After 426 JC posts and all the blah blah blah, you probably think you know all my secrets. But what you don’t know yet, is that I have smoothie bowl envy. For several years now I’ve gazed upon photos of smoothie bowls so lovely they’d make Martha Stewart blush, but until I read Robin Asbell‘s 300 Best Blender Recipes – Using your Vitamix, I let my smoothie bowl fixation remain a fantasy.
First things first, they may be pretty, but what the heck is a smoothie bowl? Breakfast? Dessert? Snack? Yes, yes and yes. Smoothie bowls are whatever you need them to be. Just last night, I made one and called it dinner.
As I conjured up the wistful sensation of partaking in a peanut butter and jam sandwich, my heart melted over the thought of a PBJ Smoothie Bowl. Eager to get on board? Be patient, first steps first. Slice and freeze a large banana, and some tasty red grapes. If you’re using a blender rather than a powerful Vitamix cut banana into thinner slices and halve large grapes.
(Disclaimer: This book was sent to JC for review. The opinions expressed are genuine.)
PBJ Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 large banana, sliced, frozen
- 1/2 c red grapes, frozen
- 1/2 c 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 T peanut butter or almond butter
In a Vitamix or blender combine all ingredients until smooth, tamping down — if using a blender, use the back of a wooden spoon when the blender is off — to get solids onto blades. Pour into a glass to enjoy a simple PBJ Smoothie or pour into a small bowl and garnish your PBJ Smoothie Bowl with whatever suits you — dried blueberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, a red grape quartered used here. All kinds of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, granola, cacao nibs, fresh fruit, the sky’s the limit — let your imagination run wild.
- Know your trivia — study up on the history of smoothies.
- Are smoothie bowls really big fat lies?
- I got loads of excellent recipe ideas from Robin Asbell‘s 300 Best Blender Recipes – Using your Vitamix It’s a great read and a perfect addition to any kitchen gadget lovers cookbook library.
- And now, for your listening pleasure, Nickel Creek’s Smoothie Song.