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Easy Plastic Free Smoothie Bowls

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Hello everyone! I’ve got another recipe for you today that I’ve been developing the past few months.  I love smoothies and smoothie bowls but they’re often so expensive if you buy them out, and often come in plastic cups or bowls, respectively.  Around here, that’s a no go.

The alternative is to make your own.  Below are two variations on the same recipe, which has a banana base.  (If you don’t like bananas, these probably aren’t for you.)  Frozen bananas make a wonderful, creamy base when blended, which means you only have to add a few other ingredients to have a completed bowl.  For a plain banana bowl, just omit the other ingredients.

I also add oats to my smoothie bowls.  Why?  Because as much as I would love to sit and eat fruit all day, I have to go out and do things, so I need food that will keep me full while I’m out in the world.  I add as much oats as I would put in my morning oatmeal, so for me this works as a breakfast when it’s too hot out to even think about turning on the stove.

Check out the recipes below!  And remember: even if you can’t get all the ingredients in bulk, you are still reducing waste by not eating out.  Every effort matters!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Bowl

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Ingredients

2 frozen bananas

2-3 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup oats

water

1. The night before, put the oats in a glass jar, fill with water and cover.  When you’re ready to make your smoothie bowl, strain the oats and add to blender.

2. Put bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa powder in blender.  Blend and be patient–you will probably have to scrape down the sides of your blender several times before you get a good creamy texture.  Add small amounts of water as you go to loosen things up if your blender is stubborn like mine.

3. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Top with chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chia seeds, nuts, dried fruits, or anything you have on hand that you think would taste good!


Simple Green Bowl

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Ingredients

2 frozen bananas

1/2 cup oats

dark leafy greens like spinach or kale

water

1. The night before, put the oats in a glass jar, fill with water and cover.  When you’re ready to make your smoothie bowl, strain the oats and add to blender.

2. Add bananas to blender.  Rinse the greens, and pack as much as you want into the blender.  There’s no exact measurement on the greens because I usually don’t measure, and besides, you really can’t go wrong.  This is a great way to get your greens for the day!

3. Blend, scraping down the sides and adding water as needed.  Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add toppings!


Notes

  • You can easily make either of these into a regular smoothie by adding enough water or plant milk to make it a drinkable.
  • I appreciate the natural sweetness of the bananas, but if they’re not sweet enough for you, add a spoonful of honey, maple syrup, or add 1 pitted medjool date to the blender with the rest.
  • Try other nut butters, too–sunflower seed butter is one of my favorites for all types of blended treats for its super creamy texture.

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