Well guys, it’s stinking hot here in Arizona! Last weekend it was a 112…no that is not a typo. It’s been close to 110 all week, and this morning as I drove to work just before 8:00 AM it was already 90 degrees. So, actually saying it’s hot here is an understatement!All the sweating made me pretty thirsty last Sunday so I decided to make a nice frosty cold smoothie for lunch. Since cherries are in season right now I knew I had to put those in it. I discovered while pitting my cherries by hand how much I desperately wanted a cherry pitter like this one. My husband would disagree with me saying that I have enough kitchen gadgets. What does he know, I didn’t see him standing there removing pits from all those cherries. I did however see him suck down a tall glass of my smoothie, enjoying every drop of it!
Along with the cherries, I also had a craving for chocolate so I added some unsweetened cocoa powder. Of course there was a banana involved in this smoothie, because bananas should be involved in everything! Lastly, I love the flavor of almond and since it pairs so well with cherries I added just a touch of almond extract. For those of you who don’t care for almond flavor (aka my lovely sister in law) vanilla extract would work as well, but I highly recommend trying the almond.
You can make this smoothie using any kind of milk. I happened to have unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my fridge, but cow’s milk, soy milk, or even chocolate almond milk would all be delicious in this.
So if you are sitting around wasting away in your sweat, get up, drag yourself to the kitchen, stick your head in the freezer for a couple minutes, and then make this smoothie! It’s sure to make any sweaty day just a little better!
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice).
- 1/2 cup pitted cherries (fresh or frozen will work)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 T. honey (use more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1/8-1/4 t. almond extract
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- If you want a thicker smoothie use frozen cherries as well as a frozen banana or you can add a few ice cubes.
- Serve immediately.
- Don't drink too fast, you might get a brain freeze!
If you don't like almond extract substitute with vanilla extract or leave out all together. I highly recommend the almond extract.