Creamy Avocado Smoothie Bowl

10.3.16 / Comment

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The smoothie bowl trend has recently capitalized the modern breakfast world, and for good reason! A silky smooth beverage poured in a bowl and embellished with diverse toppings is the perfect way to start your morning.  This vegan, gluten-free smoothie bowl masterfully blends the unique flavors of banana, avocado, almond butter, and spices to produce a creamy and decadent texture. The nutrient-rich toppings—hemp hearts, cinnamon, and coconut—give it a flavorful boost as well as added texture.

We love the addition of avocados in this recipe, as they provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit (1). You can also use avocado as a butter or fat substitute, as it may help reduce dietary intake of saturated fat, calories, sodium, and cholesterol (2). So go ahead and enjoy avocados in this wonderful recipe–the flavors and crunchy textures are sure to keep you coming back for more!

Creamy Avocado Smoothie Bowl
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 medium banana, ripe or frozen
  • 2 small avocado or ½ of one large avocado
  • ¼ cup almond butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened
Toppings:
  • ¾ tablespoon hemp seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ tablespoons dried coconut
Instructions
  1. Place banana, avocado, almond butter, cardamom, cinnamon, and almond milk in a blender on low and mix until smooth.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a bowl and top with hemp seeds, cinnamon and dried coconut.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 365 calories, Fat: 25 grams, Saturated fat: 4 grams, Carbohydrates: 25 grams, Sugar: 10 grams, Sodium: 45 milligrams, Fiber: 9 grams, Protein: 11 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

(1) Avocado nutrition facts. California Avocados. http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition
(2) Avocados as a butter or fat substitute. California Avocados. http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition/smart-substitutions

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