One of my favorite smoothies to get at my gym’s juice bar is a chocolate berry concoction. It features frozen cherries, strawberries, cashews, dates, maca and raw cacao powder — just a few of my favorite things. But, as much as I love this smoothie, I can’t spend $9 every time I workout. It’s not smart… I can totally make this at home.
My routine lately has been to make a big batch of my chocolate cherry smoothie, then freeze it in mason jars for the week. The smoothie recipe below makes two servings, so double it up if you want do the same.
Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about the smoothie’s ingredients. First things first, stock your pantry with…
- Raw Cacao Powder ($8-$10): TruVibe brand FTW. The price of this ranges month-to-month, but right now it is only $8.50 on Amazon for 16 oz.
- Chia seeds ($7-$10): I buy TruVibe chia seeds too. Right now, they are $7.99 on Amazon for a 16 oz. bag, which is one of the best deals I’ve seen.
- Raw, plant-based protein powder (~$3o-$40): The price varies depending on what brand you buy. Every couple of months, Whole Foods does a 25% off protein/supplements sale. It’s totally worth it to stock up IMO. Plus, usually you can get an extra $5 off with the coupon on the container or from the nice human handing out samples.
These ingredients — totaling ~$50 — will get you through about 30 chocolate cherry smoothies. Thirty of my favorite gym smoothie would cost me… $270. Just sayin’.
- Very Cherry Blend from Trader Joe’s ($2.99): But, any mixed berries work. Or, just go all in with the frozen cherries.
- Coconut Water from Whole Foods ($3.29): It is 100% natural with no added nonsense, which is my fav! Plus, it’s cheaper than other brands and comes in a HUGE carton (4 servings).
- Bananas (so cheap): I buy a bunch of bananas, peel them, break them in half, and then store them in the freezer.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
8 oz frozen Very Cherry Blend (or other frozen mixed berries)
2 cups coconut water + more filtered water if needed
2 frozen bananas
1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein*
3 Tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
*I use 1 scoop because my Garden of Life protein is 170 calories per scoop. Depending on what your protein’s nutrition content is, you might want more or less than 1 scoop.
- Place the bananas and berries in the blender first. Next, add the coconut water followed by everything else.
- Blend until smooth, adding 1/4 cup more filtered water at a time if needed.
- Divide into two — or three — servings. Freeze one, and consume the other.