My love of smoothie bowls knows no bounds, especially during summer time. There is nothing more refreshing, nourishing and satisfying to me than a vibrant smoothie bowl with an array of gorgeous toppings. The fact that they’re so easy to whip up and don’t require any ingredients you can’t keep stored, makes them such a great breakfast, snack or even lazy weekday dinner.Continue reading “Simple Smoothie Bowls: Mango Spinach & Cherry Blueberry”
Today I’m sharing another smoothie bowl recipe. My go-to smoothie is my all-time favorite blueberry smoothie, but I do love a good green smoothie every now and then. Getting in some greens while enjoying a sweet bowl of deliciousness AND getting a protein boost sounds like a pretty good win-win situation to me.Continue reading “Green Protein Smoothie”
This bowl of goodness came about by accident. I was up the other night and couldn’t sleep, so I started dreaming about breakfast the next day (who doesn’t, right?) What I’d actually cooked up in my head was pancakes, but the next morning the half-finished batter tasted so good and I was so impatient that I just poured it into a bowl, topped it with some sliced banana and cacao nibs and my new favorite smoothie (big statement but I stick by it!) was born.
Inspiration behind this whole pancake-turned-smoothie bowl was the Blissful Brown Rice and Raw Cacao Super Protein from That Protein that I’d bought on a whim at Holland & Barrett . (For my usual breakfast smoothie I always use hemp – check out the recipe here.) The protein powder along with the peanut butter and banana make this breakfast a great source of plant protein.
Chocolate Protein Smoothie / Mousse
Makes: 1 serving
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 heaped tbsp (ca. 30g) brown rice and raw cacao protein powder*
- 1 heaped tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter); I use the 100% one from Meridian
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1/3 cup brown rice milk (I use Rude Health, which has a wonderful natural sweetness)
- optional: cacao nibs, to decorate; maple syrup or a different sweetener
*My blend is made up of 60% brown rice protein powder and 40% organic raw cacao, so you can easily make your own mix, using a different protein source as well if you’d like – although the taste may vary (brown rice protein is great because it’s quite neutral and doesn’t interfere with the chocolatey taste).
Blend all the ingredients together (you probably don’t even need a blender if you mash the banana well), pour into a bowl and I dare you to eat this without a big smile on your face! It’s so beautifully indulgent and keeps you full and fueled for a long time. I find the ripe banana and the brown rice milk make this perfectly sweet, but you can always add a bit of maple syrup, honey or even a date if you’d like.
Variation: Chocolate Protein Mousse
If, like me, you are always in search of more indulgence, then this is a way to take the “dessert for breakfast” element of this smoothie bowl to the next level. By omitting the brown rice milk (or adding just enough so it all comes together) you end up with a lusciously thick and luxurious mousse that honestly tastes like dessert. No joke, this stuff is amazing. Without exaggeration, it is the most indulgent healthy breakfast I’ve ever had. Enjoy!
Feel Good Fact #1: Cacao is high in essential minerals, including magnesium and iron (did you know it has a much higher iron content per 100g than meat?) and chock-full of antioxidants, which may protect against cancer and other disease by preventing cell damage.
Feel Good Fact #2: Peanut butter is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (make sure you buy the most natural version possible or make your own using just peanuts) and peanuts have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This satisfying concoction is what I’ve been having for breakfast almost religiously for the past months. In recent times I’ve started varying my breakfasts occasionally, making the odd chia pudding, homemade granola or trying out healthy pancake recipes (my favorites are the Banana Pancakes from Deliciously Ella – the blog – and the Sweet Potato Pancakes from Deliciously Ella Every Day). On most mornings, however, I automatically go for this smoothie in one variation or the other, as it’s what I crave the most. What I love about this smoothie is that it’s filling – the combination of healthy fats and protein keeps me going for longer than my classic oatmeal used to – yet doesn’t make me feel sluggish as a higher-carb breakfast sometimes would.Continue reading “Avocado Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl”