Healthy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

cherry garcia smoothieOne of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors is Cherry Garcia – and not just because we share the same last name. I really love the sweet cherry ice cream and fudge flakes (and I get a kick out of eating a treat named after a rock legend).

I always have ice cream in my freezer (and multiple bags of cookies) but sometimes I just want something cold and creamy and… healthy. Something I can have for breakfast or a snack (and sometimes, dinner). Something that masquerades itself as indulgent, but is actually good for me.

Enter this smoothie.

I  made a healthy smoothie that has the same flavors of my beloved ice cream: cherries, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. I love cherry and chocolate together. Some examples: Dark Chocolate Nutella Cherry Truffles, Double Chocolate Cookies with Boozy Cherries, No Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries, and Cherry Pie Stuffed Chocolate Cake (!!)

smoothie ingredientsThe creaminess from the smoothie comes from almond milk and a frozen banana, and the chocolate hit is from unsweetened cocoa powder. I added a scoop of finely ground flaxseed for even more nutrition (omega 3s and fiber) and a little bit of texture. But the star of this recipe is frozen dark sweet cherries. You can certainly use fresh cherries but I like the convenience of frozen, and I prefer using frozen fruit anyway because I like thicker smoothies.

(Confession: I usually add a couple of handfuls of spinach, too. It’s a great way to eat more greens. But the smoothie turns a brownish green color, and it just doesn’t make for very pretty blog photos.)

chocolate cherry smoothieThis Healthy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is low-fat, vegan, gluten-free, and filled with fiber and protein. It has all the flavors of Cherry Garcia ice cream, but it’s much more nutritious. And you don’t have to be a Deadhead to like it.

Yield: serves 1

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
1 banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup frozen cherries
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon finely ground flaxseed
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Serve immediately.

healthy chocolate cherry smoothieDo you have any ice cream-inspired but healthy recipes?

Plus: There’s still time to enter my Hatchery Giveaway!

On another note, I’ll be taking a break for the next couple of weeks so it’s going to be quiet around here. My family is here in Boston for my graduation (which is today!!) and I also have a couple of trips planned. I’ll still be active on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook.  I’ll be back here mid-June!

   

47 Responses to “Healthy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie”

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    How to Philosophize with Cake posted May 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    That sounds awesome. Chocolate for breakfast really can’t be beat, especially when it’s drinkable :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 30, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, chocolate/dessert breakfast is always a good thing!

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    Alaina posted May 29, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Yeah!! Congratulations on graduating Bianca!! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. I just got a job offer yesterday so we’ll definitely have to get together and celebrate! :-)

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    Christina Orso posted May 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    i never thought i liked the cherry & chocolate combo, but i just had some cherry choc greek yogurt and it was pretty good!

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Ohhh I’ll have to look for that next time! I love the chocolate and cherry combo.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted May 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Congratulations on your graduation! Have a wonderful time with family and I will be sure to make this yummy smoothie soon – it speaks to me!

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    Michelle Lahey posted May 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Congrats on graduating!! Have fun with your family. And I also loooove Cherry Garcia ice cream!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted May 30, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Congrats on graduation :D
    And this smoothie is the perfect recipe for you to celebrate with!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com posted May 30, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Congratulations, Bianca! And this smoothie looks very tempting.

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted May 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This sounds really tasty. Congratulations on graduating! Have fun and enjoy yourself :D

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    grace posted May 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    i LOVE cherries. i can’t get enough, and this is a particularly excellent way to consume them!

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    Molly Galler posted May 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love that we both had Cherry Garcia on the brain this week! I am definitely going to make this. Yum!

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    Allison posted May 31, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I am so into this smoothie! If it tastes like ice cream, I want a sip! Cherries and chocolate are one of my favourite combos. Also, cherries and almond milk? Yum! I might have to whip this up for breakfast someday soon :)

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted June 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Bianca, this is such a GREAT idea!! Love you turned Cherry Garcia ice cream into a healthy smoothie! And I’m with you with the spinach thing… I tried it once for blog photos but it turned the beautiful pink smoothie brown!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted June 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Congrats on graduating!! I love cherry garcia, also – it’s to die for! What a great looking smoothie…

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted June 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This looks delicious! Congrats on your graduation and enjoy the time with your family!!

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    Meghan posted June 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I love adding frozen cherries to my smoothies! Enjoy your family!

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    Joanne posted June 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I am always excited when chocolate for breakfast is involved! This is such a fun summer flavor! yay for graduating! So happy and excited for you!

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    Sacha posted June 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I do not make enough smoothies. I love the flavors here, and I would have never thought to add frozen cherries to a smoothie. Lovely! And congrats on graduating! I’m super happy for you!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted June 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    It’s totally approaching smoothie-all-the-time weather and this flavor sounds great! I always add spinach in too ;)

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted June 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I love my smoothies and this looks delicious! Can’t go wrong with cherries and chocolate. :)

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    Rachel @ Bakerita posted June 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    This sounds absolutely dreamy – love how creamy and delicious it looks!! Definitely going to need to try this one for breakfast sometime soon :)

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    Juliana posted June 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Such a nice smoothie Bianca, I like the idea of cherry and chocolate and of course the almond milk…delicious!
    Enjoy the rest of your week :D

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted June 8, 2014 at 6:40 am

    This sounds delicious! I love smoothies for breakfast so I will definitely be adding this to the list of ones to try!

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    whatjessicabakednext posted June 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This sounds amazing!

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted June 8, 2014 at 11:38 am

    chocolate cherry is one of my husband’s favorite flavors! i might as well try it out! :)

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    Sara @ Saucy Dipper posted June 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve been making a lot more smoothies lately. Love how they let you pack in the veggies and fiber so early in the day. I’ve never thought to do frozen cherries (or cherry juice), but definitely want to give it a try now.

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    PassTheKnife posted June 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Yum! I’m a huge Cherry Garcia fan and love the idea to do a healthy twist!

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted June 10, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Oh boy! I’m so thirsty after looking at this! What a yummy smoothie.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor posted June 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Chocolate and cherry is one of my favorite combinations! And a smoothie sounds divine!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted June 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Great idea doing a smoothie version of the ice cream. It’s my friend’s favourite B&J flavour so I’ll send this through to her!

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    Barbara posted June 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

    That looks delicious! Is there anything better than chocolate and cherries together? And served in a healthy way, too. Great recipe, Bianca!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely posted June 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This smoothie sounds delicious! So glad you used frozen dark cherries, rather than maraschino cherries. I can’t stand those! Way too sweet and syrupy. Can’t wait to give this version a try! Chocolate and cherry goes so well together : )

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs posted June 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Oh gosh, this smoothie looks like heaven to me! I’m a big fan of that combo as well ;–) xx

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com posted June 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Wow! I love ice cream… and smoothies!! This sounds and looks delicious!! YUM :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted June 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve been craving smoothies lately and making it chocolate is even better! Really loving this cherry touch to this!

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted June 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love the combo of cherries and chocolate! This smoothie looks like such a divine chocolatey healthy treat :D Definitively making this summer :D Pinned to my smoothie board!

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    El posted June 29, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Delicious. I make something similar but usually toss a banana in the mixer (sometimes ice cream too!)

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    Kelly @ Trial and Eater posted July 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Anything with healthy AND chocolate in the title is a win in my book!

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    whitney aldridge posted July 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    so….this sounds really healthy. do you happen to know the calories? does it fill you up, like could it sufice as a meal? thanks

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Whitney! Yes it does fill me up and I usually use it as a meal replacement for breakfast. It’s around 330 calories if you use the same ingredients and measurements in this recipe :) Let me know if you try it!

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    Philip @ MyJuiceCleanseRecipes posted September 15, 2014 at 2:44 am

    This will be soon my breakfast buddy! I usually use banana to mix with choco. But its cool to know that many food/health bloggers are using also cherry in their recipes. The calories is also a good catch for those who are juicing. Thanks for sharing.

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