Aaaahhh smoothie bowls… I was enjoying a stroll with my girlfriends the other day and we saw some people carrying those smoothie bowls. These are really refreshing at any time of a day. They are good for breakfast, dinner, as a snack or when you feel like you are crashing in the afternoon.
One of my girlfriends was like “how do they make these smoothies to be so thick and creamy?”
This is what I have today – some frozen bananas and frozen dragon fruit. A chef’s tip: whenever you freeze something, use ziplock bags because they are more practical and ALWAYS write the date of preparation.
I want to show you how to make one gorgeous banana and dragon fruit smoothie bowl. It will be spectacular, you’ll see. What I wanted in this recipe is that awesome, purple colour that dragon fruit has. If you don’t have any frozen dragon fruit, you can use any berry mix as well. Dragon fruit is cheaper here in Indonesia and its colour is more intensive, so I opted for it.
Throw the frozen fruits into your blender or Vitamix. You can also prepare this in your magic bullet or food processor. The most important thing here is not to add any liquid if possible because what you want is not a smoothie but a smoothie bowl with a rich, thick, creamy texture. This will require a bit more patience and it will be noisy, so get ready.
When you are halfway through and you notice that the mixture is becoming creamy, stop and taste it. This is the moment when you need to add some sweetness and you can add whatever you want – coconut sugar, raw honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar, choose whatever works for you. The amount again depends on you and how much sweet you like. I have a sweet tooth and I want to bring some depth of sweetness out of the bananas and dragon fruit. And one more thing – I add just a pinch of salt here because salt is one of the building blocks of flavour. Now you just continue blending until it is super creamy and thick and the colour is “OMG so pretty”. Transfer this to a bowl and think about taking it to the next level.
What I noticed with smoothies is that decorations really matter. And when I prepare these smoothie bowls, I look around my kitchen to check what I have. Usually, I add fresh fruits and berries, nuts and seeds, oats, fresh mint, some cinnamon… It looks stunning, doesn’t it?
Let’s make another one. This smoothie bowl is a bit different. It already has a sweetness on its own and is milder in flavour. Again, you will need frozen bananas as the base and some nut or even seed butter for additional flavour and texture. Almond butter is definitely my favourite one, but you can feel free to use the one you like – cashew, Brazilian nut, peanut butter… Don’t have any nut butter at home? Check it out here how you can make one in a couple of minutes.
Salt is again used to bring out the sweetness and I just LOVE vanilla as it gives a nice aroma to this recipe. Blend all of this, again without any liquid, and you will get a rich, smoothie bowl that will nourish you properly.
You can decorate this one again with whatever you want. I especially like to add chocolate to this one, it perfectly matches the flavours of the bananas and nut butter. Oh, you know you can make chocolate at your home? Check how in my online cooking classes!
For the Dragon Fruit & Banana Bowl
For the Banana & Almond Butter Bowl
Take photos and share on Facebook! I want to see how you decorated your healthy smoothie bowls.
Chef Cynthia Louise xxx
Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.