Friday, March 4, 2016

Ellie Krieger's Tropical Fruit and Nut Smoothie Bowl with Chia Seeds

Time for a weekend smoothie bowl--satisfying, pretty to look at and full of tropical fruit and flavors. This is Ellie Krieger's Tropical Fruit and Nut Smoothie Bowl


Toppings are my favorite part of a smoothie bowl and this one is piled high with apple banana, mango, kiwi, coconut chips, toasted macadamia nuts, and chia seeds. Speaking of chia seeds, they date back to early Aztec and Mayan cultures and were thought to increase energy and stamina. Ellie says that nutritionally, "They are the highest plant source of omega-3s and fiber and they are rich in protein and antioxidants. Almost all of the fiber in chia seeds is the soluble type, like that found in oatmeal, which is why they gel when mixed with liquid. Besides making them useful in recipes, that gel-able fiber is credited for chia’s ability to help control hunger, manage blood sugar levels and prevent heart disease. While further research still needs to be done to fully support these claims, there are plenty of healthy reasons to enjoy chia. With only 55 calories in each tablespoon plus 2g of protein and 6g of fiber, they are certainly worth a try."


This is my second Ellie Krieger smoothie bowl recipe--the first being her Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl

Besides having a tropical feel, this one is a little different as it has cashews in the smoothie along with the coconut milk, which give it added protein and healthy fats.


Tropical Fruit and Nut Smoothie Bowl with Chia Seeds
Adapted from Ellie Krieger via TodayFood
(Serves 2-4)

1/2 cup raw cashews
1 heaping Tbsp peeled, fresh chopped ginger root (one 1-inch piece) (I used about 1 1/2 Tbsps)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk, plus more as needed
2 cups frozen cubed mango
1 frozen very ripe banana

pinch ground nutmeg (I used cinnamon)
 
Toppings I Used:
apple banana 
kiwi
mango
coconut flakes
chopped toasted macadamia nuts
chia seeds

Place the cashews, ginger and coconut milk into a blender and blend until as smooth as possible. Add the mango, banana and nutmeg and blend until smooth. Add additional coconut milk by the tablespoonful as needed. You may need to stop the blender to stir with a spatula a couple of times, depending on the power of your blender. 

Divide the smoothie mixture among serving bowls, then top with various toppings. 

Ellie's Suggested Toppings: shredded coconut, chopped cashews, granola, chia seeds, chopped dates, sliced fresh banana, cubed mango, papaya, pineapple or kiwi.


Notes/Results: The mango flavor comes through with a nice pop of ginger--I added extra because I love ginger. With the healthy fats, this is a filling bowl, even divided into fourths as Ellie suggests. I like to put a layer of fruit in the bottom of my smoothie bowl, layer the smoothie on top, then sprinkle the toppings on. That way you get a little topping in every bite--which makes for a happy breakfast bowl. ;-) The Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl is probably still my favorite--I love the cherry flavor, but this one was still really good. I would make it again


It's Ancient Grains week at I Heart Cooking Clubs where we are making Ellie Krieger dishes with any ancient grains like quinoa, kamut, farro, barley, spelt, chia seeds, etc. You can see what grains everyone used and what they made by following the picture links on the post.
 

24 comments:

  1. It's so tropical and lush, I want it! Everything you post about Hawaii is attractive to us.
    Actually, we have Hawaii set in with our favorites for the weather app because we are dreaming of retirement....looks like the perfect place to get exercise, great weather and food foods.

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    1. Thanks Tina! It does have a lot of benefits but save up--it's an expensive place to live! ;-)

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  2. That good and healthy !!!! Compliments!!! Hello and good weekend .

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  3. I love chia--especially in infused water. Why have I not ever heard of smoothie bowls?????

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    1. Why indeed Debra!? ;-) They are awesome--much more fun and satisfying than drinking your smoothie. ;-)

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  4. This looks delicious. I've never had a smoothie but it looks like I need to give it a try. I'm a big fruit and nut eater, so this would fit right in.

    Thanks so much for sharing these!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/03/happy-cooking.html

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  5. Deb, I adore any kind of smoothie bowls! :D

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  6. This fruit bowl looks tropical. Of course, this comes from Hawaii! It reminds me of the arrival of spring just around the corner. Spring color that will soon fill the shelves. The info on chia seeds is helpful. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks! It does scream spring I think. ;-)

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  7. Yums!! I've never attempted smoothie bowls though I've seen and heard alot about them. Now you really make me want to try them! Best way to enjoy hearty goodness with fruits and chia seeds in the smoothie bowls too. Yippee!

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    1. Hope you try them Grace--they make a smoothie more satisfying I think. ;-)

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  8. This smoothie bowl looks like sunshine on a plate! Why drink a smoothie when you can put it in a bowl and indulge in toppings. I love that you added a layer of toppings on the bottom and the top to ensure toppings in every bite. Smart thinking!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Toppings make me happy and I hate eating the last of them when I still have a bunch of smoothie left. ;-)

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  9. This smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients healthy goodness! I like it that you have piled it high with lots of fruits! This looks as good as your Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl! Great choice for ancient grains!

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    1. Thanks Joyce! Cherry-Berry was still my favorite but this one was really good. ;-)

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  10. These smoothies bowls look delicious. I love mango too and these look great for summer eats. I even learned a little more about chia seeds.

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    1. Thanks Diane--they are a great warm weather breakfast for sure.
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  11. Your smoothie bowl is beautiful! I also love your trick of layering fruit! I tried to make a smoothie bowl once, but all the fruit just sunk to the bottom :) Will have to try again!

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    1. Thanks My Won Bowl. I think you probably just needed a thicker base for your fruit. Try more frozen banana or other fruit so it is thick like ice cream. ;-)

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  12. This looks to be a lot more fun to eat than a simple smoothie from a glass. All those wonderful flavors. I really need to add chia seeds to my grocery list.

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    1. Yes--so much more fun! Chia seeds are a great thickener or add in to so many things. ;-)

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