Cool off with a smoothie!

Chanana Chiller

In August 2011 I held the Ultimate Daniel Fast “Name That Smoothie” Contest. The following recipe was posted, and I asked readers to help me name it. Entries were emailed from all around the world, with the first submission coming all the way from Ecuador! It was fun seeing everyone’s ideas. The winning entry was from Polly of Kansas City, Missouri. Her smoothie name, “Chanana Chiller” received the most votes, and she received a copy my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast.

One taste of this refreshing smoothie, and you’ll see why the name is so perfect. Enjoy!

Chanana Chiller

1 cup water or unsweetened almond, coconut, rice, or soy milk
1 banana, peeled, frozen
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cherries, pitted
1 tablespoon almond meal

Yield: 2 servings (serving size: about 8 ounces or 1 cup)

Recipe Notes

  • To freeze bananas, remove peels before placing in freezer. Put in a plastic zip-top bag until completely frozen.
  • Substitute 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds for the almond meal.
  • To make this a “green” smoothie, add 1 cup of fresh spinach or kale leaves (stems removed from the kale).
  • Add 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal for a fiber boost.


  1. Hi, I have been avoiding making smoothies because I thought we were only allowed to drink water on the fast since Daniel only was drinking water. I’ll have to look up more sources, but I’d love to be able to make smoothies.

  2. Are we allowed to use Stevia?. I know it is a natural thing but still not sure on this one.

    • I do not recommend using any added sugar or sweetener, including stevia. However, some people may choose to include stevia on their fast. I advise people who are trying to decide what to do to consider Paul’s words in Romans 14:14 (NLT): “I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.” Therefore, if you feel a strong conviction about a certain food, you should abstain from it. If not, then I believe it becomes a matter of personal preference.

  3. Does “1 water” mean 1 cup of water?

  4. Lakenya Marion says:

    This my first time doing the Daniel fast and eating healthy. I have eaten popcorn with butter and had a coke the first day and today I just ate a small cheeseburger and a few fries. I bought me a veggie burger (black beans) & broccoli. However the burger wasn’t pleasant to me and I was hungry so I ate sum of my 9yr old food. It was little but I know we not suppose to have any! I believe I’m going to make it through this especially when I’m able to grocery shopping for the healthy food. Any suggestions? I don’t want to give up!

    • First of all, good for you! I’m glad you’ve made the choice to get stronger physically and spiritually! I recommend getting a copy of my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, to help you. It contains all the information you need for a successful fast: 100+ recipes, 21 devotions, food guidelines, grocery shopping lists, meal plans, etc. May the Lord empower you to stay committed and finish the fast!

  5. Sue Steneken says:

    Can I ask you if this diet can help with weight loss? I want to do this with my church 1/10-31st and it be a time to get closer to the Lord but I am trying to lose weight ( I’ve lost 40 and still need to lose 40) and don’t want to do anything to jeapordize myself. Will the legumes hurt my belly eating them too much?
    I have peanut butter powder; is that allowed?

    • Sue, many people DO experience weight loss on the Daniel Fast, which can be a nice added benefit. I’m glad to hear that you’re interested in doing the fast. Do you not normally eat legumes and beans? You may experience some stomach distress initially as your body adjusts to the increase in fiber. Sometimes enzymes can help prevent this type of discomfort, so you might consider getting some if you have pain. What type of peanut butter powder do you have? And what are the ingredients?