This bowl combines some of my very favorite flavors and textures. The base is similar to some of my other smoothies with a combination of avocado and banana providing creaminess. The fruit in this smoothie is tart, red cherries which provide a relief in muscle soreness and inflammation so its a great workout recovery bowl. I absolutely love cherry and almond. Usually this comes into play in pastries, but I decided to channel that into something indulgent, yet clean and super easy!
For toppings I used Natural Grocers chocolate sea salt probiotic granola which I brought home from Colorado this weekend! I also brought back some of their almond butter which somehow has the consistency of cookie dough. A little sprinkle of coconut flakes and now the gangs all here: coconut, almond, chocolate + cherry, swooooon. When I don't have granola in the house (its kind of a treat- I try to make my own crunchy blends of toppings with less sugar- I use cacao nibs and walnuts which would also be delish here!).
1 cup nut milk (I use my cashew milk- soak cashews 1-2 hrs+, blend with water, cinnamon + vanilla)
3/4 cup pitted cherries
1/4 frozen avocado (fresh is fine- I just freeze mind to make the smoothie thicker)
1/2 frozen banana (same as above- fresh is fine, frozen creamier)
1/4 tsp almond extract
Optional: protein powder (I like rice or hemp protein)
Optional: Toppings- I used chocolate sea salt probiotic granola, raw coconut flakes and almond butter (a raw alternative for the granola would be raw walnuts and cacao nibs)
Blend all ingredients except the toppings in a high speed blender. Scoop into a bowl and add desired toppings.