Peas and Compassion

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Dark Cherry Chocolate Almond Smoothie

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Most days I throw together a green smoothie in the morning, but sometimes I can get a bit indulgent. A few months ago I tried a blend of frozen sweet dark cherries and cocoa, and I’ve been on a mission to perfect it ever since. The current incarnation pulls together cherry, almond, and chocolate flavors, so it’s a bit like drinking a cherry cordial.

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Of course, there’s a dose of healthy kale hidden in here, but you’d never know it from the taste.

Dark Cherry Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Serves: 1 Prep time: <5 minutes.
Accessibility Notes: No chopping here! You’ll need a blender; if you don’t have a fancy high-speed blender, consider soaking your date(s) in hot water for about 15 minutes prior. This isn’t a necessary step but it may make the blending a bit easier.

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup almond milk
  •  1 cup frozen sweet dark cherries
  •  1 frozen banana (peel the banana the night before, break it into chunks, and throw it in a baggie in the freezer)
  •  1 1/2 cups loosely packed chopped kale
  •  1-2 dates, pitted
  •  1 tbsp + 2 tsp cocoa powder
  •  1/8 – 1/4 tsp almond extract
  •  sliced almonds, raw cocao nibs, and dried cherries, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. Combine the almond milk, cherries, banana, and kale in a blender and blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

2. Add the date(s), cocoa powder, and almond extract and blend another minute until the date(s) are decimated. (I suggest starting with 1/8 tsp almond extract and then adding more as desired.)

3. Add garnishes as desired and enjoy!

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