This is what our backyard looked liked yesterday morning when I woke up:
Another day, another snow storm.
Isaac was loving it because he had a snow day from school and Olive had blast playing in it. Me? I think I’m ready for spring now — hence the reason I’m sharing a smoothie recipe today.
Picture me singing Heat Wave like the guy from Grumpy Old Men while making this smoothie.
The cherry and chocolate smoothie combo isn’t something new for me. I’ve been in love with it ever since trying Kristen’s Cherry Chocolate Bomb Shake a few years ago. For some reason back then it seemed like frozen cherries were hard to find, but lately I’ve been seeing them every time I go to the store so I decided to buy a bag and experiment with an updated chocolate cherry smoothie.
This time I jazzed things up a bit by adding a cup of baby greens and almond butter for some healthy fat. I personally really like the bittersweet flavor that the cacao powder adds and the tartness from the cherries, but if you like things a little on the sweeter side I’d recommend adding in frozen banana chunks or a few dates. Either will sweeten it right up!
Using frozen cherries gives the smoothie a thick consistency and makes it really cold, which I prefer. Room temp smoothies aren’t my thing!
The smoothie is meant to serve one, but it can also be halved and used as a snack. I portioned mine into two small mason jars to store in the fridge for later — or you know this morning, after I already had breakfast. 😉
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder
- 1 cup baby greens
- 1/2 frozen banana or 2 pitted Medjool dates (optional)
- Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 304
- Sugar: 30g
- Fat: 11g
- Carbohydrates: 49g
- Fiber: 10g
- Protein: 8g
Hope you have a lovely weekend!