By Jennifer Provenza at Good Food From The Heart
Whole food plant based, oil free, sugar free, gluten free,soy free, nut free
This sweet, rich, chocolate covered cherry smoothie tastes just like a milkshake but is healthy enough to have for breakfast.
Cherries and Chocolate…MMM
Cherries and chocolate has always been one of my favorite combinations. This smoothie is one of my favorite “desserts” that is actually not a dessert. It goes perfectly with a veggie burger and home fries if you are having one of those days. It also makes a perfect breakfast or post workout snack. And kids love it. Mine sure do and they are about as picky as kids can get!
I have been really busy the last couple of weeks directing a play on Zoom. It’s going really well and is going to be so much fun as it’s a play for kids about fairies and pixies. Best part: the kids will find magical things in their own homes (with a little help from the parents). I co wrote the play with one of my students and we are now busy directing it. It’s going to be so cute! Anyway, having some of my time taken up with rehearsals means I’ve been focusing more on quick, easy to prepare meals. And this smoothie is a perfect quick breakfast or snack that is also easy to drink while teaching on the computer.
Plant Milk: I like to use unsweetened almond milk, but any plant milk will work in this recipe. Oat milk would be particularly creamy and delicious.
Sweet Frozen Cherries: Frozen cherries are the ingredient that makes this smoothie work perfectly. They are super sweet and give it a frothy, frozen ice creamy texture. It might work with fresh cherries if you freeze them first, but it might not be as sweet depending on your cherries.
Cocao or Cocoa: For that delicious chocolate flavor. I love Guittard red cocoa.
Liquid Stevia or Maple Syrup: This adds just a bit more sweetness, so use the stevia if you want no sugar or the maple syrup for an unrefined sugar option.
Chocolate Chips: If you want this to be more of a dessert, it’s delicious with some shaved chocolate or chocolate chips blended in as well.
How To Make This Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie
Well, it really couldn’t be any easier to make this. Just put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Top with more cherries or coconut whipped cream. Or, you could even make this a smoothie bowl and top with granola, and/or fruit. This would also go great with my Tofu Scramble Avocado Toast.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie
- 2 heaping cups frozen cherries
- 2 cups unsweetened plant milk
- 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia (or 1 teaspoon maple syrup) or to taste
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Add the cherries, plant milk, cocao or cocoa, and liquid stevia or maple syrup, and optional chocolate chips to the blender. Blend until completely smooth. Add more sweetener as needed.
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