Chocolate and cherries combine to make one deliciously thick and creamy Black Forest Smoothie. It’s vegan, refined sugar-free, loaded with antioxidants, and makes a perfect breakfast or snack!
I’m pretty sure I would lose the ability to function if my blender ever decided to randomly stop working on me… which is why I keep a spare on hand at all times 😆
I’m kidding, obviously (well, about the functioning bit, anyways), but I do rely on that thing a whole heck of a lot. And by “a whole heck of a lot,” I mean that my blender already has over 200 uses on it, and I’ve only had it for about 4 months. That’s some serious love right there. Either that or a serious obsession. It’s amazing how easily that line can become blurred.
Oh, and before you go calling me crazy for keeping track of my blends (times I’ve used my blender… not my blogging friends), I’ll have you know that it’s the blender that does the counting. It also
whispers sweet nothings into my ear says nice things to me, which I realize isn’t the best thing to say as I try to convince you of my sanity, but it’s true!
Told you. But we’re going to leave it at that before things start getting any weirder. Sorry.
So hey! Smoothies. I like them a whole lot and I drink them a whole lot. They’re sweet. They’re refreshing. They’re packed with nutrients. They make an awesome meal or snack. And they’re so good, it [almost] feels bad…
Have you heard of Black Forest cakes? The heavenly cakes that combine chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream, and are my absolute favourite cakes of all time? This smoothie is not [just like] a slice of that, obviously.
But it does have chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream [if you don’t forget to add it before taking pictures like I did], so it’s basically the same thing when it comes to recipe naming. I swear… sometimes coming up with a name for a recipe is harder than coming up with the actual recipe itself. And because this was inspired by the Black Forest cake that we’ll be having for my dad’s birthday this weekend (it’s a family tradition), a Black Forest Smoothie it
Technically speaking, it’s a chocolate cherry chia smoothie… which actually has a nice ring to it as well, now that I think about it. Maybe I’ll go back and change it before I publish this post. We’ll see. But let’s see what’s actually in the glass, shall we?
Cherries and cocoa for some antioxidant awesomeness. Dates for an extra kick of natural sweetness. Oats for filling fiber. Chia seeds for healthy omega 3’s… Basically lots and lots of goodness in one ridiculously thick and creamy smoothie. You can even add a scoop of your favourite protein powder if you want a little extra oomph, or toss in a handful of spinach to help you get your greens in.
Then again, you may not way to add in anything at all. Because this? This is pretty fabulous as is…
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 - 2 (15 - 30 g) Medjool dates, depending on desired sweetness
- 1/4 cup (20 g) rolled oats*
- 1 Tbsp (7 g) chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop (30 g) of your favourite protein powder (optional)
- 1 -2 handfuls of baby spinach (optional)
- Place all ingredients into any standard blender and blend until smooth. This smoothie can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for extra thickness and creaminess. The longer it sits, the thicker it gets!
Looking for more deliciously creamy smoothie recipes? Try one of these!
What kitchen appliance could you not live without? My Keurig is a close second…
What’s your favourite kind of cake? Black Forest followed closely by ice cream cake.
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