According to the creator of this wonderful smoothie, Amanda @ Running with Spoons, “if Willy Wonka had a smoothie machine in his factory, we’re pretty sure this would be the end result. Chocolate, cherries and protein, oh my!  And its vegan, refined sugar-free, & antioxidant rich…”

Amanda gives a concise summary of nutritional benefits and goes into a little detail on how these work in your body. But it’ll really get your taste-buds tingling and give you some great new ideas for your own smoothie recipes.

Check out the recipe below and let me know how you like it…

To introduce her masterpiece, here’s Amanda…

Have you heard of Black Forest cakes (or gateau)? The heavenly cakes that combine chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream, and are my absolute favourite cakes of all time? This smoothie is not [just like] a slice of that, obviously.

But it does have chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream [if you don’t forget to add it before taking pictures like I did], so it’s basically the same thing when it comes to recipe naming. I swear… sometimes coming up with a name for a recipe is harder than coming up with the actual recipe itself. And because this was inspired by the Black Forest cake that we’ll be having for my dad’s birthday this weekend (it’s a family tradition), a Black Forest Smoothie it was [is]…

Technically speaking, it’s a chocolate cherry chia smoothie… which actually has a nice ring to it as well, now that I think about it. Maybe I’ll go back and change it before I publish this post. We’ll see. But let’s see what’s actually in the glass, shall we?

  • Cherries and cocoa for some antioxidant awesomeness.
  • Dates for an extra kick of natural sweetness.
  • Oats for filling fiber.
  • Chia seeds for healthy omega 3’s…

Basically lots and lots of goodness in one ridiculously thick and creamy smoothie… This is pretty fabulous as it is…

Read on to the Next Page for the recipe…

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