1.25.2016

Avocado Smoothie Bowl with Pomegranate and Cocoa Nibs

Miracles do happen!


Not too long ago one of my son's friends reminded me that it had been 6 MONTHS SINCE MY LAST POST!  I didn't realize anyone was keeping track.

I would like to say that I have spent the past 6 months taking photography classes, brushing up my blogging skills, researching recipes, experimenting on new recipes, etc.

Nope.

I've been chillin'.



I have been eating this avocado smoothie bowl.  Everyday!

It has become my new addiction.  

I insisted that my son and 9 year old granddaughter take a bite while they were visiting over the holidays.  I'm happy to say that they became rather fond of this bright green and red breakfast as well.


The recipe is pretty simple and you can improvise the recipe depending on what ingredients you have stashed in your freezer and refrigerator.

I use the following:

1 whole orange peeled (Not in photo.  What was I thinking?)
1/2 cup nut milk or homemade yogurt
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 avocado
2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful of frozen bananas
1 handful of frozen pineapple (only because I'm out of my frozen peaches from the fall. Sad.)
a ton of pomegranate arils
cocoa nibs (another obsession)
Any other toppings you so desire



I begin by layering all of the ingredients in a blender.


 I start with the liquid then add in the orange, avocado, maca powder, spinach, then frozen fruit.


Blend until smooth and creamy.




Top with your favorite fruits and nuts.


I have seriously purchased 4 (12 oz) bags of cocoa nibs.  I LOVE the bit and crunch along with the bitterness of the raw cacao.

I have decided that one cannot use too many pomegranate arils.  It's just not possible.  I have been having a difficult time finding pomegranates lately.  I don't know what I will do if I can't find them.



A sprinkle of granola is completely optional.  I love the crunch so I used someChocolate Almond Coconut Granola that I made.  I substituted hazelnuts in place of almonds. Fabulous!


Sprinkle on a bit of coconut flakes.  



We have had a lot of snowfall in Utah this winter and the temperature and been pretty darn cold. You would think I would come home and have a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal.  I still have my smoothie bowl after a cold run with the girls.  I just start with a cup of hot chocolate to warm me up first.


Avocado Smoothie Bowl

1 orange, peeled
1/2 cup nut milk or yogurt
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 avocado
2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful frozen bananas
1 handful frozen pineapple or peaches

topping:
pomegranate arils
raspberries
cocoa nibs
Chocolate almond coconut granola
Flaked unsweetened coconut

Place the orange, nut milk, maca powder, avocado, spinach, bananas and pineapple in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings

Print this recipe



 P.S.  I need to polish my photography skills.  I can't believe how much I have forgotten.  For this post I played around with a couple of lenses...I'm sure you noticed that.  Like they say, practice makes perfect and I am completely out of practice.  Shame on me.















19 comments:

  1. Hurray, you're back! And your pictures look great to me!! I definitely need to try this if you've had it every day.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I'm sure Phil will hate it. Ha ha, but Ryan has started making this a lot. Does Phil still hate berries?

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  2. Looks good! I'll have to give it a try! And yes I've missed your posts as well!

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    1. You may want to wait until summer. You'll freeze in Alaska eating this. Or just follow up with a cup of hot chocolate. WE miss you.

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  3. So glad to see you are back - what a wonderful surprise in my email this morning! I have missed your posts, but still have been referring to your blog when I am looking for a delicious recipe. This smoothie bowl looks yummy and I, too, have been obsessed with pomegranate seeds. I bought extras at Costco, and have been freezing them.

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    1. Thank you, Janine. Why didn't I think of freezing pomegranates? That's brilliant. Next year.

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  4. Hi Janet- I have missed your posts and was about to give up. 😃 I think your photos look spectacular as always and I hope you will be up for posting more in 2016 but totally understand if you just aren't up for it. There are seasons in life!

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    1. Oh my, I'm so glad you didn't give up on me. I'm going to try to keep it up. And yes, there are seasons.

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  5. You are back!!!I love your blog!Thanks for coming back! You made my day :-)

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    1. Thank you, Zahra. I'm glad I made someone's day. That doesn't happen very often :)

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  6. Tami Burgess1/28/16, 5:02 PM

    I'm so happy to see a post! I LOVE this recipe! Your pictures are beautiful! I'm so happy you took a break but I'm so happy you haven't forgotten about us! I have some serious running questions so I hope you don't mind if I email you. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. I received you email and I hope I helped you out a bit. Congrats on running the marathon. You will be amazing!

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  7. I was wondering why you haven't posted in so long! Great to have you back!

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  8. Delighted to see you back on the blog!

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  9. I've been reading up on maca powder. Do you use raw or gelatinized?

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    1. I use raw. It can be pretty pricey. I have been ordering from Amazon for good pricing.

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