A touch of chocolatey decadence paired with nutrient-dense fruits and veggies—you get it all with this silky smooth Black Forest Smoothie. Inspired by the classic cake combo of chocolate and cherry, this simple smoothie utilizes sweet-tart frozen cherries (which provide chilled body for the smoothie when blended, without watering the beverage down as ice would), cocoa powder for chocolaty richness, and vanilla almond milk for a touch of sweetness. This tasty smoothie also features spinach and avocado to pack in a few nutrition perks, but fret not—once everything’s blended, you can’t taste or see any trace of the green stuff. All of which is to say, this quick blender treat is a great way to sneak in a veggie—for the kids, your spouse, or heck, even yourself—at breakfast or snack time. Hitting just the right amount of sweetness without added sugar, this is the type of dessert-inspired smoothie you can enjoy anytime of day, guilt-free.
2 cups frozen pitted cherries
1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
Bittersweet chocolate shavings (optional)
How to Make It
Process cherries, spinach, almond milk, avocado, and cocoa in a blender until smooth. Pour evenly into 2 glasses. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings.