Remember when I posted my decadent chocolate smoothie bowl and probably turned a lot of you off because of the nutcase ingredient I included in the recipe? Well my friends, things haven’t changed.
There are times when you can have too much chocolate. I said it, and I’m being serious about it! Not like I’d ever forget and say that you could never have too much (Hello, Willy Wonka) in the future, but I’ve learned as a health and fitness blogger, there is always a need for variety. If I eat too much broccoli, I won’t be getting in the nutrients that another vegetable such as mushrooms, eggplant, sweet potatoes, tomatoes or anything else would provide. If I spend too much time on the spin bike, I get used to it and lose progress. That’s why I’ve been scheduling what flavors, meals and/or cuisines I’ll be enjoying every week so I can appreciate everything much more easily rather than be stuck on what to eat when the time comes and then forget about trying something that I’ve been looking forward to for the longest time.
This reminds me of a time when I was actually fairly close to an Ethiopian restaurant that I’ve been eyeing on Yelp, but I was so impatient and hangry that I drove to this vegan Thai restaurant instead. I absolutely love Thai food, but I do look back on that as a missed opportunity to possibly find a new favorite destination.
For today, I’ve brought a new variation of one of my favorite summer dishes–cauliflower smoothie bowls! If you haven’t read about my decadent chocolate smoothie bowl and you’re hearing about cauliflower smoothies for the first time, then you probably want to click out of this page right now because just the thought of cauliflower in a normally sweet drink makes your stomach churn. But just hear me out on this one! I’m serious when I say that if you find the right ingredients, you can definitely mask the taste of any vegetable. Cocoa and cacao powder as well as powdered peanut butter have been my major saviors for this cauliflower smoothie. Protein powders work fantastically as well!
Just like my chocolate cauliflower smoothie, this yields a mixture that is so creamy, thick and luscious with a texture similar to ice cream. But it’s important to practice a lot of patience with this recipe since you have to scrape down the sides frequently, taste as you go and add more water/PB2/sweetener depending on the flavors, the cauliflower has to blend very finely until everything comes together. It is a lot easier, however, if the cauliflower has been pre-riced.
Am I a total nutcase for loving vegetables in a smoothie? That may be so, but we all have a different palette. I’m sure you can think of a weird combination that is surprisingly pleasurable to you.
- 12 oz soft-boiled cauliflower (3-4 cups)
- 3-4 TBSP powdered peanut butter or 1 scoop peanut butter protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Sweetener to taste; I use around 2-3 tsp Stevia
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 4-5 TBSP water or any nondairy milk
- Opt: 1 frozen banana, cacao powder, turmeric, etc.
- Boil your cauliflower until it is extremely soft to the touch.
- Drain the cauliflower and freeze overnight or for a few hours until it is completely frozen.
- If needed, thaw the cauliflower until it is slightly soft. Do not microwave it as it will reheat some of the cauliflower and make it mushy.
- Blend all ingredients in a large food processor and scrape the edges down if needed.
Ever try adding variety into your life? What’s a weird combination you’ve been loving?