1heaping tablespoon cocoa powder, natural unsweetened or Dutch-process
1scoop, or more protein powder
10 to 15frozen cherries
½ to 1frozen banana
Add the ingredients in the order listed to a high-powered blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.
Adaptations: you can see from the ingredient list that this smoothie is rather adaptable. I don't usually measure much; I just throw in a handful of cashews - same with the spinach.Almond Milk: if using almond milk, you can use unsweetened or a sweetened vanilla variety.Sweetness: if you'd like the smoothie sweeter, you can add in a pitted date or a drizzle of honey (but that's not really necessary especially if using a whole banana).Protein Powder: my favorite protein powder is vital collagens. It is unsweetened/unflavored.Blender: a good blender should have no trouble blending the cashews super smooth with enough time.Cocoa: also, Dutch-process cocoa will make the smoothie a bit darker and sweeter than natural, unsweetened (I've used both with great results).