Did you really think I was going to let summer finish up without posting another smoothie bowl? You should know me better than that! This bowl is a special one because it tastes like a peanut butter cookie and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Say hello to the Peanut Butter Cookie Smoothie Bowl!
There are times where I want a light and fruity smoothie bowl and there are times where I want dessert without the guilt. This is the dessert without the guilt option. It’s rich, thick and creamy and hits the perfect sweet spot! If for any reason you do not like peanut butter, we cannot be friends so you don’t have to worry about reading the rest of the post.
This recipe is super easy and you will likely have everything you need to recreate this already in the house. If you don’t like bananas as the base of your bowl, I would suggest using something with limited flavor such as silken tofu, coconut meat or non-dairy unflavored yogurt. If you do this, be sure to add some ice in order to get the best texture. You can also mix things up and use another nut butter like almond or hazelnut butter. It will likely darken the color of the smoothie, but it’s all going in the same place, right?
I kept my toppings pretty simple and healthy, but feel free to use this bowl as a reason to add actual cookies or chocolate on top. There will be absolutely no shade from me if you do! Adding chia/hemp seeds and nuts will also buff up the nutritional impact of this dessert. Whatever you do, be sure to send me pics of your recreations so I can see them! You can do so by tagging @wholesomeandhungry on Instagram!
A lot of people struggle when trying to get the perfect consistency for a smoothie bowl (versus an actual smoothie that you can drink.) The secret to that perfect thick and creamy texture is to A – use frozen fruit and B – to blend the frozen fruit first without any liquid. Yes, this process requires longer blending time, but blending the frozen fruit on its own gives you a thicker (ice cream-like) texture. If you do not have a high-powered blender or if you feel like the frozen fruit needs a kick in the ass to smooth itself out, add a small dash of a liquid of your choice. When I say small, I mean as little as possible. If you happen to add too much liquid and the texture is not thick enough, toss the bowl in the freezer for a little and it will tighten everything. You can thank me later.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or one soft date
- splash of cold almond milk
- 1 scoop Vegan peanut butter protein powder**
- Add oats to high speed blender and pulse until it resembles a flour.
- Add frozen bananas, vanilla (or soft date) and peanut butter and blend until smooth (you may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. If needed add a small splash of cold almond milk to move things along).
- **If using a protein powder, you may need to add more almond milk than if you do not.**
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl and add toppings of your choice.
** optional ingredient (I use Vega protein powder)
The one thing I strive for in the kitchen is: effortless. It takes a certain type of DNA to want to spend hours in a kitchen and I do not have that strand. Therefore, all of my recipes do not require a lot of ingredients or effort. In my opinion, simple is best - especially when it comes to smoothie bowls. My best smoothie bowls have straightforward base and I allow the toppings to do all the talking.
Recipes are guidelines, not rule books. All recipes can be recreated or customized to fit your likes, your food tolerance, and your palette. If you see something in a recipe that you do not like or cannot eat, simply replace it with whatever works for you.
I do not provide nutritional information as this will always be based on the ingredients (and amount of ingredients) you include. In order to get the most accurate nutritional value, be sure to read labels and weigh out each ingredient you use
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