Healthy Black Forest Smoothie

 


 

This Black Forest smoothie is so rich and decadent, you’ll swear you’re having dessert, when you’re actually drinking something really healthy!


Sometimes eating healthy can be boring, flavorless and just plain awful… but this Black Forest smoothie is here to prove all those things wrong.  Rich, naturally sweetened, full of nutrients (there’s even some greens in there!), yet you’ll think you’re having dessert!!

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Black Forest Smoothie | This smoothie tastes like dessert, yet is secretly packed full of nutrients (even greens), to help you stick to your resolutions! | http://thechunkychef.com

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Well, it’s officially 2017 and it’s that time of year again where people struggle to remember to write 2017 instead of 2016 uhh wait, where people are setting resolutions to be healthy… that’s it!  I’ve never been one to set a weight loss resolution… mine are more career/relationship resolutions, but I know a LOT of people like to start the year off by going on the dreaded d-i-e-t.

Eeeek, just hearing that word can be enough to turn some people away.  After all, many healthy foods can taste pretty boring (although definitely not these vegan Kung Pao chickpeas or pork chops!) right?  That’s where you need a smoothie like this one.  This Black Forest smoothie will totally trick you.

Black Forest Smoothie | This smoothie tastes like dessert, yet is secretly packed full of nutrients (even greens), to help you stick to your resolutions! | http://thechunkychef.com

I bet you’ll forget that this smoothie is full of amazing healthy things like baby spinach, chia seeds for healthy omega-3’s, rolled oats for fiber, is naturally sweetened, plus has chocolate and cherries that bring the antioxidant punch!  What you’ll taste is delicious chocolatey cherry goodness.

Black Forest Smoothie | This smoothie tastes like dessert, yet is secretly packed full of nutrients (even greens), to help you stick to your resolutions! | http://thechunkychef.com

I won’t lie to you and tell you that it tastes as sweet as a Black Forest cake… because it doesn’t.  But when you’re craving something sweet, but trying to make good healthy choices, this smoothie will be an excellent choice!

This smoothie is made dairy-free by using almond milk, but feel free to swap that out for whatever milk/nut-milk you prefer.  I think cashew milk would be heavenly too!

Black Forest Smoothie | This smoothie tastes like dessert, yet is secretly packed full of nutrients (even greens), to help you stick to your resolutions! | http://thechunkychef.com

Also, the recipe is more of a guideline for this Black Forest smoothie.  You can add more almond milk if you like a thinner smoothie, or more of the oats for a thicker smoothie… basically play around with it and see what suits you best 🙂

Start your new year off the healthy, and delicious way, with this Black Forest smoothie!

Helpful Tools for This Recipe:

  • NINJA BLENDER – This will chop through everything, for a great smooth smoothie!

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Black Forest Smoothie | This smoothie tastes like dessert, yet is secretly packed full of nutrients (even greens), to help you stick to your resolutions! | http://thechunkychef.com
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5 from 1 vote
Healthy Black Forest Smoothie
3 servings
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This Black Forest smoothie is so rich and decadent, you'll swear you're having dessert, when you're actually drinking something really healthy!

Calories: 233 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk divided
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • drizzle of honey (for extra sweetness) optional
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 cups frozen pitted cherries
  • additional chopped frozen cherries, for garnish (optional)
  • grated dark chocolate for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place half the almond milk in the bottom of blender, add cocoa powder, top with dates, drizzle of honey (if using), rolled oats, chia seeds, baby spinach, frozen cherries and remaining half of the almond milk.

  2. Blend until smooth.  You may have to stop and scrape down the sides, then blend again.

  3. Pour into glasses, top with additional chopped frozen cherries and a dash of grated dark chocolate if desired.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted slightly from Running With Spoons

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9 comments on “Healthy Black Forest Smoothie”

  1. This is really the best choice to add something healthy to your diet in case you are on weight loss diet. The black forest name reminds me of the cake but it looks delicious and healthy.

  2. This was super tasty!! I didn’t have any chia seeds so I used hemp seeds and it was still nice and creamy and thick. Will be making it again soon! – Zomick’s

  3. I’m in love with this smoothie! I don’t particularly like greens and need to hide them in deliciousness like this.

  4. MMMM! Yes, puhlease! You had me at black forest!

  5. I love Black Forest cake so this sounds like my kind of smoothie!

  6. That looks so good and I love all the great ingredients in it!

  7. This can be a snack, breakfast, and dessert! Fantastic!

  8. What a creative smoothie idea! I’ve been drinking more and more smoothies this past year and will definitely have to work this one into the rotation.

  9. Looks so yum and healthy!