Vanilla Cake Batter Green Smoothie Bowl
- July 17, 2016
- Last Updated: January 3, 2022
- 38 Comments
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.
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.
This smoothie bowl is full of:
- 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, which is why I’m so keen on this strawberry and banana smoothie bowl.
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.
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:
- cocao nibs
- hemp seeds
- frozen bluebs
- half of a banana
- my favorite granola
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.
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 Green Smoothie Bowl
A refreshing, nutritious smoothie that tastes like dessert! Perfect for a snack, meal, or even sweeter treat.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2 tbsp Coconut Butter (I used cake batter flavor)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ice, optional
- Mix all ingredients in your blender and blend. Top with toppings of choice.
Optional toppings: blueberries, granola, hemp seeds, cocao nibs, banana
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Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla (18 Servings, 18.6 Ounce) - Plant Based Protein Powder, Keto-Friendly, Gluten Free, Non Dairy, Vegan, Non Soy, Non GMO - (Packaging may vary)
Nikki's Coconut Butter Vanilla Cake Batter (12 Oz) - Peanut Butter Alternative - Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly, Non-GMO, Guilt-Free Superfood
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 663Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 15gSugar: 29gProtein: 50g
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.
This sounds delish! I’ve been dying to try that cake batter coconut butter!
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!
This looks so soooooo good! Smoothie bowls are the only way I’ll eat smoothies as a meal as I’m all about solid food, haha! 😉
Me too! Solid food for the win!
I like smoothies on the go & smoothie bowls at home! Love adding granola, fresh fruit, and chocolate chips on top!
Yum, some of my favorites!
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. 😉
I hope you try Nikki’s, I really love it! Smoothie bowls with toppings are such a normal occurrence for me in the summer!
I much prefer a smoothie bowl to a smoothie… it fills me up more and plus, you get to add all the fun toppings! I’ve never tried the cake batter coconut butter but it sure sounds fun!
Adding the fun toppings is my favorite part!
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!
Can’t live without my smoothie bowls in the summer!
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
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?
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.
Yes. I loaded up when I ordered to get the free shipping! I need crunch too, my friend. Otherwise, I’ll be hungry and unsatisfied 5 minutes later.
That CAKE BATTER BUTTER looks insanely good! It would be DANGEROUS to have around me, that’s for sure!
IT IS! YOU WOULD LOVE IT!
Sounds so yummy, it might be time for me to give the smoothie bowl a try. I agree with you on the chewing!
Let me know if you try it. I hope you love it!
Your smoothie bowl looks so yummy and all of your toppings sound great. That pizza, too…so professional looking!
This sounds delicious! I need to try a smoothie bowl, I have yet to make one. I think it’s past time to change that LOL!
I think you should! Let me know how you like it 🙂
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!
They are in a few grocery chains (not large scale ones), but I just like to order off their website because I order enough that I qualify for free shipping! 🙂
cake batter coconut butter!? I NEED THAT!
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.
It’s a great quick snack, but unless I have toppings or a huge quantity,, I find that they don’t keep me full.
ooh that does look delicious! And those pizzas look amazing
My favorite smoothie bowl yet!
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!
I love topping with cereal – a little extra sweetness!
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:)
Coconut butter – it’s slightly different that coconut oil but the same kinda thought! Yes to the crunch!
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!
The mental part of filling up is just as important as physical, for me.