Cherry Vanilla Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are my jam.
Seriously, I probably have some kind of smoothie bowl almost every day. Breakfast, lunch, snack, anytime really. Smoothie bowls are always appropriate in my book. They make me feel like I’m eating ice cream without all of the sugary nonsense that makes me feel gross afterward. AND you can basically have your own frozen yogurt shop right in your own kitchen because you can use whatever toppings your little heart desires. Granola, nuts, seeds, fruit, coconut flakes, almond butter, dried fruit, cookies, Justin’s peanut butter cups (my fave). I mean, GET CRAZY.
One of my favorite things about a smoothie bowl is that it pretty much always ends up being the size of your head. Score! They are super filling, extremely nutrient dense if you use all wholesome ingredients, and most of all deeeelicious.
Today’s flavors include cherries as the star, with some added banana for more creaminess, and then topped with more banana, almond butter (because, duh) and my favorite KIND granola clusters.
I try to eat cherries at least a couple of times a week because they are rockstars when it comes to reducing inflammation. I have a tendency to be an excessive worrier and occasional stress ball from time to time, which of course leads to lots of annoying, unwanted inflammation in the body. So keeping cherries in my diet is pretty key for me to keep that inflammation down. And plus, they are flippin’ delicious, so it’s not too hard to keep them in my diet rotation.
I think ya’ll are going to love this sweet + tart smoothie deliciousness. If you make it, take a picture and show me on Instagram (hashtag #thewheatlesskitchen)! I want to see your smoothie bowl creations!
- 1 cup tart cherries (seeds removed)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (I used True Vitality)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- handful of ice
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1-2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4-1/3 cup granola (I used KIND)
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a couple of times, it should be pretty thick.
- Once blended, pour into a bowl and top with the sliced banana, almond butter, granola, and whatever other toppings you want.
I have had MANY smoothies in my day, but I have never thought to use tart cherries. SO SMART! I can’t wait to try this.