Wait, what? We’re putting cauliflower in a smoothie bowl? Last year I saw recipes for smoothies containing cauliflower, and I could not even with it. That can’t be, I thought. “You can’t even taste the cauliflower,” they said. I’m not even drinking a smoothie right now, and I can taste the cauliflower. “It’s so rich and creamy,” they said. Yeah, in a fibrous, vegetable-y kind of way, I’m sure. Then I finally bit the bullet and lo and behold, cauliflower in a smoothie is AMAZING!!!!!! Hence, today’s Almond Butter Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl was born.
This smoothie bowl recipe is vegan and/or paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. It’s also perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as an in-between snack. K-Hubs was all over this recipe. So were Toodle and Twinkle. According to Toodle, this Almond Butter Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl tastes a little like chocolate milk. I had to think about it for a few minutes. I don’t love chocolate milk, but I DO love this smoothie bowl. How could that be? I don’t know. But what I do know is she’s right, this smoothie bowl recipe is delicious, and, no, you don’t taste the cauliflower.
Let me tell you why that is.
STEAM. Just like in the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg recipe, we rely on steam for the perfect consistency and flavor. And just to be sure, I made a batch WITHOUT steaming the cauliflower. There is, most definitely, a difference. Steaming the cauliflower removes the fibrous, earthy flavor and rough texture, leaving you with a neutral, malleable ingredient. It does truly rival the avocado in the creamy consistency department, which is good in my book because while I absolutely crush on the avocado and all it offers, I like variety, too.
And any excuse to get my vegetables is an excuse I want to claim for myself and anyone else who needs it. So, our Almond Butter Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl is deliciously creamy, full of rich flavor, and comforting all in one healthy recipe.
To prepare the smoothie bowl, I steam the cauliflower and then chill it in the fridge for a few hours. After that, I throw everything in the blender and mix until smooth. You can enjoy your smoothie right away, if you like. It will be a milky consistency. Or if you choose to let your Almond Butter Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl chill in the fridge for a few hours, or even overnight, then it will boast a thicker consistency.
Seriously, this recipe is how I am balancing an enjoyment of food with a desire for nutrition. The Almond Butter Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl says we don’t have to pick, we can have our smoothie and eat it, too!
- ½ cup cauliflower florets, steamed and chilled
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 dates, pitted and chopped
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons 100% pure honey (paleo) or agave nectar (vegan), optional
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
- Serve immediately or store in refrigerator to let thicken. Top with almonds, fresh fruit, or a drizzle of your favorite sweetener!