Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie

Libations | February 24, 2016 | By

Smoothies are more of a experiment than a recipe for me.  Sometimes they work, and I try to remember what I did; other times I cringe with the first sip, and try to forget what I did!  Usually it’s just a matter of using up stuff in the fridge before they go bad.  Of course there are classic combos, and often frozen bananas, kale, pineapple, or berries are involved. 

This smoothie is more the result of having frozen cherries in the freezer and having just baked a cherry pie.  It was amazing- I will definitely get that down on the blog one day soon. I even added some pomegranate molasses to the filling, and I was thrilled with the results.  But I digress.  This smoothie.  So I had cherries. And what goes well with cherries?  Chocolate.  I love cherries in brownies, and then of course, there is Black Forest Torte, that classic German cherry and chocolate combo.  

I had cherries, I had raw cacao powder (so so so good for you if you can source it Raw and organic), and I had cacao nibs.  So this could happen. Really all I needed was a vehicle to carry those flavours.  Step in frozen banana and almond milk.  Oh, and some dates for sweetness, since the cacao powder is really rather bitter on its own.  Throw in some flaxseed powder for fabulous fibre, and some kefir for the probiotics.  And  I am so happy with the result.  It tasted like a treat, but yes, it was for breakfast.  Or else, I could totally spike this with some whiskey or rum! Now wouldn’t that be fun?!

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup raw or frozen pitted cherries (I used dark or black cherries, tart ones may be too tart)
  2. 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup frozen banana pieces
  4. 4 pitted dates
  5. 3/4- 1 cup almond milk (depending on how thick you like your smoothie)
  6. 1 tbsp ground flaxseed powder
  7. 2-3 tbsp kefir
  8. cocoa nibs for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and whiz until completely smooth and frothy
  2. Start with 3/4 cup of almond milk. You can always add more milk if desired.
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    Lucio Johanek
    March 13, 2016

    It would be so helpful if you could list the calories and nutritional information with these recipies. Being diabetic this info is helpful. Thank you

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      Jennifer
      March 14, 2016

      I appreciate the challenges that you face. Perhaps this is something that I can look into, but it is definitely not my expertise. I would feel horrible if I put down information that wasn’t totally accurate and misled ones as yourselves. I think that if you take the ingredients that a recipe offers, you could also find some sort of info on each amount. But I’m thankful for your input.

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    Sonia
    February 24, 2016

    Thanks for posting this! Just bought a nutri-bullet and have been scouring the internet for healthy & tasty (there’s an oxymoron right there) smoothie recipes. Want to try this one for sure! Can you tell me where you get your organic cacao powder, flaxseed powder and kefir, Jen? thanks again!

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      Jennifer
      March 5, 2016

      Haha Sonia- healthy and tasty can go together, I think! I can usually find organic cacao powder and kefir at Whole Foods, or most health stores these days. If you can’t find flaxseed powder, then take a few tbsp or 1/4 cup of flaxseeds and whiz them up in your Nutri-Bullet, and make your own powder. Store it in the fridge for longevity. Hope that helps 🙂

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