This Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is healthy, delicious, vegan-friendly and kid-approved! It is made with six simple ingredients and is loaded with naturally sweet and tart flavors as well as nutrition!
We do smoothies almost everyday in our house, whether it’s for breakfast, paired alongside toast and peanut butter, or as a mid-afternoon snack. I will often making smoothies for lunch too (for myself when I’m working from home) because they’re so easy and quick and can pack in a lot of nutrition. I find smoothies really satisfying on hot days especially, when the thought of warming something up or cooking just doesn’t appeal to me.
Frozen fruit is the way to go:
When I make smoothies, I prefer to use frozen fruit because it creates a smooth and thick texture (almost like a milkshake!). And contrary to what some may think, frozen fruit is JUST as nutritious as fresh fruit and can help to cut down on food waste (because it doesn’t spoil like fresh does!). When it comes to the bananas, I recommend freezing them when they’re ripe, without the peel. Peel them, cut them into 2-3 smaller pieces and place them on a cookie sheet before freezing. Once frozen, put them into a freezer-safe plastic bag until you want to use them! For cherries, I find using frozen is a no-brainer, because there are no pits (I usually buy them frozen)!
This chocolate cherry smoothie is dietitian-approved
As a dietitian, smoothies are a staple because of how much nutrition you can pack into them. Frozen fruits, veggies, seeds, avocado, nut butters, protein powders (like Vega or Healthy Height), yogurt, and milk are some of my go-to smoothie ingredients. Smoothies are a great way to get one or two extra fruit and veggies servings in, and can help a picky eater meet their nutrient requirements too. I often suggest smoothies for babies or toddlers who are learning to drink from a straw – it’s the best way to teach them because it doesn’t come out too fast! Smoothies are also a great option for little ones who are teething, because they’re cold and soothing for sore gums.
Cherry and chocolate is a common flavor combination, and for good reason! The sweetness of cherries and tartness of cocoa (or cacao), complements one another and provides a beautiful deep red color. Cherries are full of antioxidants and fibre too, adding to the already-nutritious ingredients in this smoothie.
Serve it up as a smoothie bowl!
My kids’ favorite way to enjoy this smoothie is actually in smoothie bowl format. If you want to serve it in a smoothie bowl rather than a cup, I suggest adding only ½ cup of milk to make it into a thicker consistency. Once you’ve served it in a bowl, you can add toppings of choice, like cocao nibs, seeds, coconut, granola etc.
Following a vegan diet? No problem!
If you follow a vegan diet, or just prefer a dairy-free version, this smoothie is easily adaptable. Simply choose a vegan milk (I like either oat milk or almond milk), and a vegan yogurt (my fave is coconut yogurt by Maison Riviera). You can also simply omit the yogurt (the smoothie will be just as delicious without it!).
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What type of cocoa powder do you recommend? Baking cocoa that is unsweetened, like Hershey’s?
Sarah Remmer says
Yes, that works well! Enjoy :).