Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl

In this smoothie bowl, the sweet flavour of the pear and dates balances out the savoury taste of the vegetables.
January 06, 2017

Instructions

Toast raw (greenish) buckwheat in a dry frying pan (skillet) on a medium heat for approximately 5 minutes or until golden. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding a drizzle of pure maple syrup to the pan. You can also purchase sprouted and dehydrated crunchy buckwheat in health food stores.

Roughly chop the pear and add it to a blender along with the flesh of the avocado and the rest of the ingredients. Blend on a high speed until completely smooth.

Taste and adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your liking by adding more dates or ginger if necessary, as well as more spirulina if you prefer. Pour into two small bowls or a large one (as featured in the photo). Finish with a sprinkling of the nuts, buckwheat, coconut and seeds, as well as the fruit and flowers, and serve.

About this recipe

"Frozen vegetables are not exactly the chicest of ingredients as much of their texture is lost when they are thawed. But they are perfect in smoothies as they are often cheaper, available all year round and make them thicker than fresh vegetables do. In this smoothie bowl, the sweet flavour of the pear and dates balances out the savoury taste of the vegetables just beautifully. The avocado adds creaminess, while the ginger, lime and coconut water provide a fresh twist. I add algae or grass powders to my bowl as they provide extra nutrients and have a stunning deep green colour. Beware, though, as they can become overpowering in flavour. Start with just 1/2 teaspoon and then add more if you prefer." -- Recipe from Green Kitchen Smoothies by David Frenkiel and Luise Vendahl.

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Ingredients

For the Smoothie
  • 1 medium-sized ripe pear, seeds removed
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, stone removed
  • 50 g (2 oz or 1/2 cup) frozen broccoli florets
  • 50 g (2 oz or 1/2 cup) frozen organic spinach
  • 2–4 soft dates, pitted
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon spirulina powder (or chlorella, wheatgrass or barley grass)
  • 250 ml (8 1/2 fl oz or 1 cup) coconut water (or milk of choice)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
For the topping
  • pistachio nuts, finely chopped
  • toasted raw buckwheat
  • desiccated coconut
  • hemp seeds or bee pollen
  • green kiwi fruit, finely chopped
  • passion fruit or golden kiwi fruit, pulp (mashed)
  • edible flowers, optional
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