This vegan chocolate cherry smoothie is a delicious and easy breakfast or snack recipe that tastes like a milkshake! Made with just eight simple ingredients, it’s ready in under five minutes.

Two chocolate cherry smoothies in glasses with silver straws

Chocolate and cherries is a totally underrated food combination. I would easily be happy with chocolate covered cherries over chocolate covered strawberries any day! This vegan chocolate cherry smoothie tastes like a chocolate cherry milkshake, but is packed with nutrients.

As a Registered Dietitian, I’m always encouraging clients to eat more fruits and vegetables. Blending up a nutritious smoothie is one of the most delicious ways to increase your produce intake. This chocolate cherry smoothie has a serving of both fruit and vegetables! It makes for the perfect healthy snack or breakfast.

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Ingredients in this vegan chocolate cherry smoothie

You need just eight simple, whole food ingredients to make this smoothie:

  • Frozen cherries: This wouldn’t be a chocolate cherry smoothie without cherries! I prefer to use frozen fruit in smoothies because they keep the smoothie cold and thick.
  • Frozen banana: Make sure your banana is very ripe (brown spots on the peel), as banana naturally sweetens this smoothie recipe.
  • Frozen cauliflower provides a serving of vegetables in this smoothie without altering the taste negatively. Frozen cauliflower has quite a neutral flavor, so you won’t even notice it.
  • Almond butter adds healthy fat and protein. You can substitute a different nut butter such as peanut butter or walnut butter with similar results.
  • Chia seeds and flax seeds also provide healthy fat, protein, and dietary fiber.
  • Cacao powder brings the delicious chocolate flavor to this recipe.
  • Unsweetened almond milk – you can substitute for your favorite plant-based milk, such as oat milk or soy milk.

In addition to being vegan, this smoothie is also dairy-free and gluten-free, so it’s great for lots of people with dietary restrictions.

The only kitchen equipment you need to make this chocolate cherry smoothie is a blender. I love to drink it with metal straws because they are sturdy and sustainable!

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Chocolate cherry smoothie nutrition notes

This vegan chocolate cherry smoothie is incredibly nutritious, filling, and satisfying. The combination of ingredients packs plenty of fiber, plant-based protein, and micronutrients. This recipe makes two servings, and each serving has 16 grams of dietary fiber and 14 grams of protein!

Cherries nutrition: Cherries are an incredibly nutritious fruit. One cup of cherries contains:

  • 3 grams of dietary fiber
  • 39 percent of your daily vitamin A needs
  • 25 percent of your daily vitamin C needs

Cherries are a good source of other micronutrients, like iron, magnesium, potassium, and folate. They’re also rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which help fight inflammation and combat cell damage.

Cauliflower nutrition: Cauliflower is part of the same plant family as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. One cup of raw cauliflower has:

  • 2 grams of dietary fiber
  • 320 mg (9 percent of your daily needs) of potassium
  • 85 percent of your daily vitamin C needs

Cauliflower also contains antioxidants and sulfur compounds, which may help fight off certain types of cancer.

Chia seed and flax seed nutrition: These little seeds are nutritional powerhouses. Both seeds are good sources of plant-based protein and dietary fiber. Chia seeds and flax seeds are also some of the few plant-based foods with ALA omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in our diet, because the body cannot produce them. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory and can help lower heart disease risk.

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How to store chocolate cherry smoothie

For the best taste and texture, I recommend preparing smoothies and consuming them immediately. But, you can prepare this chocolate cherry smoothie one day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator in a sealed bottle or cup, and give it a good stir before enjoying.

If you ever have leftover smoothie, you can save it by pouring the smoothie into an ice cube tray and freezing. Store the smoothie cubes in your freezer for up to one month, and just add them to a blender with some liquid like almond milk to make a super fast and easy smoothie.

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Vegan Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

This vegan chocolate cherry smoothie is a delicious and easy breakfast or snack recipe that tastes like a milkshake! Made with just eight simple ingredients, it’s ready in under five minutes.

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/22 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cacao powder

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the blender in the order listed, starting with almond milk.
  2. Blend until thick, smooth, and creamy with no lumps, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Notes

  • You may need to add a bit more liquid if you are having trouble blending. Add a few tablespoons at a time. If you have a Vitamix, you can use the tamper to help the ingredients blend.

Keywords: vegan, gluten free, chocolate cherry smoothie

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