For those of you who know me or who follow me on Instagram, you’re most definitely very aware of how much I’m obsessed with smoothie bowls. Like, to say it’s an addiction would be an understatement. I LIVE for smoothie bowls. So when I moved up to the Great White North, a serious wave of depression hit when I learned that smoothie bowls weren’t really a thing here. Many, many tears. Turns out a nice, cold, refreshing smoothie in a bowl isn’t really a best-seller when it’s minus a thousand degrees outside. Ugh.
Oh well. That’s what blenders are for! So being the thrifty, poor just-out-of-college girl that I am, I went out to my local Value Village and got the best looking blender that $10 could buy. Too bad I like my smoothie bowls to be the thickest of all time. My first blender broke pretty soon after I bought it, but not before getting a lovely splatter of blueberry smoothie all over my ceiling! (Which was my fault for sticking metal silverware in to try to “help the process”). Whatever. I’ll just buy a new one. So I did, and another couple months would go by, I’d break it again, and a vicious cycle began to occur.
I began to think that all blenders were out to get me. Which, in hindsight, I could’ve definitely been a little nicer to those blenders. If you’re like me and blenders also hate you, I have some advice: add more liquid. Smoothie bowls are equally as delicious when they’re a little runny! Just pop them in the freezer for a little bit before eating and it’ll be just as thicka-than-a-bowl-of-oatmeal. Moral of the story is don’t be as stubborn as me and break three blenders trying to get the thickest possible smoothie bowl. It’s not worth it.
But anyways, Christmas rolled around and my boyfriend obviously knows me too well, because to my shock there was a good ole Vitamix waiting for me under the tree this year. I honestly thought I was going to pass out from excitement! So guess what the first thing I made was?
Just kidding. A smoothie bowl, duh. Oh baby, it was incredible.
SO. Since then, I’ve been making up for lost time and throwing everything possible in to experiment with new smoothie bowl recipes. Thus became this recipe. And just as a disclaimer, smoothie bowl recipes are more so just guidelines. Add however much of whatever you want to throw in here! I find the amounts and ingredients I used below make a smoothie bowl that I find absolutely delicious, but maybe you like things more chocolate-y than I do. So add some more cocoa! Easy as that. Do your own experimenting! I’d love to hear what all of you think is the best smoothie bowl combo because there’s nothing I love more than trying new smoothie bowls.
I eat a lot of smoothie bowls for dessert because they’re a good healthier way of curbing my sweet tooth, but this bowl is the PERFECT hello-good-morning-it’s-going-to-be-one-amazing-day breakfast! With that bit of coffee and cocoa to give you a little caffeine buzz, mixed with all that yummy fruit and chia seed pudding, you won’t be able to have a bad day after starting it off so good.
But Bailey, chocolate? For breakfast?!?! Mother would not approve! Acccctuallyyyyyy, this recipe uses cocoa powder, which isn’t technically the same exact thing as chocolate. Cocoa powder is really just finely ground cocoa beans, which means it’s much lower in fat and sugar than actual chocolate. And not to mention all the health benefits that come with cocoa. I’ll try to list a few but there are just so many it’s overwhelming!
- Cocoa is rich in the minerals iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, and is also a good source of selenium, potassium, and zinc. All these are necessary for maintaining a healthy body.
- It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and has tons of antioxidants. In fact, it has a higher amount of antioxidants than green tea, black tea, and red wine! Some of the antioxidants help to stimulate the production of nitric oxide, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and helps to lower high blood pressure. I’m all down for a healthy heart, how about you?
- Cocoa contains high levels of flavanols. These guys are awesome. They help to enhance blood flow to the brain to improve cognitive function and brain health!
- AND, as if you weren’t already in a good mood from how delicious your smoothie bowl tasted, cocoa also contains something called phenylethylamine which enhances your mood with anti-depressant-like effects, enhancing feelings of contentment and promoting an aphrodisiac effect.
So if you weren’t already on board with the whole “chocolate for breakfast” thing, I’m guessing you’ve probably changed your mind by now. So go grab your blender (and be nice to it) and TREAT YOSELF to a beautiful breakfast bowl! You deserve it.
Mocha Peanut Butter Pudding Smoothie Bowl
- The night before, or at least 3 hours before making your smoothie bowl, make your chia seed pudding by combining all the above chia seed pudding ingredients in a jar, shaking to combine thoroughly, and placing it in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours.
- Once your pudding has thickened, place all the smoothie bowl ingredients in a high-powered blender (I always use my Vitamix because it makes the best smoothie bowl texture). Blend until you have a smooth, thick consistency.
- Spoon some chia seed pudding into your bowl and then place your smoothie on top. Top with whatever you have around! I love topping this bowl with bananas, strawberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips. Enjoy!