This strawberry-flavoured vegan protein smoothie bowl is not only delicious and naturally sweet, but will also filling thanks to a few secret ingredients. Ready in under five minutes, it may just become your favourite pre-workout breakfast.
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I’m writing this after a super tough upper body workout and can positively say it’s one of the best ones I’ve had in a while. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been as intentional as possible with building up my strength. As in, writing down how much I’m lifting and trying to increase this every week. Tracking progress is an easy thing to overlook, but makes a huge difference to how fast you actually move forward! Plus, it gives me an excuse to buy new pretty notebooks- because you know, having a separate one for ‘fitness’ is the epitome of organisation.
Now, the post-workout stir-fry I’m enjoying right now is fantastic. I’m always super hungry after the gym and appreciate anything that’s full of carbs and comes together in fifteen minutes or less. But, I certainly wouldn’t mind this strawberry and banana vegan protein smoothie bowl to accompany it.
How to make a smoothie bowl filling
Okay, I have to admit that smoothies have a bit of a bad rep, and aren’t always that great. No one likes being hungry thirty minutes after a meal, no matter how delicious and fruity it may be, and the fact is that fruit digests very quickly.
So, fruit-only smoothies are more of an appetizer or a snack for me. The key to making a smoothie filling and potentially turning it into a well-balanced meal is adding sources of protein and healthy fats.
Protein smoothie bowls
Let’s talk about protein first. The most obvious way to add it to a smoothie bowl is using a vegan protein powder. These aren’t only convenient, but can also bring in more delicious flavour. Here are some of the ones I personally tried and liked:
However, not everyone likes taking protein powder, in which case you have to get a bit more imaginative. For my chocolate protein smoothie bowl recipe, I used tofu for both its protein content and a super smooth texture. The secret ingredient in this smoothie bowl, however, is chickpeas.
That’s most likely one of the weirdest things you’ve heard all week. Chickpeas?! In a smoothie?! It’s almost like adding zucchini to oatmeal or cauliflower to a pasta sauce. But trust me, they’re kinda like a flavourless protein powder. You can’t taste or detect them at all: and I’m not just saying that just because I’m somewhat chickpea obsessed!
Almond butter smoothie
For healthy fats, I added a tablespoon of my beloved crunchy almond butter from Pip and Nut. But, you can use any nut or seed butter of your choice. There are so many varieties out there nowadays, and I love trying out new ones to see how they change the flavour. Or, sprinkle in a few tbsps of whole nuts and seeds: ones like flax and chia blend up nicely and add a bit of extra bulk to your breakfast.
Alternatively, 1/4-1/2 a ripe avocado. This fruit (that I actually used to hate before I went vegan) is pretty magical! Not only is it one of my favourite sources of healthy fat, but I also love the creaminess it adds without the weird taste you would expect.
A protein-packed vegan smoothie to fuel your morning
Another trick for a healthy, filling smoothie is adding some oats. Simple, but works perfectly every time. To keep this smoothie gluten free, I simply used gluten free oats. So, it’s kinda like having porridge and a smoothie all in one breakfast: mornings don’t get much better than this!
So, if you’re looking for your next healthy breakfast idea, you should give this one a try because it’s:
- Ready in five minutes! All you have to do is add the ingredients to a blender and then decorate (unless you choose to be REALLY intricate).
- Super thick. And, you can adjust how much liquid you use depending on what consistency you want to achieve.
- Satiating. It will energise you all throughout the morning.
- Good for an on-the-go breakfast: simply pour it into a jar as opposed to a bowl.
- Genuinely delicious and naturally sweet. We ain’t about gross smoothies around here.
Smoothie bowl toppings
Ah, my favourite aspect of making smoothie bowls: decorating them! What you choose for your toppings totally depends on what you like – and so does how neat you make it. If I’m gonna take a photo for the gram or, of course, this blog, I treat them like an art. If I have twenty minutes to get ready? I chuck the toppings on there and call it a day. For this vegan protein smoothie, I used more banana and strawberries, almonds, 99% dark chocolate, goji berries and soy yoghurt.
Some foolproof options include:
- More fresh fruit and berries
- Nuts and seeds
- Coconut flakes
- Dried fruit and berries (chopped medjool dates are always perfect)
- Dairy-free chocolate
- Protein/energy bars, either homemade or store-brought
- Nut and seed butters
Let me know in the comments: what’s your go-to smoothie recipe? And if you give this one a try, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@earthofmariaa) so I can see your creations!
Strawberry And Banana Vegan Protein Smoothie Bowl
- 3 large bananas
- 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1 tbsp almond butter *
- 1/4 cup cashew milk **
- almond flakes
- goji berries
- dark chocolate chopped
- Put the banana, gluten-free oats, strawberries, cooked chickpeas, almond butter and cashew milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more cashew milk if desired.
- Pour into a bowl and decorate with the toppings. Alternatively, serve in a glass or jar for a breakfast on-the-go.