A smoothie for breakfast is one of my favourite go to’s. They’re so easy to whip up and are a great way to give yourself a massive antioxidant boost, which sets you up for a great day ahead. Sometimes it’s nice to have a spoonable breakfast though, so by making a thick, slightly frozen smoothie, you can serve it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon!
Of course, I don’t crack coconuts open every day to serve my smoothies in (nor do I recommend you do it unless you’re a pro), but it was a lot of fun (and mess) to do for these pictures.
Serving your smoothie in a bowl also means you can go crazy with toppings which makes it feel even more like a breakfast. I love starting with some kind of granola like this maple and cinnamon buckwheat, or if you eat oats then you might also like my pumpkin pie, crunchy maple banana, or festive Christmas granola’s. I’ll often add some unsweetened coconut yoghurt (if it’s not already in the smoothie), and fresh berries if they’re in season. From there, a drizzle of nut or seed butter, sprinkle of dried fruits, coconut chips, cacao nibs, edible flowers or a superfood powder. The possibilities are endless!
This coco berry smoothie is very versatile and the recipe below is really just a starting point. You can keep it super simple and stick to the recipe, or try adding a couple of spoonfuls of nut or seed butter, flax, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or protein powder to give it an extra boost.
Fresh ginger is another great addition which introduces a warming element, and is especially good if you’re attempting to eat this in cold weather. If that’s you by the way, you should also check out my warm apple pie smoothie recipe here for an even warmer option! Adding yoghurt to this coco berry smoothie gives it an element of creaminess, and if you have superfood powders you can start to get really creative!
Best of all, keeping the smoothie base solely berries means it’s very low in sugars and is therefore a great option if you’re attempting to reduce or cut sugar from your diet. I also love that berries are considered a super food in themselves and are an amazing source of powerful health promoting antioxidants. Think anti-aging and beautiful skin! Cardamom combines beautifully with berries too and is great for soothing digestion.
To read more on why smoothies are so good for you, including why they’re so easy to digest and what to consider when using raw ingedients, check out my favourite green smoothie recipe here. Enjoy! xo
Now I’d love to hear from you. What are your favourite smoothie bowl toppings?
And if you make this coco berry cardamom smoothie, did you keep it simple or pimp it out?!
Leave a comment below and let me know.
Coco Berry Cardamom Smoothie Bowls
Makes: 1 large smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen blackcurrants
1 cup nut milk or drinking coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp cardamom
1-2 Tbsp nut/seed butter,
1 Tbsp flax/pumpkin/sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp super food powder
1/2 cup coconut yoghurt
Place all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high speed until well combined and smooth. Because the berries are frozen you’ll likely have to use the tamper to keep things moving. Be sure not to over blend as you want this smoothie to be thick and spoonable.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl and serve immediately.