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Dark Cherry Zucchini Protein Smoothie (Vegan)

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One of the most common concerns when going vegan is of course, where do you get your protein.  A great protein powder helps boost post workout along with providing your essential and non-essential amino acids, BCAA’s that recovering muscles need.

This smoothie is so good and can fool any kid-detective looking for spinach in his/her smoothie.  Zucchini blends down to a creamy texture.  Plus zucchini has anti-inflammatory properties, high potassium, helps digestion along with being a great source of B vitamins.

Plus I find smoothies are easier to digest after a workout so my stomach is happier.  I hope you give this recipe a try and report back letting me know what you think.  This recipe makes one big smoothie (for me) or two smaller (for kids).  Enjoy!

Dark Cherry Zucchini Protein Smoothie

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Serves: 1


  • 1 cup of a nut based or other non-dairy milk
  • ½ of a large zucchini, sliced quartered then sliced into chucks to blend easily
  • ⅓ cup of frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vegan protein powder (I used Vega Sport) chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax or flax and chia blend
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of your favorite nut butter
  • ¼ cup of crushed ice
  • Toppings are optional:
  • Hemp hearts
  • Pepitas
  • Granola
  • Cacao Nibs


  1. Add your ingredients to the blender in the order as listed.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting or highest setting for about 45 seconds to 1 minutes or until completely blended.
  3. Pour into a large cup and top with your favorite toppings.

One note:  I’ve been using a small banana in this smoothie but if I don’t, I use 1 tablespoon of nut butter for extra creaminess.


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Shared with permission from our friends at Knead To Cook.

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