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Cool Off With A Cherry Cacao Smoothie

using a bowl of cherries to make a healthy smoothie


The hot and sticky air continues to hang around here in Wisconsin and I probably complain about it at least five times a day. I also complain about the temps in the winter months, but I promise this blog is not about my frustration with Midwest weather. I’ve been trying to embrace the heat by cooling off with new smoothie recipes.

Smoothies are a great way to enjoy fruit or even use up fresh fruit that’s starting to look not-so-fresh. My latest smoothie muse includes fresh cherries and cacao powder as the two main stars of the show. Vitamin C-rich cherries pair perfectly with the cacao powder, which adds a velvety-smooth chocolate flavor. The below recipe rivals the taste of chocolate-cherry ice cream, and I promise I wouldn’t make such a claim if I didn’t stand behind it (I don’t mess around when it comes to ice cream). Take this recipe on a test drive for yourself and see what you think!


  • ¾ cup fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup ice


Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Add a splash of water if too thick.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 424 calories (133 from fat), 15 g total fat (5 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 254 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 43 g protein.

Exchanges: ½ fruit, 1 starch, 1 milk, 3 protein, 2 fat.

While this isn’t a low-calorie smoothie, it can be modified by skipping the protein powder if you’re looking for something a little lighter. This will save anywhere from 130-160 calories and 30 grams of protein. You can also feel free to experiment with adding ingredients like flaxseed oil (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids) and fresh blueberries.

Which smoothie combos keep you cool in the summer?

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