Drinks · sweet

No-nice cream smoothie bowl (vegan | gluten-free | fat-free)

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Maybe it just comes down to me being a bitch, but I really hate photos of smoothie bowls. And not just the photos, but the idea of putting a smoothie into a bowl. Why does anyone need to put a viscous liquid into a dish when it doesn’t require a spoon to eat it?!

It just might be possible that I follow too many smoothie-obsessed health freaks on instragam who insist on including every colour under the sun in each and every one of their photos and as a result I’ve developed smoothie bowl fatigue. But irrespective of this, I just don’t get the principle of serving a drink in a bowl instead of a glass or bottle.

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However, in light of recent events (an emergency lunch meet-up at my place on a sunny Saturday afternoon) I slowly began to accept the concept. You see, when one doesn’t have the time to do a food shop yet everyone relies on that one person to sort out the F&Bs, then one must be able to think quickly on their feet in order to be able to pimp up some not-so-nice-looking shit to feed the masses. That one person being me of course. I guess I did put myself in that situation the moment I chose to start a food blog so inevitably everyone assumes I live only to cook and nothing more, but anyway,  so is life. My point being, a smoothie in a bowl really looks the shizzle and it’s just a better way to eat fruit since it’s more like a dessert. You can also sprinkle the hell out of your cupboards onto it, which would be less possible if that smoothie were in a glass- more surface area, more extras to load on top. Go crazy with chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit or even cornflakes and cheerios.

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Nice cream makes reference to an ice cream made with frozen bananas substituting the milk or cream base. Genius idea, only issue, too many foodies on my social media feeds so way too many nice cream dishes than I can handle which equals nice cream boredom. But it did give me the idea to use just any frozen fruit as the base and with papaya being one of those creamy yet bland tasting fruits, it was the perfect alternative for the bulk ingredient.

 

Serving size:

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen papaya
  • ½ frozen pineapple
  • 2 peaches
  • ½ honeydew melon
  • 150ml coconut milk

 

Method:

  1. Stick everything into a blender, blitz into a creamy puree and serve up in bowls or glasses.

But remember, if you have it from a bowl instead of a glass, you can jazz it up with more extras given the additional surface space!

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