I love food. Oh you knew that already? Hmm, I wonder what gave it away? Well whether it is obvious or not I really DO love it, everything about it! The ability to pick and choose the ingredients when creating a new recipe, making it look photo-worthy and my favorite, eating it. No matter which point in the process I find myself in it makes me happy. Having the ability to use my creativity when creating a dish becomes an art form all its own. Take for example, my latest obsession, the smoothie bowl…I have always incorporated smoothies and/or the bowl versions into my eating habits since it’s a yummy (and easy) way to pack in the protein, healthy carbs, fats, superfoods, vitamins and minerals that my body needs based on my active lifestyle. Not to mention, it’s like eating a guilt-less dessert for breakfast, lunch or dinner for that matter. The awesome part about creating these smoothie bowls is you can practically add in ANY fruit or veggies to create a smorgesboard of flavors. And don’t EVEN get me started on the toppings…oh my! Decorating your bowl with things like crunchy granola, frozen berries, dairy-free chocolate chips or all of the above makes this healthy dish a true work of delicious art…and the possibilities are simply endless. Although not to sound like a broken record but everything in moderation. I try and limit my toppings to two, maybe three depending on the choices. It’s very easy for your smoothie bowl to go from healthy to not so healthy by adding too many tasty add-in. Keep in mind though full of fiber things like granola tend to be the higher of caloric options so limit your portion to no more than a serving size and choose only one granola or nut mixture per bowl. Also, another great little tid bit to remember is that berries are the lowest fruit on the glycemic index which not only keep your smoothie bowl low in sugar but also will prevent blood sugar spikes.
So, while I’ve been absorbed in the world of smoothie bowl art I’ve been creating some seasonal recipes because honestly, who doesn’t enjoy the flavors and foods that come along with the holiday season? Since we are currently traveling at warp speed to Thanksgiving (how is it next week already!?) I whipped up this Gingerbread Smoothie Bowl just in the knick of time. I know, I know, you’re going to give me the raised eyebrow look and ask, “But aren’t gingerbread cookies a Christmas thing?” To which I’m going to look at you confidently and say, “Technically there’s no cookies shaped like little people here.” (people shaped cookies is a weird topic for another time). So, this one is perfectly seasonly appropriate and I guarantee you won’t be finding my smoothie bowl flavor timing questionable once you dig in. Besides the fact that it’s gingerbread (seriously though it does taste just like the cookie) it’s vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and absolutely guilt-free! The only bad thing about this is that it’s not currently in my mouth…and on that note I’m off to the kitchen!
P.S. I HIGHLY recommend topping this smoothie bowl with fresh sliced pears…ahhh it’s like a holiday party in your mouth! You’re welcome.
Serves 1/Total time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 c frozen banana
- 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp unsulfered molasses
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 6 ice cubes
- any desired toppings (I used Trader Joe’s Almond Butter Granola and sliced pear)
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend for about one minute. When ready the consistency should be thick and fluffy (think spoonable).
- Pour contents into a bowl and top with your favorite extras. I love adding granola to mine for the added crunch and fresh fruit for the crisp sweetness (if you haven’t combined the flavors of ginger and pear I highly reccomend!).
Nutrition (per serving without toppings): 205 calories, 27g carbs, 3g fat, 20g protein, 18g sugar