While many smoothie bowls or acai bowls are based around fruit, yogurt, and nuts or seeds, there are some that are better for dessert. These are still going to contain some healthy ingredients, so feel free to have them for breakfast, lunch, or dessert!
Go With a Classic Chocolate and Peanut Butter Combination -YUM!
It doesn’t get much better than chocolate and peanut butter combined! These ingredients together are not only amazing with a morning smoothie that uses bananas and yogurt, but they can also be the way to get a delicious and filling smoothie bowl. There are many ways to use these ingredients for a dessert smoothie bowl, from the type of peanut butter you use to how you get the chocolate in there. The bulk of the smoothie can be a mixture of frozen banana, yogurt, and your preferred type of milk.
For chocolate, you can use raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, or chocolate-flavored protein powder. You can then add in your favorite type of peanut butter or even another type of nut butter. For toppings, slivered almonds, cacao nibs, and banana slices are all great to include.
Make Your Own Healthy Caramel
There are two main ways to use caramel in a dessert smoothie: you can use real caramel or caramel sauce to drizzle on top, or you can look for a healthier option. If this smoothie bowl is simply another way to have a yummy dessert, go ahead and use your favorite type of caramel. It can be added inside the smoothie bowl or just drizzled on top.
For some healthier alternatives, (this is the way I choose) you can either make your own with dates, maple syrup, and coconut milk.
Choose Dessert Toppings
The last way to turn a typical smoothie bowl into one that is perfect for dessert is by choosing your toppings carefully. Instead of just topping it with berries and granola, think of more dessert-type toppings. This might be a drizzle of peanut butter or caramel, using chocolate sauce, or having cacao nibs or chocolate chips on top. You can also go with nuts if you prefer them on your desserts, such as almond slivers, or even add some coconut shavings for a healthier sweet taste. Maple syrup is also really amazing on some of these sweeter smoothie bowls.
This is a super fun way to get the kids to eat more fruit, let them choose their toppings from 3-5 that you put out and let them go to town. Serving size as always is important if you're watching the calories. Next week, I'll be chatting about lower calorie smoothie bowls.
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