Who says dessert has to be a cookie or a slice of cake? This dessert shake is incredibly delicious and actually full of amazing, wholesome ingredients. It is not low calorie, but then again, it’s more of a dessert, than an actual smoothie. However, each ingredient is good for you, so I would definitely call this a healthy dessert! When I posted a teaser photo on Instagram, there were many eager for the recipe, so here it is! By the way, I often share sneak peaks of recipes before I post them on my blog here, so be sure to follow all the excitement @thevegan8.
SO, this shake…..cherries and chocolate, one of the best combos out there. Each one intensifies the other. Then, when you add a little coconut milk and coconut butter, it’s pure bliss.
I also added some shredded coconut and chopped chocolate on top for both looks and extra oomph. Totally optional, but recommended!
I used these gorgeous rainier cherries, froze them overnight and did a blend of these with some dark cherries. Feel free to use whatever cherries you like.
My plant-based protein powder of choice is Sprout Living’s Epic Protein “Chocolate Maca”. They are not paying me for this post, I am just simply sharing my love, once again, for their amazing protein powders and products. They are the cleanest product on the market that I’ve found and has the best taste to me.
Speaking of smoothies, I have contributed a few of my smoothie recipes at the request of my friend Monica Parodi, who is an amazing nutritionist & fitness expert and also writes a monthly column in Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. She just released an Ebook on amazing smoothies for just $10 with 44 recipes and tips! She has graciously included a few of my smoothies in her book. The book includes an array of different types of smoothies that contain protein and superfood boosters! It’s a fantastic way to kick start your health and start your day with antioxidants and power-packed nutrients. I never start my day without a smoothie and I’ve never felt better. You can order yours HERE!
This is what Monica has to say about her book:
“Why blend, and how will this book impact your life? Well, I believe this little book is going to change your life! You’ve made the mental shift, and are ready for change and to start living the life that you deserve. True health, happiness, and WELLNESS are something we should all seek to experience. When you act with kindness and covet your well-being, all your dreams can come true. True health really is a gift, and it’s that gift I want to share with you.
I know it’s a bold statement for me to say that a few recipes are going to change your life, but never underestimate the profound effect small changes can make. Starting or improving a smoothie habit will quickly improve your health by pumping up the number of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and super foods you consume.
A daily smoothie (especially a green one) is a ritual I can’t go a day without. I miss the energy and the refreshment. I just feel off. Green smoothies ignite my mojo. Even if I am out of town, I travel with my blender, or I find places where I can get a green smoothie. Smoothies have improved my life and countless others that I have helped. It’s a powerful and easy place to start for better health. Now it’s your turn.”
Cocoa-Nut Cherry Protein Dessert Shake
- 2 cups frozen dark cherries frozen is important, so there is no need for ice which would dilute flavor
- 1 cup lowfat coconut milk I used canned, but you can use fresh
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut butter or almond butter I used coconut butter for a coconut taste
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 scoop Sprout Living Chocolate Maca Protein Powder Or just use an extra tablespoon of cacao powder
- 1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with coconut cream, shredded coconut and shaved dark chocolate, if desired, for presentation. I added a cherry on top as well! Gorgeous and delicious!
*Raw, vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free
*Nutrition per smoothie based on 2 smoothies: 335 calories, 15 g fat, 43 carbs, 9.25 g protein, 32.5 g sugar
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