Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

By Ann Fulton

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A long time favorite that’s cold and creamy with deep chocolate flavor and plenty of protein – with chocolate peanut butter option!


For years, I’ve been making this smoothie to satisfy my never-ending penchant for ice cream. Over time, I have tweaked the recipe and still switch it up from time to time.  

I have made plain milk and chocolate versions of this decadent-but-healthy shake, although chocolate makes the smoothie especially delicious – and my son’s coaches recommend it as a perfect recovery drink.  

Sometimes, I make a chocolate and fruit combination. Other times, the chocolate-peanut butter variation calls my name.

This shake is the perfect drink after a workout or as a light and refreshing lunch on a warm day.  It’s a satisfying dessert as well – one that I like to make thick enough to eat with a spoon – it truly does satisfy like my favorite ice cream. It actually helped me survive the year I gave up ice cream for Lent!  

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
  • 8 ounces chocolate almond milk (I use Silk; could use dairy or soy as preferred)
  • ½ a frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 6-8 frozen cherries*
  • ½ – 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use chocolate)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and/or a handful of baby spinach
  1. Add everything except ice to the blender and stir with a spoon to incorporate the powder (this keeps it from poofing up and sticking all over the blender.) Blend well.
  2. Add ice cubes and blend until creamy.

Another delicious and high-protein option is to swap the cherries out for a tablespoon or two of peanut butter.

I like the shake to be thick enough to eat with a spoon. If you prefer thinner, feel free to use less ice or add more milk.

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