Chocolate Cherry Smoothie: Chocolatey, Fruity With A Secret Stash Of Greens
The combination of the rich indulgent chocolate taste and the tart sweet fruitiness of the cherry is perfectly balanced. You can definitely taste both flavours at the same time which will make it a firm favourite with you as much as it is with me.
Author:Katherine Kyle @ Green Thickies
2 Cups Water
2 Bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 Cups of pitted Cherries (fresh or frozen, if you can’t get cherries, try strawberries instead)
2 Tablespoons Hemp seeds (or sunflower, flax or pumpkin seeds if they are easier to find)
2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder (or cacao or carob powder)
1 TeaspoonVanilla extract (Ground vanilla is the best by far)
½ Cup raisins (or any other dried fruit. Can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend. Add soaking water to smoothie)
Optional: 1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or Kale or any other mild greens)OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powderfor an extra healthy green boost.
Blend the ingredients in the following order:
Blend the dry ingredients and liquid first for a short time
Blend the greens next. (If using) for a short time
Blend thefruit and therest of the ingredients until smooth (or as smooth as your blender will allow. High speed blenders may need 2 minutes for a green thickie, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes)
More tips Blending this way allows the dry ingredients to be blended for longest, it means the greens will fit in your blender and your fruit gets less blending so it doesn’t become too hot.
Add more water if required to thin it out.
Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.
How much should I drink to replace a meal?
Only use a meal replacement if you’ve added the oats/quinoa. This green thickie serves 2 so you shouldDRINK HALF OF THIS RECIPE.
But if you have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink more.
Suitable for Special Diets: Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa), raw (Use raw oats/quinoa), vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu), salt free (don’t add salt), nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn’t include coconuts)
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