Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Three glasses of cranberry orange smoothie with frozen cranberries and orange wedges placed around them.

This Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie is my go-to all winter long because it’s packed with naturally occurring Vitamin C. The cranberry orange combo is a favorite by everyone that’s tried it, and it’s also a dairy free and banana free smoothie as well!

5 glasses full of Cranberry Orange Smoothie with frozen cranberries and orange wedges place around them.

The day after a big (holiday) meal, I like to have a light breakfast to ease back into the swing of things. It takes me a bit to get my appetite back after a giant meal. But that may also have something to do with the late night pie snacking that accompanies the holidays – who knows… ha ha!

This smoothie is the perfect thing for recovery, because it’s loaded with vitamin C and probiotics from the kombucha. To top it all off, it’s tasty enough to have for dessert as well! The cranberry orange combo just never gets old. And this smoothie has been our favorite go-to during the winter months with the abundance of citrus available.

Cranberry orange smoothie being poured from the blender into glasses.

I don’t know about you, but somehow I’ve overlooked the goodness of cranberries. They’ve definitely been mostly relegated to the Thanksgiving table for long enough. And these tangy magenta berries are the perfect way to add a flavor punch to so many things.

Now let’s jump in and make this Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie step by step!

Oranges peeled and in the blender as the first step in making this recipe.

Peel the oranges, and break them in half. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, break them up into individual sections.

Frozen cranberries added into the blender on top of the oranges.

Place all the ingredients into the blender in the order listed in the recipe and blend until smooth.

All the smoothie ingredients blended up smooth in the blender container.

I mean… just look at that smoothie, it’s practically glowing! And I promise it’s not some trick with photo editing, it’s just naturally neon.

Three glasses of cranberry orange smoothie with frozen cranberries and orange wedges placed around them.

I like to use frozen cranberries in this recipe because it makes it a little frosty. Also it’s essential to have something frozen to make a good smoothie, otherwise it gets too warm while blending.

My favorite kombucha to use in smoothies is the ginger flavor because the spice is great with the orange. But the cranberry flavor is good as well.

Tips: If you don’t have access to kombucha, you can use orange juice instead. That also gives you an even bigger boost of Vitamin C. Also if your oranges happen to be on the tangy side, you can also add a touch of maple syrup or a date to the mix to sweeten things up.

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And you can find all of our smoothies in the smoothie section in the recipe index! I sure hope you get a chance to make this smoothie soon, and if you do, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here in the comments. And also over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your photos of what you make.

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Three glasses of cranberry orange smoothie with frozen cranberries and orange wedges placed around them.

Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie


  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 5 cups – 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The tasty cranberry orange flavor combo turned into a Vitamin C packed smoothie that you can’t stop drinking!


Scale

Ingredients

4 oranges, about 1 1/2 pounds peeled and halved

1 cup frozen cranberries

116 ounce bottle ginger kombucha, or 12 cups orange juice

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions

Place all the ingredients in the order listed into the blender.

Blend, increasing the speed to high and blend until mostly smooth.

Enjoy right away or refrigerate up to one day.

Notes

You may need to add a small amount of extra sweetener if your citrus is on the sour side. The nutrition facts are calculated using the kombucha, but the Vitamin C amount is even higher if you use orange juice.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cranberry Orange Smoothie, Cranberry Smoothie, Immune Boosting Cranberry Orange Smoothie

12 Comments on “Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie”

  1. Kari

    Kari, this was delicious! I didn’t have oranges so I used some little Mandarins and I also used Costco’s Ginger Lemonade kombucha… so good! So refreshing! Didn’t need any additional sweetener. Thank you.

    1. Kari

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, it’s definitely one of my favorites too, and Mandarins are a really good substitute for oranges! Also I need to check out the ginger lemonade kombucha you mentioned, that sounds yummy!

  2. Kari

    This was fresh and invigorating. My orange was quite tart, so I added a tsp. of coconut sugar to the recipe (I only had 1 orange, so I only made 1/4 recipe). Delicious.

  3. Kari

    Have you tried this smoothie with either coconut or almond milk, instead of the kombucha? Just curious what that would do to the flavor…

    1. Kari

      I haven’t tried this smoothie with coconut or almond milk. The kombucha gives it a bright flavor with just a touch of effervescence, and I would guess that almond or coconut milk would make the smoothie creamier, but I don’t know if the flavors would be a good match. If you do end up trying it, be sure to let me know how it goes!

  4. Kari

    I know this says it makes 2 to 4 servings, but I drank it all in one go and would drink more! Just the right balance of sweet and tart. It is making my heart sing, it’s that good!

  5. Kari

    This Recipe For The Smoothie looks Delicious! Please Change on Your Site Ziplist Is Not Doing this Anymore. if you want to save try epicurious.com!

    1. Kari

      Thanks for writing about the Ziplist button in the recipe, it must have escaped my attention when I went through and deleted their stuff! We’ve been looking into other possible saving options (like epicurious) but I’m not sure if we’ll add anyone’s save buttons into the site at this point. I hope you enjoy the recipe, it’s one of my all-time favorite smoothies! 🙂

  6. Kari

    I used a cranberry ginger kombucha and thought it was delicious! My family thought it needed a banana or two to cut the citrus bite ! Delicious both ways!

    1. Kari

      I’ll add a note to the recipe about additional sweetening if your citrus has a bite, sometimes it’s really sweet but other times it can be rather sour! Glad you enjoyed it!

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