The banana free smoothie bowl solution
I’m the rare breed of human who hates bananas and avocados *gasps* which really is the antithesis of plant based eating. So many recipes will be banana this, avocado that and no matter how hard I try to disguise them, my taste buds can detect them and categorically refuse to let me live an easy peasy life!
If you love the idea of a smoothie bowl, but frozen ‘nanas are not your thing then this may be right up your street. I wanted to find a way of creating a thick and creamy smoothie base that was subtle in flavour and neutral in colour so I could make lots of vibrant and delicious smoothie bowls to enjoy without a banana in sight.
Having chronic digestive issues, I can’t eat fruit in large quantities without my stomach becoming an angry inflamed enemy of progress. So whether I’m making a juice or smoothie/smoothie bowl I typically go for an 80:20 vegetable to fruit ratio. Therefore, this smoothie base doesn’t contain any fruit but instead is packed full of vegetables as well as some plant based proteins and fats.
This recipe allows you to make a big batch that you can freeze in ice cube trays or silicone moulds and then store in a zip lock freezer bag to have on had whenever you fancy. Then you can have fun creating a whole host of different smoothies and smoothie bowls using your favourite fruits and vegetables. And I’ll, of course, be sharing lots of my recipes as inspiration for you to try too.
BANANA FREE SMOOTHIE BOWL BASE
4 parsnips cooked (chop then boil or steam for 15 mins or until soft)
1 sweet potato cooked (bake/ microwave then scoop out the flesh and discard the skin)
1 courgette peeled
1 cup macadamia nuts (soaked for at least 4 hours or boiled for 15 mins. Substitute for tiger nuts for a nut free option)
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 1/2 cups plant based milk
Optional: 1/4 cup lucuma powder
Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until beautifully thick and smooth, stopping and scraping down the sides if necessary.
Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or silicone moulds and freeze until set. Store in the freezer in a zip lock bag and use as the base to your smoothies, smoothie bowls or ‘nicecream’ as a replacement for frozen bananas.