Hello dear smoothie fans! 🙋🏻
I have told you earlier that I love coffee and cherries, but what I haven’t mentioned is my third great weakness: chocolate. In this recipe, I combine two of these weaknesses, cherries and chocolate, for a truly delicious and scrumptious cherry chocolate smoothie.
Combining cherries with chocolate is not something I’ve invented—it is a classic combination that never gets old. My chocolate cherry smoothie is obviously not the healthiest of smoothies, but if you follow my recipe you will notice that I didn’t exaggerate with the chocolate. Instead, I wanted the cherry taste to be stronger and not let the chocolate overtake. The cherries I used were fresh, but you can just as well use frozen ones. For the banana, however, I suggest freezing it beforehand. When blended, the frozen banana will give the smoothie a texture reminiscent of nice cream.
The final touch to this mouth-watering smoothie is granola and almonds. Both make the smoothie more filling and satisfying.
I want to warn you that this smoothie contains quite many calories but still it is much healthier than many desserts or ice-cream. It is high in dietary fiber (36% of RDA), vitamins C (27%), B2 (32%) and A (90%), as well as magnesium (41%), phosphorus (28 %), Copper (82%) and manganese (63%).
- 300 g sour/tart cherries (or sweet cherries)
- 1 banana (preferably frozen)
- 50 g dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp cacao powder (unsweetened and preferably raw)
- 2 tbsp granola
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 20 g almonds
Wash and pit the cherries.
Put the cherries, the banana, cacao powder and granola into the blender jar and add 1/2 cup of almond milk.
Chop the chocolate bar into smaller chunks and add to other ingredients.
Finally add the almond nuts into the blender jar. You can use the whole almonds if you don't mind small nut pieces in your smoothie. If you want to achieve a perfect smooth texture, grind the almonds before adding them to other ingredients. Run the food processor or coffee grinder until the almonds are ground to a coarse meal or fine flour, depending on your preference.
Process the ingredients until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into glasses. Sprinkle with dark chocolate and top up with a couple of cherries.
Why my Cherry Chocolate Smoothie is good for you
- A serving (3.5 oz or 100 g) of tart/sour cherries contains 2 grams dietary fiber, no cholesterol and vitamin A and C, as well as the minerals calcium, protein and iron. Tart/Sour cherries are low in calories and contains inflammation-reducing anthocyanins. Apart from their potential to reduce inflammation, anthocyanins are also associated with cardiovascular health.
- Eating chocolate has in one Swedish study been associated with a lowered risk of a stroke. It also has inflammation-reducing properties and can lower bad cholesterol in your body. Perhaps most importantly, studies have shown that chocolate helps relieve stress 🙂
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