Smoothie bowls have been all the summer rage! It’s pretty amazing and inspiring to see all the beautiful bowls people create and share on Instagram. With fall creeping up in the next 2 weeks, I wanted to share one of my favourite smoothie bowl blends before the weather begins cooling off and smoothie bowls slowly transition to nourishing soups to keep us warm. Mmm… the delights each season brings #ProudLoverOfFallandWinter.
I personally enjoy smoothie bowls on the sweeter side, but keeping those sweet bowls nutritious and healthful is important. It’s so easy for smoothie bowls to be packed with high amounts of sugar! In the recipe I’m sharing with you today, I used ½ an avocado for the base, as opposed to using a banana. Avocado is a great nutrient packed replacement for banana that has a mild flavour and helps make smoothie bowls creamy. Avocado is also high in potassium, high in fibre, and contains heart healthy fats, carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamins (fat soluble + water soluble), and trace minerals. An average banana contains (approximately) 15 grams of sugar while ½ an avocado contains not even 1 gram of sugar! Smoothie bowls are typically packed with fruits like banana, berries, pineapple, mango, etc… replacing banana with avocado helps keep the sugar content on the lower side while also delivering higher amounts of nutrients.
This smoothie bowl was definitely inspired by my love for dark chocolate and raspberries! I was also inspired to make a bowl that was low in sugar while still being able to nourish my sweet tooth. For this recipe in particular, I find the combination of raspberries + vanilla plant based protein powder gives the smoothie bowl a satisfying sweet burst of flavour, while the dark chocolate shavings and shredded coconut add some sweet texture to each bite. I also wanted to keep the recipe simple as some smoothie bowl recipes I come across contain a lot of ingredients. You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make a nutritious bowl, you just need a few nutrient dense options and you’re set! Always remember, we can use less when choosing nutrient dense.
Nourishing Sweet Tooth Smoothie Bowl
Low in sugar, high in fibre, protein, and healthy fats
- 1/2 cup nut milk (add more as needed depending on blender)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tbsp chia seeds or hemp hearts
- 1 scoop plant based vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Organic Vanilla Protein Powder for this recipe)
- 1/4 tsp Harmonic Arts dual-extracted mushroom powder (optional for magical health boost) Toppings:
- 1 square piece of organic dairy free dark chocolate shavings
- 1 tbsp organic unsweetened shredded coconut
- Add almond milk (as needed for desired consistency), frozen raspberries, and avocado to a high-speed blender and begin blending until creamy.
- Once creamy consistency is achieved, add chia seeds, vanilla protein powder + mushroom extract powder, and blend some more.
- Use a spatula to transfer smoothie into a bowl then sprinkle organic dark chocolate shavings + unsweetened organic coconut shreds over top and enjoy!
Do you have any must-have or go-to smoothie bowl ingredients? Do you ever consider how much sugar can be packed into smoothie bowls? Sometimes adding more fruit to achieve more flavour or a desired consistency level can end up adding more sugar into our smoothie bowl than we realize! I like to opt for a flavoured plant based protein powder (like vanilla) to help boost flavour while keeping sugar content low.
Photos by the amazingly talented Kristen of LoveCraft Photography.