This smoothie is what I’m referring to, one which I would happily repeatedly consume over the course of the day! Some smoothies are refreshing, others revitalizing, some soothing and then there are those which are just positively dreamy! Chocolate and Cherries, it’s a combination I have professed to love on more than one occasion…the most recent of which were my epic chocolate cherry overnight oats.
Of course with cherries still firmly in my possession and a supply of frozen cherries within 5 minutes walking distance of my house a chocolate cherry smoothie was inevitable. My new favourite phrase is “heavenly” or in this case “heaven in a bowl” and never was the phrase more applicable and firmly justified.
Cherries and cocoa powder, so rich, so indulgent…I never like to compare foods to dessert that although indulgent don’t quite live up to people’s expectations but if ever there was a dessert like smoothie bowl this is it.
The key is to either use raw cacao or good dark unprocessed cocoa powder. The flavour of the cherries and chocolate were both equally intense and perfectly balanced. I loved the fact that the smoothie retained some of it’s cherrilicious colour, the last thing I wanted to do was over power the cherries entirely by chocolate, the idea was for one to compliment the other.
Topped off with dried cherries, flaked almonds and coconut along with a couple more fresh cherries for good measure. And for that extra bit of indulgence some dark chocolate chips! It was thick, creamy and very moreish. A wipe the bowl clean with your finger moment may have occurred when no one was watching!
I mentioned the other day that I was dreading cherries disappearing from the shop shelves…but I experienced something worse the other day.
Cherries that were gone off…popping one in to my mouth, expecting a pop of deliciousness; not a good experience! In other news, Irish cherries have arrived! I saw the tweet from the guys in the Happy Pear on Tuesday and got straight to making an order for them over lunch. They are absolutely incredible!!!
There is a such a difference between an organic cherry and plain old pesticide laden one..the flavour is just so intense, the stone just falls out of them, the juice drips and they are completely irresistible. Another fruit it’s definitely worth being organic. It’s not like they even cost anymore at the moment, total score!
Ever eaten a gone off fruit by mistake? Did it turn your off eating it for a while? Luckily enough nothing could taint my love or curb my appetite for cherries!
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Servings – 1
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 300ml (1 + ¼ cup) almond milk
- 1 tbsp Dutch unprocessed cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1/3 cup fresh cherries
- ½ small frozen banana
- 1 tbsp ground almonds
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- ½ tbsp flaked almonds
- ½ tbsp dried cherries
- 1 tsp desiccated coconut
- 2-3 fresh whole cherries
- 5-6 dark chocolate chips
- Blend together all smoothie ingredients.
- Serve spread with array of delicious toppings in your bowl of choice!