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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie


A winning combination of cocoa and cherries makes this one of Dr. Fuhrman's top-rated smoothies. Pomegranate juice, spinach and lettuce make it a nutrient-dense treat.

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (53)


2 ounces (about 2 cups) baby spinach
2 ounces (about 2 cups) romaine lettuce
1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
1/2 cup pomegranate juice, cherry juice or cherry pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
1 ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder or alcohol-free vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds


Blend ingredients in a high-powered blender.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 2

Per Serving:

Calories 237
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrates 46 g
Sugars 30 g
Total Fat 5.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 58 mg
Fiber 9.3 g
Beta-Carotene 3518 ug
Vitamin C 18 mg
Calcium 161 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Folate 137 ug
Magnesium 108 mg
Potassium 882 mg
Zinc 1.2 mg
Selenium 3.4 ug

My Rating: 
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09/10/2006 10:18 PM

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This is to die for !!! I had tried the Chocolate Smoothie first and loved it so when I saw the Chocolate Cherry, I just had to try it too. So rich and chocolatey!!! This is probably my favorite smoothie right now. It will definitely take care of your chocolate cravings.


10/07/2006 07:21 PM

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12/21/2006 12:57 PM

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This is really great, and you can't taste the spinach. I swear! I couldn't find cherry pomegranite juice so I substituted 1/4 cup cherry juice + 1/4 cup pomegranite juice, which I discovered is a really delicious combo.


01/17/2007 12:59 PM

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Delicious, distinct chocolate/cherry flavor. A great healthy smoothie that most kids would happily drink.


01/18/2007 03:45 PM

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Absolutely fantastic smoothie/blended salad! You could pass this as desert. In fact, I had to stash it in the freezer while I ate my veggies. It works well with all the ingredients cut in half except the spinach. I may even add a couple more ounces of spinach. I don't think anyone would ever know this is a blended salad, including me, which is the most important!


01/18/2007 08:54 PM

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I heartily agree! I'm trying to get my college age daughter to try more greens. This is absolutely a great way to go. She still could taste the greens, but I think with some coaxing she will try some more and maybe even drink a lot of it some day! Dr. Fuhrman says it takes 9 times to develop a taste for something!


04/20/2007 11:33 AM

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We started the 6-week plan today. We chose this smoothie to get off on the right foot. We loved it. We used frozen bananas and spinach so needed to add about a cup of water to blend it (no VitaMix). We used mangosteen instead of pomegranate juice and flax oil instead of seeds. YEAH! Thanks so much for sharing this. I'd give this a 5 star but for some reason I haven't figured out how to click a star to make that happen yet.

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11/06/2019 10:46 AM

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Oil is totally prohibited. Better to use any type of seed or nut. You only need a small amount to help the uptake of the veg.


04/28/2007 12:47 PM

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Extremely good! You gotta try it!


07/17/2007 01:04 AM

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I LOVE this smoothie. This was my first foray into putting greens in a smoothie. I'm sold! I made it exactly as the recipe said and I cannot taste the spinach. Next I'm going to try baby greens with arugula. This was great! And I don't have a Vitamix yet.

Nick's mom

07/25/2007 11:47 PM

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Can you taste the banana in this? My son hates bananas. Has anyone tried making this without the banana?


01/13/2008 09:45 AM

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Oh my goodness! This is nutritional nectar for dark chocolate lovers!! I did double the cocoa but it would still be great with the amount specified.

Also, in case anyone is still wondering: My husband doesn't care for bananas and he said he wouldn't have known there was one in there had I not told him.

I give it a 5 star yum!


07/02/2008 08:45 PM

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Excellent! I agree with all the other great comments! My husband did not want to even try it, and he ended up drinking the whole thing after one sip. He is not full ETL, but overall, he is probably about 50% ETL. We will definitely be having this frequently--especially on hot summer evenings!


08/08/2009 11:12 AM

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This is great! I'm new to this whole concept of throwing greens into my fruit smoothies-- but I love this recipe!


08/18/2009 02:05 PM

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03/10/2010 10:18 AM

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I came across this recipe last night and I had to try it. Went to Whole Foods and got all my ingredients and this morning I made it for my husband. He gave me a high five and said it was delicious but seeing he has sweet tooth he said it could be a little sweeter so next time I will add some date sugar or dates. I just tasted it a little as I am on a fast, but I will definately make it next week again so I can really taste it.


03/10/2010 10:19 AM

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I came across this recipe last night and I had to try it. Went to Whole Foods and got all my ingredients and this morning I made it for my husband. He gave me a high five and said it was delicious but seeing he has sweet tooth he said it could be a little sweeter so next time I will add some date sugar or dates. I just tasted it a little as I am on a fast, but I will definately make it next week again so I can really taste it.


10/05/2011 04:07 PM

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This is to die for best ever awesome


02/10/2012 11:23 PM

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This recipe is incredible. I have a regular blender so I also add red kidney beans to this recipe to help the blending process, which I discovered gives it a wonderfully smooth texture and makes this recipe perfect for the morning as it has fruits, veggies, nuts, and beans - everything you want to start your day off right :)


05/15/2012 05:19 PM

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Love this smoothie! This is our family go-to for dessert! With a houseful of daughters this hits the chocolate spot!


07/08/2012 04:19 PM

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What a great recipe! Didn't have frozen cherries so subbed extra blueberries and fresh strawberries. It is very satisfying both for a sweet tooth and filling!


07/26/2012 11:58 AM

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This was really yummy! I could even go for a little more chocolate. I couldn't find just frozen cherries, so I bought a bag in the produce section, pitted a cup of them, and froze them. Excellent smoothie!


12/12/2012 06:52 PM

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This was so delicious! I can't wait to have it again!


03/14/2013 11:33 AM

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Made this this morning for me and my 14 yr old son. We both loved it. I did not have spinach, so I used 5 large collard leaves. There is no vegetable or green taste to this smoothie, just fruity and chocolaty. Delicious!


04/07/2013 12:17 PM

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When I started the ETL diet about a year ago I made this smoothie all the time. It is really good and I highly recommend


04/27/2013 08:07 AM

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Made this smoothie for breakfast this morning. Wow! Loved the flavor and smooth creamy texture. I used raw cacao (2tbsp) and added chia seeds. So delicious! A definite keeper!


05/07/2013 06:40 PM

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You can get frozen cherries at HEB.


06/28/2013 03:23 PM

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This is awesome. I sometimes even triple the cocoa... why not? Extremely low calorie/low fat and tons of antioxidants. I use Dr. Fuhrman's cocoa most of the time but mix in TJ's as well because it's cheaper... probably not as good for me though. This really gets you through some of the rough days. I also substitue any green for the spinach... eg. Kale, Arugula etc if I happen to be out of spinach. Kale gives it a nice fresh taste. This is my all time favorite.


08/30/2013 09:05 PM

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This one is wonderful! Don't be afraid to feed it to your kids without telling them it has spinach, they'll want it again and again...
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10/15/2013 03:20 PM

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This is a delicious recipe and I have also made it and frozen it in popsicle molds for a summertime treat! Parents and kids love them!


11/07/2013 10:21 PM

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Best smoothie EVER and my 2 year old goes crazy when she knows we are making it. If I really have a sweet tooth, I add 1-2 dates just like the other reviewers. I also freeze the banana the night before because it seems like you are having an ice cream shake. Since cherry and pomegranate juices are not regular pantry staples, I simply double the almond milk. FYI - CostCo has a big bag of organic cherries for about $10.


06/02/2014 10:37 AM

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Not only is this delicious and healthy, but it is a great one to make for guests who think you live on boiled water and wilted lettuce! If I don't have cherry pomegranate juice, I throw in pomegranate fruit and use blueberry pomegranate juice. I sometimes add a handful of raw macadamia nuts and three finely chopped medjool dates.


05/10/2015 07:42 PM

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This is delicious. I have large bags of costco frozen organic cherries and blueberries on hand and large bottles of Pom juice. I made this recipie as written but added a little kale. I definitely will freeze this for summer Popsicles.


07/05/2015 10:29 AM

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This smoothie has become one of my go-to meals; I usually have it at least once a day for either breakfast or lunch. I do find that I like a little thinner drink so I usually us a full cup of almond milk. I also usually use a full 4 oz. of spinach and omit the lettuce. Whichever way you prefer it, it's hard to imagine not enjoying this.


06/24/2016 08:30 AM

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Best smoothie of the ones I have tried!


07/02/2016 01:56 PM

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This is an excellent smoothie. I am somewhat new to smoothies, and w/ the chocolate/cocoa powder it offers a go to smoothie for those of us w/ a sweet tooth!


12/24/2016 07:59 AM

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This is my favorite smoothie! I make it often. YUM.


03/28/2017 11:02 AM

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OK Furman, I'll give it you.....this one is good!!  


06/01/2017 07:33 AM

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Most of my children and I love this smoothie! The ones that do not aren't chocolate fans however we won't hold that against them!


07/20/2017 11:30 PM

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Very delicious!  This is wonderful when one first starts on the nutritarian journey and still a winner years later.  I now sometimes make with 6-8 oz chopped kale in place of the spinach and lettuce, keeping all other ingredients.


10/31/2017 09:53 AM

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Excellent soup. I made two batches in two weeks as it goes very fast around my house. Although it takes time to make it, the effort is worth the result. One question: Does anyone know what is the serving size for this soup. According to the recipe one serving has 360 calories. I hope one serving does not equal one cup.

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10/23/2018 02:00 AM

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The recipe states at the top that there are 2 servings and each serving has 237 calories.

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07/06/2019 10:05 AM

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Not sure why this comment is for a soup, since this is a smoothie recipe?????



09/21/2018 12:53 PM

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Love, love, love this smoothie!!  Easiest way for me to get my extra greens and flax seed a day. I use 4 oz. of baby kale, and usually have frozen bananas, and fresh blueberries so I make that switch:)


09/26/2018 09:54 PM

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This smoothie is amazing! I just use all spinach.


11/06/2019 10:49 AM

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Fantastic. If you need to make the flavor more bold for people "who can taste the greens" you can try cherry extract. 


02/20/2020 07:56 AM

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Five Stars! I was out of romaine lettuce when I made this in my Ninja so I used all spinach. I like how easy this recipe is to half exactly for one serving. This smoothie is just what you need on those ugh mornings when you feel like you need something sweeter to get you going. Not looking forward to work? Drink this smoothie and it will help you on your way. 


08/07/2020 01:26 PM

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Just made this for the first time this morning and it's awesome!  Highly recommend!


09/14/2020 09:54 PM

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Hi everyone new to the club.  Anyone know if flax milk and oat milk work with Dr. F philosophy? I don't see it listed anywhere for options.  Thanks in advance!

Angie Mc

09/19/2020 05:09 PM

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This 5-star recipe is a yummy crowd-pleaser and oh so satisfying. Thank you.


04/25/2021 08:34 AM

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Just tried this for breakfast. I had Elderberry juice opened and used that.  (We had just been very run down/sick and use this for extra immunity boost) Used frozen banana which are good to store for recipes.  Macadamia nut milk from Costco that I keep on hand. My son is running track, so this was a good start to the day post meet.  16 yr old loved it.


05/02/2021 04:24 PM

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I just made this. I loved it for breakfast. I didn't have all ingredients so I substituted mixed berries and blueberries,for cherry, and baby lettuce for romaine, and cranberry juice for juice. Next time I shop I will but the ingredients on recipe but this seems open to a lot of substitutions and still delicious

AJ Morrow

05/24/2021 05:34 PM

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Chocolate and cherries! What's not to love? A firm favourite. Great alternative to the awesome Chocolate Pecan Smoothie that also has cherries. 


02/26/2023 10:35 AM

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Delicious!!! Made as specified, then added another 1/2 cup of almond milk, as we like our smoothies a bit thinner. It would be fine without using juice, but I had some pomegranate on hand. My husband and I both enjoyed it!

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07/23/2023 08:56 PM

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Edited to add that, as our favorite smoothie now, I also add 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, and 1 tbsp chia seeds and it's perfecto! Keeps us going all morning. (Provides the 'G' in G-BOMBS, does it not?! It isn't highlighted on the recipe photo page.)


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