Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

January 27, 2016

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I’m living in an “extra scoop” world at the moment. “Add some more to my plate, please!”… “Is that all the pasta you’re cooking?”…”That looks great, sweetie, but where are your potatoes?”. It seems like Ben and I are constantly feeding my ravenous appetite and I’m constantly eating his leftovers. As I’ve said before, breastfeeding has left me hungry.

After what feels like a long time, I’m having fun in the kitchen. The 11th of January marked one year since I found out I was pregnant, and one year and one week since eating became a chore. But now, food suddenly tastes glorious and I want more! I want to cook and bake and simmer, I want to create and share and eat. And I want to write about it. So here we go. Today I have a morning meal for you, one of my recent favourites. It’s not particularly different from other recipes I’ve posted but that’s because I don’t look at this blog as a way of being creative for you, as selfish and blunt as that sounds. It’s my space to share what’s happening in my life, to document my eats and my world. And lately it’s been all about bananas, nuts, dates and coconut oil. If you are inspired by this recipe, or if it triggers your own kitchen creativity, then that makes me happy. I’d also be happy for you to let me know your favourite smoothie combinations and send some inspiration my way! Simple, unpretentious sharing…that’s what’s going on. I also think I may write up my everyday eats, what I tend to post on instagram, salads and what not, and throw them into a little recipe book you could purchase here. That might happen… but for now, here is a smoothie bowl.

Alternating between sourdough toast with avocado/nut butter and my cacao and oat thickshake, this smoothie bowl has been keeping me satisfied with its generous serves of fat and other good things. It’s an extra scoop kind of smoothie. If you’re not in the habit of cleaning your plate clean despite already generous serves, if your family doesn’t call you a weirdo for eating little cups of nut butter + coconut oil + coconut + sea salt at night while re-watching BBC Pride and Prejudice, then feel free to cut the quantities as you wish. Just follow your hunger cues and taste preferences.

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Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients
1 large frozen banana
1 heaped tablespoon natural peanut butter (alternative: almond butter, or any other nut butter)
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (optional, I just adore the flavour of coconut oil)
2 Medjool dates
1/4 cup rolled oats (alternative: almond meal)
1/2 cup milk
1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt (this adds a nice tang to the mix and balances the sweet ingredients)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (alternative: LSA)

Toppings: caramelised buckinis and pepitas, as above, or any other granola-like goods you wish

Method
1. Add the banana, nut butter, coconut oil, dates (pitted!), oats, milk and chia seeds to a blender. Blitz until smooth.
2. Taste and adjust as necessary – want it thinner? Add more milk. Want it thicker? Add more oats/banana. Want it less calorie dense? Add less coconut oil/nut butter. Blitz again.
3. Pour it into a bowl, add toppings if you wish and eat.

Heidi xo

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  • Kate @mindfoodly January 27, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Oooo this sounds to good to be true! And I have just made up a batch of your Christmas muesli which I feel would go great on it 🙂

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:49 am

      oh yay!x

  • Noam January 28, 2016 at 1:13 am

    i just wanted to say i have been following your journey for about a year now and you always seem to shine light around you. i have an eight months old baby girl wish i could invite you and baby Joan over for coffee & play but im afraid london might be a bit far from you… and about those smoothies ive been obsessed with chocolate ones. i make a banana + avocado base with water or nut mylk + some greens, a date, chia, coconut oil/ almond butter, hemp and good quality cacao powder. and my baby LOVES it too!
    xxx Noam

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Noam that is the loveliest comment, thank you so much. Oh, I’d love to come to London for a coffee and play. If only 🙂 Your smoothie sounds divine, I will copy it soon! Thank you x

      • Noam January 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm

        (: You are welcome any time!
        (….I forgot to mention about that smoothie that its also really yummy to add a knob of fresh ginger sometimes. if i want a deferent twist)

  • Kerrie January 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    A Heidi Apples recipe book sounds just delightful! Mark me down for one of those please

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Kerrie 🙂 x

  • laurasmess January 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I am so glad that you’re finding your cooking mojo again lovely. I imagine that it must be so difficult, trying to balance little Joan’s needs with everything else (keeping house and family together, shopping, never mind actually cooking!) but it’s so encouraging to see that life is finding its natural equilibrium again. I agree with everyone else in saying that a little book of Heidi’s eats would be a welcome addition to our collections. I love your vivid narratives, your ethos, your balanced and gentle approach to life and nourishing oneself. Oh, and this smoothie sounds like absolute bliss xxx

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

      You are ever lovely and supportive, my dear. Thank you x

  • Ali January 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I’m also experiencing breast-feeding hunger pangs, and bananas, almonds and dates are my go-to breakfast (though I usually just eat them as they are). Still, it’s nice to do a few extra steps and mix it up a bit. I made this smoothie this morning and it kept me full all morning. Thanks for the tip 😊

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

      That’s awesome, Ali, thanks for letting me know! x

  • Mardi Cuthbert January 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    A recipe book sounds wonderful Heide!
    My current combination is 1/2 banana, a few handfuls of spinach, lots of cinnamon, some honey, ice, and almond/coconut milk 🙂

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

      ooooo delicious, Mardi! Thank you x

  • Sian Therese January 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I’m mad for cocoa, almond butter and banana at present. Blueberry and nectarine was a pleasing discovery during the week.
    It must be so lovely to have your appetite and cooking mojo back! A book of your everyday eats sounds amazing – the way you embrace food and life is truly inspiring.

    • Heidi January 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Sian that’s so sweet, thank you! Delicious sounding combinations there x

  • holly January 31, 2016 at 11:42 am

    hello darling girl(s)!
    i love your blog philosophy, and thats why i am still an avoid reader after all this time.
    can’t wait to meet the bayyybeee!
    xo

  • Elisa March 31, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This smoothie + reading your blog while my 8 month old sleeps (which is rare at the moment due to her first tooth this week!) = absolute bliss! I can’t wait to make it again in the morning… Thank you Heidi 🙂

    Also a recipe book would be so wonderful!