Black Forest Protein Smoothie

If you’re wondering what “Black Forest” means, then I have a cake to introduce you to. A Black Forest Cake is chocolate-covered cherries in cake form: chocolate cake, cherries, and whipped cream. This Black Forest Protein Smoothie was inspired by that cake, and I love it because it seriously tastes like dessert… BUT IT’S BREAKFAST!

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Maybe it’s because of my high school days of slinging smoothies at Jamba Juice, but I really do love experimenting with smoothie flavors and coming up with something delicious. It’s been a while since I created a recipe that I felt was both delicious and innovative. The last time I came up with something I thought was worth devoting an entire post to was my Matcha Protein Smoothie, but this one… oh, this one is good.

I love this Black Forest Smoothie because it seriously tastes like dessert… BUT IT’S BREAKFAST!

Black Forest Protein Smoothie

If you don’t know your cakes too well and you’re wondering “what the heck is a Black Forest Cake?” then don’t worry. I am here to educate in all matters concerning cake.

A Black Forest Cake is chocolate-covered cherries in cake form. It’s a chocolate sponge cake (so not super dense or rich) layered with freshly whipped cream and dark cherries. It is often topped chocolate shavings and additional cherries. Sometimes it’s topped with chocolate ganache. However you slice it (see what I did there?), it’s delicious.

This smoothie was inspired by that cake. It has dark cherries, a little bit of cocoa, and vanilla yogurt and protein powder. Cherries are sweet and full of flavor, and frozen cherries are usually under 100 calories per cup (depending on which ones you buy).  You can use any milk you like (we usually use oat or almond milk), and while you can use any yogurt you like, I highly recommend using vanilla yogurt. I tried this with Greek yogurt once when I ran out of regular vanilla, and it was not great. If you’re trying to cut down on sugar, regular yogurt is an option, but personally, I think vanilla is the way to go for that real Black Forest flavor.

This has quickly become a favorite in our house. I make 1 recipe for breakfast, for a midmorning snack, or for an afternoon snack to tide me over until dinner. Chris takes 1 1/2 recipes. Here’s how to make it:


  • Approximately 15 Frozen Cherries (more if you prefer thicker smoothies)
  • 1/3 Cup Milk (any dairy or nondairy milk will work)
  • 1/3 Cup Vanilla Yogurt (any fat content will work)
  • 1 Teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use this one)


  1. Combine all ingredients except the protein powder into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add protein powder and blend until just incorporated.

That’s it! Three simple steps, and you’ve got yourself a cake smoothie. Yum!

If you’re like me and take your smoothies on the go, I recommend this portable cordless blender. I keep one in my classroom so I can make smoothies on my prep or during our morning snack. If you’re making and enjoying your smoothie and home or taking it to go, I recommend the Bullet Smoothie Blender. We use this one at home when making individual smoothies. When I’m blending up a big batch (of anything, really), I use my big Ninja blender. I also want to remind you to think green! Invest in some reusable straws, whether silicone or metal, that are easy to carry around and clean after you enjoy your smoothie ☺️

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