Cherry-Vanilla Yerba Mate Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons loose yerba mate tea
  • 2 cups frozen, pitted sweet cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds or hemp seeds (my son preferred the version with hemp seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides or 2 Tablespoons almond butter or raw cashew butter
  • optional: raw cacao nibs for garnish
  1. Steep the yerba mate in a mug with the hot water for 5 minutes. Strain into a jar and refrigerate until cold.
  2. In a blender, add all smoothie ingredients including the cold brewed yerba mate and excluding the cacao nibs. Cover the blender and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust flavor accordingly. If you need more sweetness, you can add a drop of honey or blend in a pitted date.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and top with cacao nibs, if desired.
Recipe by Pamela Salzman at