Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

by Christin Gillespie

This Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl is creamy, decadent, and bursting with juicy cherry flavor. It’s vegan, refined sugar-free, and is loaded with nutrients. Enjoy this feel-good smoothie bowl for an energizing breakfast or delicious snack anytime of day!

White bowl filled with dark brown smoothie. Topped with frozen sliced cherries, granola, cacao nibs, almond butter, and melted dark chocolate, with a spoon in it. Sitting on a white marble counter.

Chocolate and cherry is a relatively common flavor combination, and that’s for a good reason. However, in this chocolate cherry smoothie bowl, we’re adding almond butter, which takes things to a whole new level. This Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl takes that delicious flavor combination & turns it into an easy, nutritious breakfast! It’s loaded with antioxidants, fiber, & only takes five minutes to make. Breakfast can’t be any simpler than that!

Why you’ll love this smoothie bowl recipe

  • It only takes 5 minutes to make this smoothie bowl.
  • Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber.
  • Perfect breakfast or snack that is sweet, energizing, and healthy. 
  • Tastes like a real chocolate cherry treat, but in a smoothie bowl form.
  • A vegan and gluten-free smoothie bowl recipe.
  • Plus, you can customize this smoothie bowl recipe, by adding your favorite toppings.

Key Ingredients

This chocolate cherry smoothie is creamy and perfectly sweet, so it actually tastes like you’re indulging into a chocolate cherry. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Frozen Banana: A frozen banana adds more sweetness and creaminess to this smoothie bowl!
  • Frozen Cherries: The star of this smoothie bowl. I love using frozen tart cherries but regular frozen cherries or a cherry & berry mix would be perfect.
  • Cacao Powder: To make the smoothie chocolatey! If you don’t have cacao powder, you can use cocoa powder or even vegan chocolate protein powder.
  • Almond ButterAdd a touch of creaminess & healthy fat with a some almond butter. Peanut butter works too, but almond butter tastes so much better in this!
  • Almond Extract: Adding almond extract to this chocolate cherry smoothie transpires the flavors to next-level delicious. Trust me! The almond almond extract makes this smoothie bowl taste like chocolate cherry ice cream. YUM!
  • Spinach: Adding a handful of fresh spinach will change the color a little, but you can’t even taste it at all!
  • Non-dairy Milk: You only need a little liquid to blend, since it’s a smoothie bowl. I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any non-dairy milk that you enjoy.
  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are loaded with nutrients, high in omega-3 fats, rich in dietary fiber, and you can’t even taste them. They are completely optional, so no problem if you don’t have them…yet!

How to make this Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

All it takes is 3 simple steps to achieve your chocolate cherry smoothie!

  1. To begin, add the non-dairy milk, almond extract, flaxseedscacao powderalmond butter, frozen banana, frozen cherries, and spinach, in a high-speed blender.
  2. Next, blend the ingredients until smooth, thick, and creamy.
  3. Then, transfer your creamy smoothie to a chilled bowl. Garnish with frozen cherries, vanilla almond granola, cacao nibs, chocolate covered chia seeds, a drizzle of almond butter, and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, if desired.
A blender filled with chocolate cherry almond smoothie, all blended up, sitting on a white marble counter.

Smoothie Bowl Toppings

Toppings are the best part of any smoothie bowl! I encourage you to personalize your toppings to your liking. Top with something light, crunchy, sweet, fresh, or whatever your heart desires. I garnished mine with frozen cherries, vanilla almond granola, cacao nibs, chocolate covered chia seeds, a drizzle of almond butter, and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. Nevertheless, you can top with whatever you want, so I will provide you with some tasty smoothie bowl topping suggestions.

White bowl filled with dark brown smoothie. Topped with frozen sliced cherries, granola, cacao nibs, almond butter, and melted dark chocolate. Sitting on a white marble counter.

Tips for making the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

To make the perfect smoothie bowl, make sure to follow these tips!

  • Use a frozen banana and frozen cherries to achieve a thick consistency.
  • Start off by only adding 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk and only add more if needed.
  • Use a high-speed blender, with a tamper, to ensure that your smoothie bowl achieves a thick and creamy texture.
  • Place your serving bowl in the freezer before you begin preparing this recipe and remove it when smoothie is ready. This will ensure that your smoothie bowl stays cold as you enjoy it.

Fresh versus frozen fruit

The key to making smoothie bowls is using frozen fruit. By adding frozen fruits to your smoothies, you will achieve a thicker result, so that you can add toppings, without them sinking. Also, don’t add too much liquid, because it is a smoothie bowl after all. I usually start with a little non-dairy milk and add more, if needed, until I reach the desired thickness. 

Smoothie Bowl FAQs

Can I make this smoothie bowl a smoothie?

Absolutely! This smoothie bowl can be as thick or as thin as you desire. Increase the liquid from 1/4 cup to 1 cup, to make it a smoothie.

Can I add protein powder?

Yes! To increase the protein content of this smoothie bowl, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I recommend using a chocolate flavor for this smoothie bowl recipe.

Can I make this smoothie bowl banana free?

Certainly, replace the frozen banana with an additional 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower.

Can I make this smoothie bowl in advance?

Unfortunately, no. I do not recommend making this Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl in advance. However, you can definitely prep all the ingredients, the night before, by adding them to a zip lock bag. That way, in the morning, all you need to do is add the ingredients, along with non-dairy milk, to your blender.

White bowl filled with dark brown smoothie. Topped with frozen sliced cherries, granola, cacao nibs, almond butter, and melted dark chocolate, with a spoon in it. Sitting on a white marble counter.

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White bowl filled with dark brown smoothie. Topped with frozen sliced cherries, granola, cacao nibs, almond butter, and melted dark chocolate, with a spoon in it. Sitting on a white marble counter.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Christin Gillespie
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 Bowl 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl is creamy, decadent, and bursting with juicy cherry flavor. It’s vegan, refined sugar-free, and is loaded with nutrients. Enjoy this feel-good smoothie bowl for an energizing breakfast or delicious snack anytime of day!


Ingredients

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  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Optional Toppings

  • Frozen cherries, sliced
  • Vanilla almond granola (click for recipe)
  • Cacao nibs
  • Chocolate covered chia seeds
  • Almond butter
  • Dark chocolate, melted

Instructions



Notes

  • Be sure to use a frozen banana and frozen cherries to achieve a thick consistency.
  • Flaxseeds are optional.
  • Start off by adding 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk and only add more if needed.
  • Use a high-speed blender, with a tamper, to ensure that your smoothie bowl achieves a thick and creamy texture.
  • Place your serving bowl in the freezer before you begin preparing this recipe and remove it when smoothie is ready. This will ensure that your smoothie bowl stays cold as you enjoy it.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bowl
  • Calories: 363kcal
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 101mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Protein: 10g

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