start and it’s great to have you!!

    1. Kelly Bejelly December 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Betty! I’m excited to part of the challenge.

  2. Karen S. December 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Wow!!! So sorry to hear about your injury! Good for you, planning on some time for yourself! I always enjoy your blog and the recipes that
    you share!!!! Have you tried working out to zumba??? Lots of fun!!!!

    1. Kelly Bejelly December 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      I’ll check out Zumba. I’ve heard so many cool things about it. Thanks so much Karen 🙂

  3. Jennie Gillihan December 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Kelly, this sounds wonderful! Do you ever put ice cubes in your blender to make it more shake-like? I drink smoothies most mornings with fresh or frozen fruit, almond or coconut milk and a scoop of protein powder. I LOVE cranberries so this is a must-try! Thanks for all you do for those of us who are “going Paleo”!!

    Jennie in GA

    1. Kelly Bejelly December 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      I’ve never tried this but I will the next time I make a smoothie 🙂 Thanks so much hun.

  4. Tammy December 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    oh yum! A dollop of whipped cream on top and I’d be in holiday heaven!

  5. Sherrie | With food + love January 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This looks/sounds AMAZING!

  6. joan January 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Mix your cranberry sauce with unsweetened apple sauce. Yum great for a side dish or snack.

  7. Jennifer January 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    3 ingredients, that’s it?! Now that’s something I could definitely make!

  8. Dianna @ Oy Vey a Day January 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love how simple this is, and it looks and sounds super delicious. I don’t have any leftover cranberries, but this looks good enough to go buy some fresh cranberries!

  9. Kenda January 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    My mother bought me a Ninja blender for Christmas and I think I just found my first smoothie to try it out! Looks amazing!

  10. Billie @ Rowell Reviews January 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve heard that coconut milk is super good for you, but I don’t like the taste of coconut. I love cranberries though so I’d hope I’d taste more of those in this smoothie.


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