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Yesterday, to kick off my green smoothie week, I shared with you a starter “not so green” green smoothie. Today, I want to share another green smoothie that lacks green color and also big on flavor and nutrition – my cherry chocolate almond green smoothie. The cherries give the smoothie a dark reddish color hiding all the greens in this smoothie.
I made a cherry vanilla green smoothie a couple months ago. It quickly became one of my favorites so I decided to play around a little bit with it for green smoothie week. Two flavors that came to mind when I thought about cherries was chocolate and almond. Not sure why. But as I was brainstorming that is what popped into my mind so I went with it.
For the chocolate part I used unsweetened cocoa powder. Usually, when I use cherries, I don’t need to add any additional sweetener but with the cocoa I did use 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit.
I decided to use raw whole almonds along with almond milk for the almond flavor in this smoothie. I have seen raw nuts used plenty of times in green smoothie recipes and I thought this would be a great smoothie to try it out. I loved it. The almond flavor was subtle but still there. I really enjoyed it. Almonds do add a lot of extra fat and calories to this smoothie. But keep in mind it is good fat. Plus almonds also add a lot of fiber and protein making this smoothie very filling.
The flavor of the chocolate cherry almond green smoothie is absolutely delicious. It actually tasted more like a dessert. I love having recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth but still offer lots of goodness and nutrition too.
I used the new Vitamix S30 to blend up this smoothie recipe. It worked great. This blender is a perfect size for someone cooking for 1 or 2 people or maybe just has a small kitchen. It is small, sleek, and easy to hide away when done using. It comes with a 20 ounce to go cup and a 40 ounce container that the recipe can be blended in. I will post my full Vitamix S30 review on Friday.
- 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
- 2 tablespoons raw whole almonds
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- ½ cup baby spinach
- 1 cup almond milk
- water if needed for consistency
- Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 32 ounce container and secure into place on the blender.
- Turn dial to 1 then slowly increase to 10.
- Blend for 25 - 30 seconds or until you get the consistency you would like. If it is to thick add a little water and blend again.
Disclosure: Vitamix gave me a Vitamix S30 Blender to use for this recipe. All opinions are my own.
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