I’m cacao, cocoa nutty for smoothie bowls! My smoothie bowl love is still going strong and maybe getting even stronger being in California when I wrote up this post thinking back to the week before we left when I photographed this beautiful bowl! I don’t see it going away because I love smoothies and this is just another way to enjoy them. If I’m busy I will whip up a smoothie to go, if I have more time or am making one for breakfast or a snack I like to make it thicker and add all the delicious healthy toppings! Wanting to whip up some Coffee Crunch CocoNut Banana Bread but not having the time I decided to satisfy both cravings with a smoothie bowl. I love smoothie bowls like this one for breakfast especially as they keep me full and satisfied for hours. Packed with protein, healthy fats, banana, lots of textures and flavors it satisfies me and my cravings.
This bowl is similar to my Nutty Espresso Smoothie Bowl but tweaked a little using Brazil nuts (good for thyroid health), coconut, and cacao powder. Of course It still has coffee because I’m nutty about my coffee too! Of course you can leave the espresso/coffee beans out. Like all of my smoothie bowls you can make it into a smoothie to drink on the go, just tweak it to the desired thickness and leave off the toppings. If you are making a smoothie version you can blend in espresso/coffee beans or a shot of espresso or cold brew to help thin it out a little.
Cacao CocoNUT Smoothie/ Smoothie Bowl
Makes 1 serving
1c coconut milk, or more as need for smoothies to desired consistency (So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk)
1-2 TBSP shredded unsweetened coconut
2 raw unsalted brazil nuts
2 TBSP cacao powder, 1 TBSP or omit if using chocolate protein (Navitas Naturals)
1/2 frozen banana
1/2-1 scoop of protein, optional (Vega Sport Protein, Chocolate)
1 TBSP espresso beans, optional
Brazil nuts, shredded coconut, espresso beans, cacao nibs or chocolate chips
In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend everything together (coconut milk, shredded coconut, brazil nuts, cacao powder, banana, optional protein and espresso beans) until smooth. Pour or spoon into a bowl and top with desired toppings. If making a smoothie add more liquid as needed (coconut milk, water, or espresso/cold brew) to reach desired consistency. Enjoy!
A smoothie and smoothie bowl to go cacao crazy over! @VegaTeam #SweatPink #MeatlessMonday @MeatlessMonday Click To Tweet
It’s Monday so I hope you join Deborah and me for our Meatless Monday link up! I usually try to post a meal but I have been posting a lot of those lately so if you are needing some inspiration I would recommend my Kimchi Fried Wild Rice I posted Friday that I was going to post today but couldn’t wait and since our homemade Chinese nights happen on Friday or the weekend I had to share it.
While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I listed as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.