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What’s Cooking? Smoothies

Smoothie inspired by Cherry Ripe on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe’re in a race to the finish line right now, us teachers. I have just a few weeks left of school but feel like I have a few months’ worth of work to get through before school’s out for the summer. Yikes! When I am really busy at work, one of the things I often don’t make time for is breakfast. My New Years’ resolutions of a balanced breakfast to keep me going through the morning (especially on weekends when it feels like I have SO much to do and I often just grab a coffee and GO) have kind of fallen by the wayside and come mid-morning, I’m often regretting my early morning food choices (or lack of them!).  I was delighted so see smoothies as a choice for this month’s Kraft Canada #whatscooking assignment because they are truly what should be my “go to” every morning. They are quick to make and, provided I include the right ingredients, keep me going until lunch…
cherryripe

I had my eye on a version of this raspberry smoothie but when I went to the store to pick up the raspberries, I spotted cherries and my mind wandered to the idea of a Cherry Ripe smoothie… I mean I had coconut yoghurt and cocoa powder, right? So all I could have to do is buy cherries and see if I couldn’t make one of my favourite chocolate bars into a smoothie…For those of you wondering, a Cherry Ripe is a chocolate bar filled with coconut and cherries (I think glacé cherries) and it’s one I always make sure I buy a bunch of to bring home when I visit Australia… Why NOT make a healthier version in smoothie form?

(Image via AussieFavourites.Com/Creative Commons Search)

Cherry chocolate coconut smoothie on eatlivetravelwrite.com

This is an easy smoothie to make and the best bit? It tastes exactly like the chocolate bar – only a tad less decadent!

Cherry ripe smoothie
 
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A smoothie version of a Cherry Ripe chocolate bar.
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut milk or coconut yoghurt
  • ¾ cup water or coconut water
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • To serve:
  • flaked coconut
  • Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, grated
Instructions
  1. Place coconut milk/ yoghurt, water/ coconut water, cherries and cocoa powder in a blender and liquidize until smooth.
  2. Pour into two glasses and top each smoothie with the flaked coconut and grated chocolate.
  3. Drink immediately.

 

A cherry ripe smoothie on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Kraft What's Cooking contributorVerdict? I’ll be making this again next time I have cherries in the house. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart and I loved the texture the flaked coconut on top gave it – it felt really substantial and kept me going all morning on a busy weekend when I didn’t have time to sit down to a proper breakfast. Also, it tastes like a chocolate bar. Win-win!

 

Disclosure: As a Kraft Canada #whatscooking contributor, I receive compensation for writing these posts, however, all opinions are 100% my own.

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8 Responses to What’s Cooking? Smoothies

  1. Coco in the Kitchen May 21, 2014 at 15:55 #

    Mardi, Cherry Ripes are my absolute favourite sweets from Australia (my hubby’s fr Adelaide, like you).
    In fact, I have a bunch of mini Cherry Ripes in my desk drawer here at the office, you know for emergencies. ;)
    This smoothie sounds even better than the candy bar. Can’t wait to taste it!

  2. Ilan May 21, 2014 at 18:32 #

    This looks great Mardi! I love the chocolate + cherry combo.
    I decided to take a summer course, so my university classes end at the same time yours do :P

  3. Geoff May 21, 2014 at 23:04 #

    OK, I could go for this.
    I was never (unlike your mother) much of a Cherry Ripe fan, but a smoothie….?
    Nice idea.

  4. Paula May 22, 2014 at 11:15 #

    When you have to have breakfast on the run this smoothie truly looks like a good way to go.

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