Decadent and nourishing, this Chocolate Berries & Greens Smoothie Bowl is full of delicious and energizing, nutrient-packed ingredients! It’s naturally gluten-free, and dairy and refined sugar-free, too!
It all started in college. My first summer job was at a frozen custard shop in mid-west Florida. I was the resident smoothie-maker as well as custard server and (ew) hot dog maker. (Why hot dogs at a custard shop? No idea.) I pretty much lived off mango smoothies that summer.
My love for all things smoothie hasn’t diminished since then.
Why in a bowl?
You’ve probably noticed smoothies in bowls popping up around the health food section of the web these past couple years. And despite my thinking it was just a faze, there actually is a good reason for eating your smoothie with a spoon!
Did you know that your brain can tell the difference between eating (chewing) and drinking (not chewing)? Yep. And whether you chew or don’t chew your food affects how your body digests it, too!
Chewing your smoothie helps your brain tell your digestive system that you’re eating a meal instead of processing all the nutrients in your smoothie as if the were a drink. (Not that that’s always bad.)
All the chocolate breakfasts.
If chewing your breakfast tells your brain you’re having a meal, eating chocolate for that meal tells your brain… to make you happy? I dunno. But I love eating chocolate for breakfast anyway. 😉 And here are some of my favorites…
- Dark Chocolate Triple Berry Muffins
- Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Nut Butter Syrup
- Personal Pan Dark Chocolate Paleo Breakfast Brownie
- Chocolate Banana Crepes
- Chocolate Almond Butter Pumpkin Smoothie
Despite my love for chocolate, I’ve been on somewhat of a berry kick lately. Maybe it’s because it’s finally spring. Or maybe it’s because I found these huge bags of frozen berries at Costco. Yeah… that’s probably what it is. I made myself up a delicious batch of mixed berry chia seed jam, and then basically have been eating the rest in smoothies.
There’s more to this smoothie bowl than berries and chocolate, though. I also packed in a lot of green goodness into this bowl. Kale, spinach, zucchini, mint… These all add in even more nutrition!
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Chocolate Berries & Greens Smoothie Bowl
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 handful kale
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 zucchini, sliced
- 1 c. almond or coconut milk (I used my homemade coconut milk – so easy!)
- 1 T. fresh mint leaves (optional)
- 2 T. honey (or whatever sweetener you like)
- 2 T. cocoa powder
- 1/4 t. vanilla extract (try making your own!)
- 1 c. frozen berries (I used a mix of raspberries, mulberries, and blueberries)
- 1 T. shredded coconut (I usually get mine from Azure Standard)
- 1/2 T. chia seeds
- 1 T. dried elderberries
Place all ingredients in blender (I use my Blendtec) with the greens on the bottom and the frozen berries on top of everything.
Puree until smooth.
Pour into bowl and top with garnishes.