I look forward to my smoothie bowls in the mornings, which is usually about 3 or 4 times a week.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a deliciously thick smoothie bowl with some heart-shaped chocolate fudge protein bites would be a fun idea for that special someone…or make one for yourself!
In my opinion the thicker the smoothie bowl the better! Frozen mangos and pears are the two main fruits I use for a couple of reasons, they are healthy and fiber-rich plus have somewhat neutral flavors.
Did you know frozen pears could be substituted for bananas in smoothies?
When I had to eliminate bananas from my diet, I was bummed! Bananas were my “go-to” for low-fat baking, thickening my smoothie bowls, making frozen banana soft-serve, frozen chocolate-dipped banana bites, and quite frankly…so much more.
These are the magic ingredients that make thick, delicious smoothie bowls:
~ ground flaxseed
~ frozen fruits like pears, bananas (if you can have them), mangos, berries, and cherries.
Can I Use Other Flavors Of Protein Powders For This Recipe?
Sure, experiment and see what you like. The results will vary.
Vanilla protein powder will result in a “fruity” flavored smoothie bowl without that hint of chocolate that I really like.
To Make A Mango-Pear Chocolate Smoothie Bowl You Will Need These Ingredients:
chocolate protein powder ~ I prefer Orgain Organic Chocolate Based Protein Powder
old-fashioned oats – gluten-free if needed, I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free, Old-Fashioned Oats.
ground flax seeds
non-dairy milk substitute
a date – I prefer Medjool dates and please make sure you remove the pit.
frozen: mango, pear, Asian pear, and blueberries (optional banana)
Shredded unsweetened coconut
Mini chocolate chips
Chopped nuts ~ nut-free use appropriate seeds
Granola ~ check labels for gluten and food allergies
Crushed Chocolate Chex Cereal ~ trust me it’s good
Dried fruit – cut in small pieces if needed
These are the brands I prefer and use in my recipes:
Mango-Pear Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
- Vitamix or heavy-duty blender
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds ~I use 2 tbsps
- 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/4-1/3 cup non-dairy milk substitute
- 1 date cut in pieces - I prefer Medjool dates and please make sure you remove the pit.
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mangos
- 1 frozen pear cut and seed before freezing
- 1/2 frozen banana ~ peel the banana before freezing, or substitute with 1 frozen Asian pear
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries do not add to Vitamix ~ stir in later
- I add the ingredients to my Vitamix in the order listed. (You might want some earplugs at this point).
- Start the Vitamix on low then immediately turn to high and use the tamper tool to continue pushing the fruit down until the mixture is completely combined and ingredients are smooth like soft-serve ice cream. It takes a few minutes to get things mixing so be patient.
- You will need to stop once maybe twice during the blending to scrape the sides of the Vitamix and stir things a little.
- When everything is blended nicely or to your preference, scoop smoothie into a bowl (plastic-type bowls will keep your smoothie bowl frozen longer)
- ** This is optional but I always do it ~ stir in frozen blueberries. This will keep the smoothie cold and thick longer.
- Add some toppings and enjoy all that healthy, delicious fruit!
~ Mini chocolate chips
~ Chopped nuts ~ nut-free use appropriate seeds
~ Granola ~ check labels for gluten and food allergies
~ Crushed Chocolate Chex Cereal ~ trust me it’s good
~ Hemp Seeds
~ Chia Seeds
~ Dried fruit - cut in small pieces if needed