Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Bowl with Maple Buckwheat Clusters (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
These smoothie bowls are packed with good-for-you ingredients, but you’d never know it! You can drink the smoothie in a glass, or serve it in a bowl with a spoon (yes, please!). The sweet, salty and crunchy maple buckwheat clusters are the perfect counterpoint to the creamy smoothie but are optional (see below for the recipe). Feel free to use granola or chopped toasted nuts instead. To freeze bananas, peel them then store them in an airtight container (or ziptop bag) in the freezer.
Servings: 2 people
- 1 cup unsweetened nut or seed milk (such as almond or hemp milk), or any milk you like
- 1 frozen banana, broken into thirds
- 1½ cups frozen wild blueberries
- 2 cups tightly packed baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil or nut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- Maple Buckwheat Clusters, recipe below (optional)
In a blender or Vitamix add the nut or seed milk, followed by the remaining ingredients. Blend on high, stopping and scraping the mixture towards the blades, or using the tamper to stir if you have a Vitamix. Divide the smoothie into bowls and sprinkle with Maple Buckwheat Clusters, if using. Serve immediately.
- I use my Vitamix to whip up this thick smoothie bowl, but any blender will work. If the smoothie is too thick to circulate around the blade (in a regular blender), scrape the sides often and add more milk as needed (it might be too thin to eat with a spoon, but it will still be delicious!). If using a Vitamix, use the tamper to stir as you blend.
- You can use any milk you like! I go for unsweetened almond milk.
- The frozen banana is essential for the smoothie's thick texture. If you use a fresh banana the smoothie will be much thinner (the same goes for the blueberries!).
- If you'd like, swap out 1/2 cup of the frozen wild blueberries for 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries.
- Adding virgin coconut oil or nut butter provides healthy fats, helping your body metabolize the fat-soluble vitamins in the spinach.
- Chia and hemp seeds give the smoothie a protein and fiber boost (feel free to add just one or both).
- The maple buckwheat clusters provide a delicious salty-sweet crunch to the smoothie bowl but are optional. You can use granola or chopped toasted nuts instead.