Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl with Homemade Granola

Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl with Homemade Granola

I strongly believe that if you start your day with a good, healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to stay on track throughout the day. It’s like early morning workouts – don’t you find you’re much more disciplined if you start your day by breaking a sweat?

So this mango banana smoothie bowl became something by accident. I woke up wanting granola, so I started making that. Then I changed my mind and decided I wanted a smoothie bowl, so I emptied our fridge and started making that.

I then realized we didn’t have enough fruit going to make two colourful smoothie bowls (I couldn’t let Matt draw the short straw, and well, I didn’t want a rubbish breakfast either) so I combined the two and came up with this. Oh, and what’s with the heart? Well, what can I say – I just woke up feeling happy.

granola smoothie bowlOne of the things I love most about working from home (other than not having to leave my living room to work) is that I can invest time into my breakfasts. I always hate having to scoff down a meal because i’m running late, so it’s nice to have the time to appreciate what I put together (i’ve made other smoothie bowls too – take a look).

There’s not much more to say about this one, except it’s delicious and it’s a great way to add extra fruit to your diet. I love adding a handful of spinach into my smoothies too – it’s an easy way to pack in some extra nutrients. The nut butter adds in around 7g of protein, but if this is a post-workout smoothie you may want to add a scoop of vanilla powder too.

You’ll notice that there are two stages to this recipe – if you haven’t got time / can’t be bothered to make the granola, it tastes great without it.  Let me know if you give this a go & drop me a comment below! If you’ve got Instagram, tag me @alicia_haque – i’d love to see your version!

Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl With Homemade Granola

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1

Ingredients

Granola

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 5 pitted dates chopped
  • Small handful mixed nuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Sprinkle sea salt

Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 banana save 1/2 for topping
  • 1 mango save 1/2 for topping
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • Splash milk / almond milk

Topping

  • 1/2 banana chopped
  • 1/2 mango chopped
  • Handful fresh / frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions

  • Heat a small saucepan over a medium heat and add the coconut oil and honey. After 2 minutes, add the rolled oats and stir continuously until the oats are coated. Add in the chopped dates, nuts and sprinkle of sea salt, and continue to stir for 5 minutes until the oats begin to brown. Then, set to one side.
  • In the meantime, add the banana, mango, frozen cranberries, nut butter, and milk to a blender, and mix until smooth. Go easy on the milk as you donโ€™t want the mix to be too runny, so add it in gradually depending how thick you want the smoothie to be.
  • Leave the smoothie to sit for 3 minutes, and prepare your toppings.
  • Pour the smoothie into a bowl and allow to sit for another minute. This will ensure that the toppings sit properly and donโ€™t sink into the smoothie. Add your fruit toppings & granola on top, make it look pretty and you have a lovely granola smoothie bowl!

Notes

PS. Youโ€™ll probably have some leftover granola, depending how much you use in your bowl. Why not enjoy it with some greek yoghurt and honey?
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2 Comments

  1. May 22, 2015 / 6:41 am

    I don’t know why it never occurred to me to pan-fry granola! I usually bake a huge pan of it, but this is great for smaller portions (and faster). I need to try this sometime! Looks delicious and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alicia Haque
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      May 22, 2015 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much Christine ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, I used to make big batches too but this is a really quick & easy way to make it. And plus, if it’s just there then I’ll end up eating it all so, small portions are good ๐Ÿ˜‰

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