My fridge has been overflowing with fresh cherries these past few weeks! I go a bit crazy in summer for all the delicious fruit and sometimes I can’t eat it fast enough! So you have to freeze some of the fruit so it doesn’t go to waste. This is also a good way to enjoy local fruit even in the winter! So I created a thick, creamy, and delicious Cherry Smoothie Bowl for you all to enjoy!
If you follow me on Instagram, you will perhaps have seen my food adventures when I was recently in France. The food was so delicious but also more on the heavy side. So I was actually really happy to get home and make a smoothie as well as enjoy my main staples. Smoothies were hard to come by over there, and I’m typically a smoothie a day kind of gal.
When I was in France, I tried some “normal” bread as I heard it is less hard on the digestive system. And I mean I was in France, how could I not try a baguette!? I definitely could enjoy some bread, but just noticed if I ate a lot of it, I still got bloated. So I ate it in moderation. When we were in the smaller towns, gluten-free eating was pretty tricky so I would indulge there. Back in Paris, there were a lot of gluten-free options, so it was pretty easy to accommodate there.
More to come about France, as I’m thinking of doing a post on some of the food I enjoyed there! I think it might be helpful if you are planning on travelling to Paris, or the Provence region, for me to give you a little guide for what I loved over there!
My desire for a smoothie inspired me along with cherry season to make this bowl. If you don’t know what to do with all your cherries you can de-pit and freeze them! Then you will have a lovely stock for winter and to make this delicious smoothie bowl! I usually top my smoothie bowls with homemade granola but you can also just buy granola to cut down on time. A great thing about smoothie bowls is that you can really top them with anything! Fruit, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, nut butter, coconut, spices, granola, really anything your heart desires!
I’ve been on a roll since France, with blending up smoothies left, right and centre. My Picky Husband probably thinks I’m a little too obsessed with smoothies but as the French say, ” c’est la vie.” So do what pleases YOU and makes you feel extra cheery, cool and satisfied- maybe that’s whipping up this smoothie bowl!
Cherry Smoothie Bowl
- 3 cups oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup nuts (I used walnuts)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp flax meal
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (plus 2 tablespoons)
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2-3 medjool dates (pits removed)
- 1 – 1 1/4 cups plantbased milk (I used oat milk, but coconut milk would be lovely too as it would make the smoothie bowl even more creamy)
- 1 tsp flax meal (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 300º F.
- Melt the coconut oil over medium-low heat, then remove from the stove and let cool.
- Combine all the dry ingredients of the granola together in a big bowl. Set aside.
- Combine the maple syrup and vanilla with the coconut oil and add to the bowl of oats, nuts etc. I found mixing with my hands was a good way to make sure it was thoroughly mixed together.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola onto the baking sheet. Super important if you want “chunky” granola, to pack it really tightly and press it down with the palms of your hands.
- Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, turning the tray at 20 minutes. It’s important NOT to flip the granola during the baking process. Check the granola after 30 minutes, as baking time may differ depending on the oven. Let cool for 10-20 minutes and then begin breaking the granola apart, making big chunks or little! Will make a whole sheet of granola.
- Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. Start with 1 cup of plant-based milk and then add 1/4 cup more if it isn’t blending, but you do want it to be on the thicker side!
- Pour the smoothie into 2 small bowls. Top with fresh fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, your nutty granola, nut butter, really whatever you want!
- Smoothie makes enough for 2.