This Chocolate Cheesecake Cherry Smoothie is packed with protein~perfect for a healthy breakfast or post-workout snack! Made with only 5 ingredients and super easy to make~it’s a healthy, delicious grab-and-go meal!
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I had forgotten just how much I LOVE this Chocolate Cheesecake Cherry Smoothie.
And just how easy it is to make.
Not only is it delicious for breakfast (or lunch), but it’s also a perfect post-workout snack, which I’ve taken to drinking after playing tennis with my girlfriends. Side note: We are far from being tennis superstars, but we are getting better every time we play, and we have SO MUCH FUN! 🙂
In case you’re still on the fence about making this smoothie, let me try and convince you to make one TODAY…
5 Good Reasons to Make this Chocolate Cheesecake Cherry Smoothie
- Protein power! 27 grams of protein per serving helps you meet your daily protein goals. Not sure how much protein you should get each meal or what foods are good protein sources? Check out my popular post: High Protein Breakfast Ideas for Vegans, Vegetarians, & Omnivores.
- Antioxidants! Cherries AND chocolate are good FOOD sources of antioxidants which may help promote healthy aging and overall good health.
- Fiber power! With 6 grams of microbiome-friendly fiber, this chocolate cheesecake cherry smoothie will help you meet your daily fiber goal of 25-35+ grams.
- Balanced Macronutrients. This smoothie provides a nice balance of carbs, protein, and fat to keep your metabolism humming all morning (or afternoon!) long.
- Yum! Let’s face it, no matter how nourishing it is, you wouldn’t want to drink a smoothie if it didn’t taste good. Am I right? Give this a try, and let me know if you love it as much as I do!
How Do You Make a Cherry Smoothie?
Once you gather your ingredients and a blender, making this Chocolate Cheesecake Cherry Smoothie is really easy. I’ve outlined the ingredients I used below, but feel free to get creative with whatever your favorites are or what you have on hand. Easy, peasy!!!
- Cherries. Of course 🙂 If you’re making this in the summer, fresh, juicy cherries (de-stemmed and pitted) would be absolutely delicious, BUT frozen cherries, as I used in this version, are super tasty to use year-round. Tip! If you shop at Costco, buy their frozen organic cherries. They are SO sweet and delicious!
- Protein. Cottage cheese works really well in this cherry smoothie and adds a hefty boost of protein. Or add tofu or any favorite protein powder for a dairy-free version. Lately, I’m loving this Noosh almond protein powder. It has 21 grams of protein per scoop and no added sweeteners or flavorings for a clean, pure taste.
- Liquid. I like organic soy milk because it provides additional protein, but you can use dairy or any non-dairy “milk” like my easy homemade almond milk, coconut milk, or whatever you have on hand.
- Flavorings. Because chocolate & cherries are a match made in heaven, adding a nice heaping tablespoon of flavanol-rich cocoa powder really adds to the flavor of this cherry smoothie. But you could also add pure vanilla extract. Spices, like cardamom or ginger, would be super tasty too.
- Smoothie Bling. I always like to add a little “bling” to my smoothies. In this case, cacao nibs add a nice crunch and extra antioxidants. You could also top it with chopped pecans, almonds, shredded coconut, or hemp seeds. Yum!
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Chocolate Cheesecake Cherry Smoothie
- Place all ingredients, except cacao nibs, in a high speed blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs before serving. Cheers!
Easy Ingredient Swaps
- In the summer you can use fresh, pitted and de-stemmed, cherries in place of frozen.
- Use tofu or your favorite protein powder in place of cottage cheese.
- Use any liquid (i.e. cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc) in place of the soy milk.
- Not into chocolate? Flavor your smoothie with pure vanilla extract, or ground spices like ginger and cardamom.
- Swap out the cacao nibs with chopped nuts, hemp seeds, or shredded coconut.
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