My Vegan Chocolate Cauliflower “Nice Cream” Smoothie Bowl is an easy and healthy ice cream recipe to make for breakfast, is made with real, whole food ingredients and a great way to start your day.
This has been my breakfast every morning for the past two weeks and it has surprisingly kept me full and satisfied until lunch time. It almost feels like I’m eating dessert for breakfast!
It takes less than 5 minutes to make using a Vitamix and it’s worth every second of those 5 minutes! I grab a bunch of organic bananas and 2-3 bags of organic frozen wild blueberries and organic cauliflower rice on my weekly grocery trip and it lasts me for about a week’s worth of smoothie bowls. You can find frozen organic cauliflower rice at both Whole Foods and even Target.
I’ve been reading a book called “Medical Medium: Thyroid Healing” by Anthony William, which I highly recommend for anyone with thyroid issues. In his book, he gives a list of foods that support thyroid health and I’ve been trying to incorporate those whole food ingredients into my meals each day.
While I’ve never been a big fan of “nice cream” (aka “ice cream” made with frozen bananas), it turns out that bananas are one of the top foods he recommends for thyroid healing, along with wild blueberries.
And, in case you didn’t know, organic wild blueberries (the cute tiny ones) have 2 x more antioxidants than regular cultivated blueberries (the larger ones). So I’ve been trying to add those on anything and everything I can.
Like this smoothie bowl!
I made the “nice cream” and added raw cacao powder because I don’t really like smoothies or smoothie bowls that are heavy on the fruit and, of course, love anything chocolate! And I’ve fallen in love with cauliflower rice and frozen cauliflower rice adds a creamy, icy texture without any flavor of cauliflower at all. Cauliflower is also high on the list of foods to heal the thyroid so cauliflower rice got invited to the smoothie bowl party 🙂
Lastly, I was trying to think of what I could top my smoothie bowl with and I remembered the wild blueberries. I know the chocolate + blueberry combination sounds really weird, but it tastes amazing!
And I added some raw cacao nibs to give it a little crunch. Sometimes I even add a tablespoon or two of organic hemp seeds for variety and a little bit of plant-based protein.
This healthy breakfast (or dessert!) recipe is made with real, whole food ingredients and is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, lectin-free, soy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Gluten-Free Vegan Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl, Pro Matcha and Avocado Smoothie Bowl, Raspberry and Acai Smoothie Bowl or my Clean Eating Cookbook with 3 entire chapters of healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Bananas:*
- high levels of trytophan to help combat depression
- aids in weight loss
- strengthens the immune system
- high in fiber and potassium
- helps to lower blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Cauliflower:*
- 1 cup contains 9.1% DV of potassium
- 1 cup contains 85.9% of vitamin C
- 1 cup contains 8.5% DV of fiber
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains anti-inflammatory benefits
5 Fast Facts About Almonds:*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
5 Fast Facts About Wild Blueberries:*
- 2x anti-oxidants than regular cultivated blueberries
- higher anti-oxidants than cranberries, pomegranates or blackberries
- low glycemic food
- quick frozen to lock in nutrition and flavor
- 3/4 cup provides 4% dv of iron
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Nibs:*
- excellent source of anti-oxidants
- contains one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium
- one ounce has 9 g of fiber
- one ounce contains 4 g of raw vegan protein
- one ounce contains 6% DV of iron
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Vegan Chocolate Cauliflower Nice Cream Smoothie Bowl
Yield 1 - 2 servings
Raw / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Lectin-Free / Soy-Free / Egg-Free / Paleo-Friendly / No-Refined Sugar
For the nice cream:
- 1 large organic frozen banana
- 1 cup organic frozen cauliflower rice
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon homemade almond milk
- 2 tablespoons organic raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon organic almond butter
For the toppings:
- 1/2 cup organic wild blueberries
- 1-2 tablespoons organic raw cacao nibs
- Add all ingredients for the nice cream to a Vitamix and blend on high speed until everything is well combined and has the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, using the tamper if needed.
- Transfer the mixture to your serving bowl(s).
- Optional: Top with suggested toppings of organic wild blueberries and organic raw cacoa nibs, or your favorite organic fruit or other healthy toppings.
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