Warning: You are about to become addicted to the following recipe. It’s not my fault. Okay, maybe it is.
Therefore, we need to set a few things straight.
You cannot hold me responsible when your grocery bill spikes because you bought 10lbs of frozen cherries.
You may not yell at me for creating a recipe that uses chocolate in a good-for-you kind of way.
Your significant other may yell at you when you tell him/her you’re making a love-filled Valentine’s Day smoothie only to find out that you immediately drank the entire thing straight from the blender.
You are allowed to do a happy dance because this smoothie contains no bananas. I love bananas in smoothies but I know many don’t.
It will only be natural to wonder how you ever survived before this smoothie came into existence.
You will quite possibly/most definitely want to slurp this down ever single day.
You won’t even believe how well chocolate and cherry compliment each other and how much richness just a little bit of coconut milk can add.
I’m warning you…
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
gluten-free, vegan // yields 2 small or 1 large smoothie, ~20oz
- 2 1/2 cups frozen cherries
- 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or soy/rice/hemp
- 1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk, well whisked
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-3 pitted medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in your blender starting with only 1/2 cup of almond milk. Blend until creamy. Add more milk for a thinner consistency. Add extra dates for more sweetness. I used 3 but would use 2 next time.
notes: Soak the dates in warm water for an 1-2 hours for easier blending [high powered blenders should work fine without soaking if the dates are tender]. The coconut milk adds richness but does not impart a coconut flavor.
This tastes like dessert but it’s definitely breakfast-able. Or, anytime-able.
It’s basically the best smoothie ever.