Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chocolate Cherry "Milkshake" -- a green smoothie in disguise

Basically I just wanted chocolate a few nights ago... then I wanted a milkshake... then I decided just to make a healthy version of a chocolate shake... I had frozen cherries in the freezer from a friend. I had spinach. I had raw cacao powder. I had bananas. I had almond milk. All that stuff + ice = mmmmm. Unexpectedly mmmmm.

This one's a win! It's a green smoothie in disguise. You can add more greens if you like. It's quite sweet with the stevia and fruit, so you could definitely pack in some more spinach or kale. They will never know... it's chocolate, so it's supposed to be brown... they'll never guess that's partially from the greens as well.

Michael also likes this with a few tablespoons of peanut butter thrown in for good measure. I, however... am the purist... just give me the chocolate and the cherries.

Chocolate Cherry "Milkshake" 
Gluten/Grain-Free, Dairy/Casein-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, No-Added-Sugar
Created by Carrie Forbes of Gingerlemongirl.com

1/2 medium banana
1/2 - 3/4 cup frozen, pitted cherries
1-2 handfuls baby spinach
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (of course if you don't have this laying around just toss in some Hershey's cocoa powder!)
1/2 cup almond milk
3-4 ice cubes
few drops liquid vanilla stevia

Add all to high powdered blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly creamy and resembles a dark chocolate milkshake. Makes 1 large serving -or- 2 small servings.

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  1. Carrie - this looks great and I have all of the ingredients in the house. Can't wait to try it.

    1. please let me know what you think kath!! can't wait to hear your results!

  2. Love this! I too have all the ingredients! Just got a vitamix so I am trying out all sorts of green smoothies and searching for the perfect one for my girls. Giving this one a try tomorrow!

    1. Best disguised green smoothie ever! Not that I mind the green-y taste but I know my husband and kids will go for this! Thanks for a great recipe!

    2. Kristy!! Thank you so much! Isn't it awesome! I'm telling ya... soemthing about chocolate and cherries is just divine and you totally don't taste the green at ALL! My husband really drank two whole servings without an ounce of complaint, HE LIKED it! amazing... lol! So glad you approve!!

  3. Carrie you are a genius!! I am so doing this for my boys!

    1. Thank you Debbie!! It is so good!! It's amazing what you come up with 1) when you REALLY want chocolate and 2) when you're broke! lolol I should have added this was a super thrifty and frugal milkshake... as the cherries were given to us by a friend and it was mostly pantry items!!! lol! I hope your boys love it!

  4. Hmmm, why do I only ever have smoothies at breakfast time? Carrie, I think your green smoothie in disguise would make for a naturally sweetened healthy chocolate treat any time of the day!

    Shared on my Facebook page :)

    Be well

  5. Yummy! We enjoyed this! I added a half of an avocado and a tablespoon coconut oil for fat for. Y little guy