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Cherry Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Bowl

This totally plant-based smoothie bowl is creamy, delicious and good for you. Packed with protein, fibre and nutrients to keep you satisfied and energized!
Jul 26, 2021 | Joy McCarthy

Cherries and chocolate together in the same recipe have always been a good idea. When I was a teenager my go-to ice cream was Ben & Jerry's "Cherry Garcia" which was chunks of cherries along with chocolate for a perfect match. Do you remember that?!

Now that I'm all grown up and still love this combo, I make this creamy, delicious and super healthy smoothie bowl with wonderful whole-foods based ingredients!

This smoothie bowl is totally plant-based. Packed with protein, fibre and nutritients to keep you satisfied and energized!

You might be wondering why add the zucchini? 

Along with avocado, it is the ultimate secret smoothie hack for adding creaminess and thickening it up without sacrificing flavour. Zucchini is a great low carb squash that is rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre making it excellent for gut health.

Smoothie bowl ingredients, avocado, vegan protein powder, cherries, zucchini

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You need both avocado and zucchini to make a thick smoothie bowl. If it's too thin in consistency, then your crunchy and yummy toppings will sink right to the bottom! 

Smoothie bowl with cherries and vegan protein powder

I used my favourite protein powder, Genuine Health's fermented, organic vegan proteins+ chocolate flavour! This is my go-to protein because it is excellent for gut health since all 7 plant proteins are fermenting making the proteins highly bioavailable. But you probably already knew that if you're a regular reader here ;) 

There's not much thinking required to make this recipe, plop all the ingredients into a blender, give it a blitz and then get creative with your toppings. 

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries, if using fresh, be sure to remove the pits before blending
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • Half a zucchini
  • Half an avocado
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 scoops Genuine Health Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1-2 cups plus more if need non-dairy milk
  • Optional: 2 tbsp honey or 10 drops stevia
Toppings
  • Rawcology Chocolate Oat Clusters
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Sliced banana
  • Sliced cherries
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients excluding the milk into a blender. Add milk 1 cup at a time to desired thickness. You want the smoothie almost as thick as pudding so the toppings sit on top easily. Blitz until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour smoothie into bowl. Place desired toppings on top of smoothie bowl. Have fun!

Notes

Serves 2 generously or 4 modestly.

And you know what? I don't even miss that Cherry Garcia one bit! 

Be sure to share your smoothie bowl creation with me on Instagram. I always love seeing your creations! In fact, check out the Smoothie Bowl Challenge that is happening right now! It's on for a very limited time but the prize pack is awesome!! 

You can save 20% on any Genuine Health product by using my code "joyous20". 

Enjoy!

Joy xo

ps. This post is sponsored by Genuine Health but all opinions are my own :) 

2 Comments
Katie R.   •   July 27, 2021

Looks delicious. Is it possible to substitute cacao powder for the protein powder?

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 27, 2021

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