Banana and Berry Smoothie Bowl

October 18, 2014

Banana and Berry Smoothie Bowl

I love making smoothie bowls.  This banana and berry smoothie bowl is no exception. Every time I make one my kids get really excited.  Smoothie bowls are colourful, fun to eat and you can make them look really beautiful. It is such a lovely meal to share with the whole family and a great way to start the day.  It also makes a delicious dessert.

You can put lots of extra goodies in your smoothie bowls and the kids will be none the wiser. Although, I must say, these days I tell them what ingredients I’m using, especially when it comes to adding in greens.  I want them to start to learn what I put in our food and why.  I also think it’s important for my kids to understand that when I put the added goodness in – like spinach, chia seeds or dehydrated buckwheat – that it tastes great.  When I talk about these foods with them, I want them to think ‘yum’ not ‘yuck’.

This beautiful gluten free, dairy free and sugar free raw banana and berry smoothie bowl is packed full of ingredients that are so good for your body. It is really simple to make. You just need a blender or your Thermomix and a choice of toppings. My kids like theirs topped with banana rounds, goji berries and chia seeds. Shredded coconut, activated almonds and fruit are also nice toppings. I promise everyone in the family will love this recipe.  Whenever I ask the kids if they’d like a smoothie bowl they reply with very excited and exuberant ‘yays’! It’s so cute.

Banana and Berry Smoothie Bowl

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen organic bananas
  • 1 cup of frozen organic mixed berries
  • 1/4 of a ripe avocado
  • Small handful of blanched almonds (or almonds soaked overnight or activated almonds)
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated buckwheat
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mesquite powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (add maple syrup or agave nectar if you want a vegan smoothie)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or coconut water)

Whenever possible, I use organic ingredients.  This is especially true for berries.  Berries are one of the most highly sprayed fruits.  Thankfully, frozen organic berries are becoming more readily available and less expensive.  Our local Woolworths stocks them now at much more affordable prices than my local health food store.

I use buckwheat in this recipe. Despite having ‘wheat’ in its name, buckwheat is a gluten free seed that is most closely related to rhubarb and sorrel. This smoothie bowl contains dehydrated buckwheat. I soak the buckwheat overnight and dehydrate it until crispy in my dehydrator. However, you don’t have to dehydrate your buckwheat.  You can simply soak it overnight in water. Alternatively, you can buy buckwheat ‘groats’ or ‘buckinis’ from your health food store.  This is a more expensive but definitely a convenient option. Just make sure you check the label to ensure there is no added sugar. Loving Earth make really beautiful Organic Activated Plain Buckinis.

Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients in your blender or Thermomix.  If using a blender, blend until well incorporated and the mixture looks like slightly melted ice-cream.  At this point it should churn really nicely in your blender.
  2. If using your Thermomix, blend on speed 8 for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and blend for a further 5-10 seconds if necessary to ensure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Place the mixture into two bowls and top with your favourite toppings.  Chop up a banana and place on top.  Sprinkle some goji berries and chia seeds on top to finish.  Enjoy straight away before it starts to melt!



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