Happy Saturday to you! Today I have a very simple, tasty breakfast that will fill you for hours and will satisfy that sweet tooth you may have leftover from the holiday season. Lets get crackin with today’s recipe. Almond Joys Breakfast Smoothie Bowl. Yummers!
Today’s recipe is based on one of my all time favorite candy bars, the Almond Joy. I am just a freak when it comes to chocolate and coconut, however, I try to stay away because I can totally eat a ton of it. So instead of a candy bar I made a healthy, good for you breakfast that tastes just like an Almond Joy.
The smoothie bowl is made with cocoa powder, chia seeds, greek yogurt, coconut milk and what gives it the almond joy flavor is the coconut and almond extract. This smoothie is super thick and it really needs to be eaten with a spoon. However if you’re in a rush and you want to drink your smoothie, just add a little more coconut milk to it.
The smoothie is super simple to make too! The night before, add all of your ingredients in a bowl or even a blender, and place in the refrigerator. In the morning, just process it in the blender until creamy smooth. If you are in a rush or want this right now, just make it and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour, while you get dressed. You want your oats to get all creamy smooth. The Chia seeds not only give it a protein boost but it also thickens up the smoothie even more.
- ⅓ cup rolled oats (I used Trader Joe's Gluten Free Oats)
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt, 0% fat
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk from carton or milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. coconut extract
- ⅛ tsp. almond extract
- ¼ tsp. stevia (to taste) or even maple syrup would be good
- 1 tbsp. almonds, slivered
- 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- The night before, in a bowl add all of the ingredients, except for the toppings. Mix well, cover and refrigerate over night.
- In the morning, add the rolled oats mixture in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl, top with slivered almonds and shredded coconut.
I think this is a great way to start off a weekend! I am trying to stay away from sweets, but when the craving hits, a smoothie like this is just perfect! It’s loaded with fiber and protein, low calorie and filled with yummy goodness.
I have a quick Sampson (dog) story for you. When I take pictures for my blog, I prep all of my food, get it ready and realize I need a prop. My props are located in the other room. I literally have to run, almost falling to get my props, because my boy Sampson will steal my food. He waits, watches and when my back is turned for two seconds the tongue comes out and you here a smack and he’s got my food. His tongue is like a whip! When my Husband is home, I tell him watch Sampson, so he calls him over and Sampson sits on the floor at the end of the couch. Well the other day I told him, you be good, I’m watching you and you know what he did? He walked over to the spot where he sits and just sat there and watched me. He actually for the first time didn’t try to steal my food. Yah, I am hoping that he will stick to this. I have seen food obsessed dogs before, but nothing like my boy. He loves when I cook and he just sits there and waits. My girl, Samantha, she could care less, unless I’m baking something with pumpkin. lol
Well that’s it for me! Have a super, great Wednesday!