As we wrap up Wellness Month, why not finish strong by treating ourselves to a smoothie bowl that not only tastes fantastic but also supports our health goals?

This smoothie bowl recipe is the perfect fusion of creamy textures and rich flavours, offering a guilt-free option that’s sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated.

This smoothie is so indulgent that you can even serve it as a dessert! It’s so rich and satisfying that no-one would guess that it has no added sugar.

Ingredients:

(Makes one smoothie or two desserts)

  • 2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Maple Nut Crunch granola or buckinis
  • Optional: cacao nibs, dried goji berries and/or coconut flakes

Method:

  1. Add the bananas, coconut cream, cacao powder, maca powder and vanilla extract to blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients for one minute or until the mixture is velvety smooth.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with a generous amount of granola or buckinis.
  4. Optional: make it extra by adding additional toppings such as coconut flakes, cacao nibs or goji berries.
  5. Serve immediately.
Image shows two ramekins of cacao smoothie and two spoons on a cloth napkin

Pro Tips:

  • To serve as a dessert, pour into two ramekins and top with coconut flakes, goji berries and cacao nibs.
  • Smoothie toppings not only add delightful textures but also pack a nutritional punch. Experiment with other different toppings depending on your needs or preference.
  • Try freezing the mixture in popsicle moulds for a fun twist on traditional ice cream bars, perfect for a refreshing snack on warmer days.
  • Remove the skin of the banana before freezing it or it will be impossible to remove once frozen. If you forget or want to go 100% zero waste – banana skins are edible so you can throw the whole thing in!

Health benefits:

Bananas:

  • Rich in potassium, bananas support heart health by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
  • High in fibre, bananas aid in digestion and promote a feeling of fullness, potentially assisting with weight management.
  • Packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese, bananas contribute to overall well-being and immune function.

Coconut Cream:

  • Provides a dairy-free alternative to traditional cream, making it suitable for individuals with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.
  • Contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are fats that may promote satiety and support weight management.
  • Offers a rich source of healthy fats, which are essential for brain health and may contribute to improved cholesterol levels.

Cacao Powder:

  • Abundant in antioxidants, cacao powder helps combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Contains flavonoids, which have been linked to improved heart health and may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Enhances mood and cognitive function by stimulating the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

Maca Powder:

  • Known for its adaptogenic properties, Maca powder helps the body adapt to stress and may improve energy levels and resilience.
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, iron, and copper, which support immune function and energy production.
  • May help balance hormone levels and improve libido, making it a popular supplement for overall vitality and well-being.

Vanilla Extract:

  • Adds flavour without the need for additional sugar or sweeteners, making it a healthier alternative for satisfying sweet cravings.
  • Contains small amounts of essential minerals like potassium, manganese, and calcium, which support various bodily functions.
  • May have calming effects on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and stress relief.

Maple Crunch Granola:

  • Contains whole grains and nuts, which are rich in fibre, protein, and essential nutrients like magnesium and zinc.
  • Offers a natural sweetness and subtle maple flavour, reducing the need for added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Cacao Nibs:

  • Similar to cacao powder, cacao nibs are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, offering potential benefits for heart health and inflammation reduction.

Dried Goji Berries:

  • Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, goji berries support immune function and protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.
  • Contain unique compounds like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and polysaccharides, which may contribute to eye health and skin protection.

By incorporating these nutrient-dense ingredients into your smoothie, you not only satisfy your sweet cravings but also nourish your body with plenty of health-promoting compounds. This Cacao Smoothie Bowl is not only a delicious finale to our wellness month but also an example to the power of wholesome ingredients in nourishing both body and soul. Let’s savour every spoonful!