I have spoken of my love for smoothies and smoothie bowls. You throw it all in a blender, blend and go, right?
Well, no. I have learned through trial and error some tips to get my best bowls in taste and texture. I am sharing them with you today.
- Use a mix of fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. I have the best luck with, say, an unfrozen zucchini and frozen bananas and berries. All frozen can make the blender need more time and stops and starts to scrape or tamp the ingredients down.
- When using lots of frozen foods, do a pre-chop step. I have never done this with a less expensive blender, but it works great with my Blendtech. I will put frozen zucchini, bananas, berries, etc. in and whirl for 10 seconds. Then I add other ingredients and end up with a very smooth bowl.
- Use the least amount of milk possible to keep from adding lots of ice. I stick with about 1/4-1/2 cup per bowl. Too much ice waters down the taste.
- Put greens like spinach or kale on top of other ingredients. This keeps protein powders or nut butter from going straight up and needing to be scraped off the side of the blender. I want my almond butter in my smoothie, not on the side of the bowl, right? 😉
- Pour the milk over everything last. This also wets things down so they don’t all fly on the sides of your blender.
A great fall smoothie bowl is The Carrot Cake Bowl pictured above. I tweaked a recipe from Simply Quinoa and just love it.
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 cup chopped frozen zucchini
1 1/2 frozen bananas
2 carrots, chopped and peeled
1/2 scoop Designer Whey Vanilla Almond protein powder (optional) Otherwise add 2 T of hemp seeds, etc. for a protein kick
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t pumpkin spice seasoning
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t allspice
ice as needed
I topped with some hemp seeds, a drizzle of almond butter (of course!), and granola. Bananas are good too.
What are your best Smoothie Bowl tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments. Also, tell me what you think about the carrot cake bowl.
I admitted my Almond Butter and dark chocolate obsession. I am also addicted to smoothie bowls. My go-to breakfast for sure. Quick, easy, and healthy-while satisfying my sweet tooth.
Must bowls have lots of sugar via fruit. I love those but wanted something filling yet low in sugar. But still creamy and indulgent.
Enter frozen cauliflower. I have been experimenting with replacing frozen bananas with cauliflower and it’s great. Still creamy but with less sugar and a nutritional boost of a cruciferous vegetable. Win-Win.
Here is a recipe I found via Simply Quinoa and tweaked to my liking. Check out Alyssa’s site for great recipes.
Dark Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate coconut milk
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- 2 Tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/2 scoop Designer Whey Chocolate Protein Powder (works fine without this)
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 cup frozen berries (cherries , strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or a combo)
Place in the order listed and blend until the consistency you like. If you don’t have a Blendtech(I have a refurbished one I love), Vitamix, or high powered blender, mix the liquid and greens together first and then add the other ingredients. I do this most of the time out of habit from owning a Magic Bullet and then Ninja and like how it eliminates any small particles of greens.
Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite fruit, chia seeds granola, etc. My bowl had gluten-free granola with cacao nibs, peanut butter, and frozen blueberries. Yummy!
Welcome to my blog! I am an almond butter addicted pilates enthusiast who is passionate about living life well.
You will find lots of recipes and ideas about moving your body in a way that feels good. Come join me as we seek to live a good life in a balanced way-with plenty of laughter, dark chocolate, coffee, and almond butter on the side.
After 25 years of exercising, making strides then having setbacks, and trying everything out there, I realized how little I knew my body because of how much I listened to the “experts”. I heard other women talk about how they wanted to be healthy…but had no idea how or what that meant. And, quite frankly, having graduated two children from homeschool and having one who will be a junior next fall, I finally had time to blog. Thus Almond Butter Babe was born.
I love to exercise. After lots of trial and error, causing many injuries, weight gain, and frustration along the way, I am learning to listen to my body. Nourish myself. Live life and enjoy indulging. But it’s been a long journey.
I now know that it’s okay to love iced coffee and dark chocolate. To be obsessed with almond butter. That the best thing you can wear is your smile. I’ve discovered Self-confidence is what makes a woman shine, and that real food can taste fabulous. And life is about far more than having that elusive six-pack.
So come back often. Share your thoughts. And let’s learn from one another.
Now excuse me while I get some iced coffee…and a bit of almond butter.