Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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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.

Chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass and topped with cacao nibs.

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
Chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass and topped with cacao nibs.

Cherries are packed with antioxidants and important vitamins, minerals and plant compounds. They are a great addition to your diet!

Water, frozen cherries, frozen banana, vanilla, baby greens, almond butter and cocoa powder measured out in bowls.

Ingredients Needed:

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.
Chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass and topped with cacao nibs and a straw.
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. 

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

5 from 28 votes
Get your chocolate fix with this thick and decadent chocolate cherry smoothie with cocoa powder, frozen cherries, baby greens and almond butter. Vegan and gluten-free.
Chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass and topped with cacao nibs and a straw.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

  • 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

Serving: 1smoothie Calories: 389kcal Carbohydrates: 70g Protein: 12g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Sodium: 50mg Potassium: 933mg Fiber: 13g Sugar: 44g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cherry smoothie

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    61 comments
    1. Danielle Meeks
      July 26, 2021 AT 9:19 am

      5 stars
      Made this smoothie twice already and I love love love love it!! I added protein powder and even tried broccoli for my greens- it came out wonderfully. I really appreciate your healthy yummy recipes- they taste delicious and always leave me feeling good inside! Thank you!

    2. Kristen Liburdi
      July 14, 2021 AT 8:40 am

      5 stars
      This smoothie is so so good!! I made it with coconut water, but I’m sure it would be good with a milk alternative as well. Either way, this smoothie is delicious!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 14, 2021 AT 11:05 am

        I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Kristen! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Lauren Taylor
      July 13, 2021 AT 10:53 am

      5 stars
      This smoothie is so rich and delish. Love it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2021 AT 11:24 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Lauren! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Gabby
      July 8, 2021 AT 7:16 pm

      5 stars
      Is there a substitute for bananas?! I’m a lover of bananas but them being blended is pretty yucky! Btw I love your recipes due to me becoming a newbie vegan

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2021 AT 5:26 pm

        Frozen cauliflower would be a good substitute to still make it thick and creamy! You’ll just loose a touch of the sweetness that the banana adds. Let me know if you try this and what you think. 🙂

    5. Michelle Arndt
      June 30, 2021 AT 5:44 pm

      5 stars
      Anything chocolate and cherry is awesome and so was this smoothie. Perfect blend of flavors and kept me full.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2021 AT 12:26 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad this chocolate cherry smoothie was a hit, Michelle! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!!

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