White Chocolate Smoothie Bowl (Low Sugar, vegan, gluten free) / by lee tilghman

Happy Happy Thursday!

Today I am excited to share with you a very special bowl... just in time for Valentine's Day.

Yes, I know Valentine's isn't for another month, but February is a special time of year for me. Not only was I born 2 short days after Valentines (hello, Aquarius), but February is the near end of winter, and we begin to prepare for a bright, fresh spring and summer season ahead.

And with that, I present to you....the White Chocolate Smoothie Bowl.

This bowl is special because it's low in sugar, boasting only 10g of sugar for a sweet breakfast. Growing up, my favorite treat for Valentine's were by far the strawberries dipped in a shell of creamy white chocolate. This bowl is a dedication to that very treat.

My updated breakfast friendly  recipe is something you'd actually want to eat first thing, and actually feel good about! It's very high in protein (25g) and healthy fats (50g), thanks to the addition of white beans, coconut butter and chia seeds. White beans in a bowl? Don't knock it 'till you give it a try. They add a creamy consistency that pairs super well with the cacao butter and coconut butter. The ending result is a creamy, thick, chia-like pudding smoothie bowl with hints of vanilla and cacao. You'll love this combination!!

This breakfast is perfect for those of you trying to up their healthy fat and protein and lower that daily sugar intake. Fats and proteins are two macronutrients that we tend to forget about in the beginning of the day, and they're actually most important.

You may remember my Grounding Green smoothie bowl from last year with navy beans. This year, I used Cannellini beans, but any white bean here would work. 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic coconut butter
  • 1 teaspoon raw organic cacao butter
  • splash of organic vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • toppings: strawberry, gluten free granola, smoothie almond butter, bee pollen, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, blueberries, black sesame seeds and mulberries

Instructions

  1. Chop up half to the frozen banana into 2" pieces. 
  2. Add to a blender. Then, add 1/3 cup white beans (make sure you rinse them well!)
  3. Next, add the coconut butter, cacao butter, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and half of the almond milk. 
  4. Turn your blender on low for 30 seconds, then slowly pour the rest of the almond milk into the blender. Turn your blender up to high for another 30 seconds, then pour into a bowl.
  5. Top with a strawberry, gluten free granola, smoothie almond butter, bee pollen, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, blueberries, black sesame seeds and mulberries!

I've also partnered with my friends at the American Pulse Association, who proudly promote pulses, a healthy, nutrient-rich, and economic addition to diets across the world. Please visit their site at https://pulsepledge.com.

Many folks aren't accustomed to the word "pulses". It's just basically a fancy name for the classification of all beans and legumes. Some examples of pulses are chickpeas, black beans, lentils and white beans. 

Don't be afraid to give this combination a try, you won't regret it!