One of the best parts of escaping to warmer climates during the brutal New England winters is all the mouth-wateringly fresh, in-season produce. You’re more likely to get struck by lightening than find a ripe avocado in a Boston grocery store right now, but when I was in Australia last month, all we ate was juicy, ripe fruits and fresh veggies. Take me back!
Even though the 10-foot-high snowdrifts stand as a brutal reminder that I am no longer Down Under, I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick ever since my trip. Smoothies are filling as-is, but sometimes I like to eat them with a spoon topped with granola, muesli, chopped fruit or other crunchy goodie to make them feel more like a meal. This smoothie bowl is super refreshing, especially on warm summer days…or for those of us who are in denial that it’s still winter.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I eat dairy sparingly. The easiest dairy product to eliminate from a diet (in my opinion) is cow’s milk because there are so many delicious alternatives. When I got the chance to try out Silk Cashewmilk, I immediately thought to put it in a smoothie bowl because of the irresistible creaminess of cashews.
- ¼ cup cashew milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk)
- 1 acai smoothie pack (you can find these in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores; I usually buy unsweetened Sambazon)
- ½ cup blueberries, plus more for topping
- 1 banana, half in the blender, half chopped for topping
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds (optional)
- Small handful of roasted cashews, chopped
- Sprinkle of shredded coconut (I used Dang Coconut Chips)
- Put cashew milk, acai, blueberries, half the banana and flaxseeds in a blender until smooth. The mixture should be thick.
- Pour into a bowl and top with sliced banana, blueberries, shredded coconut and cashew pieces.
- Grab a spoon and enjoy!
If you want more of a sweet taste, use sweetened cashew milk and/or sweetened acai. Because I used sweetened coconut chips, I didn’t want to overdo it on the sugar, but keep in mind that unsweetened acai can have a slightly bland taste if not countered with something fruity/sweet.
I love the crunch of the cashews and shredded coconut on top, but if chewing isn’t your thing, slurp it up in traditional smoothie form! Just make sure to add more cashew milk so that it’s not as thick. You can also sub out the flaxseeds for chia seeds or any other boost—the best thing about smoothies is they’re so easily customizable.