Ah, breakfast. Easily my favourite meal of the day. Those of you who know me will know that I used to be cereal addict. Crunchy, nutty muesli with ice cold milk and lots of berries for breakfast, lunch, the odd lazy supper, and snacks-a-plenty in-between. Any time was a perfectly acceptable cereal time for me. But, since my ‘clean eating’ quest began in January, I have begun to discover a world of other, equally scrumptious options. Out of them all, this power berry smoothie bowl is king.
I’m not a cooked breakfast fan, and the thought of eggs for breakfast (whilst I know this is a very popular option for you morning protein lovers out there) is just not that appealing to me. So instead, I have experimented with all sorts of smoothies, overnight oats with chia seeds, and homemade granola with Greek yoghurt. This power berry smoothie bowl is a sort of smush-together of all these delicious things!
Being new to the world of smoothies (yes I know, where have I been?!) I was fairly cautious to begin with, and carefully followed smoothie recipes from Pintrest with fairly pleasing results. But then, one morning in a hurry, I decided to throw everything together haphazardly in my own mix, and it turned out…the best!
Banana, a weeny handful of kale, oats, lots of berries (try blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants or redcurrents) and almonds, topped up with almond (or coconut) milk and sprinkled with chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and acai powder. All blitzed together into the most nutritious, berry-bursting bowl of goodness you could possibly eat.
The recipe for the smoothie part of this bowl will make a large glass, so keep the remainder in the fridge for the next morning to make another delicious bowl!
Once you’ve blitzed the smoothie, next comes the fun part. Spoon it into a bowl, then add a heap of gloriously thick Greek yoghurt. Sprinkle over some homemade granola (try my honey, pecan and date granola recipe here) then adorn with your favourite fresh fruit. I know there is already a lot of fruit in the smoothie, but the whole pieces on top give it an amazing texture. I love raspberries, blueberries and pomegranate. I also added a few mint leaves, which gives the bowl an amazing, fresh kick.
When I made this bowl for breakfast, it wasn’t actually intended to be a blog recipe. It just looked so incredible I had to photograph it. I love the colours; the sparkling jewels of ruby-red pomegranate against the bright green mint leaves, the deep purple of the smoothie alongside the creamy white of the yoghurt…heavenly! Needless to say, this was probably the quickest photo shoot I have done to date; I just couldn’t wait to eat it all up!
I can honestly say this power berry smoothie bowl tastes as good as it looks. Possibly better. The rich berry flavours together with the creamy yoghurt, punch of fresh fruit and mint, with the caramel, nutty pecan flavours of the granola coming through is just breakfast heaven.
Not only that, it is doing incredible things for your body. The nuts in the granola are full of healthy fats and plant protein, as are the hemp seeds. The almonds and almond milk in the smoothie are full of vitamin E, which is important for glowing skin. The chia seeds are full of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids and are also a source of calcium, as is the Greek yoghurt. The berries, and in particular the acai berry, are packed full of antioxidants and will do wonders for your hair and skin. Pomegranates are also especially high in antioxidants. The handful of kale will boost your intake of fibre, iron and vitamin K, A and C.
What’s not to like about this breakfast?! The power berry smoothie bowl is pretty, delicious and a powerful boost for your body!
- 1 small banana
- small handful of kale
- handful of porridge oats
- handful of mixed berries (try blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants)
- 4 almonds
- a tablespoon of each of the following: chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, acaia berry powder
- almond or coconut milk
- Greek yoghurt
- fresh fruit (I like raspberries, blueberries and pomegranate)
- 2-3 mint leaves
- Place all the ingredients in a blender (I use a NutriBullet). Top to the 'max fill' line with almond or coconut milk (it should just cover all your ingredients.) Blitz for about 30 seconds until completely blended and smooth.
- Spoon generously into a bowl. (You can reserve the remainder in the fridge for 2-3 days.)
- Top with anything you like! I like to add a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a handful of homemade granola. Then I add a handful of fresh fruit and scatter a few mint leaves.