Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Smoothie

Many of you have asked about my half-marathon training fuel. Much to anyone’s surprise, I don’t solely live off of chocolate chip cookies.  Although, that’d be quite the life! As I train, I’m making sure to fuel up and recover appropriately. With the occasional cupcake, of course.  Cookie dough frosting is good running fuel, no?

And so is peanut butter, granola, chicken, oats, lots of veggies, and most certainly… a lot of smoothies. And sweet potato fries (obsessed). Maybe a margarita thrown in every now and then? With chips and salsa? Come to mama. While I ve no certification to give running or nutrition advice, I can certainly share with you one of my favrite ways to fuel up.

I have a little thing for smoothies.  Cold, creamy, fruit-filled smoothies that are so thick, I have to eat it with a spoon. 🙂

My common smoothie ingredients are nothing strange or specialty-store required. Nope, just a simple mix of frozen banana, frozen mango, greek yogurt, almond milk, spinach, and frozen blueberries.  Lately, frozen strawberries and peaches have been making the cut as well.


But I always, always start with frozen banana chunks. I typically buy a bunch of bananas at the beginning of the week and if I’m not baking banana bread with them, I chop them up when they ripen and freeze them in a ziplock bag to have on hand for smoothies.

Frozen bananas lend the creamiest, thickest smoothies. Exactly what I’m looking for.

 Today, I made a new smoothie for my post-run recovery drink. A chocolate-cherry bomb of sorts. With the frozen banana chunks, into the blender went: Chobani black cherry nonfat greek yogurt, frozen cherries, a touch of almond milk, and a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate syrup.  Nothing fancy.

You may certainly use chocolate protein powder for a chocolate kick, but I haven’t been able to find a brand that doesn’t taste “chalky.” Any suggestions?

 The Chobani lends quite the protein punch already – 14 grams – which was good enough for my muscles & I. 🙂 It was everything my muscles and stomach craved.

Feel free to leave out the chocolate drizzle or just sprinkle with chocolate chips instead. Use different berries or even add some spinach.  Smoothies are so versatile, which is why I my fruit-obsessed self loves them!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Smoothie

This chocolate cherry power smoothie packs 14 grams of protein!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 large bananas, cut into chunks & frozen
  • 6 oz Chobani Black Cherry Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use almond milk - use more or less, depending on how thick you'd like it)
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup (I use sugar free, see below for substitutions)1

Directions:

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add first 4 ingredients to blender. Blend until you've reached a smooth consistency. If desired, add more milk for a thinner smoothie.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Instead of chocolate syrup, try adding 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder or 1 Tablespoon of mini chocolate chips.

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Make a Banana Whip! Instead of fruity smoothies, sometimes I blend up a a bunch of frozen banana chunks with just a splash of milk. The end result is a creamy, smooth soft-serve that is reminiscent of vanilla ice cream. In fact, sometimes I add a touch of vanilla extract before blending too.

A good source of carbs, bananas also contain potassium which runners lose through sweating. Pure frozen whipped bananas. It certainly cools me down after a run. Top with sprinkles, peanut butter, frozen fruit, or toasted coconut.

Homemade Banana Whip - tastes like ice cream. Healthy, cheap, vegan, gluten free, no added sugar or fat.

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Comments

  1. Ruosi on February 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Wow this looks so amazing I’m going to buy a new blender in the morning just so I can make this. Is there any brand/model of blender or food processor you would recommend? I want a good one but don’t want to spend a fortune.

    Have a good weekend!!
    I am in love with your site 🙂

  2. Ashleigh on March 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I have discovered Whole Foods 365 Brand Whey Chocolate Protein Powder. It is absolutely delicious!

    • Sally on March 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion Ashleigh! I’ll have to try it out.

  3. Tamika on March 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I just tried this recipe and I am in love! If you have any other combinations, please share.

    • Sally on March 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Hey Tamika! So glad you liked it – I’m working on posting another smoothie recipe in the next few weeks. Thank you so much!

  4. Paula S on May 1, 2013 at 12:53 am

    GREAT frozen banana trick! I added an extra scoop of protein powder after my work and bailed on the chocolate sauce.

    • Sally on May 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Sounds like a great idea, Paula! And I swear by frozen bananas.

  5. Charlene on August 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Great ideas for smoothies. Have you checked out Smoothie King ‘s gladiator protein powder. Very good low in carbs and sugars, high in protein. Does not taste chalky at all. They have vanilla,chocolate, and strawberry.

    • Sally on August 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Charlene, thank you for the suggestion! I will check it out, we have a smoothie king only a couple miles away. Thank you so much!

  6. Robin Murdock on January 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Joe Dillon makes a wonderful protein powder – pricey, but delicious.

    http://www.thejoedillondifference.com/?gclid=CPbej67pprwCFelxOgodOjMA4A

    • Sally on January 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  7. Kat on July 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I have tried over 30 kinds of whey protein and one of my favorites is BPI Sports Ultra Whey HD in chocolate cookie. I like several other favors in this brand. One serving (25gm) protein is a much smaller measured amount than other brands.
    Can’t wait to try this!

  8. RainahN on December 12, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Love your BananaCream….. adding vanilla offers a nice touch. OTOH, I really like to use just a touch of lime instead of milk…… yum!

  9. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture on December 26, 2015 at 8:41 am

    So looking forward to trying this! Cherries are my favorite but it’s hard to find recipes for them… wohoo!

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