CRUDE EATS: VEGAN CASHEW CARDAMOM SMOOTHIE BOWL

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Imagine a breakfast that tastes like ice cream, is scientifically proven to make you a little bit happier and is made of only three ingredients. It exists and it’s magical and you could eat it while still wrapped in blankets watching X-Files if you wanted to.

Did you know that if you put frozen, ripe bananas in a blender or food processor for about 3 minutes, it turns into vegan soft serve? It’s called “nice cream” on Pinterest and it was a life changing discovery for me. It’s unbelievably soft and fluffy, sweet and versatile. You can throw just about anything you want in with it- you can even try it using other hard stone fruits like mango and nectarine.  For this recipe, I chose to keep it simple with two of my favorite food items in the world: cashews and cardamom.

It was floating around the internet for a while that eating a few handfuls of cashews is the delicious equivalent to taking an antidepressant. From what I can ascertain, this seems to be true, (though of course you shouldn’t replace medication with eating nuts.) Cashews do contain tryptophan, which triggers serotonin - the “happy” chemical in your body. They are also high in magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium and protein. To my mind, this means EAT ALL THE CASHEWS. They’re an easy/yummy vessel for morning nutrition and they taste like they’re kissed by heaven.

Speaking of heaven, is there anything better than the smell of cardamom? It’s the mysterious, comforting spice that makes Chai tea and Indian food so alluring. It’s also a perfect compliment to smooth, sweet flavors like banana and cashew. You just need a touch to make your smoothie bowl poppin’.

Here’s how to make it happen:

  • 2 ripe bananas, chopped into small pieces and frozen for at least two hours
  • A few tablespoons water or non-dairy milk
  • Handful of cashews
  • Dash of cardamom

Optional toppings:

  • Cashew/almond/peanut butter
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate chips

Directions:

Drop bananas in high power blender (Vitamix, Blendtec, etc.) or food processor. Blend for about three minutes, or until bananas resemble soft serve. They will be crumbly and course at first but will become creamy with a bit of patience. Add a few tablespoons of liquid if it seems to be too dry.

Serve in a bowl and add toppings of your choice. Repeat if necessary.

Bon appetit!

XOXO,

Kia and the CRUDE Team


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