I know what it looks like, I put healthy in front of my recipe title and next word is chocolate and that’s basically absurd. But this in not a cover-up of my indulges, healthy chocolate smoothie bowl is real! Smoothie bowls are what you may think they are, but much better.
I like smoothies very much but never saw them as a proper meal, until I started serving them in a bowl. Smoothie bowls are super trendy right now, not just because they are so pretty. Eating a smoothie with a spoon is so much better and satisfying, than just drinking it through a straw. The next good things are the toppings, there are no limits.
healthy chocolate smoothie bowl
Fiber is the weak point in my current diet. So I’m trying to be better about that, we all know how important fiber is. But I have to say, I had my problems with oatmeal in my smoothie, there was always the floury texture. Cooking the oatmeal and the quinoa results into a very smooth mouthfeel, like pudding, actually exactly like pudding! So if you are the kind of person, who eats dessert for breakfast (I’m raising my hand right now), this one is for you.
- 45 g / ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 45 g / ¼ cup quinoa
- 4 dried plums or dates
- 355 ml / 1 ½ cups water
- 475 ml / 2 cups almond or any other kind of milk (water works fine too)
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- ½ avocado
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a small handful roasted hazelnuts, chopped
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds (hemp or flax seeds)
- 1 plum, sliced
- 1 banana, sliced
- maple syrup to taste
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add oats, quinoa and dried plums (or dates) and reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Let cool.
- Transfer oats/quinoa to your blender. Add milk, banana, avocado, cocoa powder, cinnamon and blend until creamy and smooth. You might need to add a little water or milk to loosen it up
- Divide between the bowls and top with plum, banana, hazelnuts, chia seeds, and drizzle with maple syrup.
If you are looking for another breakfast idea, check out my last post about buckwheat–millet–porridge. This porridge can’t be more different from this healthy chocolate smoothie bowl, grainy and chewy, but likewise filling.