These past few weeks have been intensely busy for me. So when that alarm sounds, I roll out of bed and hit the ground running, which means breakfast has to be quick to prep, easy to eat, and filling enough to get me through until snack time. And of course, delicious. So I hopped on the smoothie bowl train, and boy am I glad I did! A smoothie bowl is exactly what it sounds like, you pour your desired smoothie into a bowl, I like adding Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and homemade granola to mine. The result is sweet, creamy, fresh, and crunchy.
The granola is very basic and takes about 45 minutes, so I like making it the night before, once it cools, just pop it in an airtight container and it’s ready to go! You can add whatever you have on hand for dried fruits and nuts.
Blueberry Smoothie – single serving
½ cup Frozen Blueberries
½ cup Coconut Milk
1 scoop Protein Powder – I use unsweetened Whey Protein Isolate from www.truenutrition.com
Vanilla Apricot Granola – makes about 4 cups
3 cups Rolled Oats
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
¼ cup Raw Cashews- roughly chopped
¼ cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
¼ cup Dried Apricots- thinly sliced
¼ cup Dried Cherries
3 tbsp Chia Seeds
Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and nuts. Melt the coconut oil and honey together and drizzle over the oats. Stir well and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet and put in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes, or until deep golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes. Once it is done, add the dried fruit then the chia seeds. Stir granola and let cool.
To make the smoothie, combine all the ingredients and blend. Add ice if using fresh blueberries, we want it to be nice and thick. Pour into a bowl, add a couple spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt, and top with granola and your favorite fresh fruits. Here's the great part, with that granola baked and ready to go, you now have breakfast for the next few days! So there you have it, a meal that is packed with protein, antioxidants, healthy fats, good carbs, and natural sugars. What better way to start your day?