We’re all told we should be eating more vegetables – but how many portions of vegetables do you usually eat for breakfast? For me, with my love of a sweet brekkie, the answer is generally none. As much as I love things like fry-ups and scrambles – I definitely prefer them as a brunch option and instead get my healthy breakfast fix with overnight oats, smoothie bowls and porridge. These are always packed with antioxidant-rich fruits and healthy fats – but could they work with veggies too?
I wasn’t really keen on the idea of a savoury smoothie bowl (how would that work – like a cold thick soup???) so I decided to use a naturally sweet veggie – sweet potato – and one whose flavour could be easily disguised – cauliflower. I swirled in just a little fruity sweetness in the form of a frozen banana – and the rest came from superfood powders lucuma and maca, and vanilla – no need for any sugar or sweeteners! I rounded out the flavour with cashew butter and flaxseed for extra nutritional goodness and tastiness.
The result was incredible – a thick and smooth bowl of goodness which reminded me of pumpkin pie and caramel – and that just can’t be a bad way to start the day!
NB: If you are concerned about calories, you could try reducing the amount of cashew butter in the bowl – but the result might not be so caramel-ly. I figure I would usually put a good blob of cashew or almond butter on top anyway, so in this case I am just choosing to incorporate it instead! 🙂
- 1 large sweet potato, cooked, peeled and mashed (I bake mine for extra sweetness!)
- ⅓ cup/90g cashew butter
- 1 cup/250ml almond milk
- 1 Tbsp maca powder
- 1 Tbsp lucuma powder
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or seeds from one pod)
- 1 cup/100g frozen cauliflower
- 1 large banana, cut into chunks and frozen
- Mix the sweet potato mash and cashew butter until completely combined (be careful not to taste this mixture or you may be tempted to snarfle the lot!).
- Put this mixture – along with all the other ingredients except the cauliflower and banana – in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Gradually add the cauliflower and banana, keeping blending until completely incorporated. Add a little milk if your blender is not powerful enough to cope with the thick mixture.
- Divide between two bowls and add toppings – fresh and dried fruits, homemade granola, nuts, seeds and cacao nibs all work great.