This (besides the sunshine) is my favourite thing to wake up to lately.
The darkest of cherries and bittersweet crunch of cacao conspire to recreate Japanese springtime in a glass, rich with health-boosting oils, creamy yoghurt and golden yolk…to keep you blissfully sated until lunch, or later.
If I’m having a smoothie as a stand-alone breakfast—not just a beverage—I want there to be something a little more interesting going on; there needs to be appropriate thickness, and actual texture. (The mouth feels are universally considered just as important as taste; culinary scientists note textural quality to be a key component in identifying flavour itself.)
Long story short, I like to bite into my food, whatever it is. If you’re like me, you’ll be entirely satisfied with the copious crunch of this smoothie. If you’re a stickler for semantics, and believe a smoothie should be exactly as it suggests, swap out the cacao nibs for cacao powder. (Won’t be as perfect, though. Just sayin’.)
For a vegan spin, leave out the ghee and egg, doubling the coconut oil instead.
Do you have to use frozen fruit in a smoothie?
If you want a creamy smoothie—and who doesn’t—you need to incorporate at least one frozen ingredient. In this recipe, only the cherries need be frozen, but it’s always a good idea to freeze some overripe banana chunks should the smoothie craving sneak up on you—bananas go well with almost any smoothie combo.Print
A sinfully good—but seriously healthy!—smoothie loaded with cacao crunch and frozen cherry deliciousness.
- 1 cup frozen dark cherries
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 cup authentic (thick) Greek yoghurt
- A generous swizzle of cold-pressed flaxseed oil
- 1 heaped tbsp grass-fed ghee, melted
- 2 heaped tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 heaped tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 4 heaped tsp raw cacao nibs
- Blitz ingredients together until you reach your desired consistency; start off on a low setting to break down the chunks and then turn up to high to make smooth.
- Pour into large glasses (or super-cutesy jam jars!). Sprinkle with a few more cacao nibs, dust over a smidge extra cinnamon.
- Bottoms up.
- Category: SIP IT