Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie

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Cherries, chocolate + dates – what more could you want in a smoothie? This recipe comes from my friend, Rebecca, who is a smoothie master.  Seriously, her smoothies always taste 100 times better than mine, I don’t know what her secret is, but I am still working toward smoothie perfection.  This recipe is one of her chocolate smoothie staples.  When you’re craving sweets – and especially ice cream – this smoothie hits the spot.  The dates and cherries – both dried and frozen – give this recipe a dessert-like sweetness.  Then the ground up cacao nibs have the consistency of chocolate chips, like Ben + Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.  Yummmmmm.

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If you want to the cherry flavor to stand out, go for vanilla protein powder.  If you’re a chocolate lover, grab some chocolate powder and throw it in!  Experiment with the amounts of powder to see how much is needed – I found that only half a scoop of mine did the trick.  For these pictures, I used vanilla powder – you’ll notice that the chocolate powder will make your smoothie a brown color.  I know, that’s kind of obvious, but I don’t want anyone freaking out when their smoothie isn’t the same color as mine.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen cherries (depending on size of cherries)
  • 1/3rd frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2-3 dates, pitted + split in half
  • 1-2 cups spinach and/or kale (Depending on the size of your smoothie, it’s easiest just to fill the blender to the top with greens!)
  • ~1 cup nut milk or coconut water (or 3/4ths the amount of greens)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder (we love Juice Plus Chocolate Complete Powder!)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

  • Fill blender with spinach and fill blender 3/4 full with nut milk + blend
  • Add frozen cherries and frozen banana + blend
  • Add remaining ingredients + blend
  • Top with some cacao nibs if you want more chocolate (I mean, who doesn’t?)
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