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Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie

    Cherries and chocolate come together in this rich and creamy smoothie that is naturally sweetened with ripe bananas. My Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie is ideal for a breakfast, a snack or dessert!

    Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie - The Lemon Bowl

    Cherry season is in full swing here in Michigan and I am loving every bite! Ripe, juicy and sweet – every summer I am reminded just how lucky I am to live in the nation’s largest cherry producing state!

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    While these cherries are perfect for cobblers, pies, crisps and more, I must admit that I love eating them raw. To be honest, adding sugar to these naturally sweet berries at their ripest stage is unnecessary in my opinion. Plus, I need to save every calorie I can for my carb-craving, ice-cream-loving, 6 1/2 month pregnant self.

    Speaking of calories, this Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie tastes more like dessert than a healthy breakfast but it is packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients. Here are a few of the many health benefits of cherries that you’ll get from this smoothie:

    Why are cherries good for you?

    Cherries Help Improve Memory: Cherries contain anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant, shown to reduce the effects of aging and improve memory function according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

    Cherries Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels: The anthocyanin found in cherries have been shown to increase insulin production which helps stabilize and lower blood sugar levels which is important for people with diabetes or those trying to prevent diabetes.

    Cherries Fight Cancer: Cherries contain quite a few cancer-fighting agents including fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and other antioxidants. Cyanidins, specifically, have been shown to fight free radical cell growth which has been linked to a reduction in cancer.

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    Above all, aren’t they pretty?

    Your straw is waiting.

    Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie - The Lemon Bowl

    Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie

    5 stars average
    Cherries and chocolate are naturally sweetened with ripe banana to create this creamy, refreshing and healthy smoothie.
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
    Servings: 2

    Ingredients
     

    • 1 ripe banana
    • cup Greek yogurt – 0%
    • ½ cup cherries (pitted)
    • ½ cup blueberries
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
    • 1 inch piece ginger root (quartered)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ¼ cup water
    • 2 scoops ice

    Instructions
     

    • Place all ingredients except for the ice in a high speed blender and puree for 30-45 seconds.
    • Add ice and puree until smooth, about 45 additional seconds.
    • Serve in two glasses and enjoy.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 33.7gProtein: 10.8gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 34mgFiber: 7.5gSugar: 19g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    27 Comments

    1. Liz,
      I just like saying “chocolate cherry berry” over and over–it sounds so fun.
      You smoothie looks delicious–too bad the only Michigan cherries I’ve got are a tub of dried ones, which are also delicious and I could probably rehydrate for a smoothie if I didn’t have peaches and plums begging me to eat them NOW. Those stone fruits are so demanding, you know?
      Thanks!

      1. Well I will admit – this works perfectly with any sweet cherries! We love the ones from California and Washington too. :) Darn stone fruits – why are they so demanding?! ;)

      1. Me too!!! Making this smoothie was an easier way of feeding them to my son without pitting them one by one for an hour – lol. :)

      1. I love putting them in smoothies!! It’s easier for my son to eat them too because I don’t have to pit them one-by-one. :) Plus I figure it’s healthier than a pie. ;)

    2. oh wow this looks and sounds divine. I must give this a try soon. I’ve been making smoothies daily for the past few weeks! Although this is a little more ingredients than I normally do… I must give it a try!

        1. Christina you might not have been hallucinating!! I mistakenly left it out and added it back earlier today. Sorry about that!

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