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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao and Maple Granola

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao and Maple Granola

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Cacao and Maple Granola 

Dig into a nourishing and delicious smoothie bowl that’s perfect for summertime. This vegan dish features a classic combination: chocolate and cherries. Crunchy cacao nibs punctuate each smooth and cool bite. Juicy and sweet cherries are the star of the show appearing both in your bowl and on top! A homemade Maple Granola adds a fiber-full and protein-packed punch that will keep you full all morning long.

Ingredients

Smoothie Bowl

1 large banana

1 cup frozen cherries

2 tbsp cacao nibs

½ cup coconut milk


Maple granola

½ cup rolled oats

2 tbsp whole wheat flour

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ cup slivered almonds

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt


Optional Toppings

½ cup fresh or frozen cherries, pitted

Or fruit of choice


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven 350 Fahrenheit and prepare the granola. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, whole wheat flour, pecans, almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
    1. Note: melt coconut oil beforehand if necessary.
  2. Spread the granola on a baking sheet lined with parchment into an even layer and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the granola is toasted all of the way through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before breaking into large chunks.
  3. Prepare the smoothie. Add the banana, cherries, cacao nibs, and coconut milk to a high powered blender. Blend on high until smooth, using a rubber spatula to incorporate the mix-ins as needed.
  4. Portion the smoothie into two bowls. Top with granola and fresh or frozen cherries or fruit of choice.
    1. Note: halve the smoothie recipe for a single serving, and store the maple granola for next time if desired!

 

 

 

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