If you frequently visit health cafes, you surely would have seen a smoothie bowl pop up on the menu.
These quirky health bowls have become very popular over the last few years.
The original Acai bowl originated in Brazil, popularized by Brazilian Jujitsu founder, Carlos Gracie.
Originally it was made from frozen acai blended with banana to make an icy pulp-like, frozen-yogurt consistency.
The bowl evolved, and various variations emerged, loaded with toppings like sliced fruit, berries, granola, coconut, and almond butter.
Essentially it is like a smoothie, except it is served in a bowl with all kinds of yummy toppings.
It is a super yummy, healthy meal but tastes like a dessert! Who wouldn't like that?!
Whether you choose to eat it for breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack, a smoothie bowl is a great way to increase your daily fruit and nutrient intake!
Homemade smoothie bowls are healthy as you are in charge of what you use, and you don't make them with added sugar, ice cream, processed purees, and other preservatives.
Benefits of a smoothie bowl
They are nutrient-dense
Made with fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, and other goodies - you get a good dose of vitamins.
They can amp up your protein intake
Adding protein powders, nuts, and seeds increase the protein content.
They can easily be made vegan and gluten-free
You are in charge of the ingredients and the options are endless!
VEGAN "BOUNTY BAR" SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 2 ice cubes
- 1 Tbs cacao powder
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 1 Tbs hemp seeds
- 1 Tbs flax seeds
- 1 Tbs maple syrup or agave
- 1/4 Tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk or as needed to thin.
- Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until creamy and thick.
- Add coconut, nuts, and your favorite granola on top (or any ingredients you want, go crazy!).
- You can find delicious, healthy granolas HERE
- Crumble a few vegan cookies on top to make it even more of a dessert treat! These gluten-free, vegan cookies are divine!!
It really is as easy as that! A healthy, tasty meal done in minutes! Trust us, you will become addicted to smoothie bowls!