- Smoothie Bowl in 10 Minutes
Smoothie Bowl in 10 Minutes
Look at this! Oooh, yummy!
Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favorite desserts - the smoothie bowl!
A velvety smoothie served in a bowl, topped with fresh fruit – that’s all there is to it.
If pictures conveyed flavor, we’d end this post right here. You’d dig into this fruity goodness, jump right to the recipe, make it in 10 minutes, and voilà!
But until technology enables the transmission of taste over the internet, I’m afraid you’ll have to bear with me for the next few minutes, so I can give you all the reasons why I make this awesome treat, apart from the obvious, which is that it’s simply delicious!
Here we go:
- It’s a cinch to make, 10 minutes and you’re done. Perfect for busy people. (Let’s agree that a homemade dessert in 10 minutes is not ‘fast food’ but super-fast food, actually)
- Making your own food is very satisfying. We’ll call it dessert-DIY. Work can be pleasure, and there’s real pleasure in this kind of work.
- This is a nutritious dessert made from scratch, using simple, fresh, natural, unprocessed ingredients. All the components here are real, whole, living, vibrant foods with no unrecognizable, hard-to-pronounce compounds typically found on the labels of store-bought processed desserts.
- We re-engage with our food in a direct way, involving all senses: we touch our food when we cut the fruit, peel it, and remove the seeds. The fragrance of freshly cut fruit is exquisite, and of course, it’s colorful and tastes great. Which sense have we left out? Oh, hearing. Yes. That will come later with the happy sounds of munching and slurping!
- Got kids? Make it with them!
This is a great opportunity for a fun activity together, where they learn-by-doing and experience the love of cooking and the appreciation of fresh foods first-hand.
- Fresh fruits being the star of this dish, this is a celebration of Nature’s bounty. Since fruit is pleasantly sweet as it is, there’s no added sugar here of any kind. No honey, maple syrup, or any sweetener.
Just before we dive in, a word about quality. When the ingredients are great to start with, very little effort is required from us to bring this dish to its full mouth-watering potential. I therefore recommend two things:
First, use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Second, go for ripe to very ripe fruit, because that’s when the fruit is at its peak (of sweetness, readiness, and maturity, and has absorbed all the nutrients for its full development from the soil).
The following recipe is dairy. I haven’t tried this recipe with non-dairy alternatives, but it’s worth trying options such as thick coconut milk.
You could top the smoothie with any extras that tickle your fancy. I kept this recipe on the fruity side.
in the making
Without further ado, here’s the recipe.
Preps: 10 -15 minutes
For the smoothie you will need:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or plain yogurt or plain kefir)
½ cup whole milk
12-13 fresh strawberries, stems removed
2 bananas, broken into chunks
½ mango, peeled and diced
For the toppings:
A platter of fresh, dry, and frozen fruit to your liking, cut into bite-size if needed, enough for 4-5 people.
My favorites are grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raisins, plum, pineapple, apple, banana, peach, and mango. (This is what you see in the image right under the title to this post)
How to make it:
1. Blend all smoothie ingredients till smooth, and pour into individual bowls.
2. Top bowl with your choice of fruit from the platter.
I hope you enjoyed our post today. It’s the first post in a project I’m launching about mindful eating and re-connecting with our food. Stay tuned, there’s more to come on this topic in the coming weeks.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, oozing with fresh fruit, good health and joy,
Wise Choice Market
References and inspirations for this post:
1. EE 101: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World - Alice Waters and Craig McNamara (YouTube)
2. Alice Waters - Edible Education: Teaching the Art of Simple Food; Family Action Network (YouTube)
3. Cooked, by Michael Pollan
4. A Life Unburdened, by Richard Morris
This article represents its author’s opinion, and is not a medical, nutritional, or professional advice.