Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Smoothie Bowl

Whether it’s the warmer weather and not wanting to slave away in the kitchen, or you’re looking to add some variety to your juice game, a smoothie bowl is the answer! Simple, quick, packed with fruits and veggies and all the goodness that comes with them, smoothie bowls only take about 5 minutes, and a blender. Don’t let the simplicity fool you – you can pack, top, and decorate these bowls with just about anything you’d like! 

The trick to master in smoothie bowl making is the consistency and thickness. Too thin and you’ve got berry soup, and all your pretty toppings sink to the bottom – boo! Too thick and you’ll be biting into chunks of frozen fruit – brr! And if you do happen to mess up (don’t worry, we did too) – don’t fret!  If your smoothie is too thick, add another splash of non-dairy milk or juice. Just remember the rule, you can always add more, but you can’t take it (liquid) out if you’ve added too much. Go slow and add a little liquid at a time, remembering to scrape down the sides of your blender. Smoothie turned out to thin? Well, a little harder to fix, but we like just throwing some extra fruits or veggies in. Depending on what you add, you may need to adjust the liquid, so be sure to keep an eye on it.

Last comes the fun part, the toppings! We topped ours with some sliced banana, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs. Feel free to get creative and go crazy here! Make it artsy, make it symmetrical, or just throw those toppings on there and start eating. Enjoy!

(Adapted from: https://minimalistbaker.com/favorite-smoothie-bowl-5-minutes/) We highly recommend following Minimalist’s Baker’s smoothie bowl consistency tips.

Smoothie Bowl
Here’s how we crafted the smoothie bowl you see in the photos. Feel free to adjust according to taste, or what you have on hand.

1c frozen berries
1 handful torn kale
½ fresh banana
Almond milk (for thinning)
Handful of shaved coconut
Cacao Nibs
½ Sliced Banana

Start with your frozen fruit and pulse until smaller chunks. Add kale and banana, pulse to combine. Your smoothie will look chunky at this point, but should still be on the thick side. Start adding almond milk a splash at a time – don’t forget, you can ALWAYS add more, but you can’t take it out once it’s in. Remember that the smoothie will look thick in the blender. We recommend trying it out with a spoon to test its thickness. You don’t want soup or sunken toppings!

When you've reached your desired thickness, scoop out your smoothie into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.

- Chef Amanda

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