What makes a great breakfast banana smoothie bowl? To answer this I made a different vegan smoothie bowls for a whole week. In the end, each version taught me how a great banana smoothie bowl is about the components.
When you blend a ripe banana, you get this thick and satisfying cream which makes the perfect base for any smoothie bowl. Throw in a few frozen berries and you have the quickest, easiest vegan breakfast, full of essential vitamins to start the day. This week, we tested extensively what toppings work best on our banana smoothie bowl to create the ultimate version of a vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and soy-free banana smoothie bowl.
We initially wanted to add a bit of plant milk to our smoothie base. We tried it, but it made the smoothie less creamy but closer to a smoothie you'd savour with a straw rather than a spoon. We wanted to preserve that banana goodness but add flavour to it. So we added frozen berries but also a tablespoon of protein from hemp powder. You can replace this with your own favourite but stir away from very strong flavours as mixed with the berries, the two might now work well together. For example, frozen berries and matcha powder might not complement each other that well in this particular recipe.
For toppings, we wanted to add a bit of zing, and since we already added frozen berries to the actual banana smoothie bowl, we thought of adding kiwi. Kiwi is such an overlooked fruit most of the time. But we think it looks good, it tastes delicious and it's packed with Vitamin C.
We then wanted to add some crunch but not nuts or the usual seeds like chia or sunflower seeds. So we thought about amaranth, but in its popped formed which adds texture to the smoothie.
Amaranth has been cultivated for 8,000 years. They are pseudocereals that are grown for their edible starchy seeds, but they are not in the same botanical family as wheat and rice. They are brilliant and taste really delicious, similar to rice puffs if you ever tried those when you were a kid.
We also wanted oats as a topping because it gives that perfect texture and they are great low-carbs which help slow-digestion. Perfect breakfast food!
We then moved onto some dried fruit for a sweeter taste. We added cranberries and sultanas because they are timeless, classic and super yum.
The great thing about this super simple banana smoothie bowl is that you can also personalise its colour. You can add flavours and textures as you like and in less than 10 minutes you can devour it with a spoon. The options for toppings are, of course, endless as well. You can experiment with whatever fruit, dried goodness or seed you love the most.
Smoothie bowls are super trendy right now, especially when you visit vegan restaurants or just tune in on social media. You can decorate them and make them look spectacular. We love our breakfast banana smoothie bowl because it's simple, efficient, healthy and nutritious.
This recipe will enable you to make it for the gram, or just have it handy for a busy morning when you just need something quick and easy to eat. The options are quite endless.
How to make a banana smoothie bowl
Equipment - Blender, bowl, spoon
Why you'll love our banana smoothie bowl:
- it's crunchy and fruity
- it's packed with vitamins
- it's quick and easy to make
- it requires 10 ingredients or less
- it takes less than 10 minutes to make
- it can be adapted to your own liking
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.