This recipe was inspired by the amazing Green Bowl I used to get regularly from Bare Naked Bowls in Sydney – if you’re visiting Sydney you need to check out their amazing smoothie bowls and breakfasts (everything is vegan apart from honey and feta cheese, which can be removed from any dish)!
This smoothie bowl is super filling, so great as a brunch, or if you need something to keep you going all morning. The main difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl is that the latter needs to be much thicker, so that the toppings won’t sink, so the key is to use all frozen ingredients. This means you also need a super strong blender/food processor, like a vitamix, otherwise it just won’t blend. Try to add as little liquid as possible, just enough so that you get that ‘vortex’ in the middle as it starts to blend everything.
Green goodness smoothie bowl
1 large banana, chopped and frozen
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 large handful spinach (this can be fresh)
1/4 cup avocado, chopped and frozen
2 mint leaves (any more than this and the taste is too strong!)
1/4 cup almond milk (or another plant milk)
1/4 cup granola (I buy sugar free granola, such as Kelloggs sugar free granola, or Deliciously Ella)
1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp chia seeds
Add smoothie bowl ingredients to your blender/food processor, starting with the frozen things. Add a little milk at a time as the blender is running, until you get the ‘vortex’. (You might need to stop and scrape the sides, unless you have a vitamix with a ‘tamper’ which is ideal. You can add a little more milk as needed, but be warned that more than 1/4 cup will probably come out too watery to hold the toppings.) It should be ‘icy’, like soft-serve icecream texture.
Add the toppings you like and enjoy!