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This family-friendly cherry & chocolate smoothie is certain to put a smile on everyone's face.

Cherries are little red gems rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants such as anthocyanins.  Research suggests that cherry consumption can help to reduce inflammation as well as the risk of cancer and Alzheimer's.  Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, which helps to promote healthy sleep and induce a sense of calm.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or nut-free milk (I like to use my Almond Cow to make homemade plant-based milk)

  • 2 cups frozen cherries

  • 2 Tbsp almond butter (or substitute sunflower seed butter or nut butter of choice)

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • pinch of sea salt

  • optional Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, maple syrup, or raw honey (nonvegan), adjusted to taste