It’s the time of year when I want a sweet cold treat. I found one that’s healthy too! How cool is that?
Smoothies always sound so delicious but I really don’t like to drink my calories.
I prefer the hand to mouth experience of eating.
So I went on a search for a smoothie recipe that I could have in a bowl and eat with my spoon.
Someone else was thinking the same thing and I found lots of recipes for a smoothie bowl.
I adapted a couple and came up with my own based on the fruit I had available.
Banana and Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
1 medium frozen banana
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup of milk or milk alternative
4 sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
I think I have found another use for those bananas that get over ripe before I use them. Now I will freeze them for a smoothie bowl instead of banana muffins.
Cut the banana into slices and add the pineapple to a food processor. I have a mini processor and it works really well for this smaller recipe.
Add milk or milk alternative.
Then pulse until frozen fruit begins to break down. Stop occassionally and stir to rearrage large chunks.
Continue to pulse until all the fruit has broken down and the smoothie has the consistency of ice cream!
Then place the smoothie in a bowl. I was excited to see that the smoothie filled a regular cereal bowl!
I could hardly believe that a banana, some pineapple and only a half a cup of milk could fill this bowl with such creamy goodness. The banana really helps the texture be similar to ice cream.
Then I added some garnishes: strawberries, flaked coconut and slivered almonds to add more nutrition. The garnishes also make the smoothie bowl look really appealing.