Monday, March 9, 2015

Mixed Berries & Banana Smoothie Bowls

If you follow me on instagram (& you should, it’s fun!) you’ll already know that I’ve been hitting the smoothie bowl train as of late. A smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie served in a bowl eaten with a spoon. The possibilities of ingredients for smoothie bowls are endless.  I like to top them with the same ingredients I use in the the smoothie portion for three reasons: (1) it looks really pretty, (2) it adds texture, (3) it’s a clear indicator of what’s blended up in the smoothie. If you don’t have time to arrange the toppings in neat little rows it will still taste the same. I like taking the extra time to make it look pretty because it makes me zen in the morning when I prepare breakfast. In case you’re wondering, Chris likes these too.

This first smoothie bowl recipe I’m sharing is a good gateway smoothie bowl because it’s sweet & familiar. So if you’re trying to work more fruit & protein into your breakfast routine this is the way to do it.

If you make your own smoothie bowls, I’d love to know what you put in yours. Please comment below!

Ingredients for two smoothie bowls
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 10 strawberries, stemmed & halved (plus 2-3 extra for topping)
  • 1 cup blueberries (plus a handful for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (plus extra for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (the natural kind - we’re going for healthy here)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

  1. In a large bowl combine 1 1/2 bananas, 10 strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, peanut butter, water.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend the mixture until smooth or transfer to a blender & blend until smooth. If you prefer a super thick smoothie bowl add some ice cubes to the mix or use frozen bananas.
  3. Divide the mixture between two bowls.
  4. Using a teaspoon make a neat row of the chia seeds.
  5. Next to the chia seeds add a row of sliced strawberries, all facing the same direction.
  6. Add a row of bananas.
  7. Then a row of blueberries & fill the rest of the bowl with a row of unsweetened coconut flakes.
  8. Serve with a spoon & enjoy.

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