Chocolate Cherry Smoothie – Nothing like an antioxidant and protein boost that tastes like dessert!
Earlier this year, my sister’s friend posted a Facebook status along the lines of: “ah, Mondays. The day I throw a bag of soggy spinach into the trash and buy a new bag, which will sit in my fridge until next week.” It made me laugh so hard! I’ve been there. Sometimes, I have the best of intentions, but I forget about something or leave it a bit too long. I’ve got a post in the works about how to cut down on kitchen waste, but for now, my favorite method for spinach is smoothies.
These chocolate cherry smoothies taste so fudgy and rich, we love them AND not a soul in my house other than me even knows they contain spinach. That feels like winning.
It’s made from healthy enough ingredients that it’s an easy breakfast or snack, but has all the flavor of dessert (my favorite!). Chocolate Cherry Smoothie for the win!
Notes on the Recipe:
Sweets for the sweet. Depending on how sweet your cherries are, you may want to add 1-2 tsp of pure maple syrup to the smoothie. This is totally based on your preference. I don’t mind adding a tiny bit of syrup if it helps my kids eat some greens!
Let’s talk protein. My favorite protein powder is collagen. It’s a very clean and nutrient-rich protein source. It’s nondairy but is animal sourced, so it’s not a great choice for vegans or vegetarians. For a vegan/vegetarian protein boost, a tablespoon or two of chia or hemp seeds blends in really well! You can certainly leave out any of the protein options, I’ve just found that they help prevent a sugar rush and keep me full longer.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender… try pureeing your greens and milk before adding the other ingredients. This will help get you that velvety smooth finish, without any leftover pieces of spinach floating around. It was my go-to trick before I got my Blendtec.
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- 1 ripe banana
- 2 cups frozen cherries (I used sweet for this)
- 1 cup cashew or almond milk (can also use dairy or coconut milk)
- 1-2 cups spinach
- 2 Tbsp cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 drops almond extract
- For protein: 2-4 Tbsp collagen powder or 1-2 Tbsp chia or hemp seeds (optional)
- optional: 2-3 tsp pure maple syrup (if needed/desired)
- Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Puree until completely smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Taste and add maple syrup if needed or desired. Enjoy!