Chocolate Orange Power Bowl  

As you might have noticed, I’m quite the smoothie bowl fan. Secretly, I prefer to call mine ‘power bowls’ though, as they’re so much than your regular smoothie. Why? Because a smoothie will only satisfy me for breakfast if it’s thick enough to be eaten with a spoon and if it’s made with plenty of nutritious ingredients, rather than simply a blend of fruit and veg! I think it’s both a mental and physical thing. If something lacks a ‘crunch’ then I struggle to acknowledge it as a meal (I have the same problem with soup). Equally, if it’s just a bowl of fruit and veg it certainly doesn't satisfy my morning hunger! Can you relate? 

With that in mind, I thought I’d share the general make up of one of my power bowls, as I love to make them with such a range of delicious ingredients.

I always start with a frozen banana (and highly suggest keeping plenty of frozen, pre chopped bananas in your freezer). As I’ve said in previous posts, these guys are little nutrition powerhouses, plus they make your smoothie ever so creamy. *Top tip: when freezing overripe bananas, peel and generously slice, then lay the slices onto a flat service (a small baking tray or a couple of tupperware lids will do). Freeze overnight, then take these frozen chunks and pop them into a freezer bag. This will prevent you from ending up with one massive clump, so you can easily grab slices as and when you need them!

I then often add another fruit and/or some sort of vegetable, always a serving of healthy fats (nut butter or avocado), a serving of yoghurt and a scoop of plant based protein powder, perhaps a spoonful of oats or oat bran, and then any other additional ingredients depending on the flavour combination I’m going for.  

A few of my favourite additions include:

  • Ground spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or turmeric
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Matcha powder
  • Maca powder (for a deliciously malty taste)
  • Chia seeds (fiber, Omega 3s + thickness)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey/rice syrup/maple syrup

Everyone likes to make their smoothie bowls slightly different. I always add yoghurt to mine. Whether it's greek, coconut or soy yoghurt, I love how creamy it makes my smoothie. Coconut yoghurt adds a delicious coconutty taste, but it isn’t for everyone. Greek and soya yoghurt are both flavour neutral and they increase the protein content and enhance the texture. 

The thing I love about having one of these for breakfast is that I can enjoy in a couple of servings of fruits and vegetables before I even leave the house. Plus, they literally take minutes to make, as all I have to do is blend the lot together! My final tip is to make sure you use a fairly large blender cup. For example - the smallest NutriBullet cup just won’t cut it - as you need to allow some space for it to mix without getting stuck!  If it’s too small, it gets clogged up and won’t budge. No fun at all.

The best part of my power bowls has to be topping it. Don't you agree? If you manage to get spot on with the consistency, you should be able to top to your hearts content without all the toppings sinking. Don’t fret though! I’ve make plenty of smoothies with sunken blueberries and immersed granola... Start with less liquid than you think and then you can always go back for more. If you overdo it, there’s no backtracking!  I’ve topped today’s breakfast with a handful of Lizi’s granola. If you’re reading this as it’s posted – then head on over to my Instagram and enter the competition to win two bags of the gorgeous Lizi’s Granola for yourself. You’ve got one week to enter and the winner will be announced on Saturday 13th May!

Right now for the recipe…

Chocolate Orange Power Bowl  

Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1 

Gluten Free, Vegan Option

Ingredients: 

  • 1 frozen banana, pre chopped
  • 1 medium orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (120g) unsweetened greek yoghurt (sub with coconut/soya if desired)
  • 1 serving (approx. 25g) chocolate protein powder (*see notes)
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder (*for those who like it extra chocolately)
  • 1 tbsp. (15-20g) almond butter (or other nut butter of choice)
  • 50-80ml almond milk (*adjust to desired consistency) 
  • Toppings: granola, fresh or dried fruit, nuts/seeds, bee pollen

*Notes: If you don’t have any chocolate protein powder, then that’s okay! I suggest substituting it with either a plain/vanilla protein powder and 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder, or a couple of tablespoons of oats/ground almonds/flax/chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder. Raw cacao powder is incredibly light so you’ll need at least a tablespoon to make it taste chocolatey! 

Method: 

  • Simply place all the ingredients into you blender cup (starting with the fruit and yoghurt) and blitz until smooth.
  • Pour into a bowl, using a spatula to scrape down the sides, and then top as desired.

As always, I love seeing how you get on with my recipes and all the unique variations that you come up with. Feel free to tag me at @mylifeisforliving and use the hashtag #mylifeisforliving, comment below, or even drop me an email if you’ve got any questions!

Until next time,

Hannah x

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