Paleo Recipe: Blueberry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Toppings

I’ve definitely gotten into the smoothie bowl trend that has taken over the Internet and on cafe menus just about everywhere.

Smoothies have been a great way for me to incorporate energizing adaptogenic herbs into my day, such as cordyceps and astragalus.  I enjoy a smoothie’s cooling effect on my body after an intense workout (though many smoothies actually have a warming effect, it just depends on what you put into them) and it’s really fun designing them.  You can’t mess them up.  Just blend a smoothie and top it with everything you like.

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Blueberry Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Toppings

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

SMOOTHIE:

1 cup purified water (or your favorite nut/seed milk)

1 banana (reserve 1/4 of your banana to use as a garnish)

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

2 Tbs. collagen peptides or hydrolysate gelatin

1 Tbs. chia seeds (black or white seeds are fine)

2 Tbs. dried and unsweetened shredded coconut

1/8 tsp. vanilla powder

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Sea salt to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp.)

Optional: 1 tsp. cordyceps powder

Optional: 1 tsp. astragalus powder

Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder (I recommend a grain-free protein)

TOPPING IDEAS:

Banana slices

Chia seeds

Fresh berries

Toasted dried and unsweetened coconut

Toasted cashews

Sprouted pumpkin seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

Slice banana and add to a high-speed blender, reserving ¼ of the slices to use as a garnish.

Add the remaining smoothie ingredients to the blender and blend on high until all is completely combined.

Pour into a bowl and top with garnishes.  It may be helpful to allow your smoothie to set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before topping with garnishes.

I hope you enjoy making your own smoothie bowl!