Is there anyone out there that has as much trouble with blenders as I do? I freakin’ hate blenders! I even have an expensive Ninja kind and it still gives me problems (nothing against Ninja, I’m pretty sure its me, not the blender). They never work when they are supposed to, there is always gunk hiding in them somewhere, and oh yea, where did the blade go? If you don’t put the lid on just right, no power. If you are too strong (like me) and force the main container on the base in the wrong position, no power. Needless to say, this smoothie almost didn’t happen. As it turns out, I just had to lift up the handle to get the top into place correctly and I got power. I also got a delicious and nutritious, all-natural smoothie bowl.
Why sip with a straw when you can eat with a spoon? That’s my motto. Ha, not really. But I am very into this smoothie bowl phenomenon that I see everywhere. This morning I woke up planning to make a healthy version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, which, if you don’t know, is just a green-dyed mint flavored milk shake. It’s a seasonal item for St. Pattys Day that is well-loved, but has been criticized for having a very lengthy and artificial ingredient list (think 54 ingredients worth of food dyes, preservatives, and corn syrup solids). Not exactly what I want in my milk shake. Anyway, I was planning to make a healthy shake but I was sooo hungry this morning I knew a shake would not be enough to keep me full. Enter the smoothie bowl, like a smoothie, but a bit thicker. The thicker consistency makes it better to eat with a spoon and allows you to add toppings! I’m ALL about toppings!
This smoothie bowl is definitely not a smoothie. But naming it a shake bowl seems weird. It’s creamy like a shake, but contains no ice cream. It is made with fruit and veggies like a smoothie, but doesn’t have that citrus seedy thing going on that I associate with most smoothies. No matter what you want to call it, it doesn’t matter. But do give it a try! Be sure to enjoy it with LOTS of toppings like shaved chocolate, granola, or dark chocolate chips.
Tell me, have you ever had a smoothie bowl before? Does your blender frustrate you?
- 1 very ripe frozen banana (cut into slices before frozen)
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- ½ cup milk (dairy, soy, almond)
- 1 mint tea bag
- approximately 15 fresh mint leaves
- 1 handful of spinach
- ½ of a medium avocado
- ⅛th tsp peppermint extract
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup
- shaved chocolate to top
- Heat milk in microwave or on stove until hot (don't boil) and add mint tea bag. Place in the refrigerator and let sit over night.
- Remove tea bag from milk. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high to desired consistency.
- Taste, add more mint or maple syrup to desired flavor preference.
- Top with shaved chocolate if desired.