Cherry Chocolate Shake (Vegan)


If you’ve been hesitant to try a green smoothie, this shake is for you.

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Featuring sweet and tart cherries and creamy avocado, this smoothie is loaded with nutrition, but tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry milkshake.

Cherries are a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory, which may lower the overall risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation, body fat and cholesterol. These anti-inflammatory qualities may also be beneficial for those with arthritis, and thanks to a hefty boost of antioxidants, cherries may also help regulate sleep cycles and fight free-radicals, reducing the risk for cancer. The fact that they taste amazing is just icing on the cake.

The tart cherries and rich cocoa powder completely hide the “green” flavor and color in this shake, so no one will ever realize that it’s bursting spinach, along with a dose of healthy fat from the avocado. Many nutrients are assimilated better when consumed with a small amount of fat, so you’ll be maximizing your nutrition with every sip!

I dare you not to enjoy it.

Cherry Chocolate Shake
Serves 1-2

Inspired by Kristen’s Cherry Chocolate Bomb

Ingredients:

1 cup water or almond milk
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen cherries
1/4 ripe avocado
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
3-4 ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Serve immediately!

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Note: If you don’t have a powerful blender, I’d recommend blending together the water and spinach first, until the greens are completely liquified. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

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Cherry Chocolate Shake (Vegan)
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Serves: 1-2
 
A delicious green smoothie, that tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry milkshake!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Serve immediately!
Notes
If you don't have a powerful blender, I'd recommend blending together the water and spinach first, until the greens are completely liquified. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Liz D. says

    I absolutely LOVE green smoothies…my fav flavor right now is Mexican Cocoa..mmm :) This recipe sounds amazing though…and I love the cherries and avocado-sounds so creamy and smooth! xo

  2. Nia says

    Mmm I’d love to try this!
    My favourite green smoothie is half a granny smith apple, the juice of half a lemon, a few romaine leaves, a tablespoon of chia seeds (soaked overnight), a handful of parsley, and about 1/4 of a banana. So refreshing and I love the goodness of parsley!! x

    • Megan says

      I use cocoa powder and raw cacao interchangeably– the raw version is less processed, but they taste similar to me.

  3. says

    I love green smoothies, I will definitely try this soon! I love to add Fresh Nettle+Spinach+Banana+Lemon juice+vanilla+almond milk. Yum!

  4. Jan M says

    Megan, I add two large handfuls of spinach to your chocolate almond butter banana shake and it’s wonderful!

  5. Judy says

    sounds great but what time of day is this smoothie meant to be consumed? Breakfast ? Pre workout? Post workout?

    • Megan says

      I usually have green smoothies for breakfast or lunch, but I’ve been known to have one for dinner when I’m in a hurry, too! You can enjoy this whenever you’d like.

  6. AbiKale says

    My green smoothie today is kale, strawberries, tangerines, almond butter, chia seeds, a frozen banana, vanilla and raw honey. Just picked up some frozen cherries for this delight tomorrow!

  7. Kristi says

    I made this tonight for “dessert” for myself and my 2 daughters. We all really enjoyed it. I needed to add a bit more almond milk and a bit more cacao powder. My kids thought it was a milkshake. It was really good!

  8. Maddie says

    Hi Megan!! I was wondering if there is anything else bsides an avocado I could use in this smoothie to mke it thick. I unfortunately had a stomach bug last week and right before I got sick I had an avdocado, so I’m bit touchy with those now.. who knows how long it will take until I’m brave enough to have one again… ha!

    • Megan says

      I can’t think of another addition that would give it a similar texture, but it will be delicious with or without the avocado! I think it’s the ice that makes the smoothie thick, and the avocado just adds extra creaminess.

  9. Cassidy says

    I modified this juuust a little, since I’m trying to avoid eating too much fruit. :)

    I used half an avocado and half a cup of cherries. Even without the banana it was cream-licious. XD For a little more sweetness I mixed in a spoonful of stevia after blending. And it was AWESOME. Thank you so much for this recipe! I adore your blog. <3

  10. Zae says

    Made this for breakfast, really tasty, I didnt have cherries so added blueberries instead. It was the perfect sweetness.

    • Megan says

      I usually save it in my fridge, stored in a sealed glass container, and use it for my smoothies all week long. If you keep the pit in the unused avocado, it doesn’t turn too brown.

  11. Jennifer says

    My 4 year old son and I are currently splitting this shake for breakfast. It’s perfect for letting him help cook breakfast! It’s so good! I see this being a breakfast staple at our house this summer :-)

  12. Sarah says

    Hello, when recipes mention avacodos do you mean the small or large ones? Also I can’t eat bananas, do you have a sub maybe? Thank you!

  13. Diane says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. My pre-teen boys LOVE this one! They thought it was a milk-shake. I told them the ingredients & they want me to make it again. Haaa, they too can work the vita-mix.

  14. Diane says

    Made this recipe again for myself this morning. Since I had some left over & no one to share it with, I poured it into ice-pop molds. The kids will enjoy them tonight after dinner!!

  15. Alison says

    Just made the Cherry Chocolate Shake, best shake yet! I’ve been 100% Vegan for 3 months now, lost 20 lbs so far and have been experimenting a lot, this is a keeper! Thanks

  16. Angie says

    Wow! Thanks for the amazing recipe! It really reminds me of drinking a chocolate shake which of course I can not have because of the dairy and refined sugar. I have made this twice now, first following your recipe exactly and then today modifying it just a little as I wanted more fiber and thickness without adding ice cubes since the whole frozen banana and cherries make it plenty cold. I just added a tablespoon of chia seeds and a table spoon of hemp seeds. Also since I did not have a homemade batch of almond milk pre-made, I added a tablespoon of almond butter to the water! That’s it…both times were delicious! Thanks again.

  17. says

    I love my green smoothies!!! I have been doing (2) a day for a couple of weeks… One for breakfast and one for lunch! I’ve lost a little extra weight… Since July… 8 lbs total! I like both the French Vanilla as well as the Dutch Choc. Complete! Anything goes, however, not too much fruit… :) This mornings recipe:

    1 scoop of Dutch Chocolate Complete
    handful of Organic Spinach
    handful of Organic Kale
    1/2 frozen banana
    1 C. frozen blueberrys
    1 small apple
    1 heaping T. spoon of ground flaxseed
    2 cups of almond milk and blend! :)
    I share this with my hubbie! Yum!

    Lunch – just almond milk, chocolate complete and some frozen strawberries! :)

  18. Mary Haugen says

    Note to self. Freeze bananas after peeled and already cut up. Cut and pit cherries prior to freezing as well. Otherwise, this was very yummy!!!

  19. sally r says

    Try using organic tofu in exchange for the avocado.Any fruit will work. We have been having these for breakfast for over 44 years, quite addicting. I always add chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp hearts. On the Oregon coast here we can grow kale, spinach, romaine, chard and other greens year round. Give them a try, so tasty even the kids love them (the kids are in their 40’s now)

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