The wonderful Lee Holmes has just released her new book: Supercharge Your Gut and we are so excited because she’s sharing a series of recipes from the book with YZL! To kick start the series, today Lee is sharing her delicious breakfast smoothie bowl, packed with power, nutrition and goodness to nourish your body and give you the best start to the day.
People will be wondering what has you so chirpy early in the day! Made with coffee, raw cacao, chia seeds and hazelnuts, with fruity hums of banana, this delectably thick, chocolatey smoothie bowl will give you a natural hit of dopamine — the ‘happy’ hormone. Think about all the good fats and complex carbohydrates found in banana and nuts, then times them by two, and you’ll find yourself powering through your day like a Russian gymnast, performing effortless backflips, half turns and triple twists.
** Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian
- 30 ml (1 fl oz) shot of espresso coffee or dandelion tea
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon food-grade diatomaceous earth, such as my Love Your Gut Powder (optional)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 40 g (112 oz/14 cup) hazelnuts
(or any nuts of your choice), soaked and roasted
- 125 ml (4 fl oz/12 cup) Coconut Milk
- 125 ml (4 fl oz/12 cup) Almond Milk, or other non-dairy milk of your choice
- toppings of your choice, to serve
Pour the coffee or dandelion tea into a small bowl, add the chia seeds and
let them sit for a few minutes. Transfer to a high-speed blender.
Add the cacao powder, diatomaceous earth (if using), banana and hazelnuts. Pour in the coconut milk and almond milk and whiz until there are no lumps; the mixture can be quite thick. If your blender is struggling, add extra almond milk or water in small amounts to help it along.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl or serving vessel; we’ve used half a coconut shell. Garnish with your choice of toppings — fresh banana slices, a sprinkling
of mixed nuts and seeds, shaved fresh coconut, micro herbs — and dig in!
The great thing about a smoothie bowl is that you can add any type of sneaky green, and never taste the difference. Try a handful of baby English spinach, kale, avocado or even frozen peas, to get a headstart on your vegie intake for the day. PS: You don’t need to add the coffee if you don’t want
to — or you can use a decaffeinated version instead.
Images and recipes from Supercharge Your Gut by Lee Holmes, Murdoch Books,
Photography by Steve Brown
Lee Holmes is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Hatha Yoga Teacher and Whole Foods Chef. She has studied nutrition and is the author of a number of best-selling books, with this being the latest in her collection. Lee’s website: superchargedfood.com encourages S.O.L.E food; sustainable, organic, local and ethical.