Succulent sweet cherries, rich dark chocolate and toasted crisp coconut flakes are a flavour combination made in heaven. This delicious Cherry Coconut Smoothie Bowl contains all of the above and is a perfect high protein breakfast. It’s a surprisingly quick, easy and filling first meal to start the day. Recently I’ve been obsessed with stoned fruit like cherries and plums, partly because they remind me of late summer but also because they are delicious low calorie fruits!
As I mentioned already and in my Cherry Bakewell Protein Oats recipe, cherries are a low calorie and nutrient dense fruit. They are a great source of fibre, antioxidants and vitamin & minerals. Frozen cherries are used along with frozen bananas in the base, to give the smoothie a sweet juicy flavour and thick texture. I also use a few fresh cherries to top the bowl as well. These can be substituted for more frozen cherries or any fruit of your choice. Frozen fruit are the main ingredient in a smoothie bowl. Not only are frozen fruit convenient, they are usually a lot cheaper and equally as nutritious as than fresh.
Coconut and dark chocolate pair beautifully with the cherries. Both ingredients provide a healthy sources of saturated fats to this Cherry Coconut Smoothie Bowl. Whilst both foods are quite calorically dense, you only need a little bit of each, because of their bold flavours. I like using dark chocolate with a high cocoa content as this generally mean it contains less sugar and more antioxidants. The coconut flake topping on this bowl, adds texture and a delicious nutty flavour. Whilst reduced fat coconut milk used in the base adds a hint of creamy coconut taste.
- 100g frozen bananas
- 125g frozen cherries
- 100g greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein
- 50ml reduced fat coconut or nut milk of choice
- toppings: dark chocolate, granola, cherries and coconut flakes
- 15g dark chocolate
- 5-7g coconut flake
- 15-30g granola
- a few cherries
- Blend frozen bananas, cherries, yoghurt, protein powder and nut milk until smooth and well combined
- Scoop blended smoothie mixture into a bowl and top with dark chocolate, granola, cherries and coconut flakes