Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Published Jun 25, 2021, Updated Jun 07, 2023
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Get your chocolate fix with this thick and decadent chocolate cherry smoothie. It’s made with cocoa powder, frozen cherries, frozen banana, baby greens and almond butter.
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 (love a green smoothie) as well as a little almond butter for some healthy fats.
Benefits of Cherries
Cherries are not only delicious, but they’re packed full of vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds with powerful health effects. Here are some impressive health benefits of cherries:
- Packed with nutrients
- Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
- Can boost exercise recovery, which makes this a great post-workout recovery smoothie
- Lowers cholesterol
- May improve symptoms of arthritis and gout
- May improve sleep quality
Cherries are packed with antioxidants and important vitamins, minerals and plant compounds. They are a great addition to your diet!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this smoothie!
- frozen cherries – using frozen cherries gives the smoothie a thick consistency and makes it really cold, which I prefer.
- frozen banana – adding in frozen banana chunks helps balance the bittersweet flavor from the cacao powder and the tartness from the cherries.
- almond butter – for some healthy fats! Look for natural almond butter that doesn’t have any added ingredients. The ingredient list should just read almonds and salt! Can’t do almonds? You can use any nut or seed butter you prefer.
- water – instead of milk this smoothie uses cold water for the liquid in the recipe, but feel free to use milk if you prefer a creamier liquid.
- vanilla – a great flavor enhancer.
- baby greens – to really amp up the nutrition in this smoothie. I prefer baby spinach in smoothies because it’s mild and basically undetectable in smoothies.
- raw cocoa powder – cacao powder not only adds a rich chocolate flavor but is also packed with powerful nutrients; including antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, and iron.
tip! To make this a complete meal or snack I recommend adding 1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder while blending. Not sure what kind of protein powder is best for you? Check out my guide to choosing the best protein powder along with my favorites + discount codes.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Easy Blackberry Smoothie
- Health Nut Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Healthy Smoothie Bowl
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- Cranberry Smoothie
- Pear Smoothie with Avocado and Spinach
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Butterfinger Smoothie
- Snickers Protein Smoothie
More Cherry Recipes
- Mocha Cherry Smoothie
- Cherry Energy Balls
- Cherry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- Wild Rice Stuffing with Butternut and Sweet Cherries
Be sure to check out all of the smoothie recipes on EBF!
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup baby greens
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Blend: Place cherries, banana, almond butter, water, vanilla, cocoa powder, and baby greens into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste: Add more liquid (if necessary) to get the consistency you like!
- Serve: Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Protein powder – Make this a complete meal or snack by adding protein powder. I like using Nuzest!
- Lower sugar option – You can leave the banana out if you want to lower the amount of sugar in this smoothie.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Made this smoothie this morning and wow! So so good. I didn’t have greens so I did frozen zucchini instead, used oatmilk and added collagen powder, ground flax seed and avocado oil for extra nutrients! Will be in my regular rotation!! Thanks for another great recipe!
Ah yay! Happy to hear, Beth! And I love the substitutions you used. So glad it all turned out so well. Thanks for the review!
Such a great way to start the day! It even fits in my diet!
Woo! Love to hear that, Jan! It means so much to me that you came back to comment and leave a star rating, thank you!
I just made this for an afternoon snack and it was absolutely delicious. My first attempt at making my own smoothies and was not disappointed. will make it again
Excellent! I am so glad you are enjoying this smoothie, David. Thank you for giving it a try and for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
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