Have you put down the straw and picked up the spoon yet?
Apparently, that’s what’s hot in the world of smoothies right now: smoothies that are thick enough to be served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon (and this has probably been a trend for awhile but sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake.)
From what I can gather, smoothie bowls have evolved from the popular acai bowls, which are made with acai berry puree and topped with more fruit, nuts and/or cereal and are popping up at juice and smoothie bars. Just last week, my aunt told me that she and my uncle had acai bowls every day for breakfast on a recent trip to Hawaii.
Now, acai berries have been touted as the super-est of super foods but here at Teaspoon of Spice, we like to preach that all fruits and veggies are super foods as they each have their own special combo of nutrients. Not to mention, enjoying a variety of them rather than hyperfocusing on just a few “superfoods” is the way to eat healthfully and deliciously. That’s why I love seeing this acai bowl trend turning into a “any kind of fruit” bowl trend.
So, the key to a smoothie bowl is to have a puree that’s spoonable – so a bit thicker than a smoothie but not quite as thick as sorbet or ice cream.
And since I’m a chocolate and peanut butter freak (I even have a Peanut Butter & Chocolate Love pinterest board) I figured why not do a riff on the Banana Mocha Frappe I make almost every morning for breakfast?Print
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl
- Yield: 2 servings.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 ripe banana, divided
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1 scoop whey protein
- 2 tablespoons of granola (I used KIND’s Banana Nut Clusters)
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Blend together frozen banana, half of ripe banana, cocoa powder, milk and whey protein. Divide into two bowls.
- Slice remaining half of banana.
- Top each bowl with banana slices, one tablespoon granola and one tablespoon peanut butter.
- Serve immediately.
I must say, I’m digging using the spoon and bowl for my morning smoothie and looking forward to trying some new fruit combos with my recent CSA fruit share haul (a peach/pistachio/coconut combo is next on my list….)
Have you tried acai bowls or smoothie bowls? What’s your favorite smoothie combo? Do you prefer a glass or a bowl?