chocolate-cherry protein smoothie

In an effort to NOT turn the stove on AND to try and get more creative with smoothies---my latest experiment gone successful is the chocolate-cherry smoothie.
Healthy too.
Loving the abundance of fresh cherries at whole foods this year, and wanting to use them in a ice cold drink during the heatwave--I came up with cherry smoothie, but then thought why not add cocoa powder to it?
Dark cocoa powder is actually good for you.
I kept this healthy by not adding any sugar, using protein powder, banana, and lowfat milk (or almond milk).
You could easily swap out protein powder and use greek yogurt.
Adding toasted coconut sounds good too.
Endless combinations really.
Just make sure to add ice.
chocolate-cherry protein smoothie
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1/2 - 3/4 cup of chopped fresh cherries (minus the pits)
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (I used plain or vanilla flavored)
1 TB dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 banana (or whole)
1/2 cup (or more) of cold milk (or almond milk)
about 1/2 cup of crushed ice

Blend all in a blender until smooth.
This make one smoothie.
Just double up ingredients for 2 or more servings.


  1. Yums! It has finally cooled down but I'm always up for a smoothie. Will it cancel out the ice cream I inhaled this week?

  2. Perfect shake for the heat wave or all year round :)

  3. That looks really good!

  4. ooh, i bet coconut would be fabulous in here! delicious smoothie, and perfect for the summer heat :)

  5. this looks great love cherries hate pitting them though ha

  6. I need to just focus more on making smoothies and less on making dinner. That's my new summer goal.

  7. I am on 2 smoothies a day now plus a healthy meal like fish or meat for dinner. I love my smoothies, they are filling, tasty and help with my weight loss.

  8. Chocolate Cherry smoothie. OMG that sound so yummy. I want one straight away ha ha. x

  9. This sounds great for an after-workout smoothie. Thanks for sharing!

  10. cherries are so lovely right now. what a brilliant color on a tasty and healthy treat!

  11. What a great & tasty way to start the day. YUM!

  12. I seen a recipe similar to this on Pinterest and have been wanting to make it. I like the addition of cherries- yum!


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