I drink a lot of protein shakes so if I don’t mix things up they can get pretty boring. Being cherry season means that this is a great opportunity to relive my time in the Black Forest in Germany. I experimented quite a bit with this recipe to recreate the flavour of the cake that captured my taste buds.
After washing, de-pitting, and freezing all my cherries, they were ready to use.
The ingredients needed are 1 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp cocoa nibs, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 C of cherries.
Then, of course a scoop of protein powder. You can use plain or chocolate flavoured protein. For the liquid, I use chocolate almond milk.
For additional ingredients, a cup of spinach blends nicely, as does 1 Tbsp of pure, dark chocolate chips (if you want to make it more dessert-like)
The secret to making this taste more like Black Forest cake is . . . .almond extract. For some reason, this is a must. You only need a few drops but it is a must in the smoothie. Give it a try! It might become one of your favourites as well.
Black Forest Smoothie
1.5 C chocolate almond milk
2 scoops protein powder
1/2 C frozen cherries
1 Tbsp cocoa nibs
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2-3 drops almond extract
1 C spinach (optional)
1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)
1. Put all ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend until smooth (about 45 seconds to 1 minute).
Protein 31.8 g