Chocolatey Protein Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies are cool, but I think smoothie BOWLS are much cooler. It gives you that feel of eating rather than drinking, which satisfies my preference. So I normally prefer savory cooked meals and don’t regularly eat smoothies or smoothie bowls, but every now and then I get this nagging craving for a big ol’ bowl of sweetness that will not be shut down by a plate of bacon and eggs. So what’s my solution? Go down to the grocery store and get myself a pint of ice cream, duhh. Okay, that’s one approach, but on the days that I don’t want to send myself on a blood sugar roller coaster, this chocolatey smoothie bowl gets the job done. It is thick and chocolatey and always meets my chocolate-loving needs. It’s also well balanced with carbohydrates, protein, fats (if you choose certain toppings), and even veggies, so you can eat it as a meal or a snack or dessert or whatever needs of yours it satisfies! I use a paleo protein powder (Paleo Pro) for it because I do NOT do well with dairy-based protein powders like whey and casein. They actually use grass-fed beef and egg white protein instead, which I think is pretty neat. I love this powder because not only is it dairy-free, it is also sweetened only with stevia, which means it’s free of refined sugars. The protein is the only non-vegan ingredient in the smoothie, so you can easily swap it for a plant-based protein powder to make it vegan. So overall, this recipe is paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free & vegetarian/vegan-friendly. Alright that’s enough banter, let’s get to the goods.

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Prep time: 5 min.

You’ll Need:

  • High-powered food processor or blender (I use this one)

Ingredients:

  • 150 g frozen banana slices
  • 170 g frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 scoop of Ancient Cacao Paleo Pro protein powder (or your personal protein powder preference)
  • 2 Tbs cacao powder
  • 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (or any other nut milk you prefer)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of pink/sea salt (Redmond’s Real Salt is my favorite)
  • Optional toppings: I LOVE cacao nibs and almonds. You can also use fruit or anything else you want; go crazy!

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients (except the toppings) to a high-powered blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite bowl and add the toppings of your choice.
  3. Devour.

Let me know if you try this recipe out or if you have any questions!

 

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