The perfect pick-me-up in the mornings, this Date, Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie Bowl with Turmeric Mango Peanut Butter Smoothie is chock-full of flavour and all the great things that you ought to have in a healthy, wholesome breakfast! 🙂 You can make it in a glass (or bottle) as an on-the-go breakfast smoothie, or turn it into a nourishing and filling smoothie bowl with toppings and more added goodness, or freeze them in popsicle molds for a refreshing summer snack for kids and adults alike! Delicious Smoothies that can be enjoyed in 3 different ways!
There are A LOT of things I adore about breakfast in this post. If you guys are anything like Mr K and myself, then you simply cannot function during the day without a good breakfast. When I used to live on my own, I’d wake up early for a lazy but protein-laden breakfast made with whatever was on hand. But things are a little different now.
On a regular week day, my hubs and I hit the gym first thing in the morning (I do protest occasionally – I was never a morning person and that’s still the same), and as soon as we get back, it’s time for him to head off to work. So he prefers something quick and on-the-go for breakfast. I, on the other hand take a little bit longer to settle into my daily routine, while catching up on the blog, so I can afford to enjoy my breakfast a bit more leisurely. But we both want something formidable for breakfast, something with enough nutrition and protein to make it a meal, an actual post workout meal, not just something to tide us over until lunch.
And that’s where these smoothie bowls come into play! Smoothies, like this green tea almond strawberry smoothie, have been our breakfast of choice for a while now. And today I’m going to share with you guys a couple of neat little things that I use in my smoothies to make them absolutely wholesome, and chock-full of flavour!
Let’s talk about this smoothie and why it’s SO GOOD!
This peanut butter berry smoothie and mango peanut butter smoothie tick all the right boxes for our morning routine. They are so easy to put together, even my hubs could do it. This smoothie recipe has a thicker consistency than what you’d generally find out there, and that’s just my personal preference. Which is why it works just as easily as a smoothie bowl. If you guys prefer a thinner consistency for an on-the-go smoothie in a bottle, you can add a little more liquid in the way of orange juice or milk.
And my solution for summer snacks? Pour some of that delicious smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze them so that we have healthy, fruity, refreshing snacks through out the day. Perfect as an after-school snack for your kids, or an after-work snack for my husband. These vanilla and chocolate protein popsicles are also one of our favourites!
To keep things interesting and maintain some variety, I add a mix of the following things to make my smoothies.
- Yogurt (good quality greek yogurt like Oikos Triple Zero), or sometimes my own homemade frozen yogurt.
- Some protein (in the form of JIF peanut powder here plus the yogurt).
- Fruits or veggies (or both).
- Liquid (orange juice or another natural fruit juice or milk).
- Fiber (something like chia seeds or flax seeds).
- A sweetener (we forego refined sugar in our smoothies and use dates or ripened bananas instead).
And I often go for a combination of these things along with another layer for a layered smoothie like I did here with the mango peanut butter smoothie. And then you have all the little additions and toppings that go into this peanut butter berry smoothie bowl like chopped nuts for a crunchy texture and the extra protein and healthy fats. It’s double the flavour, and those colours are the perfect pick-me-up in the morning!
DATES are actually one of my secret ingredients. Instead of adding the usual suspects like frozen banana or agave syrup or other artificial sweeteners, I use dates and I LOVE it. Not only does it act as a sweetener in this peanut butter berry smoothie, it also adds this brilliant smoky, deep flavour that no other sweetener that I’ve tried could match.
And since you only add about 4-5 dates per serving or per person (that’s about the right amount for me), it’s a good balance of sweetness with the added benefit of fiber.
I coupled this with another layer of mango peanut butter smoothie that has another one of my secret ingredients – TURMERIC! Yup, that’s right. Turmeric enhances the colour of the mango layer, but more importantly it adds another dimension of smoky flavour, deepening the fresh, tangy sweetness of mango. Turmeric also has medicinal properties, so that’s a plus too (check out this homemade turmeric pasta to see that pop of colour it can introduce to your food!).
No matter what additions or topping we use, we always keep coming back to the peanut butter berry smoothie with dates. It’s just impossible to get enough of those incredible flavours!
Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie Bowl with Mango Peanut Butter Smoothie
Date, Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie (1 serving)
- 1 cup of mixed berries frozen or fresh
- ⅓ cup Oikos Tripple Zero Greek Yogurt
- 3 tbsp JIF Peanut Powder
- 4 -5 dates
- ¼ cup orange juice more if you prefer a thinner consistency for your smoothie
- 1 heaping tbsp of chia seeds
Turmeric Mango Smoothie (1 serving)
- 1 cup cut up mango fresh or frozen
- ⅓ cup Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt
- 2 tbsp JIF Peanut Powder
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ cup orange juice more orange juice if you prefer a thinner consistency
- ¼ tsp heaped turmeric powder
- 1 heaping tbsp of chia seeds I left this out for the smoothie popsicles
- Fresh berries
- Chia seeds
- Sliced almonds
- Your choice of other fruits rock melon, mango, Kiwi fruit, banana
To make the smoothies
- Place all the ingredients (for either smoothie, separately) in a blender, and blend until smooth.
- Add extra liquid (orange juice or milk or water) if you like a thinner consistency. I prefer super thick smoothies.
Layered smoothie on-the-go (enough for 2 people)
- Pour each of the smoothie into a glass or bottle.
Smoothie popsicles (makes about 8, 3 oz popsicles)
- Prepare your popsicle molds.
- Pour the mango peanut butter smoothie to fill each mold half way up.
- Then pour the peanut butter berry smoothie on top (carefully). Since the smoothie layers are thick, the layers will remain separated.
- Freeze for a few hours until completely set.
- Pour the two smoothies into a bowl (I pour them both into the bowl at the same time so that I get two halves as seen in the photos).
- Add your choice of toppings and enjoy.
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So there you have it. It’s as simple as blend everything together, pour, and drink. Go ahead and customize your breakfast smoothie any way you like and make it your own! Think of this as more of a guide. But do give these flavour combinations a try sometime. 🙂 I guarantee you’d love it. And I highly recommend using dates as a sweetener too!
I would LOVE to know what your favourite #MySmoothie is? What are your go to smoothie flavours?
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