I’ll be honest here…I’ve never really gotten into smoothies for breakfast. I like the idea of them, how quickly they come together, the nutrients you can pack in there, etc. I’ve tried them before and have had some that were pretty tasty (…and some that weren’t), but there’s one task that’s prevented me from adopting a daily smoothie habit: cleaning the blender. I’m usually on the move in the morning, and the thought of something extra waiting there for me to clean when I get home from work is off-putting in the utmost.
And there’s that time I made a morning smoothie, all empowered that I was about to start my day on a healthy, protein-packed foot, and then proceeded to spill it EVERYWHERE. Instead of patting myself on the back for my fab breakfast concoction, I was late to work and sopping up smoothie from the floor/cabinets/counter top/SHOES(!!). And somberly chewing on a granola bar. No bueno.
This chocolate cherry smoothie, however. This is bueno. So much so that I gladly added cleaning the blender to my daily to-dos.
The chocolate flavor comes from the light chocolate soy milk, and is amplified by unsweetened cocoa powder. Apparently I was in a daze when I was grocery shopping because I really thought I had bought chocolate almond milk. Like, convinced. I still thought it was almond milk after I got home and drank a glass. Only the blank stare B gave me after I asked him to hand me the almond milk from the fridge clued me in to the fact that we had soy milk. I don’t typically buy soy milk, but this one by Silk was really delicious (and 90 calories for 1 cup) , so that’s what I used. I do have a serious thing for dark chocolate almond milk so I’ll try that one next. Feel free to use whatever chocolate milk you prefer.
Like the milk situation, I had vanilla Greek yogurt in the fridge so that’s what hit the blender. Chocolate yogurt (or cherry) would probably be interesting in a good way, so this recipe is certainly open to interpretation.
Plus when you have a glass this cute to drink from, you kind of even want to smoothie it up on the weekends. No matter if the glass is from a brewing company (Lagunitas) and says “Beer Speaks” on the bottom. Yeah, well so does this smoothie.
Fair warning though, the ground oats add a thickness that may take a second or two to get used to. But when it comes to smoothies, a little “bulk” is much more satisfying to me. A smoothie with oomph keeps me fuller for longer than a thin, juice-like smoothie that’s sipped down before I even back out of the driveway. And one last work about the xanthan gum. If you’re unfamiliar, use it veeeeery sparingly. I suggest using a max. of 1/16 tsp, as even a little too much can result in a thick, gelatinous substance that would be near impossible to drink through a straw. Been there, done that. Now that wouldn’t be the best breakfast on-the-go now, would it?
- 1/2 cup quick oats, ground
- 1 cup light chocolate soy milk (or chocolate milk of your choice)
- 5 maraschino cherries
- 1-2 tbsp maraschino cherry juice (from jar)
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I used Greek)
- 1/16th tsp xanthan gum (optional)
- Grind oats in a coffee or spice grinder. Add to blender.
- To blender, add milk, cherries, cherry juice (from the jar of cherries), cocoa powder, and yogurt. Blend until cherries are pureed and everything is combined.
- If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add a very small pinch of xanthan gum (up to 1/16 tsp, max.) and blend.