Can I tell you a little bit about these bowls please? I’m just so excited ’cause I know your going to love them! Am I the only one who has noticed the smoothie bowl craze taking over the internet? Well whatever the case, it is and everyone is cranking out the most gorgeous and colorful creations of fruitiness so I couldn’t help but start to feel left out, right?
To be completely honest, the first time I saw a smoothie bowl I thought it was a pretty lame idea and I didn’t see myself ever wanting to make one. I mean, smoothies are supposed to be what they claim, smooth, so that they can be sipped through a big fat straw, not chunky and thick enough to scoop. But after I’d had time to get used to the idea it actually started to sound pretty stinkin’ good.
In case you missed it in so many of my previous posts, I’m kind of addicted to berries, (it’s like a certifiable condition, not even kidding), and one of my favorite things to snack on is berries with yogurt and/or cereal. That’s why I got to thinking, why should a smoothie bowl be so different? So as much as I’m loathe to admit it, I gave in to the collectivism on this one you guys! Do you think that make me a complete sell-out or what? I just hope this isn’t the first step to losing my individuality, yikes!
But anyway, something else I’ve been crazy about, and still getting crazier, are coconuts. I’m nuts for dem coconuts! Seriously though, do you have any idea how versatile coconuts and their contents can be? I’m constantly switching up my normal dairy products for coconut water, milk, or cream and it works amazingly! It’s so good in pretty much any form of dessert or you can go savory and put it in everything from breading to Thai sauce. Can you see the level of obsession I’ve got going on here?
So here’s the deal, these smoothie bowls are super easy, they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegan so pretty much everyone can enjoy them and they work as a breakfast, a snack, or I’d even go for one as lunch, yum! I wanted to make them extra pretty so I thought it would be fun to pour them into actual coconuts to make them more fun. I’m really hoping that you’ll want to make them now too because this post kind of feels like my summer berry swan song. Yes, unfortunately the season has really started to set in and I think my stream of fresh berries is at it’s end (hopefully I froze enough to make it until next year without a total breakdown).
As for personalization, I used a combo of oats and flax to thicken this but you can trade out the flax for chia seeds and my smoothie was like really thick with the amount of oats I used so you can cut back on them if you want it a little thinner. The fruits can be traded out too. Maybe try replacing some or all of the berries with tropical fruit for a breakfast that will feel like your on vacation!
Other than that, I just say make them, load them with all of the yummy toppings you can think of, and most importantly, eat them with a small spoon. I have this belief that everything is better with a smaller spoon!
Smoothie bowls for the win!
Berry Coconut Breakfast Smoothie Bowls (Vegan+GF)
Take your smoothie game to the next level and try these thick and creamy coconut smoothie bowls with all the toppings!
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup coconut water or you can use almond milk
- 2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 large frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal or ground chia seed
- 2 tablespoons agave or maple
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
Optional Topping Ideas:
- fresh berries and/or sliced fruits
- nuts almonds, walnuts, pistachios.....
- toasted seeds sunflower, pepitas.....
- dried coconut shreds
- granola clusters or cereal
- cocoa nibs/ dark chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients for the smoothies in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. For an extra thick smoothie allow it to set for at least 30 minutes in fridge. Pour into bowls and serve with any toppings you'd like!