One of the best parts about being home in Atlanta is I get to make food for my family all day long. Better yet, they’re not even vegan (vegan food isn’t the most popular here in the South) so they make the best taste testers. I know if they like it, then it must really be good! It’s the ultimate full-proof test. I asked my mom what she wanted me to make her and she said a healthy breakfast. So I whipped up this berry cherry smoothie bowl topped with coconut, blueberries, and rawnola. Needless to say, she was blown away!
My mom could not stop raving about this smoothie bowl, because she said it left her full for so long unlike the cereal she normally eats. That’s what’s great about eating real, whole foods: your body will stay nourished for longer! She liked it so much she insisted I make it for my 4-year-old niece, Ember, who normally eats sugar-laden packaged foods. Ember even gave me the thumbs up!
Smoothie bowls are really easy to make, because you just throw a bunch of frozen and/or fresh fruit in the blender, add almond milk, and blend until you get a thick smoothie. It’s completely raw, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free making it super healthy, refreshing & perfect for cooling off during the hot summer.
I’ve shared my rawnola recipe before, but because it’s so popular I decided to recreate it with a new twist. Rawnola makes the best topping for a caramel banana ice cream sundae, a smoothie bowl like this one, or any breakfast treat for that matter. This time, I added a bit of coconut sugar and raw almond butter, plus used only rolled oats instead of buckwheat groats.
I think of smoothie bowls sort of like a work of art. A healthy work of food art, that is. The bowl is like a blank canvas and you fill it with whatever fruits and superfoods you want. Have fun with it! After all, that’s what life is all about. Creating and eating vegan meals should be fun not a chore.
Now that I’ve started making them for breakfast, I can’t stop. I’ve even been having a smoothie bowl midday as a snack for an extra boost of energy. I think they’re addictive because they’re literally so delicious and can be made in under 5 minutes. So if you’re ever in a rush or just feeling lazy but want a satisfying meal, try this berry cherry smoothie bowl.
I went with a mix of frozen berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries. I always keep my freezer stocked with frozen fruit to toss into smoothies or smoothie bowls whenever the craving hits. But you really can use whatever you have. I made a green detox smoothie bowl with spinach and banana a while back that I remake all the time because it’s a great way to sneak the veggies in. If you try this recipe, please share with me on Instagram @asunshinemission!
- 1 cup mixed berries, frozen
- 1 cup banana, frozen
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- almond milk, as needed
- 1/2 rolled oats
- 6 Medjool dates
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp almond butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- coconut, shredded and unsweetened
- Toss mixed berries and banana in a high-speed blender or food processor.
- Blend until well combined.
- Add all other ingredients and blend, adding almond milk a little at time until you reach desired consistency.
- Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until mixed.
- Store in a mason jar.
- Pour smoothie into a bowl.
- Top with coconut, blueberries, and rawnola.
- Dig in!