Banana Chai Smoothie Bowl with Almonds + Blueberries

Nothing is better on a warm summer morning than a smoothie bowl! Blend up this perfect combination of chai spice, bananas and vanilla then top with sweet + crunch fixings for the most perfect way to start the day!

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Smoothie bowls - are they something that you are familiar with? They are one of those things that seem to be popping up everywhere and are almost always picture perfect!

Now for me, these bowls became a big part of my life when my parents opened an Acai Smoothie Bowl Food Truck. We taste-tested many many variations until they came up with the perfect combination for the smoothie base and topping combinations! Needless to say, even when we are not in taste testing mode I still tend to eat a smoothie bowl or two when I visit them.

So after my visit last week I knew that I needed to make a bowl of my own. Now, of course, I can't give away their secret recipe so I have gone in a completely different direction and do a straight banana base rather than berries and Acai.

For me, the flavours that go particularity well with banana are warm spices - aka cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg or…. Chai Spice! If you're going to use warm spices in your base the toppings you choose need to complement and not compete. Blueberries, almonds, coconut, almond butter and the perfect options as all of those flavours are mellow enough to not overpower the chai but rather enhance it perfectly.

So whip up your own Insta-worthy bowl tomorrow morning, though consider this a warning, your friends may all be requesting their own bowls once they see your creation!

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prep time 10 minutes

blend time 5

total time 15 minutes

servings 1 - 2

Ingredients

2 large or 3 medium frozen bananas

1 1/2 tsp chai spice

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 coconut milk

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup granola

1/2 cup blueberries

4 tbsp almonds shavings

4 tbsp almond butter

drizzle of honey (optional)

Instructions

In your vitamix or high powered blender combine frozen bananas, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut milk. Blend until smooth and no chunks remain.

Divide blended banana between 2 bowls and top with granola, blueberries, almond shavings and almond butter. Drizzle with honey for added sweetness.

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Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars

Do you love Nutri-Grain Bars but you don’t love all the sugar? These bars have no refined sugar and are full of all of the good things you actually want to be eating!

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I have actually wanted to make nutri-grain bars for years now but I think I was a little bit afraid. Not going to lie, they seemed a little complicated and I just didn’t want to tackle them. Regular granola bars just always seemed easier and since I make them so often I always know they will turn out

So let me tell you when I finally attempted these a bit ago I was so pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to put together. The best part is that you don’t even need to try to figure out how to seal the bottom. Since you quickly throw them in the freezer before you bake them they actually just stay together and all your filling doesn’t spill out the bottom.

Now I also made my own jam for the centre which is really the best way to control your levels of sugar, but if you don’t want to bother making your own you can certainly use your favourite jam or preserve. But one thing I will say, making chia seed jam is SUPER easy and well worth the extra effort.

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prep time 20 minutes

cook time 20 minutes

total time 40 minutes

servings 8 bars

Ingredients

1 cup flour

1 cup oats

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp flax seeds

1/4 cup cold butter

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

4 tbsp honey

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, cinnamon, salt + flax seeds. In a small bowl combine egg, vanilla and honey.

Using a cheese grater grate butter into your dry ingredients then toss so that butter is coated in the flour. Add in your wet ingredients and stir until combined and you can form into a ball.

On a floured surface roll out your dough into a rectangle that is 16 inches wide by 8 inches high. Cut your dough into 4-inch squares then place 1 tbsp of the jam in the centre of the square in a rectangular shape. Fold one side up to the centre of the bar and seal your top and bottom edges then repeat with the other side. Place them seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue until all bars are completed.

Place your bars in the freezer for 10 minutes then bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Store in a sealed bag for 3 days or place in your freezer.

Chia Seed Jam

2 cups frozen raspberries

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 tbsp vanilla

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp lime juice

In a food processor combine all ingredients and blend until fully combined. Refrigerate a minimum of 4 to allow it to come together. Store in your fridge up to 1 week.

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