Cheerful Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake


Amazing with fresh or frozen cherries, this simple, healthy cherry chocolate chip shake is spiked with one of my favorite new ingredients, bitter-sweet chocolate chips from Pascha Organic Chocolate.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake - A Creamy, Healthy, Dream! (naturally dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan)

I use their 85% chocolate chips (purple bag in the picture below) for that bitter-sweet contrast, but they also offer 55% semi-sweet and 100% unsweetened (for you purist and paleo chocoholics!). All are made in a top allergen-free facility, non-GMO verified, gluten-free, and certified organic, vegan, and fair trade.

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free LivingBut you are probably thinking, “Who would want to eat big chocolate chips in a shake or smoothie?” Of course, you can stick to enjoying these flavors in solid snacks like these delicious Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Bites. But there is a tasty little trick for enjoying chocolate “chip” smoothies, too. Simply add the chips after your shake is prepared, pulse the blender a few times to break them into shards and distribute throughout – and voila! An indulgent treat that offers the vibe of chocolate chip ice cream in a nutritious, thick, breakfast-worthy smoothie.

And though this cherry chocolate chip shake is amazing with fresh cherries, the season for this brilliant stone fruit is rather short. Feel free to sub frozen cherries if needed, but as noted in the recipe, you may need to let your fruit defrost a touch before blending, or use a fresh banana.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake - A Creamy, Healthy, Dream! (naturally dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan)

Special Diet Notes: Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, optionally peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and optionally paleo. In fact, this cherry chocolate chip shake is generally top food allergy-friendly!

I’m sharing this recipe on Shirley’s awesome Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free EasilyAllergy-Free Wednesdays at Adrienne’s great blog, Whole New Mom, and the Weekend Social at Bake at Midnite.

Dairy-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Shake
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For a top allergen-free treat, use coconut milk beverage or rice milk, sunflower seed butter or a "safe" dairy-free protein powder (i.e. rice or hemp), or omit the add-in.
Serves: 1
  1. Place the cherries, banana, milk alternative and nut/seed butter or protein powder (if using) in a blender, and process until smooth and creamy.
  2. Taste test, and blend in stevia or desired sweetener, to taste.
  3. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times with the blender, just to break them up and distribute.
  4. Serve with a spoon!
Frozen Cherries: If using frozen cherries, you will want to partially defrost the banana, use a fresh banana, or increase the liquid (to get things moving!) and sweetener, to taste.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  4. This smoothie is just perfect for summer. I love the addition of the cherries, bananas and nut butter here. Almond and cashew butter are my favorites but I’ve never tried sunflower seed butter before. I’m tempted to try it just to taste the flavor – can you describe it?

    • If you were to compare sunflower seed butter to another, peanut butter would be the closest, but it’s still different – not quite as sweet and nutty. It has a slight bitterness, which is why most varieties are lightly sweetened.

    • Ooh, so jealous! Growing up in Oregon we had tons of fruit trees in our yard which I totally took for granted. Now I have to pay through the nose for fresh cherries and plums! Enjoy the bounty 🙂

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  7. just wondering if you have the nutritional breakdown? I’m a nursing mama whose LO is having issues with dairy/soy…trying to find me a quick bkfst smoothie that meets criteria but also includes a good amount of protein and healthy essentials. TIA!!

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