I’ve seen some astonishingly pretty smoothie bowls online in the last few months, intricately and beautifully decorated with nuts, seeds, fruit and flowers. The smoothie takes but a moment to make, but I can’t imagine how long it must take to carefully and artfully place these toppings, to achieve the effect of an edible artwork. I am sure tweezers must often be involved. I even saw one where tiny cookie cutters were used to cut out banana shapes into stars and hearts.
I like my food to look good, but I cannot imagine any person in the real world actually having time in the morning to create a smoothie bowl that is more art than food to be eaten. So as a small act of rebellion I created this smoothie bowl, which takes less than a minute to make, and I think looks pretty and delicious. No elder-flowers, no careful linear display of pepitas, granola and berries – just a sprinkling of chopped almonds and coconut and a few little raspberries on top. The almond butter adds beautiful flavour and the vanilla a delicate sweet perfume. It’s healthy and delicious, and certainly achievable before a busy day at work or play. Would love to see smoothie bowls you have made!
Makes 1 serve, takes less than a minute to make
1 medium sized lady finger banana
1 cup frozen raspberries, with a few reserved for topping
1/2 cup milk (cows, soy, almond or whatever you have to hand)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/vanilla paste
1 tablespoon almond butter
A few dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped, and a little coconut
In a blender combine all ingredients except for the almonds and coconut and blend until smooth. Pour into a shallow bowl and top with the almonds, coconut and reserved raspberries. Eat straight away.