Decadent Chocolate Mint Smoothie Bowl

chocolate mint smoothie bowl

You can make your own smoothie bowl at home, easily!

So another recipe for COVID-19 days of stay at home quarantines in California.   The good news?  Cauliflower is not in short supply.   This is the base for this recipe.  Basically, I bought five heads of white cauliflower (strange hoarder, anyone?) and froze them after I steamed them.    And don’t let the cost scare you.  Cauliflower runs about $1.50 a head.   So you can make this dish for two people for about $3.  Where can you find such a healthy breakfast for $1.50 a person?

For this recipe, if you fill a pint size freezer bag, it will suffice for this recipe.  It makes it really simple to keep the cauliflower in the freezer ahead of time.   It is really easy to do.   Just steam and freeze in bags.

If you don’t have any of the toppings in your pantry, be creative and make your own.  I think chopped walnuts or almonds would be delicious, or maybe a streak of cocoa powder and a splash of honey.  Whatever you have will be delicious!

Finally, don’t let the cauliflower scare you.   My kids didn’t even know it was there until I told them, and then they just shrugged their shoulders– okay– because it tasted great.   I serve this to them quite often and they never tire of it!   It is easy and very attractive.   The kids love it.   If you have access to cacao nibs, it makes a crunchy and delicious addition to the bowl. 

Here is a great article to give you more education about the benefits of cauliflower.  It is part of the healthiest group of vegetables on the planet, cruciferous vegetables!  And, want to know more about the best protein powder for you?   Here’s what I recommend.  But now it’s time!   Let’s get started on this easy recipe…..

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped, steamed and frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon dried mint flakes or 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • For Garnish:  cacao nibs, hemp hearts, chia seeds, ground nuts of choice, or honey

Preparation:

In a high speed blender, combine the frozen cauliflower, protein powder, mint, cocoa powder, maple syrup and almond milk.   Blend til smooth.   You may want to add some ice to thicken, depending upon your personal taste.  Garnish with nuts, cacao nibs, seeds or honey.  Serves 2.

Smoothie Bowls are fun for kids (of all ages)!

First of all, I love that kids can choose health.  This recipe is awesome, because it is delicious and fun to eat.   The difference between this recipe and a traditional smoothie is the texture.  Cacao nibs, in particular, have a unique and satisfying crunch.   You can find them in health stores everywhere or buy them here on Amazon.

But what is cool about smoothie in a bowl?   You can add whatever toppings you want, and the cauliflower and protein powder adds so much health and vitality that I am proud to serve it to my kids, and they love it! 

 Believe me, I think about my children’s nutritional needs every day, and the prevailing ideas out there on “kids menus” are just ridiculous!  Why would we teach our children these terrible habits about eating???  My kids were raised on nutritional excellence, and that is their preference.  It is possible!

  My kids choose healthy choices more often than not.  Your kids will too.   It is just teaching them and changing palates.  They can do it!   For more information, here’s a great article about teaching kids about health.

Want to know more about what I do every day, to keep my family and myself healthy and vital?   Check out the Perfect Day Lifestyle to learn more.   Most of all, just know that health and vitality is possible, for every person, everywhere!  Much love to you and enjoy this awesome smoothie bowl!

 

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