Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

 I love healthy breakfast smoothies, and for me they have to be dairy-free and paleo (this one is even vegan!), so I make mine with almond milk. It's also perfect for kids. Chocolate cherry smoothie an easy, high-protein breakfast, lunch or snack that satisfies my sweet tooth and keeps me full until lunch. I love to drink them before I work out so I have energy without feeling weighed down.

I’m always really hungry in the morning, but a heavy meal that early can sit like lead. In college I had early-morning dance rehearsals, and no one wants a breakfast burrito in their belly while they waltz. These days instead of waltzing I’m working out in the early morning, and it’s the same problem. Because of my blood sugar, I can’t exercise on an empty stomach or I’ll pass out. I also need a big dose of protein first thing in the a.m., so that’s tricky, right? 

I started drinking protein drinks when I was in college, and I’ve had one most every morning since then. I’ve had to drop them from my diet at times because of doctor-mandated changes, and I just don’t feel normal without them. I crave them. The brand of protein powder I used for years and years has whey in it, as many do, and I can’t tolerate dairy anymore. I tried some dairy-free brands over the last few years, but they never sat right with my tummy. I finally found a brand that doesn’t bother my stomach or my doctor, and breakfast smoothies are back on the menu! 

One of my favorites is a chocolate cherry smoothie, and since cherries are in season right now, I’ve been enjoying them everyday. This is a quick and easy breakfast, lunch or snack that is filling and delicious. I also find that I have far fewer sugar cravings when I drink my chocolate-based smoothies because I’m getting that satisfaction at breakfast. It’s low in sugar, high in protein and nutrients, gluten, dairy and soy free, and keeps me full until lunch. My kids love this smoothie, and I always end up making more because they all want some.

Some notes:

I make mine in a Blendtec blender (a Vitamix is equivalent), and I cannot express what a different experience you will have if you use a lesser blender. I was faithful to my trusty Oster for years, and the only regret I have about my Blendtec is that I didn’t buy it sooner. I’ve had mine for 6 years and it’s going strong. We use it at least twice a day. 

The price of cocoa has spiked the last couple of years, so most manufacturers have reduced the amount of cocoa in their protein powders. The chocolate flavor doesn’t taste like chocolate, so I supplement. No almost-a-hint-of-chocolate for me. I like a strong chocolate flavor.

I take it with me when I travel, and since I don’t have a blender on the road, I take one of these blender bottles and mix with water. Obviously it’s not as tasty, but it gets the job done and saves me from a fast food fate.



8 oz unsweetened almond milk

1 serving protein powder (for my brand a that is up to 2 scoops)

1/3 small banana with the peel on* (peel off if you aren’t using a high-power blender)

1 cup frozen or fresh sweet cherries

1-2 tbsp cocoa powder (I use 2)

add ice if the cherries are fresh, none if the cherries are frozen.

Add water until the level reaches 24 ounces.


Blend until smooth. I use the smoothie setting on mine.


*The banana peel is a great prebiotic and feeds the good bacteria in your gut, and it’s also great fiber. I buy organic.


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15 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Smoothie”

  1. I am looking forward to trying this smoothie, it sounds yummy. Do you eat anything else for breakfast, or do you find this keep you feeling full until lunch time?

  2. The first time I read your article, I missed the part where you said the smoothie held you until lunch time. Please disregard the question I posed earlier in another comment. I don’t find smoothies generally keep me full for a protracted period, so I’m looking forward to trying your version.

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      Diane, it does keep me full. Plain fruit smoothies don’t, but protein smoothies do. I can’t wait to hear what you think when you try it!

  3. I just started using SunWarrior raw vegan protein and it’s so good. The chocolate flavor is REALLY chocolatey and only sweetened with stevia (pea and hemp protein). I would highly recommend it! I am going to try this cherry smoothie when I can have fruit again.

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      Carmen I’ve tried Sun Warrior and Vega, and they both upset my stomach terribly, but I have a lot of intolerances. I’m a hot mess. What are you into that you can’t have fruit?

  4. This looks so yum. I’m going to try it with Raw Cacao powder and some Maca thrown there as well. Can’t wait!

          1. I only use a teaspoon or so at a time. Too much and it makes me feel "weird". Hard to describe it.

  5. I have made this smoothie several times, and I love it. When I buy bananas, I cut them into serving size, peel and all, and freeze them so they are ready when I’m in a hurry. It also contributes to the icy temperature that I prefer.

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      Judith I’m so glad to hear this! I really love this smoothie. I also freeze banana chunks for extra ice! Great minds think alike. I like my smoothie ice cold, but not frozen. I like to cut the small bananas into thirds. Thanks for letting me know what you think!

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