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Red Berry and Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

As some of you will know, smoothies are a regular breakfast item in the Tin and Thyme household. They are a tasty way of packing in a lot of healthy nutrients and generally keep us going for hours. It was not until I had a conversation with some fellow food bloggers yesterday, however, that I heard about the smoothie bowl. As soon as the concept was explained, I realised that smoothies in a bowl were quite a different thing to smoothies in a glass.

We tend to drink our smoothies on the go, whilst we are getting ready for the day or, most often for me, when I am on the computer. I reckoned that eating a smoothie with a spoon from a bowl rather than drinking it from a glass would make it seem as though we’d had a proper breakfast and thus we’d feel more satisfied.

Red Berry Coconut Smoothie

This morning, I struck whilst the iron was hot and made these red berry and coconut kefir smoothies. Having a smoothie bowl encouraged us to sit down together and really appreciate what we were eating – and what we were eating was quite delicious. Frozen antioxidant rich raspberries, tayberries and red currants, dried goji berries and dried barberries were blended in kefir with a banana, of course, but also coconut flakes and coconut oil. I always add whatever medicinal tinctures we happen to have on the go; at the moment it’s ginkgo and homemade hawthorn. The tartness of the berries was tempered by some honey and the creaminess of the kefir. For a vegan based bowl, the kefir can easily be replaced by coconut milk and the honey by your sweetener of choice. Are there seconds was CT’s enquiry and luckily there were.

Red Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Serves 4
A speedy nutritious and delicious breakfast smoothie served in a bowl for a satisfying start to the day.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 750ml kefir (or coconut milk)
  2. 1 banana
  3. large handful of frozen red berries
  4. 1 heaped tsp dried barberries
  5. 1 heaped tsp goji berries
  6. 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  7. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  8. 1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  9. required drops for any medicinal tinctures you are taking (optional)
Instructions
  1. Leaving a few berries and flakes back for decoration, place everything in a blender and blitz for 35 seconds or so.
  2. Pour into four bowls and decorate with the reserved berries and coconut flakes.
Notes
  1. Replace the kefir with coconut milk and the honey with sweetener of choice for a vegan version.
  2. Can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days for subsequent hassle free breakfasts.
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I used my high speed Optimum 9200A Next Generation blender which makes a brilliant job of grinding tough items such as coconut flakes into a smooth emulsion. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging. Opinions are, as always, my own.

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    Jenny Habbal
    2nd June 2015

    Sounds like a wonderful breakfast…I guess using yogurt instead of Kefir ( which I still haven’t got round to making!) would work…Where can you find reasonably priced coconut oil?

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      Choclette
      2nd June 2015

      You could use yoghurt for sure Jenny. Coconut oil is not cheap, but I’ve found a large tub of Biona works out cheaper than any other I’ve come across. As it’s become a lot more popular recently, the price has definitely come down.

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      Choclette
      2nd June 2015

      If you start making your own kefir Helen, there is no getting rid of it.

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    Laura @ KneadWhine
    2nd June 2015

    What an interesting idea! I do amoothies quite a bit as part of my diet and can definitely see a benefit in eating them this way. Yours looks gorgeous too.

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      Choclette
      2nd June 2015

      Thank you Laura. They are not for every day, not with us anyway, but I’ll definitely be making them on days I feel we need a ‘proper’ breakfast.

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    Alida
    2nd June 2015

    Oh I would love a breakfast like that. I have started using coconut oil only recently. I like it because it is antiseptic too and good for the bowel. I’d like to wake up in the morning and having such a “happy” colourful breakfast. I need to have a go at this x

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      Choclette
      3rd June 2015

      Thanks Alida, I like your ‘happy’ breakfast – very apt. There are so many purported benefits to coconut oil, it’s hard to remember them all. It also gives an extra smooth quality to smoothies.

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    Dom
    3rd June 2015

    What a clever idea! I’ve never heard of this but it makes such obvious sense. I often feel bloated by smoothies but if it’s eaten this way it’s more like soup! Yours sound gorgeous and looks so pretty!

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      Choclette
      3rd June 2015

      I had the same ‘what a clever idea’ moment as you Dom and it’s much harder to gulp down served like this.

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      Choclette
      3rd June 2015

      Thanks Johanna. It makes a nice start to the day to sit down to a pretty bowl in the morning šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      3rd June 2015

      Thanks Kerry, we both managed to admire our bowls for a bit before we dived in šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      3rd June 2015

      Thank you Angie, it was a lovely breakfast and made a very nice change.

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    Tracy
    3rd June 2015

    definitely need to give these smoothie bowls a try as it definitely seems like it would feel like a proper breakfast … thanks for sharing.

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      Choclette
      4th June 2015

      It definitely does feel like a real breakfast and a bit of a treat too Tracy.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    3rd June 2015

    What a pretty colour! Looks like a perfect bowl to me!
    Funny though….. I made a smoothie pud a few weeks back which is still waiting to be posted…. I agree, sometimes they are much better eaten with a spoon!

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      Choclette
      4th June 2015

      Ooh a smoothie pud Kate? That sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing it.

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    Karen
    4th June 2015

    Smoothie bowls seem to be all the rage now – I have just created some recipes for a cookbook! Yours looks FAB Choclette!

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    Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade
    4th June 2015

    I love smoothie bowls. It actually make you feel like you’re eating proper breakfast šŸ™‚ Yours look lovely – bright and summery with my favourite fruits!

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      Choclette
      4th June 2015

      Thanks Sylvia, the flavours were lovely and it made a real treat eating it from a bowl.

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    ManjiriK
    8th June 2015

    Beautiful breakfast bowl and you have inspired me to get back to my smoothies ! Never used tayberries and dried barberries and am very intrigued by your tinctures sounds very intriguing!

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      Choclette
      8th June 2015

      Thanks Manjiri, bayberries and barberries are both quite sour, but that is tempered by the kefir and banana, so it makes for a lovely fresh flavour.

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    Lucy @SupergoldenBakes
    16th June 2015

    Looks utterly delicious and healthy too. Not sure about eating out of a bowl though… Have to try it I guess! Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

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      Choclette
      16th June 2015

      Eating out of a bowl makes for quite a different experience Lucy, but well worth trying – honestly šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      17th August 2015

      Thank you Sundari. I do like a good healthy start to the day – it’s all down hill after that.

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    Piyali
    17th August 2015

    What a pretty looking bowl that is. A look at it and you are instantly drawn towards it. Nutrient packed and visually appetizing I surely would love to make this super delicious bowl of goodness my breakfast many times a week.

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    Byron Thomas
    17th August 2015

    When I first looked at this, I thought it was a bowl of strawberry milkshake. Hahaha! But, this is even better. I love the combination of berries and coconut. Yum! Just one question… what are barberries?

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      Choclette
      17th August 2015

      Well you could set a trend for sipping milkshake from a bowl Byron – if you really want to šŸ˜‰ Barberries are a Middle Eastern red berry that is quite sharp, but adds a nice tang to a lot of foods.

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    Sandhya
    17th August 2015

    Choclette, Love the smoothie! I also strive to eat healthy and this kefir smoothie is on that list!

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      Choclette
      18th August 2015

      Thanks Sandhya. Kefir is fantastic stuff and smoothies are a great way to use it.

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