Strawberry Smoothie Bowls
I have always been a lover of smoothies for breakfast, since they are simple, quick and usually great on-the-go grabs. Even when I’m traveling for work, a smoothie is my typical go-to breakfast. But since I’ve been home (in Boston!) the past few months and actually around during the weekday mornings, I’ve started experimenting with my breakfast options and officially gone cartoon heart eyes over these breakfast Strawberry Smoothie Bowls.
Now, I won’t gloss over the fact that I’ve completely left y’all hanging on the blog and Instagram for the past few months. But I promise a nice long blog post on all of that is coming soon. The Reader’s Digest version is:
- I wrapped up my Orlando project in February, started a new project in Boston immediately after
- Found an apartment in Boston, said goodbye to the South and officially became a snicker-doodle-coffee-dunkies-lovin’ Boston girl once more at the end of March
- I traded in my Delta platinum status for a 10 minute walk to my client site – and while I thought being local would solve all of life’s stresses that I blamed on travel, that’s not quite the case.
Nevertheless, while maybe I haven’t exactly attained any sense of work-life balance since moving back to Boston, the one thing that I have been able to do (and really really enjoy) is not having to eat out 100% of my meals. Especially my breakfast.
Admittedly, my regular morning smoothie bowl is not quite Instagram worthy with some perfectly drizzled peanut butter. And I often eat it over the bathroom sink while putting my makeup on and rushing to get ready for work. So I did put in a little extra TLC for this particular smoothie bowl to get it blog-worthy, but at the end of the day remember beauty is on the inside of the smoothie bowl.
What I love most about smoothie bowls is that you can adapt them very easily to whatever your heart desires, your stomach craves, or whatever happens to be in your freezer that morning. I love my Ninja Blender because it takes a crap-ton of frozen fruit and gets that perfect smooth consistency that’s just too thick for a straw, but perfect for to spoon up from a bowl.
My favorite toppings are Purely Elizabeth Granola and Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter. Truly, I love that peanut butter so much I buy it buy the case from the Wild Friends website, and always buy some of the individual packets on the go. You can get fancy and top it with chia seeds or fresh fruit or toasted coconut, or whatever floats your smoothie bowl that morning. You can omit the protein powder if that’s not your style, or add in collagen peptides, fiber powder, or whatever your body needs. If you’re looking to go full-homemade, check out some of my delicious granola recipes from blog posts past to top your next smoothie bowl with. Enjoy!
- Cranberry Pecan Granola
- Cranberry Walnut Granola
- Blueberry Pecan Granola
- Snickerdoodle Almond Butter Granola
Strawberry Smoothie Bowls
Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 5 Minutes
- 1 cup almond milk (+ a little more if you prefer it thinner)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like GNC Vegan 25 Lean Shake)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter (I like Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter)
- 1/4 cup granola (I like Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola)
- In a blender, put the frozen banana, strawberries, and protein powder. Top with the almond milk.
- Blend until the ingredients are all incorporated and the consistency is to your preference. Add more almond milk to thin it out, or some ice to thicken it up.
- Pour in a bowl and top with granola and peanut butter. Serve with a spoon and enjoy!
Lest you think I’m skinny and a dieter…I’m not…I’m sitting here eating Smitten Kitchen’s brown butter cherry cake…which reminds me to make your browned butter cookies. Anyway, I can even imagine how many calories are in that smoothie!
Smoothies can definitely quickly add up to a lot of calories – I put the peanut butter on top instead of mixing it in, and I use half the portion of protein powder. Granola is optional but if I’m having the smoothie as a meal in the morning I find it more filling. Again, you can customize this totally to your liking.