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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 after having cacao in my smoothie that I get 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 staying 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 waiting patiently in the freezer for me to find the right time to put them to good use 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.

Tips For The Best Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

  • Cherries. We’ll be using frozen cherries but you can use fresh cherries if you like, just add a frozen banana or 1/2 cup of ice cubes to make everything chilly.
  • Milk. I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use your favorite non-dairy milk – oat, soy, cashew, hemp, ect.
  • Make it rich. For an ultra-decadent treat, try using light coconut milk from the can.
  • Add protein. Give your smoothie a protein boost by adding a scoop of protein powder or a serving of almond butter for added nutrition.
  • 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!

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

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.

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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

Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

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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27 Comments

  1. I never leave recipe reviews, but this smoothie should have hundreds of 5 star reviews, so I’m doing my part! I love this recipe, and while my husband isn’t the clean eater that I am, he even finds this a decadent treat. I’ve made it for several friends who also have enjoyed it. I love topping with cacao nibs and hemp hearts. I also soak my dates in hot water prior to blending to help them blend easier. I buy a huge bag of organic cherries from Costco and never feel guilty when this is my sweet treat for the day. Thanks!

  2. Alexandra says:

    This is a delightful treat! I had this as my breakfast this morning but I suppose it is more appropriate as a treat… I guess it all depends how your week has been ;-)

    You can absolutely sneak a handful or 2 of spinach in there and you will not notice the difference in the least!

  3. I searched for heart & diabetic healthy smoothie recipes and this popped up. How is 26.8 grams of sugar & 37.6 grams carbohydrates healthy for a diabetic??

    I’ve recently learned that I’m prediabetic & I have high cholesterol & supposedly had a heart attack this past year in 2020. My doc’s have told me to research meal plans but it’s sooooo overwhelming because EVERYTHING contradicts the other on everything I research! I’m at my wits end & stressed to the max! Can someone, anyone PLEASE help me???

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Sorry about that! That’s Google for you, sometimes they don’t get it exact. This recipe is healthy since it contains just natural fruits and no refined sugars, but in your case you’re better of limiting fruits right now. I would suggest getting a diabetic cookbook or look for recipe blogs that specialize in diabetic recipes. And just keep researching, it will all come together for you. Wish I could be more help. Best of luck to you!

    2. Hello,
      I don’t know if this would help but you may want to visit a homeopathic doctor or natural doctor near you. If you are looking for diabetic information Dr. Axe has information and I believe some recipes online for diabetics. You may want to look up culturedfoodlife on google. A lot of people have been helped by this lady, and they have had stories of diabetic people being helped through cultured foods. Hope this helps.

    3. I also recently find myself in the diabetic range and want to get out of it through diet and exercise. I noticed that the nutritional content listed is for 2 servings. I plan halve the recipe, and make this smoothie on the thicker side. Then I’ll portion it into two smaller containers and freeze to enjoy after dinners as a relatively healthy and lower sugar dessert once in a while. Perhaps you could try something similar – making half the recipe or so, to cut the sugar content.

    4. Hi Tonya.
      My husband and I have been following Eat to live- the end of diabetes by Dr. Fuhrman for the past 3 weeks. He has a lot of great information that has made a dramatic change(good) to my husbands sugar levels in a short time. Best wishes!

  4. I generally love any sort of smoothie but I was a bit skeptical about a cherry one… but I loved it so much!!! It tasted amazing and the chocolate taste mixed with cherries was so unique to it (and I also used a little bit of peanut butter!) I also like how it doesn’t use any bananas, makes it very practical for the days when I don’t have any, especially since most smoothies usually require them.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This is hands down one of my favorite smoothie recipes. There is just something about chocolate and cherries.

  6. This was amazing! My brother and I highly enjoyed this. We discussed how this smoothie is like a dessert, but way healthier. I added Chia seeds and Flax seeds to add a boost of nutrients, and It still was an amazing treat! I will surely be adding this recipe to my list of smoothies to make.

    Thanks so much Julie! This was so great and helpful! :)

  7. This smoothie far exceeded my expectations! I added a shot of espresso (in place of 1/4 cup of the almond milk) and ditched the protein powder/nut butter, but added a fibre supplement instead. Also threw in two ice cubes because my cherries were half defrosted. While the coffee in combination made it a more decadent smoothie, I am enjoying my breakfast this busy morning!!

  8. Yum! thanks for the recipe, super simple and a delicious treat on a hot summer night. I did it with cocoa and almond butter and am very pleased.

  9. So delicious :) just made this using oat milk for my boyfriend and I and it’s seriously like dessert. Safe to say this will be going into regular rotation around here – we can’t get enough of it!

    1. Melissa Arnold says:

      Just made this smoothie as well and threw in a scoop of greens powder! Totally agree! This is seriously the best tasting smoothie I have ever made!

  10. Just made this. I was running low on refrigerated milk so I used some light canned coconut milk. Also used 365 brand coconut almond protein powder. It was AMAZING. I think the balance of chocolate and cherry is perfect!! Many thanks for such a lovely recipe.

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