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
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.
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.