When I am in a hurry, smoothie bowls are the easiest things to make. However, I like getting in my protein and making sure they have a whole bunch of different nutrients in them. Since I had a super early breakfast today (6:30am to be exact) due to work, I wanted to eat right when I got off and not really wait for anything to roast in the oven or what not. Last night I saw on Instagram a delicious smoothie bowl with pumpkin AND sweet potato… from none other than one of my favorites, Alexis from Hummusapien. I love her blog because she keeps it super simple and all of her recipes look delicious even though they aren’t taken on some $1,000 DSLR. Proves you can have a food blog and not have fancy photography.
Anyways, back to the dish… the caption on her Instagram post said to use 1/2 a banana and 1/2 of a sweet potato but the other ingredients I just messed around with.
The recipe called for pumpkin pie spice but I don’t have that on hand but I did have some leftover pumpkin from when I made my autumn lentil soup this past weekend. That + sweet tater + banana = miracle. I have a slight obsession with sweet potatoes so putting them into a smoothie seemed genius to me. The recipe calls for a frozen banana (to make the ice cream bowl thick) so I was worried that the hot potato would ruin the consistency… I was somewhat right. If you make this, make sure the sweet potato is room temperature. Unless you want to add a ton of ice, which is what I did. It worked well, thankfully.
After adding a few cups of ice and blending with the tamper of my Vitamix, I had the consistency I was looking for and poof! Ice cream! Whenever I eat sweet potatoes if I don’t eat them with hummus, I usually slather some nut butter on them so I figured I’d put some on top of my ice cream when I remembered I made cookie dough bites yesterday… “Ice cream” + cookie dough bites = pumpkin cookie dough ice cream? Um.. yes! I topped my bowl with a few chunks (cut them up after I took the pictures) and was very, very pleased.
Must try. Of course it would be an excellent pre or post workout snack and if you did more bananas or sweet potato, it would be a decent lunch.
- ½ a steamed sweet potato
- ⅓ cup pure pumpkin
- 1 scoop SunWarrior Protein Powder - Vanilla
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup ice
- ¼ unsweetened almond milk (or more for your liking)
- 2-3 cookie dough bites, 1 tbsp almond butter and/or ½ tsp cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to blender besides ice
- Make sure the consistency is to your liking.. if too hard to mix, add more milk. If too smoothie-like, add ½ cup ice gradually.
- Pour into a large mug or small bowl.
- Top with cookie dough balls and/or a tablespoon of almond butter and ½ tsp cinnamon