Oh hello 2017! January is the month when most of us decide to set new goals for the year ahead, feel more conscious to eat healthier and set aside time to become more active. A few of my aims for this year is to experiment with more flavours, ingredients and try out new things in the kitchen. So, my first recipe of 2017 is this delicious beetroot and raw cacao smoothie bowl…
It might seem like a slightly strange flavour combination, but trust me, it tastes awesome! The beetroot adds an earthy tone to the smoothie but when blended with the intense flavour of raw cacao it creates a luxurious velvety taste that’s crammed full of goodness. You can add a little more liquid if you prefer to drink it from a glass otherwise the texture will be more like soft scoop ice-cream, yum!
You will need:
- 100g of cooked beetroot (in natural juices) – I used the vacuum packed beetroot
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 heaped tsp of raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp of oats
- 1 tbsp of greek yoghurt
- cup of milk (I used coconut)
How to make:
Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and whizz together until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl (or glass) and top with your favourite fruit, granola and nuts. Enjoy!
Chocolate & hazelnut is a classic flavour combination, and one of the best smoothie bowls to make! I used to love Nutella but since I’ve started being much more aware of what I’m putting into my body, I tend to stay away from the shop bought version (Sarah Wilson, founder of I Quit Sugar, has a great article about it here) and make my own using ground hazelnuts, raw cacao and pure maple syrup. It’s so much more tastier too knowing you’ve made it yourself!
Here I’ve made one of my classic smoothie bowls, you can easily swap out the flavours by adding peanut butter or ground almond instead, it’s great to experiment. I’ve also added avocado as I find it makes the smoothie extra thick and creamy. I love topping my bowls with fresh fruit and a handful of granola. I’ll be sharing a homemade granola recipe soon, so keep a look out!
- 1 banana, chopped and frozen
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp of whole or ground hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp of raw cacao
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/2 – 1 cup of milk (I like to use Koko coconut milk)
Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender (I use a NutriBullet) and whizz together until thick and creamy, add more or less liquid depending on how thick you prefer your smoothie.
Top with fresh fruit, granola and seeds. Even a spoonful of greek yogurt would be delicious!
I love adding avocado to smoothies, it creates a really creamy and smooth texture which tastes amazing!
I used to be wary about eating avocados because of the high fat content and all of the scary myths associated with consuming too much fat, but I discovered that not all fat is bad for you! In fact, avocados are made of mono-unsaturated fats which can aid a healthy lifestyle and actually act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by helping us absorb more nutrients when eaten with other fruit.
- 1 banana, frozen and chopped
- 5 strawberries, ideally frozen
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp of oats
- 1 tsp of maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of milk (I used coconut)
Simply blend together until thick and creamy, add more milk to make it thinner if you prefer. I topped mine with granola, fruit, seeds and coconut.
This is an awesome green smoothie for someone trying it for the first time, it’s loaded with spinach but the sweetness of the fruit and coconut milk disguises any ‘green’ taste! Here’s how I made it:
- 1 frozen banana, chopped
- 1/4 cup of mango, ideally frozen
- 1/4 cup of pineapple, ideally frozen
- big handful of spinach
- cup of coconut milk
- tbsp of oats
Simply blend all of the ingredients together until lovely and smooth, add a little more milk to make it as creamy as you like.