smoothie bowl

Cannellini Bean & Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowl

If you've been following this blog for a bit now, you probably know that I love experimenting with unusual ingredients or atypical combinations. If you're landing here for the first time, well, now you're in on it too. 

When making my usual after-work smoothie bowl the other day, I found myself thinking about how I could add more fiber without increasing sugar content, and without compromising the sweet flavor. Yes, I could add more greens, but that would create a tarter taste. Yes, I could add cauliflower (and that probably would have been perfect), but cauliflower smoothies feel like the new avocado toast these days, and that didn't make me feel like I was living on the edge. That's when I thought of adding cannellini beans! (because that's what everyone thinks of when they want to live on the edge, obviously). They're loaded with fiber and protein (1/2 cup has 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein), they're bland enough that they adopt the flavor of the fruit smoothie - or any smoothie - without compromising the taste, and they would add some more volume - because whoever wants their smoothie to end!? 

Here is the recipe for my cannellini bean & chocolate cherry concoction - highly recommend you try it. Oh, and I will DEFINITELY be experimenting with other fruit/vegetable flavor iterations of this bean-based delight, so stay tuned :) 

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1/2 cup unsalted, organic cannellini beans 
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries 
  • 1/2 cup frozen dark and sweet cherries 
  • 1/3 cup organic soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon 
  • 4 I Heart Keenwah chocolate quinoa puffs (for topping)
  • 1 tablespoon cherries (for topping)

Directions:

  1. Set aside topping ingredients and add all other ingredients to blender. Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until contents appear evenly distributed. 
  2. Pour mixture into bowl. Use your hands to crush quinoa puffs, and sprinkle on top of smoothie. Add remaining tablespoon of cherries for topping.
  3. Enjoy! 

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Banana-Matcha Bowl

Smoothie, smoothie bowl, matcha bowl… whatever you want to call it, we promise you it's really good! This makes for the perfect 4 pm hold-over snack, or serves as a great addition to your morning breakfast. Yes, spinach is among the main ingredients but the frozen banana and vanilla extract combo steal the spotlight. The matcha provides an extra antioxidant boost and a mild caffeine kick to keep you going. Enjoy it in a bowl (feel free to add toppings) or drink it straight from the glass. The choice is yours. 

Ingredients (serves 1):

  1. 1 frozen banana 
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk 
  3. 1 scoop of Panatea's culinary grade matcha (or ceremonial grade!) 
  4. 1 handful spinach (~1/2 cup)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  6. Dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice blend (from Trader Joe's. Cinnamon also works just fine!) 

Directions: 

  1. Add ingredients to blender or nutribullet, in no particular order.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Enjoy!