Vanilla Cake Batter Green Smoothie Bowl

  Jul 17, 2016  |  #Breakfast
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Hello friends! How was your weekend?

We got some unpacking done, had wine and pizza night, and got some long runs in. All in all, a perfect mix of balance if you ask me. We made some delicious pizza, like this arugula, prosciutto, pineapple, and the caramelized onion, pear and gorgonzola. Droooool.

pizza night pizza night

 

I’m way overdue with sharing some delicious recipes with you. I decided to put this one together this weekend since it’s very quick and easy, and is great for the hot summer weather. And I realized that I haven’t yet shared a green smoothie recipe on the blog, so that needed to change. I’m linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday!

This green smoothie combo is my new go to. And rather than my standard peanut butter addition, this one involves coconut butter. CAKE BATTER coconut butter. And for those of you who fear the green smoothie, I promise you can’t even taste the spinach – it’s just providing wonderful things that your bodies thrive on, so take my word for it.

Cake Batter Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is full of:

  • Protein
  • Healthy Fat
  • Hidden greens
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics

Did you know that bananas are a great source of prebiotics? Prebiotics are helpful for feeding the probiotics (good guys) in our gut, so not only do bananas offer great flavor, but they have many nutritional properties. Another reason to devour this smoothie bowl.

The special ingredient for the cake batter flavor in this smoothie bowl is Nikki’s Cake Batter Coconut Butter. I can’t speak enough about this stuff, I’m slightly obsessed. It has a little different texture than peanut butter; it’s thicker and more like coconut oil in it’s semi-solid state. I actually think it’s better for smoothies since it’s not as liquid-y as peanut butter.

 

My thoughts on Smoothies vs. Smoothie Bowls

I find smoothies so refreshing in general – they are cold, fruity, sweet, thick, thin, however you like them. However, one thing I’ve come to learn about myself is that liquids don’t fill me up as much as solids. Chewing needs to be involved and I prefer a crunch that actually provides me with mental and physical satisfaction while enjoying a meal or snack.

I think another part of it is that I mentally link smoothies with “on the go,” meaning I’m rushed. Liquid smoothies are perfect for quick meals/snacks when I’m in a rush or have to eat in my car, but otherwise, I want to take time and enjoy my meal. With a spoon. Out of a bowl.

Cake Batter Smoothie

I prefer my smoothie bowls with a myriad of toppings. The easy way to avoid tiring from smoothie combinations is through the toppings. Each smoothie bowl is like a blank canvas ready to be customized! EXCITING, RIGHT?!

I’ve pretty much come to terms with my favorite toppings. My usuals are:

I promise you that together, these offer great flavor, crunch, antioxidants and magic ingredients to power you through the day. My dream team right there. The good thing is that you can totally customize your own toppings for this smoothie bowl.

Cake Batter Smoothie

This smoothie bowl is all I crave after my my marathon training long runs.  And there is no preparation needed. You don’t need to let anything thaw, cut anything up, and measurements can be eye-balled and estimated. Add more or less of things depending on your preference!

It can even be vegan if you leave out the greek yogurt, and gluten-free depending on what toppings you use!

By the way, we just got a Ninja and HELLLLLO. It puts my old blender to shame. It’s fast, powerful and super easy to clean. I only wish I had purchased one sooner but better late than never?

Let’s get to this recipe!

Vanilla Cake Batter Smoothie Bowl

5 from 2 votes
Vanilla Cake Batter Green Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins
 
A refreshing, nutritious smoothie that tastes like dessert! Perfect for a snack, meal, or even sweeter treat.
Course: refreshing snack
Cuisine: smoothie
Servings: 1 smoothie
Author: Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 2 tbsp Nikki's Cake Batter Coconut Butter
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup ice optional
  • Optional toppings: blueberries granola, hemp seeds, cocao nibs, banana
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in your blender and blend. Top with toppings of choice.

 

Adding ice is completely optional, but I like it add some to thicken up the smoothie a little bit and keep it ICE COLD.

*I used Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Nutritional Booster protein powder. I think the taste is amazing and goes really well with the cake batter coconut butter. Plus, it has chia seeds, chicory root fiber (another prebiotic) and probiotics too, so it’s a nutrient powerhouse.

You tell me:

Do you prefer smoothies or smoothie bowls?

What are your favorite smoothie toppings?

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38 responses to “Vanilla Cake Batter Green Smoothie Bowl

  1. Awesome recipe! You had me at vanilla cake batter.
    I would have to find a way to tweak this recipe as I have never seen this coconut butter before. But have no fear, I can definitely see myself using this recipe as a base to make my own twist of a smoothie bowl. I suck at making smoothies, so this will help a lot!

  2. I prefer smoothie bowls ALL the way, after I met all my foodie friends who revealed to me that you can eat smoothies + toppings. That totally revolutionized my ideas about smoothies, because like you, I like to chew my food. Now I love smoothie bowls + toppings! 🙂

    This looks so good. I have a goal to try Nikki’s, and you just pushed me one step closer. 😉

  3. All you had to say was smoothie bowl and I’m there! This looks SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing, I’ve got to track down that coconut butter, the one I like and use to use has seemed to change. Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  4. I bought that coconut butter at Wegmans last week! It’s so good I can eat it with a spoon! I agree, I like chewing my smoothies and enjoy a thicker shake than drink. My favorite toppings are granola and salted edamame

    1. It’s definitely dangerous to eat with a spoon but it’s one of my preferred ways. I’ve never tried edamame on a smoothie – do you have a savory combination you recommend?

  5. Um, can I put this cake batter stuff on my christmas list because holy man do I need to find some. I haven’t seen any flavored coconut butters up here in Canada – that needs to change stat.
    I’ve said it time and again, but I just am not a smoothie person. I NEED crunch. It could be the heftiest smoothie ever and my mind still wouldn’t be satisfied. So as you say, enter in smoothie bowls. They are great, and this one looks FAB.

  6. omg WHERE do i find that stuff?! it sounds delicious! i just tried this new Lindt chocolate ball, and it’s dark chocolate with like, coconut butter on the inside. I’m now obsessed.
    Also i prefer smoothie bowls over smoothies, but making them means i have to wake up earlier to eat them before work!

  7. I’ve never had a smoothie bowl. So, I never top my smoothie with anything, ’cause it wouldn’t fit through the straw. But, I will say I love having a smoothie after a long run, I can prep it quickly before I shower and suck some down immediately. It keeps me full long enough to figure out what I really want to eat.

  8. I love smoothie bowls!! I think they make for the perfect breakfast. I can’t just have a smoothie for a meal- it doesn’t fill me up! I need to try this coconut butter. Cake batter anything is the best! Also topping a smoothie bowl with cocoa nibs is a great idea. I love topping mine with granola, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and sometimes cereal!

  9. Wow- coconut oil that taste like cake batter? That sounds killer! I love my Ninja too. I use it for soups and batters quite often in addition to smoothies.
    Smoothies bowls are definitely superior to smoothies in my book, simply because some crunch can be involved:)

  10. I know what you mean about preferring to eat a smoothie out of a bowl because it feels more like a meal. I agree- and when I make a regular smoothie I usually grab something else to go along with it. That coconut butter sounds delicious!

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