How to Make a Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are something I’ve loved for years now. I tried making my first ever açai bowl in my first year of university and, let me tell you, it was a major flop. I made it work for the ‘gram in terms of aesthetics (obviously) but it did not taste good – the texture was off and it was so bitter. Thankfully, those days are over because I’m going to make a big claim and say that I have now mastered the art of making smoothie bowls. Okay, so that’s probably too big of a claim but I’d like to think that I can make a pretty decent açai and chocolate smoothie bowl. This is the perfect meal to have for breakfast if you’re trying to satisfy a craving for something sweet. Admittedly, I am not a big sweet tooth (I’d always rather have something savoury over something sweet!) but this hits the spot for me. Not only is it super filling, but all the ingredients used for these smoothies are vegan! I, personally, am not vegan but I often like to eat vegetarian/vegan food at home. I find that I feel so much better for it and I don’t get stomachaches as frequently anymore! When I posted a story on my Instagram a few weeks ago of these smoothie bowls, a bunch of my friends asked me where I bought this in Leamington and I was very flattered. These bad boys were made right here at Casa Ludborza.. If you’d like to try making these yourself, keep on reading for the recipe!

 

AÇAI BOWL

Ingredients:

  • Almond milk (1 cup)
  • Strawberries (fresh and frozen)
  • Blueberries (frozen)
  • Bananas (2 frozen, 1 fresh)
  • Açai powder (2 tbsp)
  • Chia seeds
  • Granola
  • Ice

 

CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE BOWL

Ingredients:

  • Almond milk (1 cup)
  • Bananas (2 frozen, 1 fresh)
  • Ice
  • Cacao powder (1 tbsp)
  • Maca powder (1 tsp)
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond butter (1 tbsp)
  • Edible flowers (optional)
  • Liquid chocolate drizzle

I put in rough measurements of how much you should use for each ingredient but, honestly, I just do it by taste! I find that I need at least 1 cup of almond milk to make sure it’s a smooth enough consistency. Açai bowls can be bitter so I make sure to use at least 2 frozen bananas to sweeten it, adding honey if it’s still too bitter.

Instructions for both smoothie bowls:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth!
  2. For toppings, I always gravitate towards strawberries, bananas, chia seeds and granola. Feel free to use whatever toppings you like though! For an açai bowl, I would also recommend kiwi, dragonfruit, raspberries, coconut shavings, blueberries or mango. For the chocolate smoothie bowl, I would recommend peanut butter, chocolate chips, coconut shavings, strawberries or blueberries.

Admittedly, the edible flowers weren’t a necessity for the chocolate smoothie bowl but it really elevates the overall presentation, hey?! I had to put them to good use in some way after buying them from Waitrose, haha!

 

Have you ever tried making a smoothie bowl? What’s your favourite?

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