Cranberry-Vanilla-Cinnamon Smoothie

If there was a smoothie that tasted like Christmas, this Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie would be it. My favorite winter smoothie.

Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie
Even though it's cold out, I still crave a smoothie a couple of times a week. This time of year I use all the frozen fruit I stashed away all summer. There is nothing like a perfect strawberry smoothie in the middle of November.

However, as I was reaching for the strawberries the other day, I noticed a pack of cranberries I had in the freezer. My biggest aversion to using the cranberry in a smoothie was the tart factor. I knew it would take some sugar to make it palatable, but I was craving a "holiday" taste, something with cinnamon. I figured I'd try it.

Wow. This is my new winter flavor. It tastes like Christmas morning, if Christmas can taste like something. It does have a slightly tart edge but it's okay, it's vibrant and refreshing and I will be making it again and again.

Hamilton Beach Collage
Making this smoothie also gave me a reason to try out some of my new Hamilton Beach bling. Let it be known I am an appliance hog. I love getting new gadgets to try and out and play with. For that reason I have been working with Hamilton Beach as an ambassador. They recently sent me their Smoothie Smart Blender and Single Serve Blender with Travel Lid.

Now, while I love appliances, I'm always skeptical of new ones. Why do I need this? Is it really better than the others already out there? I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the blender. It had a heavy, glass  40 oz jar. I love blenders with a glass jar, it's a rare find anymore. Overall, it was the perfect dedicated blender for making smoothies. It was powerful and had all the necessary functions to make a smoothie, smooth. I really loved it. Now I don't have to drag out my giant blender for a quick, healthy drink and it's easy enough for the kids to use. A perfect gift for a smoothie loving friend. It's priced kind-of-amazing for what it can do.

Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie no drip pour spout
And who doesn't love a no-drip spout? 

Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie travel smoothie
Again, I wondered about the Single Serve Travel Smoothie. Was this something I would take along with me on a trip? Is it powerful enough to blend fruit into a smooth texture? I absolutely do love the fact that the stainless steel jar can be used as a glass and the travel lid lets you drink from it. 

Overall it's light so it won't weigh down your luggage. And yes it can blend fruit nicely, which makes it perfect for a healthy smoothie on the road. Room service breakfast is great, but the calories begin to add up. 

Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie  A holiday taste you will love
Lucky for you all, I am going to be giving away a pair of these blenders so you can try them out too. Check back soon!

Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie

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Cranberry Vanilla-Cinnamon Smoothie

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 2


  • 1 cup frozen, fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 6 oz vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice


  • Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

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Disclosure: Hamilton Beach sent me their blenders as part of an ongoing relationship I have with them as an ambassador. As always all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

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16 Comments and 6 Replies

  1. Smoothies are my go to lunch if I have no time for anything else! This flavor combination looks delicious :)

  2. i have a smoothie every day but definitely not ones as exciting (or beautiful!) as this one…must give this a try sometime, esp now when I’ve been stocking up on cranberries!

  3. KB 5

    This looks like it would make an amazing milkshake if you replaced the yogurt with vanilla ice cream…or maybe cinnamon ice cream. Whipped cream on top, of course! Mmm.

  4. Ashley 7

    I love all the flavors in this smoothie – so perfect for the holiday season! I haven’t been eating smoothies as often since it’s been so cold out – but this is making me want to bring them back!

  5. Margi in Ky 8

    I love cranberries so I can’t wait to try this. Sounds so, so good.

  6. Meghan 9

    Looks so seasonally delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

  7. James Umberger 10

    can you substitute splenda for the sugar in order to cut the carbs but not sacrifice the taste?

    • Cathy 11

      I don’t use Splenda so it’s hard for me to say. But isn’t Splenda 600 times sweeter than sugar so the amount would have to be modified I would think.

  8. Kim 12

    I made this today and oh my goodness it is SO good! I will be mentioning this on my blog for sure! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Dolores Ortega 13

    This looks so good and refreshing. Thank you for the recepies.

  10. Phyllis Mayberry 14

    This looks so good. I cant wait to try it.

  11. Phyllis Mayberry 15

    Look good cant wait to try it

  12. jennie 16

    I usually make up my own smoothies which might include Almond milk, yogurt, frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, etc.

  13. Must try, I have all the ingredients going to make it now!

  14. Colby 18

    So my college made these at lunch a few times and I HAD to have the recipe. I was wondering if you could use vanilla protein powder instead of the extract? Or even just add the protein powder to the smoothie?

    • Cathy 19

      Your college is making this recipe? As far as adding things, it’s trial and error. You just have to give it a go and see what you like. Enjoy!

  15. Natalie 20

    I just tried this recipe and I LOVE IT!!!! I substituted 3 tablespoons of honey for the sugar and it was awesome!!!!

  16. This smoothie sounds amaaaaazinggg!!!!


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