Superfood Smoothie Bowl

I’m totally obsessed with smoothie bowls for the moment. I keep on trying to find all kind of new combinations. This type of recipe is just ideal for everyone who likes to change it up, because with this type of breakfast you really can go crazy with different combinations. Important here is that, if you only eat this as breakfast, make sure there are enough proteins and other nutrients to keep you full the entire morning.

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This is a recipe I found on Pinterest, because where else do I find my recipes. And I wanted to try it because I just bought my first batch of Spirulina powder. I bought the Purasana raw powder, because I’m a huge fan of their products. You can find the original recipe right here.

Let’s get to the recipe.

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Superfood Smoothie Bowl

  • serves 1
  • Ingredients
    • 1,5 frozen bananas
    • 1 cup frozen nectarine
    • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
    • ½ tsp spirulina
    • ½ tsp maca powder
  • Directions
    • Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and slowly blend until thick and creamy.
    • If you’re blender isn’t that powerful, get the bananas and mango out of the freezer beforehand to let them defrost a bit. I would say 5-10 minutes before you blend it together.
    • You can add a bit more liquid if you want your smoothie to be a bit thinner.
    • Pour your smoothie into a bowl and add your favourite toppings.

I did change this recipe up a little bit, because I didn’t have any ananas in my freezer. You couldn’t really taste the mango, as the bananas and the spirulina were the taste that came out the most. They complemented each other well and I do think this is a delicious recipe that I’ll definitely make again. The spirulina gives this smoothie a beautiful dark green colour, which I’m totally obsessed with!

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I also added some maca powder, which I’m also so in love with for the moment. It gives me an energy boost in the morning and helps me stay off my coffee. I definitely start to feel the effects of all those ‘superfoods’ and you should definitely try these. Which superfood-powder is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

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Try this one out and let me know what you think. Don’t hesitate to post some recipes you would like to share. I want to try all of them and learn some new ones. Even though I look through the internet every day looking for new recipes, I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that I haven’t even seen or heard of yet. Let’s share the love for cooking.

love

Anna-Lisa ❤

Tropical Kale Smoothie

We have been hit by a wave of heat these last few days in Europe. In Belgium alone, at night we have around 25°C and in the afternoon we’ve been hitting 31-32°C. Not ideal weather for me, as I go by bike to work, but in this type of weather, I can’t but enjoy cool things. I’m eating salads every day. Drinking a lot, a lot of water to keep hydrated, but I’ll be glad when this is over.

The one thing I have been enjoying though, is that this is the ideal time to eat smoothie bowls as breakfast. I’ve been enjoying them nearly every morning this week and I wanted to share with you my favourite so far: The Tropical Kale Smoothie, as I call it. It combines fresh fruit with frozen. The frozen bananas makes it go all thick and the Kale adds a healthy benefit. Next to this, as to have enough proteins to last me all morning, I added some Protein powder and added some Almond butter, because honestly I’m just obsessed with this for the moment.

Let’s get to the recipe.

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Tropical Kale Smoothie

  • serves 1
  • Ingredients
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 140 g (frozen) pineapple
    • 100 g frozen mango
    • 45 g kale
    • 180-200 ml Almond milk or other milk of your choice, coconut milk would work here perfectly as well
    • 1 tbsp Maca powder
    • 1 tbsp of Protein powder of your choice
    • 20 g almond butter
  • Directions
    • Start with your fruit and vegetables, add your milk, almond butter and both powders in a blender.
    • Blend until smooth. This can take a few minutes, depending on your blender.
    • You can add more or less almond milk, until you have the desired consistency.
    • Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings. I added some Goji berries and some shredded coconut.
    • Enjoy !

This is such a nice and tasty smoothie. So fresh and just enjoyable overall. It does feel and taste like an entire meal and it kept me full until the end of the morning, which is really important for me. I don’t like to snack in the morning, so it’s really important for me that I can go on until lunch.

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The Kale gives this smoothie a nice green colour. The banana makes it thicker and smooth. The frozen mango and pineapple give it a sweeter taste, while the almond butter smooths it all over afterwards. I also think the shredded coconut gives it a more tropical flavour. Next time, I’ll try it with coconut milk. Unfortunately I didn’t have any at home this week, but I definitely added it to my grocery shopping list for next week.

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Try this one out and let me know what you think. Don’t hesitate to post some recipes you would like to share. I want to try all of them and learn some new ones. Even though I look through the internet every day looking for new recipes, I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that I haven’t even seen or heard of yet. Let’s share the love for cooking.

love

Anna-Lisa ❤

Healthy Cherry Banana Bread

I had some bananas left over, that were already so far gone, that I couldn’t freeze them anymore without turning it into some sort of paste. So I decided to bake with them. I found this recipe on Pinterest and I’ve been dying to try it out. So this was my chance.

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I didn’t have any blueberries in the house though, so I decided to change it up a little bit and I uses some cherries I had left over. And it turned out great. It gives it a little sweeter taste, and while I was a bit afraid of the combination of the cherries with the cinnamon, it did turn out great and goes rather well together. Let’s get to the recipe.

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Healthy Cherry Banana Bread

  • serves 1 loaf
  • Ingredients
    • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • ½ cup coconut sugar, packed
    • ¼ cup coconut oil
    • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 very ripe bananas
    • 1 heaping cup of chopped cherries
  • Directions
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter and flour a loaf pan and set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, combine your dry ingredients (the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon).
    • In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, apple sauce, eggs and vanilla until just blended. Stir in the mashed bananas and the chopped cherries until well combined and the cherries are coated in the wet mixture.
    • Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
    • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, place in the oven and bake until a cake tester (inserted in the middle of the loaf) comes out clean. This takes, depending on your oven, about 45 min. to 1 hour. Keep an eye on it towards the end, so you can pull it out on time.
    • Let it cool for around 15 minutes in the loaf, before removing it and transferring it onto a wire rack to let it cool completely.
    • Cut of a slice and enjoy.

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And let me tell you, this is amazing. The whole wheat flour makes it super healthy and filling. You can definitely taste the bananas and the cinnamon, but they all complement each other. The cherries give a fruitier and fresher taste. I got about 12 slices out of it and topped it with a bit of jam and some extra fresh cherries for breakfast.

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This also works perfectly as a healthy snack you can take with you. I took some with me to work and it instantly vanished. Even my co-workers loved it and I already gave them the recipe to try it out at home. I can’t wait to see what they make of it.

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Try this one out and let me know what you think. Don’t hesitate to post some recipes you would like to share. I want to try all of them and learn some new ones. Even though I look through the internet every day looking for new recipes, I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that I haven’t even seen or heard of yet. Let’s share the love for cooking.

love

Anna-Lisa ❤

Apple Quinoa Pancakes

I’ve been trying this recipe out for a long time now. I just can’t get over how delicious it is. And it is so easy to make. When you eat it, you just don’t think about the fact there actually is quinoa in there! It’s that great. 

I’ve been cooking a lot with quinoa. Not only for the health benefits it has, but also because I like the taste a lot and to change it up a bit now and then. To not always eat pasta or rice. But I always seem making to much for me to eat in one sitting. So this recipe is one I usually make when I have a cup or two to spare. I mostly have the other ingredients in my pantry. So this is an easy fix for me and this way I don’t have to throw away my lovely, healthy and very nutritious quinoa.

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Apple Quinoa Pancakes

  • serves 20 – 24 pancakes
  • Ingredients
    • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (I usually use leftover)
    • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour, but you can use all kind
    • 4 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (this gives it a lovely warm flavour)
    • 4 tbsp ground flax seed
    • 2 large eggs + 2 egg whites
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil
    • ¾ cup skim milk
    • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 2 Jonagold apples, diced really small
  • Directions
    • In a bowl, whisk together the quinoa, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and the ground flax seed. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, oil, milk and syrup. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk to combine. Fold in the chopped apples until they are completely covered.
    • Lightly coat a nonstick pan with oil and heat over medium to medium-low heat. Be sure not to make the pan to hot or the pancakes will burn. Drop ¼ cup of the batter onto the pan. Pat the batter down slightly to flatten. It’s quite a thick batter. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles form on the top. Flip and then cook the other for 2-3 more minutes or until it’s golden brown
    • Serve with some more chopped apples, maple syrup, cinnamon or apple sauce. With anything you want basically. Enjoy hot or cold.

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This is such a treat and works perfectly as breakfast or if you want to have a fun, healthy dessert. Be sure to try it out and check the original recipe right here. I found it on Pinterest and this is by the wonderful Rachel Cooks. I just love all the recipes on there and I’ll definitely try some more. Give here a visit while you’re at it. 

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Try this one out and let me know what you think. Don’t hesitate to post some recipes you would like to share. I want to try all of them and learn some new ones. Even though I look through the internet every day looking for new recipes, I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that I haven’t even seen or heard of yet. Let’s share the love for cooking.

love

Anna-Lisa ❤