This week is dedicated to breakfast! And particularly in the breakfast that makes your day, the one that makes you smile over the bowl, the one that you want more you eat! Not only because of its delicious taste but alsobecause of its colors and aromas. The truth is that most of us have a gloom this time of year, either because the holidays are over and we return to the hectic everyday life, either because school is starting, either because summer is over (I am a winter girl, I am not depressed about that! J ). Let’s make our day a bit more beautiful with simple everyday changes.
Smoothie bowls, probably you’ve seen photos all over the social networks and especially instagram, is one of the recent trend among bloggers and foodies globally. Smoothie bowls are what they sound like, but they’re better; they stand out for their elaborate decoration and the variety of colors and ingredients. You will find them decorated with various seeds and superfoods, nuts, granola, fresh and exotic fruits, edible flowers, etc. Their philosophy is a satisfying smoothie to keep you full for hours, with all the nutrients of a balanced breakfast.
This vegan roasted fig smoothie bowl is somewhat simplified and does not contain too many ingredients. Most of you who are involved in healthy diet, you will already have them in your kitchen. Besides, this is the kind of breakfast that easily adapts to the tastes and needs of everyone and with ingredients that are already in your pantry.
Almond milk has few calories, is rich in vitamin E, and covers 30% of the daily amount of calcium that our body needs. 240 ml almond milk contain about 30-40 calories, 2.5-3 g. fat, 1g. protein, 1 g. fiber, many vitamins and minerals.It is higher in sodium, though, compared to cow’s milk or other kind. It contains unsaturated fats that help reduce the risk of heart disease. Almond milk does not contain saturated fat, cholesterol and lactose. It is gentle on the stomach and easily digestible. Note that almond milk does not maintain all nutrients of whole almonds.
Roasting the figs is not necessary to make this smoothie bowl, but figs are so sweet and nice in this way, it is like they dived in syrup. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip it and use raw figs, or use raw figs for smoothie and grilled figs for garnish. As toppings I used pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cacao nibs and roasted fig. Other possible toppings are:
• other fresh fruits of your choice
• rolled oats
• homemade granola
• sunflower seeds
• chia seeds
• nuts of your choice
- • 1 ½ cup almond milk *
- • 3 figs
- • 1 ½ banana
- • 1 tbsp maple syrup **
- • ½ - 1 tsp cinnamon
- • 1/3 cup rolled oats
- • 1 tbsp crushed or ground flaxseed
- • roasted figs
- • cocoa nibs
- • flaxseed
- • pumpkin seeds
- Preheat oven to 180o C / 350o F. Cut the figs into quarters and bake them for 15 minutes until they’ re red and syrupy. Leave to cool.
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust milk, maple syrup or cinnamon, if desired.
- Garnish with you’re a variety ot toppings of your choice and enjoy!
- * Or other milk of your choice
- ** Or honey