Black forest smoothie

Black Forest smoothie (dairy free, sugar free, gluten free and clean) plus a day at the zoo.

I’ve spent the last 3 days in beautiful Manly with my other sister Claudia and her family who are up from Tasmania for the week. It’s been 34 degree weather with the beach still full of people swimming and sunbaking after 6 pm – up until today.

So we headed to Taronga zoo.

It was a fantastic day which kept the kids happy and the highlight of my day was seeing the lions, watching the sealion show and surprisingly the bird show.

It’s one thing to see lions on TV but it’s not until you see one in real life that you realise how truly stunning they are. The photos I took don’t do them justice.




A silverback gorilla displaying a creative way to eat.




Today’s recipe showcases a beautiful Summer fruit. Cherries taste wonderful as they are but are even better when paired with chocolate. I’ve gotten the idea from the famous Black Forest cake.

This is a thick, filling smoothie with avocado which you cannot taste at all and helps give a creamier consistency, however, feel free to replace with a handful of baby spinach leaves to get that extra boost of nutrients. I had this for breakfast and it kept me full for quite some time.

Ingredients I used

Why this is so good for you

Cherries help prevent colon cancer, reduce the risk of gout, help relieve insomnia, can help relieve pain from osteoarthritis, lower risk of heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes, help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the risk of stroke.

Avocados help prevent macular degeneration, help lower the risk of heart disease, aid in digestion, regulate blood sugar, lower blood cholesterol, improve skin tone and help reduce arthritic pain.

Almonds fight inflammation, nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong teeth and bones, provide healthy fats which aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.

Raw cacao powder protects against aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.

Organic rice malt syrup is easy to digest, is not addictive like regular sugar, has less strain on the liver due to being fructose free and is a better alternative when considering your weight than fructose filled sweeteners.


Black forest smoothie

Serving Size: Serves 1


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries (I bought fresh cherries, pitted them and froze them overnight)
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • Rice malt syrup or sweetener of choice (I used 2 teaspoons but you may need more or less)


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth
  2. Top with slivered almonds.


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  1. […] fruit based smoothies, another Summer smoothie to try is my Strawberry coconut smoothie or my Black Forest smoothie. If you prefer something more chocolatey, try my chocolate cashew milk […]

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