Everyday plant based breakfasts made easy

I’ve been vegetarian for 5 ish years now and mostly vegan for around 3. It wasn’t a thing I decided to do for no reason or purely for animal welfare. It was part of a wellness journey, a journey which was necessary.

No one really challenged my change in lifestyle or food choices which was great. That is, until the birth of my son, Dylan. I like to believe that these challenges came from a good place, like concern that my son was getting vital nutrients for his growth and development … so it became very important to me that we weren’t just avoiding certain foods, but that those foods were replaced with stuff that is really good for him (and us).

So when it came to breakfast, sure, there are a few really good cereals on the market now… Though they are generally tiny boxes with big price tags… So I thought, what if we could have a proper plant based breaky most days?

We were already making raspberry avocado mousse (a bit like a smoothie bowl) for sweets. Why couldn’t we have that for breaky? We were not adding sugar or sweetener and it typically contained 3 types of plant. We love it and we can use more of the additives such as flax seeds and chia seeds etc which again are packed with nutrients and of course nuts for protein.

A quick Pinterest search and I discovered ‘Smoothie Bowls’ were not an original idea hahaha. These days we are now in the habit of 4 smoothie bowls per week, and chia pudding twice weekly, along and with a granola cereal or cooked breakfast once a week or fortnight (usually when the man is home!)

Heres how I prep them and here’s some ingredients I use. They aren’t super complicated. All basic, easy to prep and make.

For more blogs like this please follow me on Instagram or Facebook, next food based blogs that I will be doing are :

  • My favourite smoothie bowl additives & toppings (plus main nutrients and best place to buy)
  • Chia pudding prep, recipes & toppings
  • Juice prep and recipes (since we mostly have smoothie bowls I make more juices now, instead of smoothies)

Smoothie Bowl Prep

Preparation is key. I generally prep this many bowls at once, sometimes more. The size of the containers vary – one size is perfect for myself and Dylan (660ml container) the bigger size is great for the 3 of us when Andy is home (1.2 litre containers).

I add in any powdered ingredients straight into the container for freezing, then it’s ready to go after overnight freezing, just tip into the food processor/ blender etc with the dash of almond milk or water (you may need more of a dash depending sometimes).

I add in 1/2 and avocado if it’s just a 660ml container for myself and Dylan or a whole Avocado if it’s myself Andy and Dylan. These DO NOT get frozen. They go in the fridge or they could be left in our fruit bowl depending how ripe they are.

I generally start off on a slow blend and increase speed.

I have recently started doing this too! So when a smoothie bowl/ container is used the lid remains on our bench or dish rack until it’s prepped again. Originally I had just ‘Blueberry Smoothie Bowl’ but of course the man kept putting them away and because he empties the dishwasher on his home week in the mornings we would run out of smoothie bowls. Eep!

I also have our Chia Pudding recipes on our lids too.

7 Days of Smoothie Bowls

These are not the exact smoothie bowls we have every week, the bases are generally the same, but it depends on what frozen fruit I can get. Mostly I get the organic Raspberries, Mixed Berries, Blue Berries and Cherries from Woolworths. I get frozen Mango from Aldi. Bananas I always buy fresh – generally a bunch ranging in ripeness.

The below 7 just happened to be what I have photographed the last week to do this blog 🙂 Stay tuned for a different 7 down the track 😛

Cocoa Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Mixed Berries (I buy them like this Black Berry, Raspberry, Blueberry & Strawberry (equal parts banana & berry)
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole depending on the quantity made)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Buckwheat Groats
  • Grapes (from our garden)
  • Kiwi Fruit

Cocoa Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Raspberry (equal parts)
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole depending on the quantity made)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • Cashews
  • Bananas
  • Linseeds or Flaxseeds

Cherry Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Cherry  (2/3 Banana, 1/3 Cherry).
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole depending on the quantity made)
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • Cashews
  • Cherries
  • White Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds or Linseeds
  • Cocoa Nibs

 

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Blueberry  (equal parts).
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole depending on the quantity made)
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • White Chia Seeds
  • Buckwheat Groats
  • Pumpkin Seeds or Pepita
  • Kiwi Fruit

Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Raspberry (equal parts)
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole depending on the quantity made)
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • Roughly chopped brazil nuts
  • Desiccated coconut
  • White Chia seeds

Very Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Raspberry (more raspberries than bananas say 1/4 to 3/4).
  • Avocado (1/2 or whole depending on the quantity made)
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Buckwheat Groats
  • Cocoa Nibs
  • White Chia Seeds
  • Blueberries (from our garden)

Banana & Mango Smoothie Bowl

Banana Smoothie Bowl

Blended Produce

  • Frozen Banana + Frozen Mango (equal parts)
  • Fresh Banana
  • dash of non dairy milk or water

Toppings

  • Cashews
  • Flax seeds or Linseeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds or Pepita
  • Kiwi Fruit

So there you are in a nut shell. Our smoothie bowls for a week, along with easy prep, and a little prep hack.

If you enjoyed this or it will make you introducing a little plant based breaky into your life easier follow me on Instagram or Facebook, as mentioned the chia pudding recipes and prep next along with our favourite smoothie bowl or chia pudding toppings are on the agenda.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Hope

About The Author

hope

I’m a SAHM that enjoys organising the home, parenting and sharing ideas.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Carolyn | 20th Jan 18

    What a great idea to mix things up instead of yogurt. They look pretty too.

  2. April Kusewicz | 19th Jan 18

    Omg! These all look yummy and healthy. Pinning it for sure!

  3. Maya | 18th Jan 18

    What a great list! Smoothie bowls are my fav!

    • hope | 19th Jan 18

      I know right, they are so easy, healthy and yummy!

    • hope | 19th Jan 18

      yum 🙂

  4. Lindsey | 18th Jan 18

    My whole family loves smoothie bowls and chia puddings for breakfast. Your prep ideas will help me speed up our morning routine. The blueberry bowl is calling my name!

    • hope | 19th Jan 18

      love chia pudding 😛

  5. Charissa | thenotsobusymom.com | 18th Jan 18

    These look so good! I appreciate how carefully you explained the process 🙂 The Very Raspberry looks especially delicious! Yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • hope | 19th Jan 18

      You’re welcome Charissa. I think the prep is the key!

  6. Angela Giles | 18th Jan 18

    Looking so delicious. I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for these great breakfasts ideas.

  7. Nicole Kamai | 18th Jan 18

    I love the idea of prepping the bowls!! It would make everything so much easier!!

    • hope | 19th Jan 18

      Oh yeah, otherwise sometimes I’m the morning we’re like, oh no. Nothing prepped for breaky, better to do a week in advance if you have the freezer room 😛

  8. meg | 17th Jan 18

    These look delicious! We do a lot of smoothies, but not bowls. I like the idea of being able to add all the toppings!

  9. Kia | 17th Jan 18

    These look amazing, Can’t wait to try the different options. It is so important for my twin boys to get all their vital nutrients! Thanks for sharing x

  10. Gail M Akeman | 17th Jan 18

    I like the idea of having smoothie prep bowls set up. that is the hardest part

  11. Reilly | 16th Jan 18

    yum! these look great! Thanks so much for the tips on how to prep these and put them together. saved to pinterest so I can do it too!

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