This past weekend Sarah of Broma Bakery came to stay with me in Chicago and we treated ourselves to something sweet every single day. It was a bit unusual to me but life is all about balance, well-being and feasting on happy moments; sometimes these special occasions call for frozen yogurt, doughnuts AND chocolate chip pancakes. Ha!
We had the absolute best time together and I can’t wait to share more photos of our baking plus our Chicago adventures! In the meantime, I’m getting back to eating all the veggies and indulging in healthier treats (rather than doughnuts).
Anyone that knows me well can attest to the fact that I am a huge advocate of a treat during the day or even before bed. In fact, Tony always gives me this ridiculous look anytime I ask for frozen yogurt or a bedtime snack because it’s a must have in my world. Even a small treat such as a spoonful of almond butter with a sprinkle of sea salt can usually give me the greatest satisfaction.
It should be noted that I also tend to eat lighter dinners so for an active person like me, it’s only natural to crave something around 9 or 10PM.
MUST HAVE SNACKS.
And of course, there are times when a spoonful of nut butter and a banana just does not cut it. Or when I’m craving something sweet and creamy like frozen yogurt, but I don’t feel like leaving the house just to drive to get it (okay, but sometimes I do… ha).
Lately I’ve been doing my own healthy version of froyo at home. It’s incredibly easy and basically just involves serving a creamy thick protein smoothie in a bowl, covering it with your favorite toppings and eating it with a spoon! I know, super fancy stuff right here but you know you LUVS it. It makes breakfast feel like a real treat.
You’d actually be surprised at how thick and creamy these smoothie bowls can get, especially with a scoop of protein powder in the mix. Best of all, you can make these with your personal favorite protein powder and mix and match what kind of fruit goes into the smoothie. Lately I’ve been into a chocolate banana protein smoothie bowl because chocolate makes me feel like I’ve indulged a bit. I use a chocolate protein powder and Chocolate Almond Breeze almond milk. Other favorite smoothie bowls include strawberry banana, blueberry vanilla, raspberry peach… actually there are just too many to name.
I often enjoy these for breakfast hence why you see an instant coffee packet in the picture above. Mocha smoothie bowls FTW! There are endless possibilities here so if your a frozen yogurt and/or sweet tooth fanatic like me, I’m sure you’ll find this easy base recipe to come in handy.
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Mocha Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond Milk, plus more if necessary
- 1 scoop your favorite protein powder (I recommend plain, vanilla or chocolate)
- 1 packet instant coffee, if desired
- 1 cup spinach (if you want a superfood boost)
- A few ice cubes
- Almond Butter
- Toasted Almonds
- Chia seeds
- Low-fat Granola, gluten free if desired
- Sliced Bananas
- Fresh Strawberries
- Carob chips
- Unsweetened Coconut flakes
- Add all ingredients except desired toppings to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If necessary, add more almond milk and/or ice to reach the desired consistency. The smoothie should be fairly thick so that you can eat it with a spoon.
- Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings such as chia and granola. Serves 1.
Nutrition only includes banana, protein powder, spinach, almond milk and coffee.
Protein powder is based off of 1 scoop around 100 calories with no added sugar.
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almond Milk but I love their almond milks and have been using them for a long time. Thanks for continuing to support AK and the brands I work with!