[donotprint] Cherries, chocolate and banana…my new favourite breakfast combination! I don’t think I will ever tire of cherries, they are just simply irresistible. Without fail when I open a punnet I inevitably eat my way through a few before taking a breath and step back and firmly reminding myself that the reason I bought them is because I have delicious plans for them!
Of course there is nothing better than fresh cherries, but blending up a whole heap of them seemed somewhat of a waste…maybe waste is the wrong word, but I couldn’t bring myself to blend a whole punnet having spent so much on them…though I simply had to whip up a smoothie using the core ingredients that went in to Saturday’s amazing overnight oats parfait.
When making a smoothie I find using a mixture of fresh and frozen fruit works best and luckily enough I had a half a can of pitted cherries sitting in freezer along with some diced banana. Fresh and frozen cherries, frozen banana, a little instant coffee and plenty of almond milk…all my smoothie needed was some more sustenance if it was going to keep me going through the morning.
In went hazelnuts and a tablespoon of flax seeds…and little maple syrup for a some extra sweetness. I’d usually opt for agave syrup to bring sweetness to my breakfasts but having read this article during the week, shared by Sonia, maple syrup is now top of my list.
I knew the likes of aspartame and table sugar were to be avoided but I was completely ill informed when it came to agave…
“ Even though it doesn’t cause a big blood sugar spike the way regular table sugar does, agave’s high fructose levels go directly to the liver, where the organ repackages it as blood fats called triglycerides, increasing heart disease risk.”… Read the rest here.
On the other hand maple syrup gets two thumbs up!
“It’s lower in calories and packed with more minerals than honey, and may even ward off cancer and heart disease.” Read more…
Anyway back to my smoothie, I topped the chilled coffee bowl of thick creamy smoothie goodness with some reserved fresh cherries, tart dried cherries, dried chewy banana and some chopped hazelnuts. I’m really loving this whole smoothie bowl thing, it makes for much easier consumption….though I think it also means my smoothies are disappearing faster than ever before.
The flavour of each component came through beautifully, coffee, cherries, banana, not one of them outshone the other which made for a delicious highly seductive smoothie that almost didn’t make it to work with me. The taste test at the kitchen counter came close to speed smoothie spooning before I raced out the door!
I was a glad I waited as the toppings really made it special. If you wanted to get true “coffee fix” you could of course add a little more to the mix but seen as I’m more of a hot water and lemon girl the flavour was all I was after. Deeeeeeeeeee….li..cious! [/donotprint]
Cherry Banana Coffee Smoothie Bowl
Servings – 1
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 250ml (1 cup) almond milk
- 1 small frozen banana
- 10 frozen cherries
- 5 fresh cherries
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
- 2 tsp instant coffee
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tbsp dried cherries
- 4-5 pieces dried chewy banana
- 1/2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
- 2 fresh cherries
- Blend together all smoothie ingredient’s until perfectly smooth.
- Serve in a bowl with toppings strewn over the surface. Stir threw before delving in!