Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl

 Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl with toppings, from left to right: coconut flakes, pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds, bee pollen, mama powder, shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, purple mulberries, cacao nibs.

Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl with toppings, from left to right: coconut flakes, pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds, bee pollen, mama powder, shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, purple mulberries, cacao nibs.

Smoothie bowls seem relatively straightforward, and they are, in theory. But I've had my fair share of smoothie bowl blunders. For me, the problem always seems to be getting them thick enough, while not feeling like I'm running the motor out of my beloved Vitamix. A fine balance and one that requires a little practice and patience.

Suggestions for a successful smoothie bowl:

- The first thing you put in your blender should be the liquid so it's close to the blades. 

- Start with a small amount of liquid, blend, and then add more liquid as needed. 

- Just like with smoothies, start blending on the very lowest speed before increasing. If the blades stop mixing - turn it off, give it a good stir, maybe add some more liquid and then start on low again. It either stops moving because there is an air pocket near the blades or there is something stuck. You don't want the blades spinning without moving as this is really bad for your blender's motor.

- It's all about the frozen ingredients! These will make for more slush and a thicker consistency fit for ample toppings and eating with a spoon.

- It's also all about the toppings...if you want to feel really good about yourself, load up on the beautiful toppings. A little one-two punch - not only do they look amazing, but they also add the usual superfood qualities of being antioxidant and vitamin-rich and having more healthy and beauty benefits than we know what to do with! 

Once you get the basics down, you will have so much fun playing around with ingredients and toppings. You can basically make any smoothie into a smoothie bowl just by subtracting the liquid quantities, and amping up the frozen ingredients. 

BERRY OATMEAL SMOOTHIE BOWL

(makes one smoothie bowl)

INGREDIENTS

- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup steel-cut oats, cooked, then frozen
- 1 teasp. maca powder
- 1 teasp. sunflower butter
- 1/4 teasp. vanilla extract
- few dashes cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Make oatmeal ahead: cook per package directions, omitting salt (oats and water only). Once fully cooked, lay onto Silpat mat, parchment paper, or in ice cube tray, and place in freezer until frozen (at least a few hours). 

Smoothie bowl: Place all ingredients in blender, making sure to start with the coconut milk at the bottom, near the blades. Start blending on lowest speed, slowly increasing as ingredients begin to mix. Stop blending if blades stop moving (in which case, stir and start on low again). Once blended, pour into bowl and add toppings to your heart's content!

 Ingredients, including frozen oatmeal (which looks kind of weird like this!)

Ingredients, including frozen oatmeal (which looks kind of weird like this!)

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I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

~rachel


 

 

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Hi guys! Rachel Pinkstaff here, founder of Pink Greens.

I started Pink Greens in 2015 after spending several years before that falling in love with real, whole, plant-based foods. The beauty in the plants themselves, the endless combinations of ingredients and flavors, the way they made me look and feel, and the impact that eating this way would have on the planet if a whole lot more of us did it.

I wanted to spread the green love! I get worked into a tizzy of excitement thinking about how much good we could all do in this world if we were feeling our absolute best - clear minds, healthy bodies, and a healthier earth. We could each take our own unique talents and desires and really get out there and accomplish some pretty amazing stuff. 

My road to feeling this good wasn't always so simple...I spent years trying to be healthy, but stuck in confusion amidst contradictory information. It wasn't until I started listening to my own intuition and common sense when it came to food, that I began feeling so good that I felt unstoppable. There was a balance and ease to it. The stress and confusion melted away (along with those stubborn extra few pounds that I didn't even realize where there). It takes a little longer to get addicted to the truly good stuff, but once I did, I realized the benefits are ample and endless. 

I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I am a real woman with a background in journalism and a passion for healthy foods. I don't consider myself an expert in this field. I just love learning, growing, and sharing. My hope is that by sharing in my journey, I can help you in yours. Know that you are not alone. Know that you wanting to be your best, most beautiful self inside and out is not vain or petty. It allows you to get out into the world and share all of your unique smarts, talents, gifts, loves, and creativity. It inspires those around you. You being the best version of yourself is what life is all about.

Thank you for reading! I'll be back soon. And until then, please follow along on Instagram @pinkgreens

Bon appétit, friends.

Rachel