Perfect pairing of chocolate and cherries when you need a boost!

Servings: 1–2 (smoothie bowls)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk such as almond or organic soy milk
  • ½ cup water (or to a desired consistency)
  • 1 cup dark sweet cherries fresh or frozen, pitted
  • 1 scoop (34 g) vegan protein powder, chocolate
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 scoop (2.5 g) Collagen30 powder

Topping Options

  • 5–6 thin slices of banana
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend for 30–60 seconds, until smooth.
  3. Pour into a bowl, enjoy! Eat right away, it’s best when made fresh.

To make the smoothie scrumptious and rich, add ½ of a peeled, chopped frozen banana.

 

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Interesting Facts!

  • Cherries are a source of potassium, vitamin C, fibre, and antioxidants!
  • Chia seeds are small, but mighty in terms of a nutritional punch! One tbsp of chia provides approximately 57 mg of calcium, 2 g of omega-3 fatty acids, 2 g of protein, and 4 g of dietary fibre.

Ingredient Tips

  • Choose organic fruit when you can to reduce exposure pesticide residues.
  • To get the desired consistency, add or reduce the amount of water you use.
  • Frozen bananas add creaminess to your smoothie. Peel, chop, and store in a freezer bag.
  • Chia seeds, flaxseeds, and shelled hemp seeds also thicken smoothies if you prefer not to use a banana. All these seeds contain healthy fats, protein, fibre, and other nutrients, so it’s nice to have them all stocked in the pantry to choose from.

Blending Tips

  • A powerful blender is the best choice when using frozen fruit and including ice cubes.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for loading the blend for best outcome. For example,
    bottom-loading blenders often recommend adding the liquids first, followed by soft foods and powders, then frozen and ice cubes on top.
  • For convenience, have ½–1 cup water on hand if you need to reduce the thickness once blending has started.

 

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