A truly tasty and nutritious way to start your day or re-energise yourself after a workout with this berry smoothie bowl no banana. It is super quick to make and packs a mighty protein punch. Full of fresh fruit fibre-packed ingredients it really is a deliciously easy breakfast
If you are looking for a nutritious breakfast option then you can’t go wrong with a tasty smoothie bowl. This quick berry smoothie bowl without bananas has become a staple breakfast in our house as it’s such a delicious way to start the day.
While many smoothie recipes include bananas for creaminess, there’s a growing trend towards banana-free versions that instead shift the focus onto incorporating more protein and fibre into your breakfast routine. Protein and Fibre are a diabetic’s best friend when it comes to blood glucose control as they work to slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream which can help with those spikes and crashes.
Read on to find out more about the positives of this deliciously tasty smoothie bowl recipe.
Can a berry smoothie bowl without bananas still be creamy?
Absolutely! While bananas contribute to creaminess, alternatives like Greek yoghurt, avocado, or coconut milk can impart a rich and smooth texture to your berry smoothie bowl.
By removing the bananas from this smoothie recipe not only reduces the sugar amount as well as the carbohydrate count. This can be beneficial, particularly in the morning with blood sugars which can naturally be raised.
The benefits of this Fibre and Protein Rich Smoothie Bowl
This healthy, balanced berry smoothie bowl has you covered with most of the major food groups and has a relatively low glycemic index. This means that these foods are generally digested and absorbed more slowly (great for blood sugars) making them a great option for breakfast.
But let’s delve into some more benefits to this vibrant bowl of nourishment:
Sustained Energy Boost:
The inclusion of protein in your smoothie bowl provides a sustained energy boost that keeps you fueled throughout the day. The Greek yoghurt, and an additional scoop of protein powder in this recipe along with other options such as nut butter, or plant-based protein sources, deliver a powerful protein punch. The result is a breakfast that not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides the stamina needed for your daily activities.
The fibre-rich nature of this smoothie bowl from the berries and oats promotes a happy gut. Adding additional toppings like, chia seeds, will also add an extra dose of fibre to support improved digestion and a sense of fullness, helping to keep those mid-morning cravings at bay.
Tailored Nutrition Without Bananas:
While bananas are often a popular choice in smoothies for adding creaminess I don’t think you always need to include them. Opting for alternatives like yoghurt, coconut milk or avocado can still deliver a creaminess to your bowls, all while maintaining the essential fibre and protein components.
Blood Sugar Stabilisation with Oats:
The addition of oats brings more than just texture to your smoothie bowl; it can also support blood sugar stabilisation. Oats contain beta-glucans, soluble fibres that slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, potentially contributing to more stable blood sugar levels. It’s important to note, however, that individual responses may vary. Even though they work for us it may not be the same for you.
Versatility and Taste Variety:
Don’t limit yourself to just berries. Experiment with different ingredients – from different berries and fruits to unique seeds. This variety not only enhances the nutritional content but will also make your gut happy with all the different options.
What you will need to make this berry smoothie bowl
- Oats are naturally gluten free but just be careful with how they have been processed
- A wholegrain, a great carbohydrate source, full of fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- As they are low GI, your body will burn the carbohydrate at a slower rate, hopefully reducing that morning spike.
- Loaded with antioxidants, fibre, protein, omega-3s and calcium. These tiny seeds have it all!
- A great swap if you’re looking to reduce the carb count as well, maybe try half oats and half chia seeds.
- Rich source of essential nutrients and high in omega-3 fatty acids
- an Excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre and antioxidants
- Use whatever combination of berries you have or enjoy
- I used blueberries, raspberries and strawberries which are packed with antioxidants, vitamins C and K.
- They also have a moderate amount of fructose (the carb component of the fruit) making them a great option for blood sugars.
- I always choose full-fat yoghurt as they tend to be lower in sugar
- A significant source of calcium and protein makes yoghurt a perfect choice any time of the day.
- We use cows milk however you can use any type of milk alternative in this recipe such as almond, coconut, soy etc.
Mixed nuts and seeds
- Nuts and seeds are such an important part of a balanced diet, so we always have them around for sweet and savoury sprinkling.
- They are low in saturated fat as well as being another good source of fibre and protein
Whey protein, unflavoured (optional)
- This is an optional ingredient as the berry bowl is just as delicious without it. I add it purely for an extra protein punch.
- I use the MYProtein Impact Whey Protein Unflavoured
How to make this berry smoothie bowl without banana
This recipe really couldn’t be easier.
- Add the berries, yoghurt, protein powder and milk to your blender and whizz until you get a nice smooth consistency.
- Pour over your bowl of oats and top with nuts, seeds and extra berries
If you can, leave it for a few minutes to let all that delicious berry goodness from the smoothie soak and swell the oats and seeds.
Tips for enjoying this Delicious Berry Smoothie Bowl
One of my favourite go-to morning bowls; it’s really easy to make but does require a blender of some description. The ingredients are interchangeable to suit different tummies and tastes, so I am sure you can find a version that works perfectly for you.
This recipe is also a great way to use up any berries that may be looking a little sad for themselves in the fridge as this smoothie doesn’t care if you are mushy or not. But don’t forget you can also freeze any surplus berries before they get to this stage for use another day.
The natural sweetness from the berries is all you need in this delicious bowl. However, if it’s not quite hitting the spot, maybe try a natural syrup like agave or a few stevia drops.
You can also simply enjoy this as a smoothie if you are looking to reduce the carbohydrate count
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The Berry Smoothie Bowl with Oats is nutrient-rich, high in fibre and protein. The combination of all these factors makes it a great option for breakfast, particularly over the high sugar cereals.
Whilst the overall carb count may seem high, it is relatively low GI which should help with managing blood sugar levels. However, if you were looking to reduce the carb count you could replace half the oats with chia seeds.
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