Smoothie bowls are a fairly new thing to me (bit late jumping on the bandwagon I know!) But I find that I go through phases with these things and at the moment, cold, refreshing breakfasts like this are just exactly what I’ve been fancying. This is a delicious tropical blend of fruity amazingness that’s packed with vitamins and the most gorgeous naturally sweet flavours. Tropical fruits are one of my very favourite things and my love for them has continued to grow after my trip to Malaysia.. the fruit there is literally AMAZING. Like, I can’t even begin to describe to you how good the fruit there tastes.. the mangos and melon are just bursting with the most gorgeous flavours and there are so many incredible markets where you can go and grab really fresh produce.
So, inspired by my travels, I decided to whip up something really fruity and colourful for a light, refreshing breakfast option, perfect on a sunny morning- which we’ve been seeing a few more of recently! The papaya creates such a wonderful smooth, sweet and creamy texture, as well as giving that amazing orange colour! Pineapple isn’t something that I would typically add to my smoothies, but it has a really unique flavour that’s both sweet and tangy at the same time, which I think adds a really nice dimension to this. For even more creaminess, some healthy fats and plant protein, I like to toss in a few cashew nuts; which are a great alternative to using yoghurt when creating a thicker smoothie. You can also use them to make creams, vegan cheese, sauces and much more.. they’re a really handy ingredient to have in the cupboard. This bit is totally optional, but I also love adding some baobab powder into this too, as this is a good source of vitamin C and also has a rather pleasant citrus flavour kick to it, so works really well in fruity dishes.
You can of course then top this with whatever you fancy and make it look all pretty. As you may well know, I love to add berries and coconut.. they’re my two porridge, pancake and smoothie bowl staples. But passionfruit and nut butter are also delicious too! Mmm nut butter. I think cashew butter would probably be my preferred choice for this smoothie bowl, the slight sweetness would pair really nicely. Actually, do you know what would be EVEN BETTER than that?.. coconut cashew butter, which, luckily for you I do have a recipe for. I feel that I’ve just started waffling on about nut butter now.Nut butter with everything is just. so. good. Okay, I’m getting a little side tracked, so here’s the recipe for you to make one yourselves..
- 1 cup papaya
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1 tsp baobab powder
- 7 cashew nuts
- Add all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy. You can add a little water or almond milk if needed to help everything blend.
- Garnish with toppings of your choice.