Chocolate-cherry vanilla smoothies

Patricia Conte

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Can you think of a better flavor combination than chocolate and cherries? Add vanilla yogurt to the mix and you'll flip over these creamy smoothies.

Chocolate-cherry vanilla smoothies

Smoothies are a favorite breakfast option (and snack) in my house, but don't overlook these chocolate-cherry and vanilla smoothies for dessert. Simply add whipped topping and chocolate shavings to make them totally dessert-worthy.

The vanilla yogurt is the base of this smoothie recipe, and I added a little pure vanilla extract for a bit more of a vanilla vibe. The cocoa powder turns things chocolaty, but because it's unsweetened, I added honey for a bit of something sweet for this chilly delight.

Chocolate-cherry vanilla smoothie recipe

Yields 2 (8-ounce)

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 6 ounces frozen pitted cherries
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Honey, to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups ice cubes
  • Optional: Whipped topping and shaved chocolate for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the yogurt, cherries and milk to a blender. Pulse until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract, and pulse several more times to incorporate.
  2. Taste the mixture and add honey to sweeten the smoothie if you'd like. Start with 1 tablespoon.
  3. Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust, as needed.
  4. Serve cold topped with whipped topping and bits of shaved chocolate.

Serve smoothies for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert.

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Patricia Conte
Patricia Conte is a regular contributor to the SheKnows food and living sections. She is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of professional experience. You can follow her on Twitter, or visit her food blog, Grab a Plate, where she shares her love of food, recipes and bites in between.