4th of July Blueberry Smoothie Bowls

Aside from fireworks and parades, the 4th of July holiday mostly means food with good company. And a lot of it. Of course, there's the classics: coleslaw, pasta salads, corn on the cob, all things grilled, pound cake ... the list goes on. And while I love this stuff too (a good barbecue will forever have my heart), even summer holidays tend to lean towards heavier fare. Since I'm all about #balance, I try to anticipate these bigger meals by starting off the holiday light and bright with a breakfast "salad" (aka a smoothie bowl).

 4th of July Blueberry Smoothie Bowls | Vegan and gluten-free. | Loveleaf Co.

These festive 4th of July blueberry smoothie bowls are really simple to throw together. The frozen banana and soaked cashews make the smoothie extra creamy but keep it healthy. At Loveleaf, we're big cheerleaders for protein; adding some to your smoothie bowl is a sure way to keep you going strong all morning. Protein powder also thickens the smoothie bowl a bit, adding some density which is needed hold up all the toppings (!) like the strawberries and coconut flakes I use here.

 4th of July Blueberry Smoothie Bowls | Vegan and gluten-free. | Loveleaf Co.

4th of July Blueberry Smoothie Bowls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight or at least 1 hour
  • 1 cup almond milk, plus 1/4 cup if needed (protein powder can make the smoothie quite thick, so use your judgment).
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 serving vanilla or unflavored protein powder or collagen peptides
  • 2 dates, pitted (see notes)
  • pinch of salt
  • sliced strawberries and unsweetened coconut flakes, for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients except the strawberries and coconut flakes to a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk depending on desired consistency.
  2. Divide blueberry smoothie into two bowls. Top with strawberry slices and coconut flakes.