Vegan Smoothie Bowls are the ultimate upgrade to a traditional smoothie. Enjoy three different Smoothie Bowl Recipes that are high in protein, refreshing and indulgent!
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What is a smoothie bowl?
Essentially Vegan Smoothie Bowls are more nutrient-dense smoothies, thick enough to eat with a spoon and often topped with fruits, nuts, seeds, muesli, granola and more! Kind of like a soft-serve ice cream. You can create pretty much any combo of flavors that you like and top it with your favorites. For many spooning a smoothie bowl is more satisfying than drinking a regular smoothie.
1. Berry and PB smoothie bowl
This Berry and PB Smoothie Bowl is a fun twist on the classic PB&J sandwich! Combine berries, peanut butter, and plant milk for a delicious smoothie bowl that’s sweet, and lightly nutty. Yum! This recipe is entirely whole foods plant based (no oil, no added sugar). For an extra protein boost add your favorite protein powder, nuts and/or seeds like hemp seeds and/or flax meal.
2. Chocolate protein smoothie bowl
A super simple, yet incredibly delicious Smoothie Bowl. It’s not only vegan but also gluten, oil, and refined sugar-free. This Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl is super creamy, chocolatey, and ready to go in just minutes. Find all of your favorite flavors in one bowl!
3. Cookie dough smoothie bowl
A healthy Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl made with chickpeas and frozen bananas. Add your favorite vegan chocolate chips and toppings. This Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl is inspired by my edible cookie dough recipe, which is also made with chickpeas. And, I know it sounds crazy at first. But bare with me, it legitimately tastes like cookie dough and does not taste like beans!
What about all the sugar in fruit?
Maybe you have heard that smoothies and smoothie bowls are very high in sugar, and are “bad” for you. And yes, if you buy a ready-made smoothie in the supermarket it probably is packed with industrial added sugars. However, if you make a smoothie from scratch and don’t add any other sugars (table sugar, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, etc) they become a convenient and tasty way to boost both your quantity and quality of fruit and vegetable intake.
Research shows only industrial, not fruit fructose intake, is associated with adverse health effects like declining liver function and high blood pressure. Fructose from added sugars is also associated with hypertension; while fructose from natural whole fruits is not!
If fruits are bad for you has actually been put to the test: Seventeen people were made to eat 20 servings a day of fruit. Despite the extraordinarily high fructose content of this diet, presumably about eight cans of soda worth, the investigators reported no adverse effects for body weight, blood pressure, and insulin and lipid levels after three to six months.
More recently, Jenkins and colleagues put people on about a 20 servings of fruit a day diet for a few weeks and found no adverse effects on weight or blood pressure or triglycerides, and an astounding 38 point drop in LDL cholesterol. There was one side effect, though. Given the 44 servings of vegetables they had on top of all that fruit, they recorded the largest bowel movements apparently ever documented in a dietary intervention. (source)
In conclusion, don't be afraid to eat fresh fruit and enjoy one of these delicious Smoothie Bowls! I hope you love all these recipes as much as I do!