Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie
by the auspicious squirrel
1 cup soymilk
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. maca powder
1 piece of romaine lettuce, about the size of your palm (yes, lettuce! now it’s a ‘green smoothie‘)
1 handful of grapes (sidenote: I actually used about half of what is seen in the picture)
2 med. bananas
2 handfuls frozen cherries
1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
Start with 1 cup soymilk add more later if you need to thin the smoothie. In a blender pour in soymilk, add cocoa powder and maca powder, blend on low. Scrape the sides of the blender, make sure you get it all, you don’t want a powdery smoothie. With blender on low and the little part of the lid removed, add the lettuce, I like to tear it up before I put it in the blender. Next add grapes, one at a time. Then bananas, broken up so as to not annoy the blender. Add more soymilk here if it’s getting really thick. Then rinse the ice crystals off the frozen cherries and add one handful at a time. Turn off blender and taste. If you need a bit more sweetness add maple syrup. Then to make sure it’s all blended, replace the lid and blend on high for a few more seconds.
If you are lucky enough to own a vitamix blender, then you don’t have to baby the process so much. My blender is quite capable of making nice smoothies, it just doesn’t want all the ingredients at once. I found that this slightly slower, but more mindful and zen-like, process makes a very nice smooth and velvety smoothie.
I just learned about this ‘green smoothie‘ idea this week. So my amount of lettuce is probably too small, over time I will probably increase the amount. Same goes for maca powder it has a strong earthy (read: root-y) taste that I’m still getting use to, I like to pair it with cocoa powder to minimize the taste of the maca powder. Over time, I’ll probably use 1 tsp per serving.