It has been a nutty week which is the perfect reason to share this super simple recipe–my Chai Spiced Peach and Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl. The first week back from a trip always feels a bit overwhelming and mine was jam packed with travel to DC on Monday and NYC on Wednesday–eek! My apologies for being MIA from the blog. I was in survival mode and finding the time to post to the blog was not in the cards until today. On that note…yay for Friday and for your new favorite smoothie bowl recipe that is here, just in time for the weekend!
If I’m honest, I was a little hesitant to jump on the smoothie bowl train. I wasn’t sure why you would eat your smoothie versus sip it? For the record, I still enjoy sipping my smoothie and that is my go-to on most occasions but, the smoothie bowl is pretty darn fun if you want to embrace it.
What’s a smoothie bowl? A smoothie bowl is basically a thicker version of your favorite smoothie…with toppings. How do you thicken it up you might ask?
- add less water/liquid (this is the key)
- add avocado
- add nut butter
- add nuts or seeds
Why in a bowl? There is something to eating a meal versus drinking it. It tends to be more satisfying, right? Add to that the fact that there are toppings involved and you should be hooked. The toppings add texture, nutrients and flavor as well as a whole lot of fun! They give you the opportunity to get creative and fancy with your food. Cool, right?
Eater beware. I think it is important to point out that smoothies can be caloric. It is really easy to throw a ton of ingredients in your blender and whirl them up. Be conscious–with the a smoothie bowl you have to think about what is in the smoothie as well as what you pile on top! While it is fun to grab a cabinet full of toppings be conscious not to pile on three meals worth of goodies!
This bowl is made to serve one and I was very mindful not to overdo it. I balanced the fruit with healthy fats, protein and fiber to really fill you up. I made my own chai spice which you can keep in your cabinet to use in other recipes like baked goods, drinks like hot chocolate (yum) and more. The spices add a complexity of flavors that are really warming as well as medicinal. You are going to love this!
DIY Chai Spice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove*
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- optional: allspice, black peppercorns, coriander and star anise
*I hate, hate, hate clove…hahaha. So I skip it 🙂
- 1 banana, divided
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon chai spice
- Water to thin
- 2 tablespoons blueberries
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- In a blender, combine ½ the banana with the peaches, almond butter, almond milk and chai spice. Blend to combine to a yogurt-like consistency. Add water to thin as needed.
- Pour the contents of the blender into a bowl and top with the remaining banana, sliced blueberries and sliced almonds.
- you can swap the peaches for mango as well!