Who doesn’t love a good smoothie bowl? Who doesn’t know what a smoothie bowl is? Well, if a smoothie and a bowl of yogurt with fruit and toppings had a baby, it would look like a smoothie bowl. Creamy greek yogurt is combined with frozen fruit, ice and cherry juice in a blender and pureed until smooth and thick. The mixture is transferred to a bowl and topped with assorted toppings. Any number of toppings can be used. They can be healthy toppings such as flax or chia seeds, unsalted nuts, raw coconut, granola or fruit, or not so healthy items such as chocolate, broken cookies or even candy bar bites. We decided on a more healthy approach. We combined Noosa Vanilla Bean Yogurt ( feel free to substitute plain yogurt) with tart cherry juice, frozen tart cherries, frozen blackberries and blueberries and a few ice cubes. The toppings chosen were bing cherries, fresh plum slices, more frozen blackberries and blueberries, gluten free granola, some crushed freeze dried blueberries and a drizzle of pomegranate syrup which was simply pomegranate juice reduced in a saucepan to a thickened syrup.
The key when deciding what to use for your toppings is to use fruits that are in peak season. Combine them with different textures, shapes and colors. Adding a crunch element to the cold creamy smoothie will give your tastebuds a wonderful surprise. I think that’s what I like about smoothie bowls versus plain smoothies or plain yogurt. The flavors and textures of both combined really takes fruit to a new level. I am looking forward to trying this combo made with decadent, full fat ice cream and maybe a few broken brownie bites and glazed nuts. Yum. Well, we hope you enjoy making your smoothie bowls as much as we enjoyed ours. We’ll be back soon. If you’ve enjoyed our photography and Instagram, please vote for us on Saveur’s Food Blog award nomination page. Jena and I would really appreciate your help in helping us win the award for best photography and Instagram. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to cook with love and live to cook.
Jim & Jena
Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate juice
- 1 cup Vanilla bean yogurt such as Noosa
- 1/4 cup Frozen blackberries
- 1/4 cup Frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup Frozen tart cherries
- 1/4 cup Tart cherry juice
- 4-5 whole Ice cubes
- 2 tbsp Granola
- 7 Frozen blueberries
- 5 Frozen blackberries
- 2 tsp freeze-dried blueberries crushed
- Pour pomegranate juice into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce liquid to about 2 tablespoons. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
- Add the yogurt and the next 5 ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into 2 bowls.
- Top each with remaining ingredients and serve.