There’s nothing to kick off a weekend morning like a tasty and nutritious smoothie bowl. They are just about the most gorgeous breakfast food I can imagine, and they’re so customizable that everyone is able to enjoy them and taylor them exactly to his or her liking! This morning, I had a dragonfruit (also called pitaya) on hand, so I decided to make it the star of my smoothie bowl!
The result was a creamy, bright, and satisfying smoothie bowl that I will definitely be recreating in the future. Here is the recipe:
In a blender combine:
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 4 frozen strawberries, 3 fresh strawberries
- 1/3 cup fresh dragonfruit
- 1/4th avocado (for texture)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
I had my blender on high for about 2 minutes, but I’m still playing around to figure out the best techniques for blending. Just make sure to blend until it’s mostly the same color and there aren’t any chunks. You can also blend shorter or longer amounts of time to adjust the thickness based on your tastes! This amount of ingredients yielded just enough smoothie to prepare 2 small/medium smoothie bowls, or one medium/large one! I made a couple different variations of toppings:
This was actually my very first time using a dragonfruit at home, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to cut and use as well as how tasty it was all by itself! Dragonfruits are so pretty that they can be intimidating to use at home, but they are much easier to maneuver in the kitchen than other, more common fruits like mango or pineapple.
I also want to add that even though there is no protein powder included (I’m not as into using powders and supplements), the nutritional value of this smoothie bowl is off the charts! You’ve got all your macros: carbohydrates primarily from the banana and cauliflower, healthy fat from the avocado, and protein primarily from hemp seed hearts. I recently learned that hemp seed hearts are also a fantastic source of omega-3 and omega-6, which was wonderful news to me because those are the main nutrients that I struggle to find enough of in my plant based diet.
This recipe couldn’t have been better for a perfect Sunday morning pre-yoga meal. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did, and feel free to let me know if you discover any modifications to improve upon it!