I can’t explain why, but there’s just something about pouring a tremendously thick smoothie into a bowl and eating it with a spoon that makes it taste like at least 1,000 times better than a normal smoothie. Just me? Well if you disagree then I dare you to give this smoothie bowl a shot and then report back to me because you will DEFINITELY change your mind after a taste of this dreamy bowl of deliciousness.
For those of you who are reading this thinking, “what the heck is this ‘pitaya’ she speaks of?” let me clue you in. Pitaya, sometimes called dragonfruit, is a mysterious, exotic-looking superfood that is basically like eating a vibrant-colored cure for everything. Okay maybe not everything, but pretty darn close. Let’s list what the pitaya is high in: vitamin C, B group vitamins, fiber, and more! It also has the ability to stimulate antioxidant activity in the body and contains antifungal and antibacterial qualities. All of this means you’re going to get a boosted immune system, increased white blood cells, and improvements in your digestive system, skin health, and metabolism. Okay pitaya, I see you.
Chia seeds and flax seeds may be small, but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Fiber is crucial in maintaining a healthy digestive system, and omega-3 fatty acids are a healthy fat which help to maintain heart health. Many people don’t get enough of this, so maybe next time you’re having a bite of your trendy avocado toast or a yogurt parfait, sprinkle some of these little guys on there for an added benefit.
Wow look at all that health. Have I convinced you to give this a try yet? Yeah?! Oh good, now go do your body and taste buds a favor and make this like right now.
Chia Seed Pudding Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
- Chia/Flax Seed Pudding:
- 3 Tbsp of chia seeds, flax seeds, or a mix of both
- 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract Smoothie Bowl:
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen strawberries (or your berry of choosing)
- ½ Tbsp freeze dried pitaya powder (I use Hybrid Herbs)
- ½ + ½ Tbsp peanut butter, divided
- ¼ – ½ cup Silk Coconut milk (for thicker bowls use less milk and for thinner use more)
- ¼ cup granola of your choosing
- A sprinkle of extra chia/flax seeds for toppings
- ½ Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- Fresh chopped fruit (right now I opt for raspberries, blueberries, and persimmons!)
- Either the night before or at least 3 hours prior to making your smoothie bowl, make your pudding by placing all the pudding ingredients in a jar, mixing to combine, and placing it in the refrigerator to thicken.
- Once your pudding has thickened enough, make your smoothie bowl. In a high-powered blender, combine your frozen fruit, pitaya powder, ½ Tbsp peanut butter, and Silk Coconut Milk (starting with ¼ cup and adding more as needed). Blend until smooth.
- Pour your smoothie into a bowl and do your best to push it over to one side while adding some of your pudding to the other side. Top with some fresh fruit, granola, extra chia/flax seeds, shredded coconut, and/or the other ½ Tbsp of peanut butter. Enjoy!