Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

This recipe is decadent, chocolaty and has a smooth creamy texture. This smoothie bowl is a favourite with the boys. I love the fact I can blend spinach into the frozen fruits and it tastes delicious to our youngest, Caelan. However, in the smoothie bowl pictured above I decided to add some kale leaves, about a handful. However, he saw me add it to the blender (and he hasn’t ever eaten it before), so said it tasted different! So I had to add some maple syrup to his bowl to coax him to eat it. Ethan and I couldn’t taste any difference to the last one I made, which just used spinach.

I became inspired to start creating my own smoothie bowls after seeing lots of different flavoured and beautifully presented smoothie bowls on Instagram. I wish I had started sooner, because I didn’t realise how easy they were to make. You can literally whip one up in about 10 minutes. Smoothie bowls are thicker than your normal smoothie, which you drink through a straw. They become more like a meal, especially when you add your toppings.

To make life easier and quick in the mornings, I prepare my fruit in advance for the week. I peel and slice the bananas and wrap them in plastic wrap, usually 2 bananas at a time. I also peel and roughly chop pineapple, mango and kiwi fruit, before putting them in zip-lock bags. I freeze the pineapple in ½-cup portions, the mango in ½ and 1-cup portions and I freeze the kiwi fruit individually. I buy the berries already frozen and then just measure them out, as I need them. Using frozen fruits creates a delicious thick smoothie and provides natural sweetness. Dates are also great as a natural sweetener. Using frozen bananas gives not only sweetness, but a creamy texture as well. I also like using avocados, because they give a lovely creaminess and richness to your smoothie.

Toppings can include, granola, fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, desiccated or shredded coconut or the larger coconut flakes, roughly chopped chocolate or cacao nibs, and chia seeds.

I’ve also recently bought Maca powder, Boabob powder and Acai powder, to add to our smoothies, for an extra nutritional boost.

I’m looking forward to creating many more smoothie bowl flavour combinations in the future.

Makes 3 medium bowls 

2 cups dairy free milk of choice
2 sliced frozen bananas
1 cup firmly packed fresh spinach
A handful of kale leaves, large stems removed
½ avocado
12 medium frozen strawberries
5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
4 tablespoons almond butter
4 large dates

Add all the smoothie ingredients to a powerful blender and blend until thick, creamy and smooth. This takes about a minute.

Pour your smoothie base evenly into the 3 bowls and serve with toppings of your choice.


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