Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie

shutterstock_149088260 (1) This smoothie takes me back to the not-so-healthy days of my youth, when I would always grab the little foil-wrapped chocolate-covered cherries out of a box of chocolates as my first choice for an indulgence. This drink is healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, but still guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for a real treat at any time of the day. Add unflavored, raw protein powder, if desired.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen cherries,* pits removed

1 banana, peeled, cut into pieces and frozen

1 cup coconut milk, nut milk or filtered water

¼ cup raw cacao powder

1 tbs liquid sweetener (optional)

¼ tsp lemon juice (optional)

Pinch Himalayan or sea salt (optional)

Pinch vanilla bean powder (optional)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth, adding additional filtered water only if needed. Top cherry smoothie with cacao nibs, raw granola, or raw nuts and seeds for visual interest and a bit of a ‘crunch.’ Enjoy immediately. Serves 2.

*If you’re living in Bangkok, Thailand, you can order frozen cherries right here.

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