Smoothie Bowl Made With a Nutri Ninja

There is nothing like a refreshing fruit smoothie on a hot summer day. As you frolic through the city, perhaps heading to a park or the zoo, you comfortably hold your smoothie in one hand. Sipping the liquid conveniently through a straw, you navigate the streets with ease, even stopping to pet a dog or take a picture of some particularly beautiful graffiti.

But wait! Wouldn’t you rather eat that same smoothie with a spoon out of a bowl? You can’t carry it on-the-go, true, and it would be weird for you to eat the quickly melting fruit slush outside. BUT!! in exchange for the mobility that a traditional smoothie offers, serving a smoothie in a bowl means you can add extra ingredients on top. Fruit, granola, and seeds turn your smoothie into a Real Meal and leave you satisfied for at least two hours. Right? Maybe an hour and a half.

I was a bit worried about how to take pictures of something frozen, and let me tell you, there was good reason for that: things melt. Also, I wasn’t sold on the idea of a smoothie-meal because it’s entirely sweet and I am a savory lady. Despite my salty inclinations, the smoothie bowl was very satisfying and I could feel the health benefits melting into my mouth. Afterwards I felt much more comfortable than if I had eaten, say, Fettuccine Alfredo.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen bananas
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Almond milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Hemp seeds
  • Granola
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh bananas

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Gather the ingredients that will make up the smoothie. The strawberries I purchased in bulk from Giant. The bananas I purchased fresh and froze in a big ziploc bag.

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This picture is like my career goals: not focused

For the liquid you can use whatever you have on hand. My favorite non-dairy milk is Trader Joe’s soy milk, so creamy! But I typically have some Almond Breeze hangin’ around. You can also use yogurt, orange juice, or water if you are boring.

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Chia seeds! We all know that they’re are healthy, but do we know why? Omegas right? Whatever those things are. I don’t care to eat chia seeds on their own or make them into weird pudding, so the only way they enter my fortress is via a smoothie.

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You may remember my Nutri Ninja from when I tried to make hummus in it. The Ninja works best the more liquid is used. I wanted to keep the smoothie as thick as possible, so I added little bits of milk until the blades would budge.

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Cooking Rice-A-Roni that I found in my house. Expiration dates are for pansies.

Blast that baby.

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After giving the smoothie a taste I decided to add some peanut butter and honey. Normally I don’t sweeten smoothies, but today is a special day. You can also add sweetness with agave, dates, or maple syrup.

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Exhibit W of My Grocery Store Sucks

For the toppings I sliced up some fresh strawberries. FRESH. MOLDY. STRAWBERRIES. I had to throw out about half the container, and I swear, I bought it just a few days ago.

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Slice up the edible fruit into bite sized bits.

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Pour the smoothie into a bowl and decorate it with your toppings.

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There are so many options, but I kept it healthy with fruit, granola, and hemp seeds. Next time I will definitely use the chocolate chips leftover from when I made brownies way back when.

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Enjoy!

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Melted, stirred, smoothie bowl. This is reality people.

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