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Murielle Banackissa

Ruby Red Smoothie Bowl

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5 mins Prep: 5 mins
Serves 1

Packed with anti-oxidants, this smoothie is deliciously creamy thanks to a hidden vegetable: zucchini.


  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium frozen banana , sliced
  • 1 cup freeze dried cranberries (I used Karen’s Naturals Just Cranberries)
  • 1 medium zucchini , sliced
  • 1-2 medjool dates , pitted
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp ground chia or flax seeds , optional
  • 1 tsp moringa , optional
  • 1 tsp amla powder , optional

Suggested Toppings:

  • Freeze dried cranberries
  • Hemp hearts
  • Goji berries
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Raw cashews


  1. Step 1

    Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer to a bowl and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Common Questions & Swaps

Common Questions & Swaps:

  • If you only have fresh or frozen cranberries on hand: Swap out the freeze dried cranberries with 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries.
Red smoothie bowl topped with cashews, raspberries, cashews, and cranberries
Ruby Red Smoothie Bowl in a bowl topped with raspberries, pomegranates, cranberries, and hemp hearts
Closeup of Ruby Red Smoothie Bowl in a bowl topped with raspberries, pomegranates, cranberries, and hemp hearts

A couple of months ago, I created decadent vegan orange-flavored shortbread cookies topped with a uber-shiny cranberry glaze for the company Karen’s Naturals, using their freeze dried cranberries. After I had tested and shot these cookies, I still had a bit of cranberries left so it was the perfect opportunity to get creative, take out my blender and use them in another festive recipe!

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram page for a while, you might know that I have a soft spot for red fruits – pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and of course cranberries. I find each one of them has magical flavor boosting abilities. They can bring to the next level all smoothies, salads, toasts, cakes, oatmeal bowls, sundaes and even a curries; yep, next time you make your favorite coconut curry, try serving it with a couple of pomegranate arils. GAME CHANGING!

Because of their lovely flavor & since I hadn’t really put more than two of these fruits together in one recipe, I thought, why not create a delicious ruby red smoothie bowl packed with antioxidants!

Ruby Red Smoothie Bowl in a bowl topped with raspberries, pomegranates, cranberries, and hemp hearts

Regarding the flavor profile of the freeze dried cranberries I used, you must know that they are very tart. Their sweetness level is far from dried cranberries; it is rather more comparable with fresh cranberries. That is why they work so well in this smoothie bowl. Because, they are paired with very sweet fruits like strawberries, bananas, dates and pomegranates, their acidity is beautifully balanced.

When reading the ingredient list, you might wonder why there is a random zucchini in there… Well, when I make smoothies, I like to add at least one serving of veggies (why not;)). Most times, I opt for kale or spinach, but in this case, I really did not want the beautiful red color to dulled by the green of spinach or kale. Zucchini was therefore the perfect substitute; it is a vegetable as well, BUT also has a completely white interior, which really does not affect the color of your final smoothie. Do not worry about the peel either, I kept it on, and look how bright red the bowl turned out.

If you have never tried adding a zucchini into your smoothies, you might be surprised by how much creaminess they add – it’s actually mind blowingly delicious, considering just how little calories it has, compared to avocado or nut butters let’s say. 

Finally, this smoothie bowl contains a couple of “superfood” add-ins like hemp hearts, flax seeds, moringa and amla powder. All except the hemp hearts are optional. I just personally like to add flax seeds for omega 3s as well as moringa and amla powders for added antioxidants. All 3 do no alter the flavor of the smoothie so if you don’t have any of those on hand, no worries, just leave them out!

On that note, I really hope you guys make this smoothie; its super quick and easy to make. It is super fruity, packed with vitamins and is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. If you do end up making it, share it on IG & tag me @muriellebanackissa

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