This feel good Winter Smoothie Bowl tastes like a chocolatey mocha coffee in smoothie form. Made with frozen bananas and protein-packed almond butter, it is a rich and delicious way to start your morning or have an afternoon pick me up.
Two bowls filled with that chocolate/ coffee combo we like to call mocha then sprinkled with more chocolate and a little coconut, just for good measure. Oh helllllo, you wintery treat of my dreams. This is so where we're going today.
Only we're calling it breakfast and making no apologies.
No one should ever apologize for chocolate. Or coffee. Or starting the day with something that tastes like dessert but manages to plant itself firmly in the health food department.
What you're looking at I'm calling a Winter Smoothie Bowl, but if it were summer I'd call it the best damn nice cream around.
Turns out that bananas + coffee + chocolate is the best combination ever.
Here's how you're going to get into this Winter Smoothie Bowl:
#1: Make some extra morning coffee and put a mug of it in your fridge.
#2: Put some frozen bananas, that chilled coffee, and some cocoa and almond butter into your blender. If you're feeling like an extra treat, pour in a little maple syrup. Hey! Why not? It's your breakfast and you should have it just the way you like it.
#3: Blend. Blend. Blend.
#4: Sit back with a giant smile on your face as you eat/ slurp your way through the best breakfast ever.
Up until a few months ago (7 1/2 to be exact) my mornings used to look like this: roll out of bed at 9 am. slurp coffee like it's life or death. work from my couch in my pj's till noon. enjoy peace and quiet. all. day. long.
Now, I'm up at 6 am, still slurping coffee like it's life or death (somethings will never change!), working from my couch in my pj's till my little girl gets up and I spend the rest of the day trying to figure out this being a mom thing.
I've still got a lot of figuring out to do …
Yesterday morning, I was shooting a video for (drumroll, please!) crispy parmesan eggplant fries. (Yes, they're amazing!) I sat little Ava behind me on the floor so we could hang out together while I worked. Sounds harmless, right? Only I'm so not used to her new trick of moving around wherever she wants to go. She doesn't walk or crawl, but she can wiggle and roll like a pro. Anyway, as I was busy shooting, I heard this “clink clink clink” sound. Can you guess what it was? I forgot about (didn't think about) the bowl of cat food that she turned into a hundred nibble sized toys for throwing around the kitchen. It was awesome.
Then there was that time we came in from a walk and I quickly popped her down on the couch while I rushed to the bathroom. I heard all this noise and yelled at the cats to stop whatever they were getting into. What I found was Ava (with a giant smile on her face) shaking an open bag of nuts I had left on the couch. There were nuts EVERYWHERE! Choking risk, anyone? Gahhh.
So like I said, still trying to figure out this whole mom thing. In the meantime, maybe some more coffee or another mocha winter smoothie bowl might help … ?
If you make this Mocha Nut Winter Smoothie Bowl make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- Add the frozen bananas, almond butter, cocoa powder, cold coffee, and ice cubes to your high-powered blender (I love my Vitamix!) and blend on high until smooth. Taste and add maple syrup, if you'd like.
- Pour into 2 bowls and top with any or all of the optional toppings.