I absolutely love the summer. Even just a peek of clear blue skies and rays is enough to make me wanna do nothing but lay around in cut-offs and flip flops, eating fruit and drinking cocktails.
Basically, I need to live on a tropical beach.
However, we are kinda lacking sand and surf in London, so I decided to bring the tropics to me in the form of a smoothie bowl.
I have smoothies on a pretty regular basis but, this is my first actual smoothie bowl!
I know, I know.
All the cool kids have been doing it for ages and I am waaaaaaaay behind!
BUT, smoothie bowls are more complex than smoothies, I mean, placing the toppings takes at least 3 mins, which is a lot of time when you are hungry!
However, now I have taken the extra step to go from smoothie to smoothie bowl, I am a convert! Just look how pretty…
And, it tastes freaking epic as well – literal tropical party in my mouth!
So lets talk ingredients….
To whip up the smoothie, you will need:
- 1/2 a mango (minus a few chunks)
- Big handful spinach
- 1/2 banana
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1tsp Baobab
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
If you are wondering what Baobab is, you are definitely not alone! I hadn’t heard of it until just a couple of weeks ago when my sis arrived back from Africa with goodies and showed me this lil gem!
A native African fruit, it naturally comes as dry lil pellets, which are super easy to crumble into powder and add to smoothies (or smoothie bowls)!
And, man, it is full of goodness, according to this source Baobab fruit has:
- 6 x Antioxidants of blueberries
- 6 x Vitamina C of oranges
- 6 x potassium of bananas
- 50% fibre per serving
- More magnesium than coconut water
- Twice as much calcium as milk
So a lil goes a long way! Plus, it gives an amazing burst of tangy, citrus-esque flavour.
It is available in the UK (see here), if you wanted to pick some up. But, if you don’t have baobab, then I recommend adding in a lil squeeze of lime instead to get that citrus kick.
Anyway… back to the smoothie bowl!
You can create in 3 easy steps:
- Blend all your smoothie ingredients, minus the chia seeds, and pour into a bowl.
- Mix in the chia seeds and leave for 10-15mins to thicken
- Arrange toppings to look aesthetically pleasing
You can mix it up with the toppings, but I chose:
- The chunks of mango I left out from the smoothie
- The other half of the banana
- Fresh coconut chunks (be warned, it is a mission to crack a whole coconut)
- A passion fruit
Once you are done admiring how awesome it looks/taking snaps for insta, then enjoy! It is worth the lil extra prep!