Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl

This post is sponsored by the Plant-Based promotion at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.

overhead shot of hand holding spoon in garnished smoothie bowl

This Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl is a thick and creamy bowl of goodness! Packed with simple ingredients like almond butter, almond milk and cold brew coffee – you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whip up. Don’t forget your favorite toppings!

Do y’all ever get into a breakfast or lunch rut? Like, one day you find yourself eating the same exact thing that you’ve been eating for the past 3 months and you’re like uhh….I desperately need a change in my routine!

That’s kind of where I was when I decided to create this Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl.

I knew I wanted something different – but still something that was going to seriously be nourishing, filling and delicious! And thus, this bowl was born.

What is a Smoothie Bowl?

If you’re reading this post wondering what a smoothie bowl is, you’re probably not alone! But, it’s as simple as it sounds – a smoothie in a bowl. It’s a fairly new trend that basically took smoothies, made them slightly thicker and added them into a bowl.

hand holding blender over a white bowl with thick smoothie coming out of the blender

I personally really enjoy eating smoothie bowls because I love the thickness of them AND I love that you can top them with ALL of the garnishes!

Why You’ll Love this Smoothie Bowl

This particular smoothie bowl is incredible!

First off, it’s completely plant-based. Yup! Ben and I have been trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into our diet as we venture in the holiday season and it’s been wonderful!

Second, since this is a Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl, it combines both your coffee and your meal all in one!! Win-win!

creamy smoothie in white bowl un-garnished with golden spoon and 2 wooden bowls of toppings beside it.

Haha but really, I truly love this smoothie bowl. It has the perfect balance of flavors melded together.

I love the deep chocolate flavor that is mixed into the bowl. The cocoa powder makes it incredibly rich.

overhead shot of ingredients used for smoothie bowl.

And hello protein! Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite protein powder in this smoothie, but I felt like it wasn’t necessary considering this recipe uses both almond butter and almond milk!

The almond butter helps thicken the smoothie and give it some bulk and the almond milk keeps everything creamy and dreamy!

The frozen bananas add natural sweetness as well as help thicken up the smoothie without using ice – which can typically water smoothies down.

And last but certainly not least, how can one make a Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl without coffee AND creamer?!

overhead shot of garnished smoothie bowl with golden spoon beside it as well as 2 wooden bowls of toppings.

For this recipe, I used black cold brew coffee. It’s rich, smooth, adds a deep flavor and a slight punch to the smoothie that helps elevate the flavor overall.

The Nestlé plant-based coffee creamer adds a slight hint of vanilla because hello…we all need a little cream with our coffee!

All of these ingredients result in a thick, deliciously smooth and creamy smoothie bowl that’s not overly sweet but has the perfect balanced flavors of coffee and chocolate! So let’s get into how to make it!

Ingredients You Need:

  • Frozen bananas
  • Elmhurst Almond Milk (on sale for $4.49 during the Plant-Based promotion)
  • Nestlé Natural Bliss Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer (on sale for 2 for $5 during the Plant-Based promotion)
  • Barney Butter Almond Butter (on sale for $7.99 during the Plant-Based promotion)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Black cold brew coffee
  • Favorite Toppings: granola, almonds, cacao nibs etc.

Best Smoothie Making Tips:

To be honest, this smoothie is incredibly easy to make so I don’t have TOO many tips for y’all.

However, there are a few that I must share!

First off, make sure that your bananas are frozen. This will ensure that you don’t have to use ice in the smoothie and also help keep it thicker without the flavor being diluted. I froze my bananas the night before and it worked perfectly!

Next, just add all of the ingredients directly to a high-powered blender and blend it up!

side by side photos of ingredients in the blender vs ingredients blended up in the blender.

Most likely, each person’s consistency that they love will be a little different, so I encourage you to play around with it!

If you like it a little thicker, start with LESS liquid.

In a rush and need to forego the bowl and put it in your favorite to go cup? You might want it thinner! In that case, slowly add more liquid until you reach your desired consistency.

side view of garnished smoothie bowl with golden spoon stirring it.

For this particular recipe, I used ¾ cup of Elmhurst Almond Milk to ¼ cup of cold brew coffee. If you’re looking for a more intense coffee flavor, I recommend doing ½ cup almond milk to ½ cup of cold brew. Hello caffeine kick!

Favorite Garnishes

When it comes to garnishes for this bowl, the world is your oyster! But I do have a few in particular that I love!

close up of garnishes on the smoothie bowl

Sliced almonds add a wonderful crunch, as well as homemade granola!

I love adding a few more slices of banana on top for that textural difference and added sweetness.

Cacao nibs or a bit more cocoa powder adds to the overall depth of flavor.

Another good idea? Chia seeds! Or any seeds for that matter. Flax, chia, hemp.

Sliced strawberries would also be delicious on top of this bowl!

Whatever you choose, make sure you go big or go home and make sure you add tons of toppings! It makes it extra delicious 🙂

Looking to save money while making this bowl? Read on!

smoothie bowl surrounded by the ingredients used to make the bowl.

Publix is currently running an amazing promotion right now where you can save on these items as well! You can head to THIS website right now or just go to your local Publix, grab the 11/7 Extra Savings flyer to see a complete list of the savings included in this Plant-Based promotion!

I purchased several of these ingredients (the Elmhurst Almond Milk for $4.49, the Nestlé Natural Bliss Creamer for 2 for $5 and the Barney Butter Almond Butter, $7.99) at my local Publix!

Make sure to keep an eye out for all of the at-shelf signs located throughout the store which shows you the savings during the sale – and also, if you can’t find an Extra Savings flyer or need help locating an item, you can always ask someone in customer service!

smoothie bowl on top of reusable publix shopping bag with hand holding spoon in bowl.

This promotion is running now through 11/20/2020, so make sure you grab the savings while you can!

I truly hope you all try this recipe – it’s so delicious! Cheers to more smoothie bowls! – Haylie

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few other plant-based recipes you might enjoy:

Vegan Orange Spice Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl

This Mocha Almond Smoothie Bowl is a thick and creamy bowl of goodness! Packed with simple ingredients like almond butter, almond milk and cold brew coffee - you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whip up. Don’t forget your favorite toppings!

Course Breakfast, smoothie
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate smoothie bowl, mocha almond smoothie bowl, plant based smoothie, smoothie bowl, vegan smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Blending + Garnishing Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 medium size ripe frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup black cold brew coffee 
  • 3/4 cup Elmhurst Almond Milk 
  • 1/4 cup Barney Butter Almond Butter 
  • 2 tbsp Nestlé Natural Bliss vanilla plant-based creamer 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • Favorite Bowl Toppings: granola, sliced almonds, cacao nibs etc. 

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until combined. If needed, add more almond milk to reach desired consistency. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes: If you want your smoothie bowl thinner, add more liquid slowly until you reach your desired consistency. If you prefer it even thicker, use a little less liquid. You can always add more later.

If you want a stronger coffee flavor, use ½ cup of coffee to ½ cup of almond milk.

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