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Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl

Maria Steinhauer

smoothie bowl

I love making smoothies, and I love putting a little healthy “crunch” on top in the form of granola, coconut or chia seeds. Instead of a cup, a smoothie bowl allows you a larger surface area to sprinkle more of your favorite toppings. You can really load them up, because hey- you’re going to eat this with a spoon! This particular smoothie bowl helps you start the day with a great amount of fiber (16 grams) and protein (14.5 grams).

Along with fiber, this dish (or should I say bowl) gives you some selenium, magnesium, vitamin D and probiotics which are important for a healthy colon. I use coconut milk as a base because it’s a good source of selenium, magnesium and vitamin D; separate studies show these help lower your risk of colon cancer. I mix the milk with a little coconut flour to create a thickener for the smoothie (plus this flour adds fiber to the bowl!). The almond butter and oats also help thicken the smoothie and provide fiber and protein. The strawberries and bananas together contain fiber and magnesium, as well as a little selenium, potassium and vitamin C! The Greek yogurt gives you some probiotics which help increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut. That, in turn, can lessen digestive issues and help your body absorb nutrients from food and supplements. I only use half of an 8oz. container of yogurt for this recipe, so feel free to throw some extra strawberry slices and granola in that half-full container for snack time later.

Like I said earlier, I prefer to LOAD UP on the toppings because they not only provide the crunch factor, but also more of that much-needed fiber! So change it up this week—switch out the cereal bowl for this smoothie bowl.

 

Ingredients (makes one 16 oz. bowl):

  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced & frozen
  • 1 fresh banana
  • ½ banana, sliced & frozen
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • Strawberry & banana slices
  • Granola
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Place ¼ cup of the coconut milk in a small mixing bowl with the coconut flour and whisk until it thickens.
  2. Pour into a blender and mix together with the frozen strawberry slices, the remaining coconut milk, almond butter, Greek yogurt, oats, vanilla extract, and the fresh banana.
  3. Then add in the frozen banana slices and blend once more.
  4. Pour into a serving bowl, and then decorate the top how you want with fresh strawberry & banana slices, granola, coconut shreds, and chia seeds.



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