This Dark Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is the perfect healthy Valentine’s Day breakfast or snack. It’s equally tart and sweet thanks to the cherries and cacao powder. Don’t skip the collagen: it makes the texture impossibly creamy.
Our Valentine’s Day Traditions
Conversation hearts are overflowing from candy bowls and the scent of chocolate is in the air. This can mean only one thing: Valentine’s Day is near. To be honest, my husband and I prefer a pretty low-key celebration. No gifts, maybe just a bouquet of flowers. Promise we’re not grinches, we just prefer to spread the love throughout the year at random.
One thing is a constant on February 14, though: shrimp scampi. I can’t remember exactly how the tradition started, exactly, but it’s been going strong since we started dating way back in 2008. Each year, one us would prepare the seafood-packed pasta dish for dinner for the other. We’d rotate, but nowadays we enjoy cooking it together as a fun date night in. Sometimes we light candles to be extra fancy, and you bet wine and dessert follows.
Chocolate Cravings Strike
Over the weekend, we picked up the ingredients for our tried-and-true dish (because we’re lazy, and we will do anything to grocery shop only once for the week). Naturally, I got a little too excited perusing Pinterest for chocolate-based dessert recipes. And then, of course, all I wanted was chocolate.
Knowing that I plan to indulge in just a few days (hold strong), I decided to whip up a healthy smoothie that tasted like chocolate, because why not? Chocolate and cherry is one of my absolute favorite dessert combinations (or chocolate + raspberry). There’s just something about the tart fruit with the sweet and creamy cocoa flavor. I just can’t get enough.
Healthy Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
This Chocolate Cherry Smoothie combines vanilla coconut milk, frozen pitted cherries, cacao powder, ice, and collagen powder. It tastes like a dark chocolate covered cherry yet contains no added sugar––just the natural sugar in the cherries. I highly recommend not skipping the collagen powder (I order this one from Amazon). First, it makes the smoothie incredibly thick and creamy, so it feels extra decadent even though it contains only good-for-you ingredients. Second, it supposedly has many potential health benefits like strengthened joints, improved skin and nails, and more.
Note: you can feel free to substitute your favorite milk in the recipe (almond milk, vanilla almond milk, regular milk, etc). I happened to have vanilla coconut milk from Trader Joe’s on hand so that’s why I used, and it does add a bit of sweetness. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, feel free to add more cherries, add a teaspoon or two of honey, or mix in a bit of stevia. Basically, customize this to suit your tastes. Chocolate craving: satisfied.
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- 1 cup vanilla coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 2 tablespoons collagen hydrolysate powder
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until combined. Enjoy!
f you prefer a sweeter smoothie, feel free to add more cherries, add a teaspoon or two of honey, or mix in a bit of stevia.
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