Well and Good has got me going a little crazy over smoothie bowls with their “35 Healthy Smoothie Bowls That Will Change Your Mornings Forever” article. I couldn’t really choose which recipes I wanted to try, so guess what I decided to do? Yes, that’s right. Try all of them!
So for almost two weeks now I’ve been trying almost every recipe on that list. And you can view my smoothie bowl adventures on my Instagram. It’s been too amazing. The wonderful thing about smoothie bowls is their wonderful colours, and having fun with toppings. If you haven’t had a smoothie bowl, it’s basically a smoothie that has been made a little thicker, so that you can eat it with a spoon, kind of like a nutrient-packed yoghurt. Without the dairy, of course.
You’ll make the best plant-based smoothie bowls using frozen ripe bananas, which eliminates the need for yoghurt and even additional sweetener. Which leads me to my tip for making these smoothie bowls super convenient, because who has time every morning to wash, peel and chop fruits? Certainly not me! As always: prep ahead! I spend about 30 minutes on the weekend to prepare freezer bags of the smoothie ingredients, ready for the week ahead.
- Wash, peel and chop up all soft fruits. Measure, and add to the freezer bag following the recipes. You can do this with ripe avocado too!
- Wash and dry any baby spinach or kale without stems before adding to the bags.
- Leave out liquids, nut butter and anything that needs overnight soaking like oats and chia seeds. Add these to the blender jar when you are making them.
- I label these bags 1-7 (or you could label then Sun – Sat or whatever you prefer), and stack them neatly in the freezer.
- When you want to make them, simply take the bag out; empty the precious cargo into a blender with the liquids and any other ingredients. Blitz into gorgeous smoothies or smoothie bowls.
- If your recipe calls for soaked oats or chia seeds, just prepare ahead the night before and add to the blender with the fruits the next morning.
- If your fruits fuse together, no worries. What I do is smash it against the counter a little bit if they’re not frozen that solid, and that usually works perfectly well. If you have some extra time, just let the bags thaw out for a little bit to make them easier to separate. My last resort, and I’ve had to do this only with overripe frozen mango, is to chop them up with a knife just a little bit.
Does anyone else want to join me on this smoothie bowl adventure? Do join me on Instagram and share with me your pics!