Yum. I mean, seriously. Why have I never made this before now? Ever since our trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago, I’ve been obsessed with acai bowls. We have two local places where we enjoy ordering them, and we make them often at home. I particularly love the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and banana on my acai base, so this bowl with a chocolate base? Yes, please.
It tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s much better for you, it’s filling, and it comes together in about 5 minutes. It’s a great way to start your day. Or end it. I was home alone last night and actually had this for dinner.
Make the Smoothie Base
This is so easy, especially if you have a NutriBullet blender, but you can mix this up in your full-sized blender, too. You just want one with a powerful motor, so it can handle the frozen ingredients and turn them into smoothie deliciousness.
In your blender cup, place 1 frozen banana, and 1/4 of a frozen avocado. This is a great way to rescue bananas and avocados that are about to go too ripe on you. I have a very small window on both of these types of produce, where they are “just right” for me. I don’t like them too firm, and I really hate them when they’ve gone even just a bit too brown. So if my bananas and avocados get to the “just right” point before we are ready to use them, I just peel them, pop them into a Ziploc bag and pop them into the freezer. Then when I want to make a protein shake or a smoothie bowl, they are ready to go!
In your blender cup with the frozen banana and avocado, add cocoa powder, peanut butter powder, almond milk, honey, and a little bit of ice. Blend until it is a thick and smooth consistency.
When you pour it into your bowl, it should look like this…
Add Your Toppings
You can customize the toppings to your liking, just like on my acai bowls. I’m a creature of habit, and my favorites are almond butter, mini chocolate chips, walnuts and sliced banana.
Other topping ideas:
- chia seeds
- any kind of nuts
- a drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- shredded coconut
- cacao chips
- pumpkin seeds
Really, the sky’s the limit! Peek around in your pantry and see what you have on hand.
Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 of a frozen avocado
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk can be sweetened or unsweetened, your choice
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter powder
- 2 tsp honey
- Add smoothie ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Add ice for a thicker consistency.
- Pour into a bowl and add desired toppings.
- My favorite toppings are sliced banana, mini chocolate chips, almond butter, and walnuts.
- Other great topping options: berries, nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, granola, peanut butter, drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
This is an excellent breakfast, light lunch, or snack idea on hot days, but truly, I eat this even when it’s cold out. It’s filling, delicious, and packed with nutrients.
Let me know if you decide to try it!
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