Cheeky Monkey Smoothie Bowl
 
Featured in: Recipes  |  October 2016

Cheeky Monkey Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls have become one of the biggest trends out there. This one is all-natural, filling, and delicious!

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Just when I thought I had mastered the art of making and drinking smoothies, I discover I am doing it all wrong.  I have fallen for smoothie bowls.  Search for #smoothiebowl on Instagram and hundreds of beautiful creations will appear and if you’re like me you’ll be salivating and thinking about them day and night.

The idea is to make a smoothie and eat it from a bowl. Revolutionary, no? It makes sense. When you blitz a meal and drink it down quickly, the digestive process doesn’t get a chance to work as well as it would if you were chewing solid food. When we chew we produce amylase in our saliva. This is an important enzyme which breaks down starch and kicks off the rest of the digestive process in your body. Your liquid meal will arrive in your stomach more quickly than solid food would, meaning you might not digest it properly or absorb all the nutrients as well. 

What I find so appealing about these bowls of loveliness is how they can be decorated to look so appetizing.

To make a smoothie bowl, I start with a base of vegan milk or coconut water, a banana (preferably frozen), and a scoop of organic protein powder (I use SPIRU-TEIN). Then you can freestyle it to your mood!  Add additional fruit (fresh or frozen), powdered greens or spirulina, oats, avocado, seeds and nut butter.

Finally, to decorate your smoothie bowl use fruit, nuts, seeds, goji berries, dried mulberries, shelled hemp seeds, chia seeds, desiccated coconut or coconut chips, cacao nibs, nut butters, superfoods, even edible flowers! The only limit is your imagination.

I have compiled a recipe below but they are so versatile and can be varied as much as you choose. I’m a bit of a renegade in the kitchen and don’t tend to measure out ingredients so just try and experiment a bit with quantities. It’s all personal preference.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 8 oz. vanilla rice milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup organic jumbo rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop of banana split SPIRU-TEIN protein powder
  • For topping: shredded coconut, sliced banana, chopped raw cacao, hazelnuts and sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine vanilla rice milk and chia seeds in a bowl. Mix well until combined and mixture begins to thicken. Store mixture, covered, in the refrigerator overnight (or at least for 2 hours).
  2. Peel the banana and slice it into 1 to 2 inch chunks. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer. Once frozen (this should only take 1-2 hours), either take bananas out if you’re ready to use them or place banana chunks in a freezer safe bag and put back in freezer overnight.
  3. Place oats, flax seeds, SPIRU-TEIN protein powder, frozen chia/vanilla rice milk mixture and frozen banana in a food processor/blender and mix until combined. (tip: if consistency is too thick just add some filtered water and give it another whizz in the food processor/blender)
  4. Place smoothie mixture in a bowl and top with shredded coconut, sliced banana, chopped raw cacao, hazelnuts and sesame seeds (or any other topping of your choosing)