So I finally got around to clicking pics of the smoothie bowl that I’ve shared a few times on my instagram feed. I was always intrigued by these ans wanted to be able to make one myself at home but I got the final push when I visited Greenr Cafe in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi and couldn’t believe how amazing their smoothie bowl tasted despite being a clean recipe. Ofcourse they have a more indulgent smoothie bowl because of the fancier ingredients that they have access to like the valrhona chocolate and dates (I’ve somehow never managed to blend dates very well at home). But my smoothie bowl doesn’t come too far behind. It’s easy, quick, so very tasty and almost guilt free. When I say guilt free I don’t mean that it doesn’t have calories – yes ofcourse it does and calories can be good for you as long as they are nutrient dense and not empty ones like french fries. Guilt free in my case means it has no dairy, no added processed sugar, no grains and I think no gluten (I’m not very well versed with gluten so I may be wrong here but since I don’t seem to have a gluten allergy I’ve taken this matter a bit lightly). I will anyway be listing each ingredient out so if you are allergic to gluten you’ll be able to figure out what to avoid.
Since it is summers now I’m always looking for something cold and refreshing to eat and my craze with smoothie bowls came at the perfect time. Now I only make the chocolate kind because that’s the only one that matters. There are other ‘berry’ type of smoothie bowls out there but if I’m going to have a smoothie bowl, it better have chocolate in it since I usually avoid mainstream chocolates because of the irrational amount of sugar they contain and the dairy and vegetable oils.
Disclaimer – I’m not actually allergic to any of these ingredients like sugar, dairy, gluten or grains but I try to avoid them as much as I can since, well, some of them are just nasty nowadays. And dairy and sugar tend to keep me bloated, lethargic and with more acne than necessary.
I usually make my smoothie bowls either in the afternoon for lunch if I don’t feel like having a hot lunch or for dinner which is when I crave sweet stuff. It’s filling, nutritious and tastes unreal. I’ll stop bragging now and share the recipe with you. I have also shared links to almost all the ingredients that I use and where I shop them from (most of them from Amazon). You literally need to throw in all of them together in the nutri-bullet or processor (I use a super old nutri-bullet that someone in the family bought from one of those television info-mercials). SO yeah, blend, pour in bowl, sprinkle whatever you fancy over it (I usually go for seeds but you can put in almonds, walnuts, granola, peanut butter, etc.) and ENJOY!
– 2 frozen, ripe bananas
I usually order a dozen, let them ripe nicely till they’re black skinned (the riper they are the sweeter they’ll be and lesser the requirement for a sweetener) and then slice them up and store them in the freezer. I keep each banana separately so that it’s easier to take it out and you know exactly how many bananas you are consuming. Sometimes, when you don’t feel like having a whole meal you may want to use just 1 banana and halve the recipe so storing them this way helps.
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk/ pistachio milk/ cashew milk/ nut milk of your preference.
I order mine from Amazon.
I did try using coconut milk once but that just did not work for a smoothie bowl.
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– 2 levelled tablespoons raw cacao powder (organic if possible)
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– 1 teaspoon raw honey
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– 1 teaspoon unsweetened organic peanut butter/ almond butter
I found a great one with no added vegetable oils, salt and preservatives. You can totally avoid this step but I like the slight creaminess it lends to the texture of the smoothie.
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– 2 teaspoons Acai Powder
If you add this in then you can technically call your smoothie bowl an Acai Bowl. A lot of people confuse the two to be the same thing. They are not. Acai is a completely separate ingredient that you must add to call it an Acai Bowl. Acai are berries usually grown in Brazil and not easily available. They are considered to be a superfood because of the high levels of anti-oxidants in them. What you can get here in India is Acai powder which is another form that is widely used. However there are no studies that prove that any form other than the berry actually contains the same anti-oxidants as the berry itself so it’s a gamble honestly.
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I put all these ingredients directly into the nutri-bullet. Shut it and blend/process. Blend it well because sometimes you may find a chunk of frozen banana in your smoothie bowl which is not a crime in my opinion.
– Top up with seeds/ chopped almonds/ walnuts/ granola/ fruits/ etc.
I use mixed seeds
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