raw chocolate cherry smoothie

I’m staring into blue. The seam where sky and ocean meet, a faraway line where dots of green brush against the horizon’s edge. Waves roll in an afternoon slumber. I’m at The Cape this week swimming and building sandcastles and happening upon ruby red strawberries on a Tuesday afternoon. These are the best summer days. Before I drift back into my week of summer laziness, I have some random things to share.


Speaking of film, did you read this post about how to shoot dreamy double exposure portraits over at Photojojo. It’s a fun portrait project to try. The instructions cover digital, phone, and film formats, so you should be set.


I just finished reading Just Kids by Patti Smith. It took me forever (as in a year plus) to pick up and read, despite the fact that the book comes highly recommended and I’ve had it on my reading list. Written by Smith, the book is as much a love story about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe as it is a document of New York City during the art scene in the late sixties and seventies. If you haven’t read it or added it to your reading list, I think you should. The story is beautifully written and hard to put down.


It’s the same with the sample bag of red Washington cherries I picked up the other day at Whole Foods (Thanks, Jaimee) in celebration of the store’s annual Cherry Fest. Cherries are always cause for celebration and serving them plain in a bowl is best, if you ask me. Sweet and slightly tart, a few cups of cherries somehow found their way into a raw chocolate cherry smoothie. Chocolate and cherries are a natural pair and this smoothie is a good way to get them both into a breakfast regimen, which makes for a terrific start (with or without an ocean nearby).


Also, I’m teaching a few cooking classes at Whole Foods in Hadley this month and next (I’m especially looking forward to the Local Food and Beer Class), so if you’re in the area I’d love to see you there, just be sure to check the schedule for availability.

If you don’t have a cherry pitter, an easy way to pit them is to wash the cherries in a colander, remove the stems, then place them in a shallow baking pan. Use the bottom of a jar or drinking glass and press the cherries until the pits are exposed. Remove pits and add cherries along with the juice to the recipe.

Raw Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
makes about 4 cups

1 1/4 cups almond milk (plain or vanilla)
1 ripe banana
2 cups fresh cherries, washed, pitted, and stems removed
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cacao nibs
2 tablespoons cacao powder

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender in the order listed and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.


    • ArtandLemons says

      Welcome JoAnn. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I agree with you. Aside from making smoothies with cherries, I want to try pickling them along with making a cherry infused brandy.

  1. says

    This is absolutely gorgeous. I have a glut of cherries bought at the farmer’s market this weekend. Some will be going into brownies, some more into a tart, but I know where the rest will end up now :-)

    • ArtandLemons says

      thelittleloaf, Cherry brownies. Now you have me inspired to turn the oven on. Oh, dear. Dinner will be an afterthought (although I don’t think anyone will mind)!

  2. says

    This sounds delicious. I’m thinking maybe trade out the soy milk for some ice cream on these hot Minneapolis nights? :)
    Thanks for the book recommendation. I’m always looking for good things to read. I’ll have to check it out.

    • ArtandLemons says

      Sarah, I’m with you on the ice cream substitution and support your efforts completely. That was my first thought as well. Chocolate cherry milkshake but we didn’t have ice cream in the freezer nor did I want to expend the effort to make some from scratch. I think you’ll really like the book too!


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