Happy New Year to you all! I’ve got the perfect post-Christmas holiday dish for you – a Green Smoothie Bowl.
It’s perfect because if, like me, you’ve over-indulged in the last few days (well… weeks actually), this is the ideal way to ease back into healthier eating. It not only looks tantalizing, but it’s is packed full of raw, highly nutritious (and let’s not forget, delicious) fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
You won’t feel deprived, trust me. All those beautiful fresh fruits (right in season over here in New Zealand), combined with a creamy, thick green smoothie that you eat rather than drink, not to mention a ridiculously moreish honey or maple syrup roasted nut and seed mix. What’s not to love?
Thanks to BBC Good Food.com for helping me get back on track after a rather extended food fest. Oh, and by the way, while this is typically eaten for breakfast, it’s a perfect pick-me-up at any time of the day. Enjoy!
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp linseeds
- 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 4 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 4 tbsp coconut flakes
- 4 tbsp flaked almonds
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp clear honey or maple syrup
- 2 bananas (can be fresh or frozen)
- 1 ripe avocado, stoned, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 1 small ripe mango, stoned, peeled and chopped into chunks (I used canned mango slices)
- 100g (3.5 oz) spinach, fresh or frozen
- 250ml (8.4 fl oz) milk (or almond or coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp unsweetened almond or peanut butter (I used cashew butter)
- 1 tbsp clear honey or maple syrup (optional)
- A few mint leaves (optional)
- 175g (6.1 oz) mixed fresh fruit, chopped (I used banana, mango, strawberries and blueberries)
- Heat oven to 180C (360F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Tip the seeds, coconut and almonds into a bowl, add the cinnamon and drizzle over the honey or maple syrup. Toss until everything is well coated, then scatter over the baking tray in an even layer.
- Bake for 10-15 mins, stirring every 5 mins or so, until the seeds are lightly toasted (watch carefully as it will burn fairly quickly).
- Leave to cool. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
- Put the banana, avocado, mango, spinach, milk, nut butter, sweetener (if using), and mint leaves in a blender and whizz to a thick smoothie consistency (if it's either too thick or too thin, adjust by adding more liquid or fruit/veges).
- Divide the smoothie between two bowls and arrange the fruit on top. Scatter 1-2 tbsp of the seed mix over each bowl and eat straight away.
Food Photography Info: Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i); Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC ‘Art’ lens / Natural lighting