October 13, 2014 By This Vegan Girl
I’ve made a smoothie bowl entry in the past, which was the Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl. Okay okay, I’ve made two, if you count the Peach Pie Quinoa Porridge, which essentially is a smoothie bowl with quinoa in it. I figured that those would be my only smoothie bowl entries, as how different can it all get?
How wrong I was. I started making smoothie bowls in the summertime, once teaching ended. It never occurred to me that my smoothie bowls would change with the seasons, but sure enough, fall came, and I found that my bowls looked drastically different. Instead of bowls full of berries and mangoes, I have bowls full of apples and pears.
Check out this side-by-side smoothie bowl comparison of summer vs. fall, taken from my Instagram account:
I realized that now that it’s fall, I must start using pumpkin. I avoided it completely last year, and once I finally started craving it, the “fad” passed, and it was onto winter fruits. I was overcome with pumpkin regret. I pride myself on not jumping onto bandwagons often, but dammit, I want to enjoy pumpkin. So here is the fall-inspired Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl. Until winter, enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 smoothie bowls
For the Blender/Food Processor:
- 3 bananas (frozen or fresh)
- 3 heaping tablespoons pureed pumpkin
- 2 tbs almond butter
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1 apple, diced (I used a Red Delicious Apple)
- chia seeds (optional)
Step 1: Mix the blender/food processor ingredients.
Mix until the ingredients are completely liquified.
I like to set my bowls in the freezer while I prepare the toppings. Hopefully, you have room in your freezer to do this. If not, perhaps the fridge?
Step 2: Prepare the toppings.
Take this time to chop your apple and your walnuts. I like my walnuts to be cut into halves and thirds, as a full-sized walnut is a bit much.
Step 3: Decorate!
Once you have prepared the toppings, take your bowls out of the freezer. You might need to take a spoon or a whisk and give the smoothie bowl a quick stir if you think your bowl is icy or stiff.
I like to decorate my bowl. Matt likes to, well, just throw his toppings on top with no plan of action whatsoever. Different creative styles, I guess.
Oh, Fleegle! Stop! You know walnuts are bad for your little boy body!
Smoothie bowls are great for company. Most people have never had a smoothie bowl before, so it’s fun to introduce them to something awesome. Every time I’ve invited a guest to try one, they’ve been pleasantly surprised as to how delicious, healthy, and easy they are. Make them for your friends, relatives, and in-laws today!
If you make this bowl, I’d love to see how it turned out. On Instagram, take a picture and tag me @thisvegangirl or use the hashtag #thisvegangirl. Add me while you’re there. For updates, add me on Facebook, too. Oh, and of course I’m on Pinterest.