Sweet and juicy cherries blended with your favourite milk, cocoa powder and bananas to thicken make a rich and delicious Chocolate Cherry Smoothie that the whole family will love. It tastes like a milkshake, but it’s much healthier and naturally sweetened. Lots of ways you can adapt it too.
Chocolate and cherry is a classic flavour combination. Waking up and having something chocolatey for breakfast seems so indulgent, but this chocolate cherry smoothie tastes more indulgent than it actually is, as it is pretty healthy and you could easily sneak in some greens too.I always feel energised after a chocolate smoothie.
It’s those endorphins kicking in when you have something that tastes that good, but you don’t get the sugar crash after like you might do with something else chocolatey. Plus, cherries are so good for you – a good source of vitamins A and B, as well as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Cherries are great for heart health and help make our bones strong and skin glow. Sounds good to me!
How To Thicken a Smoothie
During the warmer months we usually use frozen cherries and bananas, and that really helps to thicken the smoothie. It is fairly thick anyway, but you can add oats or avocado to make it thicker, or if you aren’t a fan of banana. Using frozen banana makes it taste more like a thick and creamy milkshake too.
What Milk To Use
You can really use any milk you like. We went with almond milk to make it a vegan option, but dairy milk or another plant based milk will work too. If you want to make this smoothie feel extra indulgent, then swap some of the milk for coconut milk and it will make it extra thick and creamy.
Other Smoothie Ingredients
There are so many different ways you can adapt this smoothie and these are just some of our favourite. Add some extra protein and make it thicker and creamier by blending in some Greek yoghurt. You could also add nut butter (cashew is our favourite) for a protein boost.If you want to sneak some greens in to this smoothie, then go with either avocado, spinach or kale. If you are using leafy greens then make sure you are using a high powered blender so everything is nice and smooth.
How To Make a Chocolate Smoothie
One: Pit the cherries and slice the banana. Put into a blender.
Two: Top up with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Some extra tips for this Chocolate Smoothie
If you bananas are really ripe, then you might find that you don’t need to add any extra sweetener. It depends on your taste. Add some extra protein this smoothie with either some Greek yoghurt or nut butter.Give the smoothie a green boost by blending in some avocado, kale or spinach. To make the smoothie thicker, use frozen fruit or adding some oats. If you enjoyed this recipe, why not try these 3 Smoothie recipes?
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