Gut-loving sweet summer smoothie bowl

SERVES 1| IBS-FRIENDLY | VEGETARIAN & VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE

An easy yet delicious plant-based breakfast option that you’ll want to try asap — all you have to do is chop, scoop and blitz

Sweet, simple and satisfying are the things many of us crave from our breakfasts and these are definitely the words that spring to mind when I think of this delicious creation. Added bonus — it’s extremely gut-friendly too!

A definite energy-booster, this invigorating bowl makes an ideal pre-workout meal or is great if you have a busy day ahead. It offers a refreshing way to wake up in warm weather and is more filling than a regular smoothie, so it’ll keep you going right until lunchtime.

The avocado makes it thick and creamy, giving it almost a yogurt consistency — yet it’s completely dairy-free which is great news for anyone who is sensitive to lactose. Also, per half an avocado, there is approximately 6-7 grams of fibre; about 25% of this is soluble fibre which is known for feeding the friendly gut bacteria in your intestine, essential for optimal body function. Consuming natural fibre also helps to prevent constipation and lower the risk of colon cancer. 

Meanwhile, the high-fibre content in strawberries (just one cup contains 3g) promotes healthy digestion by encouraging regular bowel movements. What’s more, fibre-rich chia seeds can help to decrease flare-ups of diverticulitis by reducing inflammation in the colon.

Enough with the science, let’s get to the recipe…

Ingredients
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened oat milk, or other plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaped tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • Strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate jewels, jumbo oats and mixed seeds for topping (optional)
Method
  1. Cut the tops and any white core from the strawberries and place in a blender with the banana.
  2. Scoop the avocado flesh out of the skin and add it to the blender with all the remaining ingredients, sweetening it with the maple syrup or honey if desired.
  3. Blend until smooth. Serve with fruit, oats and seeds sprinkled on top for extra crunch and deliciousness.

TIP: If you are preparing this in advance, leave out the chia seeds until you are just about to eat it otherwise it will set into more of a jelly than a yogurt texture.

Love this? Want to share your favourite summer breakfast? Get in touch.

Recipe adaptation from: Deliciously Ella Every Day

3 thoughts on “Gut-loving sweet summer smoothie bowl

    • Gemma says:

      The colours are just so vibrant, aren’t they?! I agree – eating a smoothie in a bowl seems like much more of a soothing process. Let me know what you think if you try it. Thanks for reading Caz.

      Gemma x

      Liked by 1 person

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