Sick of sticking a straw in it? A handful of creative food bloggers have found a way to get their fiber, vitamins and proteins without pulverizing to pieces the fruit that makes breakfast so yummy. The trick? Blend yogurt or milk and ice just like you would a smoothie, but omit some of the fruit and stop just short of drinkable. You'll end up with a bowl of what Domesticate Me blogger Serena Wolf compares to soft serve, then top with fruits, nuts and grains.
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Not into dairy? No problem—Almond milk serves as the basis for this breakfast. "This smoothie bowl makes an unbelievably festive and satisfying breakfast or lunch, and you can easily half the recipe for a light, energizing snack," says Wolf. "If you want to amp up the protein, just add a scoop of vegan protein powder or a couple tablespoons of almond or peanut butter into the mix.
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Five minutes to breakfast? Sign us up! Roasted butternut squash, almond milk, banana and dates make up this smoothie bowl, which is "packed with superfood nutrition and will keep you full for hours," says Dishing Up The Dirt's Andrea Bemis. "I love the addition of the molasses for its flavor and extra iron boost. Who knew butternut and molasses were a match made in heaven?"
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When With Food and Love's Sherrie Castellano found herself drinking the same smoothie each morning, she decided to mix things up and try her hand at a smoothie bowl. Her six-ingredient breakfast suits vegans since it's made with almond milk, as well as those with a sweet tooth thanks to a healthy serving of mango and banana.
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Need a little more encouragement to ditch your straw for a spoon? This smoothie bowl is "like eating an ice cream sundae for breakfast, with all the extra health benefits of the nutritional shake and added superfoods," says My Darling Vegan's Sarah McMinn. Even better? Toppings like granola and cacao nibs.
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"I love scooping up a bite of smoothie with a little crunchy granola and a little bit of fresh fruit.," says Keepin It Kind's Kristy Turner. "It makes the smoothie seem like more of a solid meal to me—one that keeps me energized for hours!" The (small) problem here? This smoothie bowl, made of a mango/pineapple puree, and topped with an assortment of tropical fruit, may be too pretty to eat!
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Bananas, strawberries, almond milk and hemp protein make the basis of this smoothie bowl. But A Cozy Kitchen's Adrianna Adarme doesn't stop there. "I always add only a handful of coconut and almonds at the beginning but always end up adding more," she says. "The mix-ins are really what makes this better than your typical-in-the-glass-smoothie."
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On her blog, Will Frolic For Food, Renee Shuman calls this smoothie bowl "ice cream in one of its best incarnations: ice cream soup." That's thanks to a deceptively simple recipe, including bananas and blueberries, chai seeds and tahini.
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Jasmine Lukuku, a.k.a. The Blenderist, likes to mix up her toppings, and created a simple smoothie bowl base of strawberries, banana and Greek yogurt that can accommodate all sort of fruits and nuts a top it, including coconut, cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts.
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Thyme and Tamarind blogger Dala Bills turned to smoothie bowls when her son refused eggs for breakfast, and her tropical version was born. She uses assorted tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, banana), coconut water Greek yogurt and shredded coconut. Topping it off? A generous drizzle of honey.
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Half Baked Harvest blogger Tieghan Gerard says these bowls "are so easy. Easy as in throw everything into a bowl the night before, blend the next morning and you'll have breakfast ready to go in minutes." The topper? Crunchy Black Sesame Quinoa. "It's sort of like granola, but a little less caloric per cup, and crazy crunchy and delicious."