I first made my Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie 3 years ago, and I been making it nonstop ever since. But sometimes I’m more in the mood to eat something while at the same time craving fresh flavors. Whenever that mood strikes, I always opt for a smoothie bowl.
So I’ve altered one of my favorite smoothies of all time to make it a creamy base for all kinds of toppings. For these bowls, I added some sliced oranges, pomegranate arils over the top. Then I sprinkled on some Paleo Granola Dust and drizzled it all with yogurt.
In keeping with the cranberry orange theme, I made my batch of Granola Dust with dried cranberries in place of the dried figs called for in the recipe. I like to keep an eye out at my local health food store for fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries to keep this recipe refined sugar free.
I like use frozen bananas and frozen cranberries to keep the smoothie base thick and creamy.
Once it’s blended completely smooth, you divide it into the serving bowls…
… and then it’s time to go crazy with the toppings!
The other thing I love about smoothie bowls is they’re so easy to make if you already have your granola or granola dust pre-made. It’s just a couple minutes in the blender and add however many toppings you have around. I also make this with just sliced oranges because I don’t always have pomegranates around, and it’s easy to customize to whatever you have on hand.
- 1 cup frozen cranberries, 3½ ounces
- 1 peeled and frozen banana, cut into chunks
- 2 oranges, 1 pound, peeled
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of cinnamon, (1/16th teaspoon)
- ¼ - ½ cup yogurt of your choice, depending on how creamy you like your smoothie bowls
- 1 orange or 3 mandarins, 12 ounces, peeled and cut bite sized
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries, fruit juice sweetened, optional
- ¼ - ½ cup Paleo Granola Dust, see notes
- Make sure you have your toppings prepped before making the smoothie base. You want the smoothie base to be frosty and thick, and not melted.
- When you have the toppings of your choice ready, make the smoothie base by adding the smoothie base ingredients into a high powered blender in the order listed
- Secure the lid and blend starting on low speed and working up to speeds 6-7. Use the tamper to keep the mixture moving, and blend until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie base into 2 serving bowls. Place the fruit over the top of the smoothie base, drizzle with yogurt, and finally sprinkle with Paleo Granola Dust.
- Serve immediately.
You may need to add a touch of sweetener to the smoothie base depending on how sweet your oranges are.
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