Chocolate Cherry Oat Smoothie

a simple mood boosting and digestion friendly thick chocolatey smoothie!

You may or may not know that I am not a huge breakfast person and it isn't because I am lazy or don't have time in the mornings. I work from home so typically I have all the time in the world, but normally I am not hungry first thing in the morning and more often than not my body doesn't ever crave the typical breakfast foods: chia puddings, toast, eggs, or a big bowl of oatmeal etc! I would honestly rather eat a salad with a big piece of chicken on it! Sounds so out there, but that's what I do most mid mornings. 

OR, I love a big thick simple smoothie!! Ones that are filled with veggies, fibers, healthy fats, and that are filling and hydrating enough after my morning yoga classes. I also like to add ingredients to my smoothies to serve a purpose for my body or mood, in particular my digestion; since most can leave me feeling pretty terrible, which is we are here with this chocolate cherry oat smoothie! Filled with cacao powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, cherries, and chocolate cherry oats from Modern Oats

You already know that chia seeds can help with digestion and keep these moving, but so can cherries! The fiber in the cherries can help too and the acid in them helps aid in your digestion! The antioxidants and the vitamins in cherries are beneficial in keeping your digestive system in order! With cacao; it always seems to boost my mood and give me a little energy kick! Just a few tbsp. to my smoothies or a hot drink usually does the trick. It is super high in antioxidants, and once again, the fiber in cacao helps aid in digestion, plus it's full of iron and magnesium. 

Lastly the oats! Chocolate cherry oats! Before this, I haven't ever added oats to my smoothies and wasn't sure how it would go. After adding in the amount and blending it on high for a few minutes, it blended completely smooth! You couldn't even tell they were there and it actually thickened the smoothie even more! These chocolate cherry oats from Modern Oats have 9 grams of protein, are gluten free and are filled with chia seeds, almonds, chocolate, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds etc! They have a so many options to choose from. High in fiber and protein it was the perfect add in for this smoothie! Plus after making this smoothie, there was still a good amount left in the to go cup, which was ideal to make for another smoothie or make overnight oats for your breakfast the next morning! 

The smoothie is simple to make and tastes super chocolatey and not overly sweet or tart from the cherries! 

What you need:
Yields: 1 thick smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cups frozen cherries
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp. cashew butter
1/3 Modern Oats Chocolate Cherry
2 tbsp. cacao powder
few dashes of cinnamon 

What you need to do:

1. Add the almond milk, cauliflower, chia seeds, cashew butter, oats, cacao powder, and cinnamon to your blender. Blend until everything is combined and completely smooth. 

2. Add the frozen cherries along with a few ice cubes. Blend.

3. Top with your favorite toppings! 

NOTES:

The first time I made this, I used chocolate almond milk and didn't use cacao powder. If you aren't using chocolate almond milk, use as much cacao powder to your preference.

I personally do not think you need to add any sweetness to the smoothie, but you can always add in half a banana, 1 date or a 1 tbsp. of a liquid sweetener of choice. 

For the cauliflower, I steam then freeze the cauliflower. You can not taste it at all! If you want to sub that out, you could use zucchini or spinach!