Now the weather is warming up here in the UK, I’ve started to add a smoothie bowl recipe back into my weekend routine. It’s always easier getting up on the weekend when you have a delicious breakfast planned! This is a super easy recipe that only takes about 5 minutes to make. It’s healthy, filling and full of antioxidants from the berries too.
This smoothie bowl recipe is easily adapted to suit what ingredients you have around. If you have a pear, fresh berries, pineapple etc then these will be just as delicious. Just be sure to have enough frozen fruit, at least half, so that the consistency is correct. As a breakfast, you’ll be enjoying a mixture of delicious vitamins, minerals, fats and fibre. If you have them handy, you can add extra goodness by adding in a teaspoon of Maca, Lucuma, Cacao Powder or other superfood powder. I tend to had a sprinkle of each just for good measure, to add extra nutrients!
Getting creative with the toppings is the best bit. Try adding granola topping, seeds, chopped figs, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced apple. You can go as fancy or plain as you like – it will taste amazing whichever way you choose. Nuts and seeds add healthy fats and additional nutritional value, as well as more crunch!
My favourite thing is that it’s a pretty cheap breakfast, bananas and frozen berries are great value products that you can get in even the smaller supermarkets. I tend to make my own Oat Milk using a blender, which is a great money saver too. Read my article on plant-based milks here.
I first got into smoothie bowls when I visited friends Bali, over there they even have smoothie bowl bars dedicated to these dreamy breakfasts! One of the more well known cafes is called Nalu Bowls. If you’re ever over in Bali you definitely need to check them out.
I hope you enjoy the recipe,
Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Berries & Banana
Here is a simple and quick smoothie bowl recipe thats great for a weekend treat!
Blend banana and berries until they are chopped into little pieces.
Then add the powder and milk and blend again until you've reached the desired consistency. Ideally, your mixture will be thicker than a regular smoothie but thinner than ice-cream.
No pancake day would be complete without a vegan pancake recipe post. This has to be one of the best days of the year because it is acceptable to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. So, I guess we’d better make the most of it this week! When I’m in the mood for something a little special for brunch I opt for these pancakes. I almost always have all the ingredients in, and it’s a nice opportunity to get creative with the toppings.
Vegan pancakes are actually surprisingly easy to make and there are lots of different ways of making them. This particular recipe tends to be my default, as the pancakes are filling and a great treat to have at the weekend. You may have noticed that I’m always looking for ways to add extra nutrients to my meals. It’s a great philosophy, so get in the routine of asking yourself – ‘How can I add more nutrients to this meal?’. There is almost always something else you can sprinkle on, add in, or have on the side to boost the nutritional value and tastiness.
Easy Vegan Pancake Recipe
Firstly, mix the flax (or chia) in a bowl with the 3 tbsp water and leave to sit for 3-5 minutes. The seeds will swell up and the mixture will get thicker.
Meanwhile, put the baking powder, salt, baobab and baking powder into a bowl and mix together.
NB If you don't have any baobab then you can substitute in 1/2 tbsp of extra flour and 1/2 tbsp of cacao powder.
Put the banana, vanilla essence, milk, almond butter and sweetener of choice into a blender. Add the flax mixture and blend until smooth.
Add the wet mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and combine until there are no lumps.
On a medium heat, melt 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in a large non-stick pan. When the pan is piping hot pour 1 ladle's worth of batter into the pan and spread out evenly into a nice smooth circle. Be speedy doing this as these pancakes do cook quickly.
The pancakes should go golden brown after about 1 minute and be ready to flip over for 1 minute on the other side. Repeat this until the batter is finished. This makes 4 medium sized pancakes.
You can get creative with your toppings. Coconut flakes, berries, slices apple, maple syrup, almond butter, lemon juice, a sprinkle of cinnamon, cacao nibs, goji berries ... there are so many delicious options!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Everyone needs a great pancake recipe up their sleeve, and this one is worth bookmarking.