Frugal Foodie Mama: Foodie on a Budget- A Better Cherry Berry Chiller

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Foodie on a Budget- A Better Cherry Berry Chiller

I had a request this past week from one of my Twitter followers (who also happens to be very pregnant! ;) ) for a healthier version of McDonald's Cherry Berry Chiller.  I couldn't say no to the cravings of a pregnant woman!  So, I made the sacrifice and picked up a Cherry Berry Chiller from the McDonald's drive-thru.  As most of you probably know, I am not a fan of many things McDonald's.  The Cherry Berry Chiller was refreshing, but overly sweet.  After researching the ingredients on McDonald's website (click here to see them yourself), it was clear to me just why this summertime beverage was so sticky sweet.  Lots of juice concentrate.  
After some experimenting and tweaking (my first version was more berry than cherry), I think I have come up with a recipe that is healthier, but still just as tasty.  Well honestly, I think it is way tastier than it's fast food original. ;)

What you will need:

1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup of frozen cherries, halved
1/2 cup crushed ice (I don't have one of those fancy fridges with the crushed ice setting, so I just took about 3-4 ice cubes, put them in a food storage bag, and pounded them with a meat mallet. ;) )
1 cup of low sugar apple juice (I used Old Orchard Healthy Balance.)
1 tsp honey
(This will make one medium sized chiller.)

Just toss in all the ingredients in a blender.

And blend until all ingredients are combined and smooth.  

And enjoy! :)


  1. I'm so going to try this! I haven't been to McDonalds since I met my husband 12 years ago, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it looks delicious!

  2. seriously...way better then McD's and was enough for my 2 children and I to enjoy!

  3. This looks so good, Carrie! I love cherries. :) Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. And thanks for co-hosting. :)

  4. Loving this recipe - looks so tasty!!! What a great post for Marvelous Monday.:)

  5. Yummy! I'm def trying this =D Thanks for sharing!!
    Your newest follower,

  6. Even though I am for some reason terrified to attempt to make a blended beverage, I think I'm going to have to try these!! I love cherries! Never tried the McD's version, but I pretty much just use them to grab a cheap cup of tea :)


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