Smoothie bowls are all the rage and for good reason! A yogurt smoothie base is touched with a hint of mocha and topped with fresh fruit! What a way to start the day!
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I just returned from a ten day vacation where I spent my days reading by the pool, soaking up the sun and eating a ridiculous amount of food! Vacation is always glorious. It is good being away from the daily grind and taking the time to explore new places. Vacation and all the splurges are fabulous until they aren’t. What I mean by this is that there is always a day towards the end of the trip where I know it’s time to go home. The routine that I was happy to leave behind several days ago suddenly becomes the one thing I crave.
By the end of my vacation, I am sick of all the indulgences. I cannot consume one more tropical drink by the pool, one more plate filled with local flavors or even one tiny bite of decadent desserts. Yes, by the end of my vacation, my belly wants MY cooking. I want to fill my body with fresh fruits and veggies. I want to eat my homemade meals like these Deviled Egg Avocados or this easy Fettuccine Alfredo with Lemon recipe. I want lean and light meals that make me feel good about what I am eating and about myself.
One of the first recipes I made after returning from my vacation was this strawberry mocha smoothie bowl. This simple recipe was just what this body needed. It was cool and refreshing while being filling and satisfying. This smoothie bowl had just enough sweetness to make me feel like I was lapping up indulgence.
This recipe starts with two of my Kroger staples; Dannon Oikos plain yogurt and silken tofu that gets blended with almond milk, cocoa powder, a touch of vanilla and a bit of espresso powder. Add crushed ice to thicken and chill your smoothie bowl. After pouring your smoothie bowl, the fun really begins. Top your bowl with fresh raspberries, bananas, sliced almonds, and chopped chocolate covered espresso beans. Finally, sweeten up your mocha smoothie bowl with a few tablespoons of Smucker’s Strawberry Fruit and Honey Spread.
The fruit spread is naturally sweetened with honey which meant that I did not need to add any other sugars or sweeteners to my smoothie bowl. This bowl is filled with so much goodness; it has protein, calcium and dairy, heart healthy almonds, dark chocolate and fresh fruit. The toppings are easy to swap out to suit your preferences or to use up what you already have available in your kitchen. Fresh strawberries or blueberries could be added along with granola, other nuts, chia seeds or coconut. If you do not want the espresso beans, cocoa nibs would be delicious. But don’t skimp on the fruit spread, it is the perfect sweetener for this breakfast bowl!
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In a blender, combine the yogurt, tofu, almond milk, ice, cocoa powder, vanilla and espresso powder until combined. Pour smoothie into two bowls.
Top smoothies with fruit, almonds and espresso beans. Swirl in fruit spread. Serve immediately.
This post has been sponsored by The Dannon Company and The J.M. Smucker Company The JM Smucker’s Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1238 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1243mg Fiber: 24g Sugar: 217g Protein: 21g