Chocolate Cashew Smoothie Bowl

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In a smoothie rut? Give this delicious smoothie bowl a try!

If you love social media as much as the next girl, you may have noticed all the beautiful smoothie bowls that have been popping up in your feed. Not only do they look gorgeous, they are also a healthy and tasty alternative to your regular old breakfast or mid-morning snack. Unlike a traditional smoothie, a smoothie bowl is eaten with a spoon and can be quite the substantial meal when you top it with fruit, nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs or all of the above.

Ingredients:

For the smoothie:

  • 1-2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup cashew milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter (no sugar or salt added)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetend)
  • 1-2 dried dates
  • 1 small scoop of ice

For the topping: 

  • Cocoa nibs or chocolate chips
  • Cashews
  • Blueberries, strawberry slices
  • Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions: 

  1. Put all of the ingredients for the smoothie in a blender.
  2. Blend like madness.
  3. Pour into a bowl of your choosing and decorate with wild abandon.
  4. Grab a spoon, post on IG and dig in!

Teachable Tips:

  1. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. About 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids of which 66% are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats similar to those found in olive oil. In addition, cashews are exceptionally high in copper which helps eliminate free radicals in the body and aides in the development of bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment melanin.
  2. If you do not have/like cashews you can also use almonds and almond butter for this recipe.
  3. Dried dates work beautifully as a natural, vegan sweetener. They add dietary fiber to your smoothie and contain a wide range of vitamins (A, C, E, K, B2, B6, niacin and thiamin) as well as many essential minerals (iron, potassium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous and copper).
  4. For toppings, I used what I listed above (unsweetened coconut flakes being my favorite!) but you can add pretty much anything you have on hand: bananas, almonds, hemp seeds, milled flaxseed, goji berries, raspberries…Go crazy and make it look pretty! I used 2 cups of spinach for added nutrition but it also turned the smoothie bowl slightly green. If you want this to look more like chocolate use 1 cup of spinach instead. The cocoa powder can be a little dry so feel free to add another 1/4 cup of cashew milk.

Enjoy!

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