It’s the time of year when smoothie bowls become popular again. You know those breakfast bowls: They’re colorful, full of fruits and look like something you need to hit up a trendy cafe to enjoy.
Smoothie bowls — like the popular acai bowl recipes — are super easy to make right at home. This coconut yogurt chia seed smoothie bowl is the perfect way to kickstart your mornings, made in the comfort of your own cozy kitchen in just 5 minutes.
By using coconut yogurt in this recipe, I’ve kept it dairy free, but still packed with flavor and creamy texture.
Key Smoothie Bowl Ingredients
Yogurt is a must for a good smoothie bowl, as it adds creamy texture as well as fats. I prefer coconut milk in order to avoid dairy. It also contains natural fatty acids that provide extra energy. If you prefer dairy, go with Greek yogurt, which has the added advantage of being high in protein for a yogurt.
Coconut water is also included in this smoothie bowl, for it’s a great way to start the day. Why? Coconut water contains multiple vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals plus plenty of potassium, making it a high electrolyte beverage.
I’ve added chia seeds, one of my favorite sneaky superfoods, for extra nutrients plus crunch texture. Chia is rich in protein (amino acids), omega-3 fats, fiber, manganese, phosphorus and calcium.
Bananas are a great addition because they blend so well with the yogurt and add natural sweetness, plus they’re loaded with fiber.
Speaking of sweetness, rather than resorting to sugar or even honey or maple syrup, go with dates. They’re rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
I’ve used blueberries to add some color and a heap of antioxidants, but you can use your favorite berries. Let’s make this photo-worthy breakfast!
How to Make a Smoothie Bowl
Start by adding the first six ingredients to a blender or food processor and blending until nice and smooth. Those benefit-rich blueberries give this coconut yogurt smoothie bowl that lovely hue.
Place the blended mix in an airtight container and let it chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Then add the smoothie mix to a bowl and go wild with the toppings.
I love adding berries, coconut flakes and hemp seeds for a dose of healthy fats. Don’t forget to take a photo of your awesome coconut yogurt chia seed smoothie bowl before serving and enjoying!
Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl
Total Time: 5 min
Yield: 4 1x
Diet: Gluten Free
No need to buy an overpriced smoothie bowl at a hip cafe. Instead, just get these lovely ingredients and whip up your own.
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 4 dates, pitted and halved
- 2 cups coconut milk yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
- ¼ cup coconut water
- 1 cup blueberries
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- optional toppings: hemp seeds, blackberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries
- Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Place in an airtight container and allow to chill for 20 minutes prior to serving.
- Add to bowls and top with hemp seeds, sliced strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Category: Breakfasts
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bowl (253g)
- Calories: 239
- Sugar: 20.3g
- Sodium: 76mg (5% DV)
- Fat: 8.7g
- Saturated Fat: 3.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5.1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 35.9g
- Fiber: 8.7g
- Protein: 7.5g
- Cholesterol: 16mg
This recipe originally appeared on draxe.com