Chocolate Cherry Smoothie – Black Forest Protein Shake

Switch up your smoothie game with this chocolate cherry smoothie. You’ll love the black forest flavors in this protein shake – it tastes as good as dessert! 

Switch up your smoothie game with this chocolate cherry smoothie. You'll love the black forest flavors in this protein shake - it tastes as good as dessert!  Get the recipe on rachelcooks.com!

If you look closely, you can see some of this chocolate cherry smoothie on my kitchen ceiling.

I try to do most of my recipe development, cooking, and photography on Saturdays when Ben is home to help with the kids. On one of those Saturdays, I was working on a number of recipes. I think we had an evening event and I thought to myself, I can get one more recipe done quickly. It’s a protein shake and it won’t take me too long.

So, still in my workout clothes, I decided to go for it. One more thing crossed off the never-ending to-do list. Into the blender went the cherries, the protein powder, the spinach, Greek yogurt, and water.

Switch up your smoothie game with this chocolate cherry smoothie. You'll love the black forest flavors in this protein shake - it tastes as good as dessert!  Get the recipe on rachelcooks.com!

It was a little thick, so I took the lid off my Vitamix and started pushing the mixture down with the stir stick or whatever that thing is called.

Hey guys, there’s a reason you use that stick thing with the lid on. It’s so it doesn’t hit the spinning blade.

DUH.

But, I wasn’t thinking and CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH.

The next thing I knew, my hair, my clothes, my floor, my cabinets and my entire kitchen were covered in chocolate, partially pureed cherries, and pieces of hard black plastic.

Not my finest moment, to say the least. So at this point, not only do I need to clean up this disaster, I also have to redo the recipe. Super fun way to end a day of work, but nonetheless, I bring you a delicious, plastic shard free, chocolate cherry smoothie.

With spinach. You guys know I put spinach in everything.

Switch up your smoothie game with this chocolate cherry smoothie. You'll love the black forest flavors in this protein shake - it tastes as good as dessert!  Get the recipe on rachelcooks.com!

The smoothie, without the plastic shards, is perfect for summer. Sometimes in summer, it’s hard to keep your nutrition game strong. Schedules are wacky, everyone is outside 24/7, you’re hopping from one place to the next, and things are just plain busy. The great thing about this cherry chocolate smoothie is that it can be a breakfast, a snack, a post-workout refresher, or even a meal replacement! Not to mention the fact that it’s refreshing and perfect for those scorching summer days.

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