Strawberry Almond Smoothie Bowl

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Amazing things always happen to me when I’m at Michael’s. This one time I saw a Marisa Tomei and I was freaking out because I grew up loving her. My Cousin Vinny? I was way too young to watch it but that didn’t stop me from taking peeks from the hallway. I would do that as a kid: sneak out of room at night, sit in the hallway that allowed me to peer straight into the living room while still being out of sight, and watch the movies my parents watched. They had no idea that their “date for two” in front of the TV actually included a third wheel.

Then there was this other time that I saw an older gentlemen in a fly fisherman’s outfit have a meltdown because the coupon on his phone wasn’t working–it was a sight. And then yesterday, as I was shopping for candy-making materials, I turned around to see an old dude slap his wife’s behind. She laughed and playfully slapped him back. While it was a little awkward to witness, it actually made me smile. When you’re young it’s hard to imagine what being married for a long time must be like. Everything is so new and fresh and first-timey at this age. But when you’re older, perhaps flirting with each other is even more important.

Almond Strawberry Smoothie Bowl // www.acozykitchen.com

I went on my run and thought about them, imagining how much life they’ve lived together, how many kids they’ve raised and wondered how many hardships they’ve survived. I do that sometimes: imagine people’s “stories.” I sometimes think going through that much life together can either tear you apart or bond you in a way that is unbreakable. We all wish for the latter. So, him slapping her ass made me happy is all…haha. It made me believe that perhaps love lasting a lifetime really can happen.

I came home and made a rendition of this smoothie bowl. It is, after all, what I have most days either immediately after my workout or for breakfast.

Almond Strawberry Smoothie Bowl // www.acozykitchen.com

I love drinking smoothies, but what I love even more is the ability to add a bunch of mix-ins and almost treat them like soup. It’s actually the perfect thing to eat while perusing the internet, checking email and all that jazz. You know, your morning desk routine. I always add only a handful of coconut and almonds at the beginning but always end up adding more. The mix-ins are really what makes this better than your typical-in-the-glass-smoothie.

Smoothie bowls are a thing.

Almond Strawberry Smoothie Bowl // www.acozykitchen.com

Almond Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

1/4 cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut chips
3 bananas, peeled
1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 cup Vanilla (Unsweetened) Almond Breeze Almond Milk
1 tablespoon powdered hemp protein
1/4 cup sliced almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the coconut chips in an even layer. Transfer to the oven to toast for about 5 to 7 minutes, checking on it frequently. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately transfer the coconut chips to a small bowl (they’ll still keep toasting if you leave them on the sheet).

1. Add the bananas, strawberries, almond milk and hemp protein to a blender. Pulse until pureed. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash of almond milk to help loosen the smoothie. The mixture should be slightly thicker than a traditional smoothie. Pour into a bowl and top with toasted coconut and sliced almonds.

Yields 1 smoothie bowl

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan April 16, 2014 at 5:48 am

I totally haven’t gotten into smoothie bowls yet, buuuut this pretty thing makes me think I need to!

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Alex April 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

So funny, I’ve been eating smoothie bowls all week since I had all four wisdom teeth out and can’t do straws right now. Mine usually consist of raw cacao powder because what’s anything without chocolate?

Also, you go girl on your runs!!

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

Ooof. Feel better! And yes, chocolate everything!

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lindsey patton // at burning degrees April 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

hey! i hardly ever comment, but i just had to say — love the photo styling here. there’s something mondrian about those neat lines of coconut and almond. also: what a gorgeous golden spoon!

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

Thank you, friend!

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Stacey April 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

I loved this! When I was younger I was always grossed out when I’d catch my parents kissing, and while it still kinda grosses me out, it also makes me deliriously happy. I think, “Good for you guys. Kiss all you want to and please keep on loving each other.”

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

Fareal!

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Nicole April 16, 2014 at 9:15 am

When I was back home in Texas a few weeks ago, I went on a run around my neighborhood and saw an old couple walking down the same street I was on. The old man did the same thing you witnessed to his wife. The wife got “mad” at her husband when I ran by them. Felt a bit intrusive of me to have witnessed it, but also a nice reminder. :)

And my parents do “gross” stuff like that all the time. Even worse when they say stuff in Spanish and I’m like, “I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING!” But they’re going on 38 years of being married. Haha!

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

Ugh, so gross but so cute all at the same time!

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Megan April 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

Love this whole post!

I’ve had funny things happen at Michael’s too. I heard a little girl say, “My legs are tired because I’ve been walking too much. And that’s why the body needs chocolate.”

SO GOOD. ha!

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

HAHA! That’s amazing.

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tracy April 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

ok i’m gonna totally hop on this smoothie bowl situation now. DAAAAAANG. I love your almond styling too.

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thanks, fwiend!

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Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files April 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Smoothie bowls are totally a thing- a thing I love to do! eating it out of a bowl seems more exciting, like I am getting more than just slurping down my smoothie. Entirely too fast most of the time. And another reason you mentioned – the toppings! Gotta have em.

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Lokness @ The Missing Lokness April 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Stunning presentation! This sounds good and healthy, which is perfect for strawberry season.

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Cindy April 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

I totally used to do the sneaky-tv watching thing, too! and I love when older people are super-cute and still-in-love…it makes me so happy!

Also, I love the idea of a smoothie-soup. Mix-ins FTW!

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Sarah April 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

So this is a room-temp smoothie?! Never tried that! Is the texture similar?

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Adrianna Adarme April 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Yes, it is! But sometimes I add some ice to give it a little texture. Feel free to add some ice if you want.

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adrienne April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

Yummy! May I ask what brand of hemp protein you use? I’ve never tried it before, does it have a weird taste?

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Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

Yes! It’s by Nutiva. I got it at Whole Foods. The good thing is that if you don’t want to commit to big container that runs around $15, you can buy little two-serving packets for like $1 or so. And you can’t taste it at all. :)

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karen April 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

my keyboard works again!

NO_MORE_TYPING_LIKE_A_MANIAC_LOL!

this looks divinee so divine. the strawbs are gorg. also, where is your cutting board from?!? is it porcelain? or melamine stype stuff

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Adrianna Adarme April 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Haha! Nice, you’re back in business! The cutting board is from Crate and Barrel–it’s porcelain. So pretty in person! x

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Fiona April 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Just made a banana, passionfruit and almond smoothie for breakfast!

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