One of the main types of recipe that seems to take up a pretty large portion of my creation days when the weather starts to get warmer, is definitely smoothie bowls and nice cream (banana ice-cream). Last summer,. I was living at home with my mum and after introducing her to smoothie bowls, they were something that she would love me to make her for breakfast on an almost daily basis, so I found myself experimenting with endless different flavour combinations. Personally, I’m not a huge smoothie fanatic and generally like to make meals, rather than drinks and smoothies; however now that we’ve actually got a little bit of warm starting to creep into the UK, I’ve been getting on the smoothie bowl hype and now can’t stop!
I think I wrote about this in a caption on one of my Instagram pictures; but I’ve started to get my boyfriend to do a few random food shops here and there to pick up some more unusual ingredients that I wouldn’t normally purchase, to give me a little more of a challenge to create some recipes with. He actually did a pretty good job with this and came home with a whole heap of wonderful fresh fruits and veggies; two of which, were pineapples. These aren’t exactly that usual and exotic, I know! However, they’re not something that I EVER buy myself.. I don’t know why, I just don’t really tend to eat much pineapple haha. So, I wanted to challenge myself to come up with some delicious, simple recipes including pineapple, to get us in the mood for summer and set that tropical vibe.
I suspect that one of the most common images that appears on Instagram when people visit tropical countries on holiday are these incredible looking tropical smoothie bowls in coconut shells, garnished with a whole host of amazing multicoloured fruits and tropical flowers. Well.. this isn’t anywhere nearly as cool as those, but it still tastes incredible and includes a selection of really delicious, whole food ingredients. They make such a great breakfast or snack, as you can literally whip it up in a few minutes and then add a whole selection of tasty toppings! You could also add in a scoop of vanilla plant based protein in there to up the protein content and create a really balanced dish.
To add an extra boost of vitamins and berry flavour, I’ve been loving using the Arctic berries powders as they also have a really delicious, slightly sour flavour- which I love! I’m a huge fan of berries and really like fruits that have a sour kick to them, so these powders are right up my street. They’re also really easy to add into dishes and recipes and are definitely something that can be incorporated into everyday cooking. I love ingredients like these, that you can add into simple recipes and are just so versatile, as I think it’s important for healthy and nourishing food to also be quick and simple to prepare because for me, I think that this makes it a lot more accessible and appealing to people.
If you do decide to give this breakfast recipe a go, then I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 heaped tsp black currant powder 2 tsp desiccated coconut
- 10 cashew nuts
- Almond milk to blend
- Pop all of the ingredients into a blender and add in a dash of almond milk to help everything blend. Blend until smooth and creamy and pour into a bowl. Top with fresh fruit and other toppings of your choice. Almond butter, coconut chips and an extra sprinkle of berry powder work well!