I only started making smoothie bowls a few months ago. I would see so many elaborate and stunningly beautiful pictures of them on Instagram and think ‘I don’t have time for that’. I was so in awe of those amazing photos, I thought I’d give them a go. I spend around 10 minutes making them, with 2 toddlers and a tween telling me they’re hungry. If I can do it, you can too!
We love smoothies, but they can be a bit boring. My children love bright colours and food which looks different and fun. You can dress up a smoothie bowl with anything you have in your fridge and pantry. I use a mixture of grains, nuts, seeds and fruit. My kids love a smiley face on top of the brightly coloured base mixture. The trick to the floating face, is to make sure the smoothie is thick. You won’t be drinking it through a straw and you don’t want the toppings to sink! I like to use frozen bananas to make ‘nice cream’, which is nice and thick.
A smoothie bowl is typically topped with nuts, seeds and fruit which provide essential nutrients, vitamins and protein. Some people only use fruit and/or protein powder in the smoothie itself. That doesn’t keep my kids full for long at all. My favourite tummy filling, protein loaded things to add are:
* soaked oats
* cooked quinoa
* cooked buckwheat
* cooked kumera (sweet potato)
* Cannellini Beans
Mix it up a bit and try something different each time. I don’t use plant milk in smoothies, I only use water. This is only because almond milk is expensive. Water works just as well and if I want a creamier consistency, I use avocado.
If you or you children haven’t tired spirulina powder before, just try a little bit first and look out for a tummy upset. It isn’t recommended for children under 1 yr, so please consult a professional before giving it to your baby.
I hope you have as much fun creating these bowls as I do.
This recipe make 4 smoothie bowls. I make individual smoothies in my nutri bullet.
2 cups rolled oats, soaked overnight in 1 cup almond milk
4 tsp spirulina powder
4 heaped tsp ground flaxseed
4 tsp chia seeds
4 tsp sunflower seeds
4 tsp blueberry & apple jam
8 tsp peanut butter
1/4 cup water
Pure maple syrup, optional (I add a tsp to each smoothie to dull the taste of the spirulina powder)
In the blender add: 1/2 cup of the soaked oats, half a banana, 1 tsp of spirulina powder, 1 heaped tsp of flaxseed, 1/4 cup water
Blend until smooth
Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!