Now then. I know this is a fad. If you follow any foodie accounts on Instagram, they will be filled with images of smoothie bowls. Yes, I've jumped on this smoothie bandwagon. Come to think of it a wagon with a band selling smoothies sounds pretty cool: a smandwagon. Maybe in my next life. But anyway, I do admit to actually liking them quite a lot. They seem much more of a breakfast than a thinner, liquid-y smoothie. I prefer how they're eaten with a spoon and you can add your own toppings depending on how hungry you are.
Another pro is that this recipe uses frozen berries, which are available all year round, don't go off and are pretty good value. From a quick glance online I can see that frozen berries are generally around 50p per 100g, whereas fresh berries seem to range from £1.00+ per 100g. Further, they can always be on hand in the freezer, and genuinely make this breakfast a little bit like eating ice cream for breakfast(!) - depending on how thick you make it.
I've used ground flax seeds (AKA linseeds) because, as well as being a great source or protein, fibre and good fats, they give the smoothie a really nice, thick texture. This is because the outer layer of flax seeds contains a mucilage (gel-like) substance that is exceptional at holding on to water molecules, resulting in a much thicker texture.
Frozen Berry Smoothie Bowl
|for the smoothie|
|2 cups||frozen mixed berries (such as raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants)|
|1 large||handful spinach|
|2 tbsp||chia seeds|
|1 tbsp||ground flax seeds (aka linseeds)|
|1 cup||non-dairy milk|
|for the toppings|
|2 tsp||dessicated coconut|
|1-2 tsp||hemp seeds|
|1-2 tsp||chia seeds|
|for the white swirled pattern (optional, see step 4)|
|2 tbsp||non-dairy yogurt|
|½ tbsp||non-dairy milk|
|other topping ideas (optional)|
|dried fruit e.g. raisins|
- In the order given in the ingredients list, add all the ingredients to your smoothie maker and blend.
- Add more non-dairy milk to loosen the mixture if it is not blending completely.
- Pour into 2 bowls and top with desired toppings.
- If you'd like to add a pattern similar to the one in the photos, mix the yogurt and milk in a small jug, adding more milk/yogurt until it is a thick but pourable liquid. Pour 3 horizontal lines across your smoothie bowl. Run a skewer from top to bottom, cutting through each line. Slightly to the right, run the skewer from bottom to top and repeat.