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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie features sweet cherries and cacao blended with almond milk creating a rich and flavorful vegan smoothie everyone will love. It may even leave you feeling happier and energized!

side angle view of a glass full of healthy chocolate cherry smoothie.

Chocolate and cherries, a classic combination of pure deliciousness in a smoothie!

I always find that after having cacao in my smoothie, I feel a bit happier and more energized. It’s the mood-boosting ‘feel-good’ endorphins from the cacao kicking in.

This smoothie is a heart-smart way to stay happy and healthy, and I know you’re going to love it!

head on picture of 5 cherries lined up in a row with cacao nibs sprinkled all around.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

This chocolate cherry smoothie recipe has been sitting in wait. A few weeks ago, there was a sale on frozen fruits and I bought a few bags of frozen cherries.

They’ve been patiently waiting in the freezer for me to find the right time to use them, and it finally happened!

It seemed like the perfect time with all the cooking I’ve been doing lately. The last few weeks I’ve been triumphantly trying to update older posts and felt the need for something lighter.

Not to mention, the temperatures here are rising and a nice, cold smoothie is the best distraction!

side by side picture of a head on shot of chocolate cherry smoothie in a glass, next to top down view.

Smoothie Tips

  • Cherries. We’ll be using frozen cherries, but you can use fresh cherries if you like. To make everything chilly, add a frozen banana or 1/2 cup of ice cubes.
  • Milk. I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use your favorite non-dairy milk—oat, soy, cashew, hemp, etc.
  • Make it rich. For an ultra-decadent treat, try using light coconut milk from the can.
  • Add protein. For added nutrition, add a scoop of protein powder or a serving of almond butter to your smoothie.
  • Use a spoon or straw. You’ll notice I didn’t serve my smoothie with a straw but instead used a big spoon, it was thick enough to scoop up. Plus, I wanted to scoop the toppings with each spoonful. And of course, I added more granola before finishing it off. There is no wrong way to get your smoothie from point A to point B. :)

However you end up making yours, enjoy every last sip or spoonful!

side angle view of a glass full of healthy and decadent chocolate cherry smoothie topped with granola.

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If you try this easy smoothie recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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A little something to sweeten your day and boost your mood! Sweet cherries and cacao blended with almond milk come together creating this healthy, rich and flavorful vegan Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Smoothie, Dessert
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (cocoa powder is ok too)
  • 1 small medjool date (pitted and chopped) or 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, optional
  • 1 scoop protein powder (plain or vanilla) or 2 tablespoons almond butter, optional

optional toppings

  • granola
  • cacao nibs
  • hemp hearts


In blender, add ingredients and blend until smooth, adding a little extra milk as needed.

Serve with optional toppings and eat with a spoon or sip with a straw. Enjoy often!

Makes 1 generous, or 2 small, servings.


If using fresh cherries, add 1/2 cup of ice or 1 frozen banana and reduce the cherries to 1 1/2 cups. Start with only 1/2 cup of milk, adding more milk as needed.

Want to make this super decadent, try using light coconut milk from the can!

Make this raw by using water or homemade almond milk.

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  1. Absolutely delicious. I added chocolate PB2 powder in place of almond butter.

  2. What can I use in place of the dates or maple syrup? Will a tsp of raw honey also work?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, you can use your preferred sweetener. Enjoy!

  3. Nathalie L says:

    I’ve had this before but I couldn’t remember all the ingredients. I used chia and banana, chocolate Ka chava and almond milk with frozen sweet cherries 🍒 yummy tastes like a brownie! Next time I’m using coconut milk, that sounds amazing.

  4. Melissa Birmingham says:

    Next time I make this I will either use less almond milk or maybe I’ll add a frozen banana because the smoothie was not thick at all. It was like drinking a glass of Cherry chocolate milk.

  5. I loved this! Was so delicious and could easily be dessert.

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