Yes, the smoothie bowl obsession continues! and yes, I’m still sneaking veggies into them. #sorrynotsorry
So the premise of this post is really simple: I’ve been hooked on this smoothie bowl combo for the last couple of weeks and wanted to share it with the world, so that YOU too could join the club! What is this club, you ask? Why SBAA, of course… Smoothie Bowl Addicts Anonymous.
Pretty clever, I know.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my morning smoothie bowl routine. Believe me, it’s not that I don’t love my veggies (especially when burnt to a crisp), it’s just that I love my sweets equally — and if I don’t make a conscious effort to include something of substance in my breakfasts, I’d end up with a bowl full of what might otherwise be chocolate and bread and nut butters and donuts.
Which actually sounds delicious, now that you mention it…. donut-themed smoothie bowl, anyone? Is that a thing? If not, CAN it be thing?! Oh, pinterest…. !
Soooo… all this talk of veggies (and donuts) and you’re probably wondering what the heck I snuck into this glorious berry bowl. I bet you’ll never guess that…. it’s CAULIFLOWER! I’ve been steaming a couple of bags of organic frozen cauliflower on Sundays, and then tossing them in the freezer to use throughout the week in my smoothies. I promise that you literally can’t taste it — but it feels SO GOOD to know that I’m starting my day with a flavor-packed kick of vitamins (C, K and B6) and minerals (magnesium, potassium, manganese).
Cauliflower notwithstanding, this smoothie bowl is actually more of a dark chocolate, nut butter and mixed berry variety…. but thought that name was a biiiiiit too long, no? Like most of the smoothies I make, this one is incredibly versatile. In fact, I encourage you to add/adjust to your liking! I typically use organic frozen berries, cacao powder and peanut butter, but you can definitely substitute your favorite nut butter and opt for a dark (or regular) cocoa powder instead. Or don’t use chocolate at all (but just don’t tell me about it, because I think that’s weird). OR double the chocolate and peanut butter, and call it a peanut butter cup smoothie bowl! GENIUS.
Also, I’m currently in the midst of a month-long elimination diet, during which I’m avoiding foods with gluten, dairy, corn or soy. Basically…. it’s my worst nightmare. But I’ve spent years dealing with on and off stomach issues, and I guess it’s about time I figure out what the culprit is. That said, I’ve excluded my usual 1/2 cup of greek yogurt from this recipe. However, I’ve made it before both with and without the yogurt, and it’s equally as delicious either way.
- ½ cup organic frozen cauliflower
- ½ cup organic frozen mixed berries
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon cacao powder (or unsweetened dark cocoa powder)
- Add all ingredients to your blender or magic bullet; blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth (I typically blend until I hear that the last bits of the frozen cauliflower are completely broken up, and then blend for another minute or so longer).
Goodies on top: granola, unsweetened coconut, fruit, cacao nibs, bee pollen, hemp seeds, chia seeds and (more) nut butter
So go forth and enjoy this secretly nutritious bowl of peanut butter berry goodness! And then go enjoy something with gluten, dairy, corn or soy for me while you’re at it, mmk?