Smoothie Bowls

First things first: breakfast is 100% my favourite meal of the day. Breakfast wins. Every. Single. Time. I love breakfast so much likely due to the fact that I’m a morning person (it’s a major achievement for me to sleep beyond 8am even at the weekends) and also because I love being able to pick and choose between having a completely sweet or savoury meal (and sometimes a combo of both)!

On a regular basis I have the most enormous bowl of cereal for breakfast which takes almost 10 minutes to assemble every day! I tend to have a combo of Weetabix Protein Crunch and Special K Red Berries (or something similar), topped with chia seeds (for the extra vegan nutrition), Alpro soya milk and an Alpro flavoured yoghurt. This is usually accompanied by a glass of fruit juice and a large mug of a cappuccino-style coffee (made by my mum)!

So as you’ve probably guessed, I’m quite a fan of breakfast and can go rather over the top on a day-to-day basis! When I have time at the weekends, however, I do enjoy being able to have slightly different (and sometimes more fancy) breakfasts. My dad has always been great at making all sorts of pancakes, waffles and cooked breakfasts at weekends, but after we both became vegan, we had significantly more difficulty with these extravagant breakfasts.

Saying that, though, we have managed to find loads of different sorts of vegan breakfast recipes (as well as a few delicious baking recipes - see chocolate avocado cupcakes here), my favourite of which is definitely Minimalist Baker’s Super Green Smoothie Bowl recipe. Over time, I’ve got to know the recipe a lot more and now tend to wing it a little with quantities. The recipe is really simple and doesn’t take long at all!

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk

Toppings: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, fruity granola

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk Toppings: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plain granola

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk

Toppings: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plain granola

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk Toppings: strawberries, pomegranate seeds, plain granola

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk

Toppings: strawberries, pomegranate seeds, plain granola

As you can probably see, I’ve been unable to make the smoothie green. That is until this weekend…

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen mango and pineapple, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk

I decided to experiment with frozen mango and pineapple instead of frozen berries! My green smoothie was absolutely delicious and my mum (a non-vegan) preferred the sweet taste of frozen tropical fruit over that of frozen berries.

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen mango and pineapple, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk Toppings: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plain granola

Smoothie Ingredients: frozen banana, frozen mango and pineapple, spinach, kale, flaxseed, avocado, soya milk

Toppings: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plain granola

Although I tend to follow Minimalist Baker’s basic recipe, I would say that smoothie bowls are extremely flexible and ingredients kind of come down to personal preference (and what you actually have in the house)! My key pieces of advice to you would be:

  • Blend the frozen ingredients (particularly the banana) first as they have a tendency to get a little stuck in my blender if I add them towards the end.
  • If you want a bright green smoothie I’d suggest going for paler fruit that holds it’s colour less. Mango and pineapple worked well for me (both in colour and flavour) but strawberries supposedly work too and I’ve also seen some really cool bright green smoothies using kiwi.
  • Add a couple of other ingredients to boost the nutritional value of the smoothie bowl. I like using flaxseed, but there are many different seeds that could be used instead such as chia seeds and hemp seeds. You can also add oats, nuts and nut butters etc.
  • Play about with different colours! Spirulina powder is really popular for a blue/green colour, blue spirulina gives a bright aqua colour, matcha powder brings out a bright green colour, acas berries create a purple colour and goji berries are said to be great for a bright pink colour. These different ingredients can be very expensive but they all have their own nutritional benefits. Please note that the colour of your bowl will also be affected by the other ingredients you use, as these berries and powders can only have so much of an impact on the overall colour.
  • Experiment! Try playing about with ingredients, quantities, colours, toppings etc - I promise it is fun (and don’t worry about getting it wrong - it’s pretty hard to make a smoothie bowl taste bad)!

Good luck if you choose to try making smoothie bowls! I definitely recommend using Minimalist Baker’s recipe for a starting point - just remember that there isn’t a single right way to make a smoothie bowl so just bodge it however you choose. I’d love to hear about your smoothie bowl experiences! Enjoy!

 

What’s your favourite meal of the day? 

Do you have any particular favourite breakfast recipes?