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Best Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Recipe (High Protein)

Chocolate and cherries are a delicious duo, and this high protein Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Recipe is the perfect way to start your day. It packs all the chocolate cherry flavor without weighing you down.

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This smoothie recipe has been in my drafts for 10 months! 10 months I’ve been sitting on this healthy smoothie recipe that’s packed with nutrients that will help you tackle your to-do list.

So obviously, I’m very excited to share this with you today.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Ingredients

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  • Milk of choice. You can use almond, cashew, oat, coconut, or dairy milk – whatever you prefer. (If you use ultra-filtered milk you’ll double the protein too.)
  • Chocolate protein powder. Use your favorite chocolate protein powder, if it’s not very sweet you can add a little sweetener as well (honey/maple syrup/dates).
  • Frozen black cherries. If you have fresh cherries that works too but frozen cherries help ice up the recipe without watering it down with ice cups. It gives it that creamy, milkshake consistency.
  • Cocoa Powder. To bring extra chocolatey goodness, I added a little extra cocoa to this healthy chocolate cherry smoothie to boost the chocolate flavor.
  • Chia seeds. This little ingredient is a powerhouse! Packed with protein in fiber in an itty bitty package, chia seeds are a great addition to any smoothie recipe.

Variations and Substitutions

There are a few options that you could do to customize this cherry and chocolate smoothie to either boost up the nutrition content or suit to your liking:

  1. If you would like to add more veggies to your day, add 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower rice. You don’t taste it but it gives you a little extra nutrition in this recipe. I had the intention of adding it to the recipe, but I ran out. Life happens.
  2. Make this a vegan chocolate cherry smoothie by adding plant-based protein powder instead of whey, and make sure you use non-dairy milk (coconut milk, almond, soy, etc).
  3. Want to kick it up a notch? Add 1/2 a teaspoon of almond extract for a chocolate cherry almond smoothie.
  4. Turn it into a chocolate cherry smoothie bowl by pouring it into a bowl and topping it with cherries, slivered almonds, hemp seeds, and shaved dark chocolate.

Supplies

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You don’t need much to make this recipe, but I wanted to share what I personally used.

Use what you have. I’ll be honest, I don’t use the pretty (and breakable) glasses often (really, I bought them for photographs).

I tend to pour my smoothies into a shaker cup and head to the computer to work. I like the shaker cup because that way when I inevitably knock it over with my clumsiness, I save a huge mess.

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Macros and Nutrition

This dark chocolate cherry smoothie is a great recipe to add to your day if you’re looking to eat healthier.

A delicious balance of carbs, proteins, and fats all mixed in with decadent chocolate, what’s not to like?

Let’s break down the macros of this smoothie

  • Calories: 244 calories
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 6g

It’s important to point out that depending on the brand of protein powder you use, the macros will most likely be different.

I used Legion protein powder, which is a lower-calorie but high-protein protein powder. Use code my affiliate code RANDA to save 20% off your first order. I used Legion’s Dutch Chocolate protein powder in this recipe.

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How to Make a Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

All the smoothies I make, are protein smoothies and this cherry chocolate smoothie is no different.

Adding a source of protein, whether it’s protein powder or greek yogurt, is a great way to boost your meal to keep you fuller for longer (especially when it has fruit).

More Healthy Smoothies to Try

My friend Erin from DelightfulEMade also has a cookbook just on smoothie recipes that I think you’ll love, it’s called the Protein Smoothie Bible.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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This high protein chocolate cherry smoothie recipe is the ultimate breakfast, snack, or dessert. It tastes like a dessert but it's a healthy addition to your day.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
1 serving

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen black cherries
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Serve in a glass or a shaker cup and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 27gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 529mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1991IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 554mgIron: 1mg
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