Black Forest Smoothie

2/13/2018 08:39:00 AM

Black Forest Smoothie

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I don't often have smoothies for breakfast. As those of you who follow me on Instagram will know, I'm all about smoothie bowls, avocado toast, oats (both overnight and meal), and Greek yogurt with fruit and granola. When I do make smoothies, they're usually an arvo snack, and they're usually pretty plain and randomly thrown together - frozen banana and other fruit with milk; sometimes a handful of spinach or some peanut butter if I'm feeling wild.

However, I made this fancy-pants smoothie for breakfast the other day, and loved the results so much that I just had to share the recipe! It's a chocolate-cherry smoothie, so I'm calling it a Black Forest smoothie! Unlike a traditional Black Forest Cake, there's no alcohol in this one. (Although I wouldn't stop you...)

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to receive a box of Late Harvest Blood Cherries from CherryHill Orchards. (You may remember them from my previous post: A Day at CherryHill Orchards). The cherries were incredibly delicious - they were huge, and so sweet and flavourful. These cherries are left on the tree for longer, so they grow bigger and get darker, which apparently means more sweetness and more antioxidants. If you're in Melbourne and are keen to try, they're currently being sold at a pop-up shop in the CBD until Saturday 18th February (details on the CherryHill website).

Cherry Hills Late Harvest Blood Cherries

The arrival of this box of cherries reminded me that I still had a few containers of regular-harvest cherries from our visit to the orchard in the freezer, and that I should put them to good use! (When we got those ones back in November, I carefully pitted and packed them away so they wouldn't go to waste before I could eat them all).

So, I whizzed up some of those frozen cherries with some milk and cocoa powder, a date for sweetness, plus some almonds and chia seeds to add extra nutrients and make the smoothie more substantial. Delicious! It wasn't overly sweet, and had a lovely, natural cherry flavour to it.

Black Forest Smoothie

If you happen to have a glut of cherries, this would be a great way to use them up. If not, frozen cherries seem to be readily available at the supermarkets - definitely worth getting some to make a smoothie! Enjoy.

Black Forest Smoothie
A Recipe by Sarah Cooks

1 cup frozen pitted cherries
1 medjool date
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons whole almonds (substitute oats for nut-free)
1 cup milk of choice (or use 1/2 cup for a smoothie bowl)
Optional for toppings: Extra cocoa powder, granola, fruit or nuts

Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz until combined.
Pour into a glass or bowl and top with any toppings you like.
Serves 1

Have you made this recipe? Leave a comment below! Tag me on Instagram @sarahcooksblog and hashtag #sarahcooksblog

Sarah received free Late Harvest Blood Cherries from CherryHill Orchard, but was not obligated to post or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I started having only smoothies in the morning and while looking for inspiration found this amazing recipe, thanks a lot for it gonna try it for sure :D



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