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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

Combine chocolate and cherries for a healthy and delicious Black Forest Protein Smoothie.

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When fresh cherries are in season, I like to buy a bag, pit them, and freeze them for use in my smoothies. Off season, you can usually find frozen cherries in your grocery store, but make sure they’re pitted! You don’t have to use frozen, pitted cherries in your smoothie, but I like to add them frozen because I dislike adding ice to my smoothies. I find that ice dilutes the flavor while the addition of the frozen fruit keeps it frosty cold.

Here’s a super simple cherry pitter that may come in handy during cherry season!

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

I also add a frozen banana to this smoothie; it adds a little sweetness. I also add a bit of honey because the unsweetened cocoa can be sharp to the taste. I use unsweetened almond milk, so the addition of honey helps even out the flavor without being too sweet. Of course, adjust all to suit your taste, especially if you’re using sweetened almond milk or if your protein powder is already sweetened.

This is one smoothie recipe where I don’t blend in stages: I just add all the ingredients to my Vitamix blender and let ‘er rip! I do a taste test and adjust accordingly, such as adding more honey or more cocoa if that’s what my taste buds say to do. Enjoy!

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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
 
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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp honey (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (adjust according to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix.

  2. Taste and add more honey or more cocoa to taste. Blend.

  3. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish lightly with cocoa (optional).

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Usher in fall with this healthy Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie.

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Protein smoothies are my life. Well, at least they’re my breakfast and lunch, or brunch, by the time I get around to finishing coffee and thinking about food.

Apples are abundant in the fall, and with so many varieties from which to choose, I had to break out of my favorite smoothie flavor and surprise my taste buds with my version of an apple pie smoothie.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

I’m fairly certain I used the Honey Crisp variety of apples. I consulted this handy guide just to be sure. Really, though, I would experiment with different varieties. It’s always fun to try a new one and compare the difference in taste.

Smoothies, as I always mention, are best blended in stages to allow all the large and frozen chunks to blend nicely. Also, a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, will be able to handle frozen and large chunks more elegantly than a blender with less sturdy blades.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Give this apple and cinnamon protein smoothie a try!

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie
Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
 
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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsweetend almond milk
  • 1 organic apple, chopped in large chunks
  • 1 whole frozen organic banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ tsp organic ground cinnamon, or to taste*
  • organic ground cloves, to taste*
  • organic ground ginger, to taste*
  • (optional) 1 Tablespoon. almond butter
  • *Ground spices can be adjusted according to your taste preference. My ratio is about 4:1; 4 x as much cinnamon as ginger and cloves. I suggest starting out with a few shakes of each and taste as you go. You can always add more of one according to your preference.
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add almond milk, protein powder, ground spices and blend until combined.

  3. Add in chopped apple chunks and blend.

  4. Add in frozen banana chunks and blend well.

  5. Pour into glass, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
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Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie

This mighty mango protein smoothie is light, bright and refreshing!

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Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie

Mangos (or Mangoes – yes, the Oxford English Dictionary blesses both spellings, so go with whichever feels right to you!) are a sweet, fleshy, tropical fruit that works perfectly in a smoothie. Here’s how to make a Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie.

Make sure your mangos are fully ripe before slicing. A ripe mango will have a a yellowish-orange hue or even a red hue. If it’s green – it’s not ripe. Wait it out!

Mangos

I freeze sliced mango to use in smoothies. You can use fresh mango in smoothies, of course, but you might want to add some crushed ice if you like your smoothies cold.

Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie

I use my Vitamix to blend up unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, a little frozen banana, a dash of powdered ginger, a few chucks of frozen pineapple and plenty of frozen mango. I like to go heavy on the mango so you can really taste it, otherwise it has a tendency to be overpowered by stronger flavored fruits.

This mighty mango protein smoothie is light, bright and refreshing. Get yourself some mangos (or mangoes) and give it a try!

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Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie
 
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Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ⅓ frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango slices or chunks
  • 2 to 3 chunks frozen pineapple
  • dash of ground ginger powder
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add almond milk, ground ginger, and protein powder and blend until combined.

  3. Add in frozen banana, frozen mango and frozen pineapple chunks; blend well and serve immediately.

Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie
Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie
Mighty Mango Protein Smoothie
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Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie

When blueberries are in season, this Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie is a favorite to make.

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Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie

Actually, I make it all the time, thanks to frozen blueberries, which always live in my freezer. That said, freezing a batch of fresh blueberries to use in your smoothies and other recipes is always a good thing, so be sure and stock up when they’re in season!

I use my Vitamix to blend this smoothie. A high-powered blender works best because those frozen fruits need to be pulverized, otherwise, it’s not a “smoothie,” it’s a “chunky,” and no one wants that!

Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie

As usual, I blend in stages. First I add the almond milk and protein powder and blend. This helps mix the dry and wet ingredients before adding the frozen bits. Otherwise, the powder tends to clump when mixed with the frozen fruits.

Finally, I add a spoonful of almond butter and the frozen blueberries, pineapple and banana bits. Give it a high-powered blend and it’s done!

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Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie
 
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Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsweetend almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground almond butter
  • ⅓ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 4 or 5 pieces frozen pineapple chunks
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add almond milk and protein powder and blend until combined.

  3. Add in ground almond butter, frozen blueberries, frozen banana and frozen pineapple chunks; blend well and serve immediately.

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