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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.

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Red Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
A speedy nutritious and delicious breakfast smoothie served in a bowl for a satisfying start to the day.
Servings: 4
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
  • 750 ml kefir (or coconut milk)
  • 1 banana
  • large handful of frozen red berries
  • 1 heaped tsp dried barberries
  • 1 heaped tsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 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.
Recipe Notes

Replace the kefir with coconut milk and the honey with sweetener of choice for a vegan version.
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.

40 Comments

  1. Jenny Habbal

    2nd June 2015 at 1:29 pm

    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?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd June 2015 at 1:40 pm

      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.

      Reply
  2. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    2nd June 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I need to get into the swing of smmothie bowls and get using kefir too. It looks wonderful.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd June 2015 at 8:45 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Laura @ KneadWhine

    2nd June 2015 at 7:22 pm

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd June 2015 at 8:46 pm

      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.

      Reply
  4. Alida

    2nd June 2015 at 10:33 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd June 2015 at 10:10 am

      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.

      Reply
  5. Dom

    3rd June 2015 at 7:30 am

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd June 2015 at 3:24 pm

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

      Reply
  6. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    3rd June 2015 at 12:55 pm

    It looks very pretty – I like the idea of some nice toppings on a bowl of smoothie

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd June 2015 at 3:25 pm

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

      Reply
  7. Kerry @ Kerry Cooks

    3rd June 2015 at 2:05 pm

    This looks delicious! Love the flecks of coconut and raspberry on top

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd June 2015 at 3:26 pm

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

      Reply
  8. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    3rd June 2015 at 5:52 pm

    That looks like a perfect breakfast!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd June 2015 at 6:02 pm

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

      Reply
  9. Tracy

    3rd June 2015 at 8:13 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th June 2015 at 1:53 pm

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

      Reply
  10. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    3rd June 2015 at 10:54 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th June 2015 at 1:54 pm

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

      Reply
  11. Karen

    4th June 2015 at 12:08 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th June 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Karen. Can’t wait to see your book.

      Reply
  12. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    4th June 2015 at 5:19 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      4th June 2015 at 9:44 pm

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

      Reply
  13. ManjiriK

    8th June 2015 at 2:22 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th June 2015 at 8:29 pm

      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.

      Reply
  14. Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    16th June 2015 at 11:36 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th June 2015 at 3:02 pm

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

      Reply
  15. Sundari

    17th August 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Such a healthy recipe … Pics look cool..

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th August 2015 at 5:11 pm

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

      Reply
  16. Piyali

    17th August 2015 at 4:57 pm

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th August 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you Piyali, it’s so easy to do and so delicious too.

      Reply
  17. Byron Thomas

    17th August 2015 at 5:03 pm

    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?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th August 2015 at 5:14 pm

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

      Reply
  18. Preethicuisine

    17th August 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I love Smoothies. This smoothie looks inviting.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2015 at 8:36 am

      Thank you. We have smoothies for breakfast most mornings now.

      Reply
  19. Sandhya

    17th August 2015 at 6:05 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th August 2015 at 8:37 am

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

      Reply
  20. Janice

    6th May 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Any breakfast that results in requests for seconds is bound to be a winner.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      7th May 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Smoothie bowls are lovely to look at, but we rarely have them as I’m usually in too much of a hurry. We do have lots of smoothies from a glass though 🙂

      Reply

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