Low Sugar Almond Cranberry Smoothie

October 25, 2011

Low Sugar Almond Cranberry Smoothie

I’m posting this Body Ecology low sugar almond cranberry smoothie in honor of the release of Donna Gate’s new book, “The Baby Boomer Diet” and the companion DVD series, “Growing Younger”.  Those of you who’ve been following me for a while would be familiar with how The Body Ecology Diet changed my life.

I had suffered lethargy and candida my whole life, and after trying every whole foods diet known to man, I started on Body Ecology stage one and never looked back. Donna had successfully cherry picked many of the same elements from what she calls “the pillars of holistic health” as I had. It wasn’t until I put them together in the way that she had that my health really improved.

I have referred hundreds of readers to this program, and they’ve all reported remarkable improvements in their health.

Donna is over 70 years old and is thriving. She is a mother, grandmother, business woman and health warrior, and has boundless energy. She is truly an inspiration. In her latest book she shares her top anti-aging remedies and secrets to losing weight and combating cellulite, wrinkles, and grey hair. This book is incredible, and will help you increase your energy and mental clarity by eating superfoods that boost your vitality.

Check out my video testimony to hear more.

This almond cranberry smoothie was on regular rotation when I was on stage 1 of The Body Ecolody Diet. On stage one, lemons, limes, grapefruits, blackcurrants, and cranberries are the only fruits allowed.

In the Winter months, this almond cranberry smoothie was a life saver! I was often craving a sweet treat, and because this mixture is thick and has the consistency of yogurt or cashew cream, I’d eat this almond cranberry smoothie with a spoon like a pudding. This low sugar cranberry smoothie gives you a taste of the holidays without the sugar overload.

Whether you’re following Body Ecology or not, give this cranberry smoothie a spin in your blender. It’s delicious.


Low Sugar Almond Cranberry Smoothie

Looking for delicious Body Ecology recipes? This low sugar almond cranberry smoothie tastes like a holiday dessert. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 16-ounce glasses
Calories 339 kcal
Author Tess Masters


  • 2 cups (480ml) filtered water
  • 1/2 cup (80g) raw almonds, soaked
  • 1/2 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) minced fresh ginger, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • 5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
  • 2 cups (280g) frozen cranberries

optional boosters:


  1. Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Tweak ginger, cinnamon, and stevia to taste.


Comments 40

  1. Oh, I’m positive this is going to be one of my favourites very quickly! I was up driving around in our local mountains and remembered that I used to buy cranberries there, so I stopped in and got me some fresh cranberries. And as the UNIVERSE would have it – here comes YOUR recipe the next day. I have the raw cashews, but I need to go get fresh ginger and a fresh avocado…….OMG, I ALWAYS love making one of your amazing raw smoothies. OINK OINK OINK! Happy PIGGIE LORI!

  2. Tess,
    My cousin and her 5 yr-old are visiting this week and I’ve just introduced them to healthy and delicious (green) smoothies (adding 2 handfuls spinach to your recipes)… and they are now begging for more 🙂
    I had never looked for fresh cranberries before. And guess what? I just found some at our local store this week, easy as that. Isn’t life just wonderful?
    *oink-oink* –that’s us grunting in the background and thanking you for posting this yummy recipe!

    1. Oh Magali!
      I just LOVE you!
      Can’t wait to share YOUR delicious recipe this month and even more excited about featuring you as the POTM in November!
      Oink Oink my gorgeous virtual friend 🙂

  3. LOVE the Body Ecology cranberry smoothie. I had one for breakfast this morning and I’ve had lots of energy and feel so good! I like using the avocado for a little thickness and the cranberries are great. This will definitely be a regular treat!

  4. I am so glad to have found this site. I just started making green smoothies and I am also interested in using different fruits with them. Cranberries are amazingly good for us, sooooo I am trying your cranberry smoothie recipe less the avacado/ sub banana/ and almonds/sub cashews just cause that’s all I have in the house right now. Hope it turns out. I will let you know! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

    1. I tried it out and it was amazing….a little more ginger than I like but my dear hubby loved it! I added a bit of pure maple syrup. Next time I am going to add the spinach leaves…going green. 🙂

      1. Hey Sherry
        I am so glad you are enjoying the site and enjoyed the smoothie. This tastes good with less ginger too. Ginger amount is a very personal thing! LOL! Welcome! Oink Oink!

  5. Such perfect timing for this recipe. I just got another one of my infamous utis (which are starting to decrease enormously) but I need some sweet! Because of candida as well, I need to stay away if I want it to heal.
    Then I see this…. during cranberry season! Soaking my almonds as we speak.
    Tess, I wish I could travel to your side of the world and hug you.
    Please know I shared your link on my blog: http://housewifingaround.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/the-beauty-detox-solution-i-just-cant-keep-it-to-myself/
    Eventually, I will do a post on just your recipes, and what I’ve learned from you, by extension, from Body Ecology.

    1. Hey Elena,
      I am SO pleased this smoothie will help with the treats this holiday season.
      I LOVED your blog about The Beauty Detox Solution. I LOVED that book too.
      Thankyou for the kind mention.
      I really appreciate it.
      LOVE Lori and Michelle from Pure2Raw too 🙂

  6. You chicks (piggies) are my heroes. And I already have other people tasting your soups and smoothies.

    Thanks for sharing your recipes in such an attractive and easy to understand manner.

    P.S. I hope to meet the Pure2Raw chicks when I go to NC in January. Soon as I have 2grand, I’ll come see you. Haha! Until next recipe I try.

    1. LOL Elena! You make me laugh 🙂
      I would love to meet Lori and Michelle too.
      Yes! Save and come out to LA and play! Oink!

  7. Hey Alan.
    Welcome! Any blender works for me! LOL!
    Please post some comments on any of the recipes you try with your new blender.
    I would love your feedback.
    Great to be connected 🙂

  8. I will admit, I’ve been a fan of your blog for quite some time, but made my first Tess smoothie this week. Twice. Clearly, this smoothie is a keeper and you are delightful.

    1. Anneliesz!
      I am so glad you finally tried a smoothie!
      I love this one because it doesn’t have any sugar.
      It was SO wonderful spending so much time with you at IFBC. Can’t wait to see you in Chicago next year at Nourished. That should be a wonderful event. Happy Holidays xxx

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I finally had a chance to make the smoothie and it was wonderful!! Thank you for coming up with such a creative and delicious smoothie that is healthy as well. Great Job! Also, I think that you look so great, what is your no wrinkle secret??!!!!!

    1. Oh Christy,
      You are so lovely. I appreciate your kind words.
      I am glad you liked this smoothie.
      My secret to no wrinkles? I am lucky.
      But, I don’t smoke, I wear sunscreen every day and don’t sit out in the sun without a hat, I drink a vegetable green smoothie every day, eat a lot of raw foods, sprouted live foods, whole foods, drink a lot of alkaline water, and exercise every day.
      I also laugh a lot and feel grateful 🙂
      Happy Holidays!
      So great to be connected.

  10. I’m reading The Baby Boomer’s Diet by Donna Gates. I have candida and have been looking for more Body Ecology recipes. I just tried this recipe. I had to add more stevia as I’m not yet used to sour tastes. It was so delicious and creamy and smooth! It was very cooling and satisfying. Thank you so much for this recipe and I hope you post more Body Ecology friendly smoothie recipes! Thank you!

    1. Hey there,
      I am so pleased you enjoyed this smoothie.
      I absolutely WILL post some more BE-friendly smoothies because they are LIFESAVERS on the BE diet. But the diet really really works. It changed my life! Great to be connected 🙂

  11. This is AMAZING!!! I substituted homemade almond milk kefir I prepared (uber easy) for extra probiotic benefits and a tiny pinch of sea salt – this was FREAKING delicious. Love the sweet, creamy, tangy (kefir) taste and texture. Found another LOVE smoothie. And to boot, it is healthy for my belly and gut.

    Here’s link to make your own kefir if interested. It has made a HUGE difference in my health. http://lindawagner.net/blog/2012/03/how-to-make-almond-milk-kefir/

    1. Awesome Kibby!
      I make almond milk kefir and coconut kefir all the time too! Isn’t it just the BEST!
      The BEST thing I have done for my health!
      Thanks for sharing Linda’s recipe! You ROCK!

  12. LOVE this smoothie! I will blend a batch and keep the second glass in the fridge for the next day, and it still stays nice and thick. Love the taste and creaminess. And love drinking it when a girl needs her cranberries in the morning! 😉

  13. Where is the calorie count and nutritional facts for any of these recipes from you or other people you have featured their with recipes also????

    1. I am not a nutritionist and so do not list nutritional panels for my recipes. You can plug the ingredients into third party software like Cronometer or Nutrition Data. I hope this helps.

  14. Tess! How long should I soak the almonds for? I’m finally getting my act together to start incorporating BED principles and bought a whole carton of cranberries at Whole Foods the other day, with this recipe in mind. Can’t wait to try it!

    p.s. I have a whole bag of slivered almonds — do you think I could try that too and maybe not have to soak?

    1. That is wonderful Jennifer.
      You really should soak your raw almonds for at least 12 hours to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them a high water content food. You can soak them for up to 24 hours with 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt which is ideal. Rinse thoroughly and then use straight in the smoothie. You don’t need to dehydrate them if you are using them straight away. Just do small amounts at a time as you need them, as they don’t keep for very long unless you dehydrate them completely. Then you can store them in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for longer. Enjoy. This smoothie saved my life when I was on B.E stage 1 and it is still a favourite! Particularly at this time of year. You won’t feel like you are missing out on dessert! YUMMO!

      1. Yay! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to try it for breakfast tomorrow morning! When I read what you had for breakfast each day on BED, it helped me to realize that there’s more variety than I thought on the diet. I just couldn’t stomach eating eggs everyday (which I still need to taste to see if I even like them anymore) or eating raw veggies each day for breakfast. I can’t wait to try the coconut pudding too. Thanks for everything! 🙂

        1. An absolute pleasure! Please feel free to email me if you need additional ideas and support. BE can be really challenging. But WORKS and is SO worth it to reclaim your health and vitality. Great to be connected 🙂

  15. The blender girl; I’m from Brazil and a really appreciate your site. I’d like to know what’s better for breakfast – smothies or green smothies? Could you suggest How do I incorporate veggies into my breakfast? Thanks so much. Sonia

    1. Hey Sonia,
      Green smoothies definitely in order to get the most alkaline leafy greens into your diet as possible. Start with mild tasting greens like spinach and romaine lettuce. and then progress to kale, beet greens, carrot greens, collard greens, chard etc etc. Then wild edibles. Make sure you rotate your greens and use something different every day. I hope this helps.

  16. Hi this looks so yummy, but I just started the diet and I am trying to absorb all the info. Doesn’t it say that fruit has to be eaten alone and not mixed with anything else? Its confusing. Thanks 🙂

    1. Hey Jodie, I understand your confusion. But, there are exceptions to the food combining rule. You can eat nuts and seeds with fruit. You can also eat leafy greens with fruit. Enjoy 🙂

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