A couple of weeks ago, I shared a photo of a gingerbread smoothie bowl on Instagram. In the caption, I stated that I’d been experimenting with a new recipe – and lots of you seemed interested in it, so I’ve finally got round to sharing it. I hope you enjoy!
Nicecream vs Smoothie bowl
We all know how much I love nicecream; I basically have it most days. In the past, I’ve used the terms nicecream and smoothie bowl interchangeably, however they are slightly different. Whilst nicecream is much thicker and based mainly off of frozen fruit and/ or vegetables, smoothie bowls are a bit thinner and have more liquid added to them. It has a pourable consistency compared to the scoopable one that nicecream has.
Mixing it up
After having nicecream religiously for breakfast almost everyday this year at Uni (because I was THAT addicted), I did eventually get a bit bored of it. Shocking I know. What’s more, I wasn’t feeling that great after having it; I often got a queasy tummy and felt a bit off. I’m no expert, but it was probably something to do with all that fibre I was consuming. Anyway, I wanted to try a slightly different recipe out to see if I enjoyed it and came up with this baby after a bit of trial and error.
Smooth(ie) and creamy
What I love about this recipe is that it is smooth and creamy without being runny or thin. No “cold soup” breakfasts for me! This texture is achieved thanks to the protein powder, oats and ground flaxseed which really help to thicken it. Furthermore, it means that this bowl is packed full of protein, healthy fats and slow-release carbohydrates. What’s not to love?
One thing I will say is that a good quality, (vegan) protein powder is essential here, as it forms the bulk of the base. It also allows you to experiment with interesting flavours. I’m currently loving Free Soul’s ginger biscuit protein powder (not affiliate), as it’s such a unique flavour and not grainy at all. I also love MissFits (not affiliate) chocolate or salted caramel flavours; you can use my code fruits5 for £5 off! These are the two brands I use in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with what you have in your cupboards.
Using a base of oats, ground flaxseed and protein powder, this smoothie bowl is both delicious and nutritious. You can experiment with different flavour combinations and tailor it to suit your tastebuds and requirements, making it versatile and adaptable. It's super quick to make too!
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice (25g)
- 1 small banana, frozen in chunks (65g)
- 2 tbsp porridge oats (10g)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed (15g)
- 200 ml mylk of choice (almond is my favourite)
- A pinch of sea salt
- Use a ginger biscuit protein powder
- Add some ground ginger, to taste
- Use a chocolate protein powder and add some ground ginger
- OR, use a ginger biscuit protein powder and add 5g cacao powder
- Use a salted caramel protein powder
- Optional: add 1 tsp maca powder
Place all the ingredients in your blender and blend on a medium setting until smooth.
Pour into a bowl, top and enjoy! It's that simple. Sometimes I like to let mine thicken in the freezer for 5 minutes or so while I do the washing up, but this is optional. I like how cool and refreshing it is after being in the freezer though!
That’s it from me today. If you do give this a go, I hope you love it as much as I do, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@fruitsandroutes) so I can see your creations.