Who said the black forest only thrived as cake? Take all the rich, decadent flavors of this classic combination (dark chocolate and cherries) in a delicious easy to make a smoothie bowl for two that’s done in less than 10 minutes.
If you’re a chocolate fiend (i.e. myself), having a dessert craving, or in need of a delicious post-workout pick-me-up, this is the recipe for you! This is my go-to for when I want chocolate ice cream for breakfast-I to know i’m not the only one who has these cravings!
Cherries and cacao are the life of this bowl, while frozen bananas, coconut milk is added for sweetness and creamy texture. I like to add protein powder to this recipe to increase flavor, and I find it helps keep you sustained longer. I like to use ancient nutrition bone broth protein because it has whole ingredients, no fillers and comes in a variety of yummy favors. 2 scoops are all you need to turn this smoothie bowl into a great post-workout snack.
For this recipe, I love to use cacao powder over traditional baking cocoa. Cacao and cocoa are very different because cocoa powder is made from the cacao bean, refined with heat and other compounds including sugar. The refining process makes this type of chocolate great for baking, but a number of nutrients are lost during the process. Cacao nibs and powder, however, still contains a high amount of magnesium and fiber, without losing the strong chocolate flavor due to its cold processing with little to no added ingredients. This super food ingredient is perfect for adding rich chocolate flavor to breakfasts, in drinks and most baking applications. If you don’t have cacao nibs, your favorite shaved dark chocolate bar works perfectly in a pinch.
Black Forest Smoothie Bowls
- 2 scoops organic chocolate protein powder
- 4 frozen bananas sliced
- 1 1/2 cup frozen cherries plus more for topping
- 1/2 cup ice
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut milk plus more for topping
- shaved coconut, cherries, cacao nibs/chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
- Place protein powder, bananas, cherries, ice, cacao, and coconut milk into blender.
- Pulse until smooth, using extra water or coconut milk to loosen the mixture if needed.
- Divide finished smoothie into two large bowls. Pour a small amount of extra coconut milk (about 2 tsp) atop the bowls.
- Use a spoon to create a swirl pattern. Top with extra frozen cherries, cacao nibs, and coconut flakes and enjoy immediately