I absolutely LOVE smoothie bowls. And for as long as I could remember…going as far back as 2002 when I worked at Smoothie King…I preferred to EAT my smoothies with a spoon. Then years down the road, they became all the rage and the toppings began to be added. All I could think was ‘why didn’t I think of that before?’ Maybe it’s psychological in my thinking that the smoothie is more filling if it’s thick and creamy like ice cream with those random bites of chunks of fruit, granola, nuts, whatever. Yet, when it comes to smoothie bowls, it is feast or famine with me. Mainly because it does require some prep work. That prep is to remember to toss some bananas that are about to go bad, peeled and cut up and thrown into a freeze bag and put into the freezer. These frozen bananas are what will help with the creaminess and ice cream like consistency. It also adds a natural sweetness and you won’t have to add any sort of sweetener, unless you prefer things really sweet!
For once I remembered I have been wanting to try making this recipe that requires a frozen banana and some frozen canned chic peas that are rinsed and drained. So I made it a point to put both those things in the freezer last night, and the trial began today. And OMG I was not the least bit disappointed.
I know what you must be thinking, chickpeas in a smoothie? Seriously? Seriously. Cant taste them. I promise. But I do recall making muffins with chickpeas, so trust me! Ha!
Banana, chickpeas, peanut butter, protein powder, almond milk… yummy! The key to making it nice and thick is to a) have those frozen bananas on hand and b) limit the amount of liquid. More will make it more drinkable, less will make it where you can stick your spoon in it. Your choice! And then top it with whatever your heart desires! I opted for chocolate grain free granola by Bare Naked. Awesome combo! I’m giddy with how good this tasted! And how energized I suddenly feel after a morning of homeschool and a four year old that wouldn’t stop talking so I could actually teach.
With that, I leave you with the recipe!
Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen chickpeas (canned, rinsed and drained)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (1/4 cup oatmeal can be subbed here)
1 tsp maca powder (optional, but it truly adds to the flavor!)
1 -2 Tbsp peanut butter (nut butter of choice)
sprinkle of sea salt
3/4 – 1 cup almond milk (milk of choice…less makes it thicker, more makes it more drinkable)