This chocolate cherry smoothie is full of nutrients, extra creamy and tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry! Drink this feel-good shake for an energizing breakfast or delicious snack anytime of day.

Creamy chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass with a glass straw.

Features

  • Dietary Features: Vegan, gluten-free, can be nut-free, no added sugar.
  • High in protein and fiber.
  • Rich in magnesium and antioxidants.
  • Smooth, creamy texture and delicious chocolate cherry flavour!
  • Can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for breakfast on-the-go.

Ingredient Notes

Visual list of ingredients for making a chocolate cherry smoothie. Each ingredient is labelled with text.
  • Greens: Use fresh or frozen kale or spinach, both work great!
  • Cherries: I use pitted frozen cherries, they’re perfect for smoothies. If you’d like to use fresh, you can but be sure to pit them first, of course!
  • Frozen Banana: Essential for sweetness and creaminess! To prep bananas for freezing, simply peel, break until chunks and freeze in a freezer safe container or bag. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may want to slice them into small rounds for easier blending.
  • Cacao Powder: Cacao powder adds the chocolate element. If you don’t have raw cacao on hand, regular cocoa powder works just fine too!
  • Protein Powder: Any kind you like works. You can use chocolate or vanilla. I like North Coast Naturals, Vega, Outcast Mission and NuZest.
  • Almond Milk: I used almond milk but any plant-based milk, coconut water or water works here.
  • Chia Seeds: Optional but help to thicken the smooth and add additional nutrients like fibre and fats.

Tips

  • Add the liquid to the blender first then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Start blending on low until it “catches”.
  • Slowly increase speed to high and blend briefly until completely smooth and creamy.
  • Keep blending as minimal as possible to avoid melting the smoothie with heat from the blender.

Variations

This smoothie is easy to customize. Try any of these add-ins:

  • Veggies: For more volume and fiber, add up to 1 cup fresh or frozen cooked cauliflower, carrot, zucchini, beet or sweet potato.
  • Fruit: Peach and strawberry work well for additional fruit.
  • Fats: Try 1-2 tbsp hemp, flax or chia for thickening and healthy fats.
  • Hydration: Try coconut water instead of milk.
  • Nutrition Boosters: Try adding 1-2 tsp of “superfood” powders like spirulina, chlorella, maca, moringa or various mushroom powders.
  • Smoothie Bowl: Reduce the liquid to as little as possible that will still allow for blending. Blend on low until smooth and creamy like ice cream. Scoop into a bowl and top with granola.
Creamy chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass with a glass straw.

Prep & Storing Instructions

  • Can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in the fridge. It won’t be quite as thick after storing but it will still be delicious!
  • For another prep option, add everything but the liquid to a freezer safe bag or container and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, dump the ingredients into a blender, add liquid and blend.
  • Another option is to make the smoothie and freeze in an ice cube tray. Transfer the frozen smoothie cubes to a freezer-safe bag or container and whenever you’d like a smoothie, toss a few in a blender with some liquid and blend it up! You can also add the cubes to any other smoothie.

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Creamy chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass with a glass straw.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

This deliciously creamy chocolate smoothie is rich in feel-good nutrients and tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry! Try it with vanilla protein powder for extra flavour and protein or throw in a couple sweet, caramel medjool dates for sweetness.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (375 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pitted cherries (210 g)
  • 1 small frozen banana (100 g)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (15 g)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds, optional (12 g)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (16 g)
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla or chocolate protein powder (30 g)
  • 1 cup or small handful spinach or kale (35 g)

Instructions

  1. Add the milk to a blender then add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Start blending on low then slowly increase speed, blending briefly on high until completely smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 386
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62 g
  • Fiber: 14 g
  • Protein: 28 g

Keywords: cherry smoothie, chocolate cherry smoothie