Smoothie bowls: the indecisive’s answer to wanting a smoothie and wanting toppings too. A smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie with less liquid, so it has a thicker texture and supports the weight of aforementioned toppings. What I’m sharing today is my current smoothie bowl favourite: a salted caramel flavoured, vegan protein-packed creation.
Anyone who has eaten out with me on a few occasions knows that I am pretty indecisive. Luckily, now I follow a plant-based diet this isn’t that apparent that often since usually I’ll only have one, maybe two options on a regular menu! However… at vegan restaurants? At home? The struggle is real! The toppings on this protein smoothie bowl below pretty much demonstrate that.
What’s a protein smoothie bowl?
Simply, a smoothie that isn’t just bananas and mylk. I have nothing against those kind of smoothie bowls, but personally the tend to leave me hungry about 30 minutes later. Definitely in under an hour I’ll be looking for my next
fix snack. With a vegan protein smoothie bowl, on the other hand, I’m guaranteed to be full for at least two-three hours. Most folks will probably be full for longer but… I’m a snacker.
Where do you get your protein from?
As if there was another question that might come up! No, it’s a valid question I guess (I get it enough). In the case of this salted caramel smoothie bowl, it comes from several sources. I’ll list the top vegan protein sources for this recipe right here:
- 100g silken tofu, 6.9g
- 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3g
- 1 tbsp maca powder, 3g
- 2 tbsp vegan vanilla protein powder, 10g
Why maca powder?
I’ve mentioned including maca powder in recipes before with my Superpowered Cacao & Maca Oat Cookies, but I’ve included it more obviously in my salted caramel vegan protein smoothie bowl with a whole tablespoon. If you’re new to maca powder, maybe start with less and work your way up. It has a very distinctive taste, which can take some time to getting used to. Once you do, it’s kind of like salted caramel without the sweetness of the caramel (if that makes sense). That’s why I’ve paired with with salted caramel flavouring in this smoothie bowl recipe: they go together very well!
And why am I including maca powder in my diet at the moment? Well, supposedly it can help balance hormones – especially female ones.. Historically speaking, ancient cultures consumed it to boost fertility. It might help fight fatigue, anxiety and stress. All of these things sound good to me – especially hormones bit as mine are slightly out of wack right now.
If you want some more healthy, vegan protein-packed breakfast recipes you should try one of these next:
- Every day should be pancake day: Carrot Cake Protein Vegan Pancakes
- Dessert for breakfast: Apple Pie Sensation Protein Breakfast Smoothie
- Grab and go: Easy Vegan Protein Pumpkin Blondies
Salted Caramel Vegan Protein Smoothie Bowl
- 75 ml ¼ cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ block silken tofu ~100g
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tbsp vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp date nectar/maple syrup/sweetener of choice
- ⅔ banana ~60g, peeled
- ½ tsp salted caramel extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blitz until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl, top as desired, and eat with a spoon!
- Alternatively if you want to have this as a smoothie, add another ¼-½ cup liquid until your desired consistency.