I love granola. I love it especially because granola sneaks things like chocolate chunks, coconut flakes, and sugared pecans into my bowl and yet still passes the breakfast-appropriate test. On summer mornings, granola and milk is my go-to, but September is here, which means I'm back on campus during the days and I need breakfasts that keep me satisfied until lunch.
Enter the smoothie breakfast bowl, a smoothie packed with fruit and greens that's ready in five minutes — and topped with my favorite granola. It's the best of both worlds.
A smoothie breakfast bowl is simply a hearty smoothie served in a bowl and topped with granola, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, fresh fruit — the list of options is endless. It's really one of the most versatile breakfast dishes, as each separate ingredient can be tweaked according to taste and preference.
This recipe calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand: frozen blueberries, peaches, and a fresh banana. It's also a great way to sneak fresh spinach into your diet for the day; the key is blueberries, whose deep color masks the green and keeps the smoothie from looking brown. Featuring several superfoods and healthy fats, this breakfast bowl will keep you satisfied for hours.
Smoothie Breakfast Bowl with Berries & Granola
2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen peaches, mango, or pineapple
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoons flax seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 cup granola, plus more if desired
Additional toppings: fresh fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, or chocolate chips
In a blender, combine the almond milk, coconut milk, frozen blueberries, frozen peaches, banana, spinach, chia seeds, flax seeds and a dash of vanilla extract if desired. Purée until smooth, about 1 minute. The smoothie should be thick, so if needed, add more frozen fruit until desired consistency is reached. Pour into a bowl and top with granola and fresh fruit. Eat immediately.
Other blender add-in ideas: walnuts, almonds, cashews, cacao powder, dates, protein powder, yogurt
- The almond milk can be substituted with dairy milk, soy milk, or coconut water
- If you only have fresh fruit on hand, toss in a few ice cubes
(Image credits: Michaela Cisney)