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Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been meaning to post a smoothie bowl recipe for quite some time now and today I finally did it! It almost seems un-foodblogger-like not to have a smoothie bowl recipe since they are one of the hottest items in the food world right now. I am starting off very simple with a easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients.

easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are basically thick smoothies served in a bowl. Whoever came up with this idea deserves props as the bowls are so much fun and are a great alternative to the drinkable smoothies. From my research online the bowl frenzy started with Acai bowls which originated in Brazil and later made their way to San Francisco. Since then, there have been so many variations of the bowls but one thing that can’t be denied is how delicious and good for you they are.

Thanks to Instagram, smoothie bowls have also become a trendy food. If you just type the words smoothie bowl on Instagram you will find the prettiest and artistically decorated smoothie bowls out there. Sometimes they look too pretty, you wonder if the person who made it actually ate it. My only problem with those perfect smoothie bowls is that they are unrealistic. Nobody has time to add pretty flowers and sprinkles to their food. This is why it was important to me that the recipe I share today includes day to day ingredients that can easily be found.

 smoothie bowl
easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen bananas, frozen berries and almond milk. Frozen fruit works better for smoothies in my opinion but you can certainly use fresh fruit. I love the texture that frozen fruit brings to smoothies. I also used almond milk instead of cow’s milk because I wanted a smoothie that wasn’t too creamy but had more of a sorbet taste. For those days when I want a really creamy smoothie, I use milk instead.

This easy banana & berry smoothie bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes. I topped it with pre-sliced fruit for convenience sake but if you want to save money I suggest cutting the fruit yourself. Sometimes I find pre-sliced fruit worth the extra bucks since my time is so limited. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Easy Citrus Sour Cream Mousse Recipe too!

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Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until completely smooth but still thick. Add more liquid as needed to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Serve in a bowl and top with the sliced fruit and granola. So easy!

Super Easy Black Bean Taco Recipe

It’s the 3rd week in a row that the hubby and I are exploring a mainly vegetarian diet and it has been amazing. We have not gone completely vegetarian as we sometimes have fish or chicken once a week. Eating meatless meals regularly has not only improved our well being, it has also increased our creativity in the kitchen.

Black Bean Taco

This was one of those unplanned recipes which I made for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. I looked in the fridge and we had some leftover cut peppers and cucumbers from our weekly meal prep. I also spotted some flour tortillas in the back of the fridge and thought, why not make some tacos with these ingredients. Everything was ready except the beans which are easy and quick to cook.

Black Bean Taco
Black Bean Tacos

I used canned black beans because of their convenience and easiness to prepare. All I did was rinse the beans under cold running water, saute some yellow onions in olive oil and curry powder, then add the beans to the curried onions. The beans are then placed over a bed of arugula and peppers on a warm tortilla. A nice drizzle of bacon cheddar ranch dressing on top brings these tacos from blah to wow!

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Super Easy Black Bean Taco Recipe
Black Bean Tacos
Course Main Dish, Snack
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Rinsed Black Beans rinsed
  • 1/2 Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 1 sliced mini bell peppers
  • 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  • 1 Green onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Hidden Valley Bacon Cheddar Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Course Main Dish, Snack
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Rinsed Black Beans rinsed
  • 1/2 Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 1 sliced mini bell peppers
  • 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  • 1 Green onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Hidden Valley Bacon Cheddar Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Black Bean Tacos
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan, add olive oil and sauté onions and curry powder. Once onions have softened add rinsed and drained black beans and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Top warmed tortillas with arugula, peppers, green onion, beans and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

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