Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Recipe - No Banana (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, whole30)Creamy, indulgent, and healthy. This chocolate cherry smoothie uses plant-based proteins, nutrient-dense superfoods, and decadent chocolate flavor to make a tasty snack or quick an healthy breakfast idea. Likewise, it's also whole30 approved and made without bananas. (just like this creamy mango smoothie). The funny thing about writing this blog post is that even though I made this cherry smoothie recipe a few weeks ago... I am currently writing this while I sip on yet another vegan chocolate smoothie. Haha Seriously, I think I have an addiction happening here! The truth is, smoothies (and smoothie bowls!) are just a really fast, easy, and tasty way to take in a bunch of healthy nutrients. Moreover, when you think of all the healthy ingredients and nutrients your body needs in a day, it sometimes seems impossible to actually eat them all! Thus, smoothies allow you to boost your nutrition, take in all sorts of vitamins and minerals and not have to spend an hour chewing a salad 😉 Don't want to read? JUMP to the recipe!
A Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Perfect For KidsI find that smoothies in general tend to be essential for kiddos. Mainly, kids can be picky Af (check out how I combat this) so smoothies tend to be an easy way to take in nutrients. And this chocolate cherry smoothie without banana is loaded with nutrients. Moreover, this vegan smoothie is protein powder free but is loaded with healthy fats. Chia seeds are something I truly believe every kid should have in their diet because they're so awesome (check out these wicked chia pudding recipes)
Chia Seeds Can:
- Increase your fiber intake this helping out your gut
- Help combat diabetes by slowing down digestion
- Improve brain health through their omega three’s
- Improves bones and teeth by containing a hefty dose of calcium
- Help keep you full due to the blend of amino acids
How To Use ItYou can use this chocolate cherry smoothie recipe just about anytime but here's what we use smoothies the most for:
- speedy breakfast when we need to be out the door (busy morning hack)
- a nutrient-dense mid-morning snack
- a dessert or treat on a warm day to cool down
Make It A Post-Workout ShakeJust because I didn't include protein powder doesn't mean you can't add it. As a matter of fact, I love post-workout smoothies and my favorite part is topping them with all the things. Throw in a scoop of your favorite protein powder and give it an extra protein boost. Thankfully, since making the swap to a vegan protein powder I now have a few brands I love. Orgain Protein Powder is one of them. Orgain protein powder is allergy-friendly (no soy, gluten-free, kosher, etc), has no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners, and actually won Preventions Cleanest Packaged Food Award! However, keep in mind that adding protein powder would void the "Whole30" label on this smoothie recipe
Kids Need Protein TooIf you're wondering about the protein content in the smoothie and how to increase it- use collagen! Collagen powder is easily one of my most-favorite superfoods. It's all-natural and a great way to increase protein in smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt etc. Moreover, grab your collagen powder from Perfect Supplements and use code mamabear10 to save some money. However, keep in mind that collagen is animal-sourced, so if you're vegan- avoid it!
Texture Of The SmoothieGiven that this chocolate cherry smoothie is made without bananas you may be wondering about the texture! But fret not, this smoothie comes out deliciously creamy. Cherries and nut butter combined tend to make a creamy texture. Plus, the addition of chia seeds allows the mixture to firm up a bit.
Adding AlgaeYou'll notice in the recipe that the smoothie calls for chlorella. I adore making use of superfoods like spirulina and chlorerlla because they're such easy ways to improve the nutrient density of a meal. While I do normally have a tub of chlorella on hand, recently I've been using algae tabs on a more regular basis. Well, every day. Learn more about the benefits of algae and why you should strive to include it in your diet! Keep in mind though that it won't make or break the recipe so if you don't have any- it's okay!
Nutrient-Dense Smoothie RecipesIf you’re looking to make healthy eating simple, look no further than my e-book Sunday Smoothies where I’ve gathered 15, tasty, superfood-based recipes perfect for busy moms. Every flavor from classic green goddess smoothies to indulgent chocolate, kiwi to chocolate cherry. Plus, these healthy smoothie recipes all share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All the recipes are dairy-free and gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients and not fillers
- They’re loaded with extras in the form of superfoods
Ingredients in the Vegan Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- ¾ cup frozen cherries
- 3 ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 2 dates
- ¼ teaspoon chlorella powder or 4 tabs of chlorella from EnergyBits (optional)
- ½ cup almond milk
- ¾ cup water
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How To Make This Chocolate Cherry SmoothieIn a powerful blender add the cherries and ice cubes. Pulse slightly to chop. Add in the remaining ingredients. Pour the almond milk and water on top. Blend until smooth. Potion into one large jar or two small ones.
Don't forget to pin this Whole30 Cherry Smoothie Recipe!
Whole30 Cherry Smoothie
Protein powder and banana-free, this chocolate cherry smoothie makes a healthy snack or delicious treat.
- High powered blender
- In a powerful blender add the cherries and ice cubes. Pulse slightly to chop.
- Add in the remaining ingredients.
- Pour the almond milk and water on top.
- Blend until smooth.
Grab all these superfood ingredients from Well.ca and save on shipping if your order is over fifty bucks! Want to bump up the protein but don't agree with protein powder? Use collagen! Protein in it's purest form. Grab it from Perfect Supplements and use code mamabear10 to save some money. The recipe makes one larger (full mason jar ish) or two smaller kid-sizes.
Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 94mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 6gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 2mg