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Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl with Hemp and Cacao

Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl with Hemp and Cacao

I'm a big fan of smoothies, as you all know, but today I'm sharing with you this Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl with Hemp and Cacao recipe to bring our smoothie game up a notch. 

This recipe is great for breakfast but it's also a really nice post-work out meal, it's made with all the good stuff your body needs to recover and it is loaded with 36g of protein.

Yep!

 36g of protein!!

So, if you are after a high plant based protein snack that is absolutely delicious, this right here will make your day. And, you want to know why I love making this smoothie bowls? 

They take 5 minutes or less to make it, it's one of the easiest things you can make, and all you need is a blender. Also, you can basically top it off with what ever you find in your kitchen, fruit, seeds, cacao, you can't really go wrong on this one.

The base for this smoothie bowl is made with banana, almond milk, ice and protein powder. I used hemp protein, which in my personal opinion has quite an awful taste but is a complete source of protein, and it's really good for you. 

To get all the benefits of hemp and not having to put up with its flavour I just used other ingredients that have an overpowering flavour and that are actually tasty, you can't taste the hemp after all is blended. Proof is in my son's empty bowl, he actually said he liked it, he isn't polite enough (not yet) to say he likes something if he really doesn't. 

You can exchange the hemp protein with any other option you prefer, the one thing that I would recommend is to use one that has no added sugar in it, otherwise, it can turn out to be to sweet since the fruit in this recipe already makes it sweet. 

To keep adding more flavour and what really makes a smoothie bowl interesting, we have a few toppings. For this part, I like to add what I have at home, I don't really go out of my way to get more ingredients, there's always something in the pantry I can throw on there. These are the ones I used for this recipe and some of it's benefits:

  • Cacao powder: antioxidant properties, reduces chronic fatigue syndrome, helps blood circulation, enhances mood, relieves bronchial asthma, balances cholesterol levels.
  • Goji berries: controls cholesterol levels, aids receding stress and fatigue, improves vision, protects the liver, reduces risk of heart disease, protects brain cells from damage. 
  • Granola: boosts energy levels, improves digestion, helps manage weight, treats anemia, reduces blood pressure, protects skin, and relieves from constipation. 
  • Hemp hearts: good source of protein, helps manage weight, boost energy levels, promotes cellular recovery and development, lower cholesterol levels, good for digestion. 

This is a serious bowl here, you're getting so much from it and by being so versatile, you can get creative and have an incredibly delicious meal with what you have around. 

Ingredients
8
Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 1

Ingredients

For the smoothie bowl

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 large banana (frozen optional)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 oz unflavoured sunwarrior protein powder

For the topping

  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts

Directions

  1. Add the smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add it to a bowl and sprinkle with the toppings, enjoy!

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