Cherry Mocha Latte Smoothie

Summer isn’t over yet… which means it’s still smoothie season in my mind! And this morning I have the perfect Friday smoothie to share. It’s got a little bit of coffee to help you get you through the last day of the work week, along with some chocolate to celebrate the sweetness of the weekend. Last but not least, it also has a little fruit and protein powder so you can feel good about drinking something chocolatey for breakfast!

Cherry Mocha Latte Smoothie

To those of you that don’t care for “spilling over” food photography (ahem…. Janetha): don’t hate me for this photo. To be honest, I don’t really care for “spilling over” photos either, but it seemed to work for this one. Although, I didn’t spill the smoothie for food styling purposes – this is just what happens when you have to walk your food outside to take photos because you have no natural light in your house. I was actually pretty sad that a portion of my delicious smoothie went to waste. Food blogger problems… I tell ya!

Cherry Mocha Latte Smoothie
 
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I've always been a fan of combining the flavors of cherries and chocolate, but the addition of coffee makes this smoothie even more delicious! We use our <a href="http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2010/08/better-iced-coffee/" data-mce-href="http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2010/08/better-iced-coffee/">Toddy for cold brewed coffee</a> so that's what I used in the smoothie, but you can certainly use hot brewed coffee that's been chilled.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ⅓ cup pitted cherries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (I used raw cacao powder)
  • 1-2 drops of liquid stevia for added sweetness (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Drink up!

Cherry Mocha Latte Smoothie

I just realized that these photos are quite fallish with the brown and orange – maybe it’s a little subliminal message that fall is just around the corner. Drink your smoothies while it’s still warm out! :)

Happy Friday friends.

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Comments

  1. I never thought of using coffee in a fruit smoothie-interesting! I cannot wait for fall to come; sweaters, scarves, and uggs..we can still drink smoothies, just bring some mittens along :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds soooo good! You had me at coffee & chocolate ;)

    Also, I can’t wait for fall!

  3. This looks great, perfect for any day but look forward to making this in the fall, sipping on one with my daughter!!!

  4. This is going to be a perfect post workout smoothie today!

  5. I’m obssessed with cherries in smoothies – I haven’t tried them with chocolate yet, and a bit of caffeine never hurts! ;)

  6. Oh I like the idea of a coffee smoothie!!

  7. Sounds great! I’m obsessed with smoothies :)

  8. This looks fab! I didn’t make a smoothie, but I did make a sweet (and healthy) coffee drink this morning too! Mine was a lot more simple though. Just iced coffee with a bit of chocolate pb2 and a scoop of sugar-free chocolate fudge instant pudding mix. Oh and some almond milk too. Delicious coffee drink for 50 calories? Take that Starbucks!

    But seriously, I need to try this fancy cherry mocha latte smoothie!

  9. sounds delishhhhhh!

  10. Cherry + Mocha = Heaven!

    Happy Friday!

  11. i love using frozen cherries in smoothies! thanks for the reminder…i better get some to freeze before summer produce dwindles away…

  12. hahaha i love you. and it wasn’t a purposeful spill? then i can get behind that! plus, it looks so delicious. mmm.. cherries… going to pick some up at the market tomorrow! xo

  13. yum! happy friday!

  14. Great combination:)

  15. and I have a bunch of cherries that need to be used up. this comes at the perfect time! pinned. ;)

  16. chocolate and cherry is a match made in heaven.. and so is coffee and banana…. love them all together! great smoothie!

  17. This looks absolutely incredible! I love adding coffee to my smoothies, such a fun and special treat!

  18. so trying this tomorrow!

  19. This smoothie sounds delicious. Sounds like a good healthy drink :)

  20. I just had a mocha cherry shake @ Ruby’s last w/end and it’s all I can think about.
    Your version is so much healthier and sounds tasty.
    Can’t wait to try it!

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